Our Programs

Schools That Can programs build an education to employment (e2e) pathway serving middle school and high school students. Our distinct programs are designed to be adaptable to student populations and grades, flexible to meet different classroom needs, and responsive to industry opportunities. But the impact of our programming doesn’t stop there: Our mission is for every student to graduate with career skills, relevant credentials, and confidence to pursue fulfilling post-secondary options.

About Our Programs

Our programs strengthen and expand the capacity of schools and teachers to prepare historically marginalized students for careers or college, and support their students on the e2e pathway. All of our programming builds direct connections between students, educators and volunteers from a variety of professional fields.

All our programs are completely free to schools, draw on a robust national network of professional volunteers for career mentoring, and are designed to broaden student views of the world of work and their place in it.

Schools that Can’s Career Readiness Programs

Design Challenge

Teams of middle school students engage in design thinking challenges to solve local community problems while their teachers gain aligned, cohort-based professional learning to incorporate design thinking as a problem-solving approach in their instructional practice. Businesses or nonprofits in each city serve as the client for the challenge and support local teams, including by providing professionals to mentor student design teams.

e2e Bridge

A customizable set of workshops with weekly programming that can run from 7 weeks to the entire school year, with a STC-provided curriculum co-planned and co-taught by STC staff.

These career exploration and readiness workshops build soft skills and knowledge of the employment process, including skills such as resume reviews and mock interviews. Students network with volunteers across diverse industries for mentoring and career development. Each student adds to their career plan and portfolio, giving them a foundation to embark on the employment process.

Career Skills

Introduces students in comprehensive high schools to opportunities and skills in high-demand fields, such as cybersecurity and advanced manufacturing. STC supports teachers through summer workshops, bi-weekly teacher cohort meetings, and on-demand coaching, and organizes monthly industry speakers aligned to the curriculum. Students participate in a culminating project to an industry-specific panel, and earn digital badges. Tangible skills and credentials combined with professional career development means students emerge confident, prepared, and ready to pursue a career pathway.

Thought Leadership Series

Designed to bring together outstanding thought leaders, experts, and practitioners within the education to employment (e2e) space, this virtual series of live conversations ignites groundbreaking discussions on what high school revolutions can look like, what equity truly means for education, and more. STC also hosts the Schools That Can Annual Forum, bringing school leaders, industry partners, and teachers from around the nation together since 2006, and e2e Chats, a series of student-centered conversations.

Regional Initiatives

Career Pathways

In Newark, STC works closely with school administrators and teachers to support the creation, strengthening, and/or growth of a school’s career and technical education (CTE) program. Support can include recruiting industry partners, coordinating Advisory Committees, assisting with creating career and technical student organization chapters, designing work-based learning and other career exposure opportunities for students (such as site visits, mentorship, and internships), and other support as needed.

Professional Learning Groups

In STC’s Professional Learning Communities, teachers from our partner schools collaborate to develop their understanding of topics including Deeper Learning and Designing for Equity. STC facilitators structure a cycle of learning from month to month including professional reading, collaborative planning for classroom implementation, and shared reflection on student learning from the planned instruction. Currently, PLCs run in Chicago.

Our Partners

Connecting students with volunteer career mentors is at the heart of STC’s programming. Students work with professionals from organizations including:

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