Postsecondary Transitions

College to Career Coaching

Postsecondary credentials matter. As a result, more young people need to enroll in college – and more of those who enroll in college must graduate. Those who do not enroll in college need access to employment and occupational training. Success in this area will require collaboration among institutions of higher education and the Boston Public Schools, among others, in order to support the transition from high school to college, as well as businesses that will need to support these students with college friendly employment.

Collectively, we must focus on getting BPS students ready for college, and colleges ready for Boston graduates.

Why Postsecondary Degrees Matter

Increasingly, a college diploma is the key to opening the doors of economic opportunity. This is especially true in the knowledge-based economy of Greater Boston. Jobs with the highest number of vacancies, including many in the health care field, require certification, two- and four-year degrees. Over the next ten years, more than two-thirds of new jobs will require at least an associate degree. Similarly, jobs projected to have a high rate of growth, such as those in the biosciences and technology fields, will require college degrees and advanced training. Jobs once available to those with high school diplomas have decreased as the state’s economy has shifted from manufacturing to services. Many occupations have increased their hiring standards from a high school degree to a college degree.

The PIC's Response

The PIC, with support from The Boston Foundation and State Street, is piloting a college and career coaching model for graduates of the Boston Public Schools who are attending college locally and intending to pursue a career in health care or financial services.

There are other promising practices to support student success in college. These include: dual enrollment, early assessment of college readiness, pre-collegiate support programs, summer bridge programs, SAT prep at the workplace, Year 13 programs, high school to college curriculum alignment, and vertical teaming of teachers.