Partners Point the Path to the Future!
Over 80 students and their families attended the College and Career Family Fun Night at Burr Community School on Friday October 28, 2016. Students in grades K-12 from Burr, Parkville, Noah Webster, Rawson, Asian Studies Academy, Pathways, Engineering and Green Technology, and University High School of Science and Engineering received information to help them think about their future college and career plans. Students were given questions to ask of the college, career and high school partners at each of the tables, such as “What should I do this year to prepare me for college?” “What are the everyday tasks performed for this career?” and “What careers does your high school prepare me for?” Students worked in teams and had a friendly competition to see who could collect the most answers, with winners receiving various prizes including great college swag like sweatshirts, pennants, t-shirts, pens and pencils as well as books and gift cards.
The event involved the partnership of many organizations. Capital Community College, Central Connecticut State University, Tunxis Community College, University of Connecticut, University of St. Joseph, University of Hartford and Trinity College were present, offering a college fair atmosphere; while representatives from Computer Science Teachers of America and the National Society of Black Engineers shared a perspective on growing career fields. Wells Fargo Education Financial Services shared information on finding scholarships, while CT Students for a Dream talked about the process for undocumented students to pursue their college goals.
Additional partners included the Female Center of Excellence in Leadership, Hartford Promise, the HPS School Choice Office, Greater Hartford Regional School Choice Office, and the Connecticut Department of Labor. The Village for Families and Children, the lead agency partner for Burr Community School, played an instrumental role in organizing the evening’s activities and hosting the event. There were also several high schools in attendance to share their program offerings, including Prince Tech, Bulkeley High School, Classical Magnet and Regional Agriscience at Glastonbury High School.
The purpose of the evening was to inspire and prepare ALL students to create their own success in and beyond school. Through early planning and awareness, the Department of College and Career Readiness connects students with community resources and empowers all students to achieve their post-secondary goals.