Our Programs

Schools That Can programs build an education to employment pathway serving high school and middle school students with a focus on career readiness. We launched an innovative career readiness curriculum in the school year 2021. This consisted of 32 hours over one year of a unique approach to career-connected learning. The value of our programming is proving out by the growth in demand from a 5 school pilot in 2021 serving 100 students to 24 schools in 2022 serving 1300 students. We will be expanding our one-of-a-kind career readiness curriculum to 96 hours over 10th, 11th and 12th grade years by Fall, 2022 and anticipate further growth of students being served.

About Our Programs

Schools That Can’s programs build an education to employment pathway serving high school and middle school students with a focus on career readiness. 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.

The majority of our programs are 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.

In 2021, we pioneered a career readiness curriculum that consisted of 32 hours of career-connected learning over the course of the academic year. This programming piloted in 5 schools across 3 cities. In 2022, our curriculum grew to 40 hours over two years in 24 schools, across 4 cities serving 1,300 students. Up next: We’ll be expanding our one-of-a-kind career readiness curriculum to 96 hours over 10th, 11th, and 12th grades by Fall 2022, and anticipate further growth of students being served.

Schools That Can’s Career Readiness Programs

Our career readiness curriculum features invaluable career-connected learning experiences, including industry volunteers as coaches in every unit; workplace experiences; design challenge problem solving; industry specific skills for in-demand STEM careers; and career-seeking skills such as communication and presentation, resume writing, mock interviews, and practical financial literacy. Each student learns to build a portfolio that is presented at a culminating recognition event at the end of the year. Students receive digital badges for completion. Parents are made aware of the curriculum through timely newsletters.

Our overall Career Readiness Program curriculum for 2022 and 2023 school years include:

Year One,  School Year 2021-2022

School Year, 2021-2022  
Unit 1: Defining Your Path
Unit 2: Finding In-Demand Jobs
Unit 3: Getting the Job
Unit 4: Capstone for Career Portfolio

Year 1, School Year 2022-2023

Unit 1: Communications and Presentation Skills
Unit 2: Defining Your Path
Unit 3: Finding In-Demand Jobs/Capstone for Career Portfolio

Year 2, School Year 2022-2023

Unit 4: Getting the Job
Unit 5: Design Challenge
Unit 6: Making Money Work/Capstone for Career Portfolio

Year 3, School Year 2022-2023

(Choice of any 3.)
Unit 7 : Career Skills – Cybersecurity
Unit 8: Career Skills – Robotics/Advanced Manufacturing
Unit 9: Career Skills – Climate Action
Unit 10: Career Skills – Architecture and Design

Design Challenge

Teams of middle school or high 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

64 hours of customizable career readiness curriculum with weekly programming that can run from a unit of 8 weeks to three units over the entire school year to six units over two years. This curriculum is co-planned and co-taught between the teacher and an STC facilitator. Our e2e Bridge curriculum offers units over a full-year that will be expanded to two-years in Fall, 2022.

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

Our Career Skills curriculum includes 32 hours of programming that augment e2e Bridge. Career Skills is offered as an introduction to industry specific skills available for High School Juniors and Seniors. This curriculum introduces students in comprehensive high schools to opportunities and skills in high-demand STEM fields such as cybersecurity, robotics, advanced manufacturing, and climate action.

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.

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: