Follow The Journey
In our new college pathway, students are on-boarded into CCP with our Pre-College program and then supported through a degree as part of Philly College Team:
In our Pre-College program, aspiring team members prepare to join PCT and learn how to think, feel, and act like successful college students in the first place. We ensure, before they even head off to college, that they are empowered with the skills to navigate the complex structures of college in the first place. They focus on what we call the “Six Skills of College Success”:
- Build and Follow a Graduation Roadmap
- Map Out a Major/Career Endgame
- Manage Financial Aid
- Engage Professors
- Excel at College Level Work
- Maintain a Balanced Schedule
In the Pre-College program, students:
— Successfully apply for CCP, complete all compliance forms, secure maximum financial aid, and satisfy all pre-enrollment requirements;
— Learn the know-how to build an academic, financial, and career College Success Plan (Skills 1 through 3);
— Learn the know-how to navigate the context of higher education inside and outside of the classroom (Skills 4 through 6).
The heart of the Pre-College are a series of on-campus and school-based workshops that we call "Labs," which prepare all team members for college success and in meeting the goals above.
Lab A: Orientation
Students begin their college journey by traveling with their school to Community College of Philadelphia, where they undergo a special orientation program. For Lab A, they come onto campus, have their applications processed (if they have not been already), take their placement tests, receive accelerated results, go through college orientation, ensure financial aid completion, register for classes, tour their new college, and join existing team members for a celebratory introduction to Philly College Team...all in one day.
Lab B: Building a Roadmap
Lab B, like all subsequent labs, takes place back at our partner schools. In it, students dive into general education requirements, majors, college lingo, credits, and scheduling. Then, they put together a personalized graduation roadmap, which serves as a preview of the next 2-3 years, and go over their own personal schedule for the coming college term -- all of which become part of their College Success Plan, which they begin completing during Labs and carry with them throughout college.
Lab C: College Life & “Show Me The Money!”
Students begin this lab by interactively working in small groups to compare high school versus college norms, review actual CCP college syllabi, and analyze real graded work from current team members. Then, the attention shifts to money: students consider how to respond to actual financial aid problems of current and past team members and leave having put together a personal budget and gained a deeper understanding of how to maintain positive financial aid standing at CCP.
Lab D: Scenario Games
In small mentoring groups, students attempt to solve different academic, social, and financial “college scenarios” through role-play. Throughout, they learn the importance of building relationships with professors and attending office hours, about the various support services available to them, and how to reach out for help when they need it. Finally, after this lab, students are officially inaugurated into PCT as team members!