• College And Career Readiness

    College And Career Readiness

Cross-Institutional Work Groups

Made up of our network partners, these work groups are opportunities for cross-institutional collaboration to create and implement strategies that address specific current barriers to post-secondary access/success. Current areas of focus for our cross-institutional work groups include: reducing summer melt into post-secondary, increasing FAFSA completion, supporting multi-age academic & career planning, and helping students successfully completing a post-secondary education program.

Current Areas of Focus for Cross-Institutional Work Groups

Reducing Summer Melt
Across the country, 10-40% of seemingly college-intending students, particularly those from low-income backgrounds, fail to enroll in college the fall after graduation. This phenomenon is known as summer melt. We are considering ways to engage our partners to increase communication and bridges between High School and Institutions of Higher Education (IHEs).

Increasing FAFSA Completion: Increasing FAFSA Completion
Every year, the federal government provides more than $150 billion in financial aid (grants, work-study, and loans) for college or career school. This application not only gives students access to the aid; it also allows students and families to find a better path toward college affordability and earning a degree.

Academic & Career Planning
Also known as individual learning plans or individual graduation plans, these student-driven planning, and monitoring tools help students create programs of study that are aligned with high school graduation requirements, personal interests, and individually-defined career goals. Beginning in 2017-18, every 6-12 grader will be required to have a plan. And we are exploring how we can help partners to effectively implement this requirement so we can increase professional mentorships, job shadowing, and internships.

Successful Degree Completion
Postsecondary success refers to completion of a postsecondary credential. Often regarded as referring to bachelor’s and associate’s degrees, postsecondary credential encompasses a broader range of programs that students may complete after high school. These include certificates, diplomas, apprenticeships, licenses and workforce readiness certifications.

Opportunity Youth
To achieve the goal of improving outcomes for all young people in our community, Milwaukee Succeeds has identified the need to support youth who have become disconnected from education and employment. Currently, there are more than 20,000 people aged 16-24 who are not in school and unemployed in Milwaukee. This population is referred to as Opportunity Youth due to their positive aspiration for success and potential contribution to our community. Through collaboration, Milwaukee Succeeds aims to develop an action plan committed to increasing pathways to educational and career success for disconnected youth.

Upcoming Meetings

Access & Success Work Groups

(3rd Friday or 4th Wednesday)

August 24th 1:00-3:00 pm (GMF)

Focus: Successful Degree Completion

February 22nd 1:00-3:00 pm (GMF)

Focus: TBD

September 16th 9:00-11:00 am (Bader)

Focus: Academic Career Planning

March 17th 9:00-11:00 am (Bader)

Focus: TBD

October 28th 9:00-11:00 pm (GMF)

Focus: Successful Degree Completion

April 26th 1:00-3:00 pm (GMF)

Focus: TBD

November 18th 9:00-11:00 am (Bader)
Focus: Joint Network Meeting

May 19th 9:00-11:00 am (Bader)

Focus: TBD

January 20th 9:00-11:00 am (Bader)

Focus: TBD

June 28th 1:00-3:00 pm (GMF)

Focus: TBD

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