Transition to Postsecondary, College and/or Career

All Stamford youth will graduate from high school and obtain postsecondary degrees and/or employment

Bridge to College Send Off
                          Bridge to College Sendoff 2019


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 to Postsecondary, College, and/or Career CAN (TPCC) 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 is currently working on two action plans:

Skill Building for Success:

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. TPCC has developed and aligned language and a tiered approach to developing essential skills for youth in Stamford, aligning the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) essential skills competencies for career readiness, with Community for Education Foundation’s Overcoming Obstacles life skills curriculum (which are building blocks necessary for building the NACE essential skills), and Stamford Public School’s strategic vision for developing habits of Mind, Body, and Heart. To view the Skill Building for Success additional resources, click here.

To view the results of the Skill Building for Success Student Survey click here.

Bridge to College:

Address the phenomenon of “summer melt” which occurs when HS graduates who intend to go to college don’t end up in a seat in the fall. Nationally this occurs in 10-44% of the time and disproportionately affects 1st generation and low-income students. Last year in Stamford 37% of our HS graduates who intended to attend Norwalk Community College(where many of our low income and 1st gen students attend) did not matriculate in the fall. To read more about the Bridge to College Pilot, click here.

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


Click here to read our Tri-Chair interview.



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