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.

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. The network currently reaches more than 210 schools, serving approximately 75,000 students.

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.

Signature Programs

Career Readiness

Career Readiness is a 125 hour curriculum designed to prepare 10th, 11th, and 12th grade students for the world of work. With designated units devoted to defining your path, telling your story, and finding in-demand jobs, students engage in hands-on electives in fields including cybersecurity, manufacturing, climate action, and design and architecture, and participate in job shadowing, mock interviews, resume reviews, and coaching.

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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.

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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.

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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: