Transition to Postsecondary, College and/or Career

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As a community, we want all students to find success in life, whether it be through postsecondary schooling, an apprenticeship or certificate program, or a career pathway. For transition from high school to postsecondary college and/or career to succeed for every student, the following factors must be considered and embraced: a rigorous curriculum, relevance and alignment to what is needed in postsecondary education and/or career, transparency and communication about expectations, academic and non-academic supports and well-defined and articulated pathways to college and/or career.[1]

Members of the Transition from High School to Postsecondary, College, and/or Career CAN are a committed group of community stakeholders who are experts in secondary and postsecondary education and career pathways. The CAN was launched in November 2016, and the Plan phase of our Continuous Improvement Process began at the first meeting in December 2016. Two action plans are in process of being finalized, with tentative goals to:

  1. Improve and foster development of non-academic, essential skills needed for success in career. The National Association of Colleges and Employers have identified the essential skills needed to succeed in the work place.
  2. Increase number of students who pass defined courses by providing social-emotional and academic support through mentoring and tutoring. The outcome of this effort will be a decrease in the number of Stamford students placed in remedial college classes.

Transition to Postsecondary College and Career Community Action Network (CAN) Leadership/Contributors

The Business Council of Fairfield County
Future 5
Mayor's Youth Services Bureau
Stamford Chamber of Commerce
Stamford Partnership
City of Stamford, Economic Development
Stamford Public Schools Adult & Continuing Education
Westhill High School


[1] The Research and Planning Group for California Community Colleges, The High School to College Transition Brief, August 2010