Post-High School College and Career Readiness

College Preparation Resources

  1. ACT to Offer Accomodations for English Language Learners Starting in 2017!. Broderick, Thomas page s . November 2016. English .

    Beginning in 2017 test supports will be available for English Language Learners (ELLs) for the ACT. This article discusses the supports available, how to qualify for the supports, and why the ACT has added these accommodations.

  2. Beyond Teaching English: Supporting High School Completion by Immigrant and Refugee Students. Sugarman, Julie 41 page s . November 2017. English .

    This report addresses the challenges immigrant and refugee youth face when entering U.S. classrooms. From learning a new language to graduating high school before aging out of the system, the pressure to go from limited literacy to a high school diploma in a few years can be overwhelming.

  3. College Knowledge Academy. Families In Schools page s . July 2012. English .

    This series of five workshops promote a college-going culture by engaging immigrant and refugee parents and their children in learning about college requirements, financial aid, and academic milestones children must meet to be on track and ready for college. 

  4. Connecting English Language Learners to Supportive Community College Resources. Lowe, Alexandra 5 page s . May 2014. English .

    This brief shares seven promising practices that can be easily adopted at community college campuses to help immigrant students take advantage of the wealth of supportive services these colleges provide for all their students. 

  5. Educational Handbook for Refugee Parents. International Rescue Committee 82 page s . 2006. Burmese English French Somali Spanish .

    Acquaints refugee parents with the U.S. school system; school grade levels; expectations of students at each level in terms of academics and personal conduct; and parents' responsibilities in ensuring that their children meet the school system expectations. The International Rescue Committee encourages parents to meet with their children's teachers and frequently talk with their children about their schoolwork, as well as urge their children to pursue college. Step-by-step instructions clarify the procedures for choosing a college, the application process, and securing financial aid. An appendix details resources that address parents' specific needs: finding an interpreter; scheduling meetings with teachers or administrators; obtaining permission for a child's absence or late arrival; requesting a fee waiver or free lunch; and requesting resources for families learning English.

    The handbook is also available in Spanish, French, Somali, and Burmese.

  6. Getting Ready for College: What ELL Students Need to Know. Robertson, Kristina , Lafond, Susan page s . 2008. English .

    This article provides information on how to help English Language Learners (ELL) think about college and successfully apply to college. The article describes how teachers can plant the idea of college by taking their ELL students on field trips to local community colleges and universities. The article then outlines how teachers and service providers can support ELL students applying to college by setting high expectations, assisting with essays, and deciding where to apply.

  7. It's My Life: Postsecondary Education and Training - A Guide for Professionals to Help Young People from Foster Care Prepare Academically, Financially, and Emotionally for Postsecondary Education and Training Success. Casey Family Programs 176 page s . 2006. English .

    Gives child welfare professionals recommendations, strategies and resources to effectively assist young people in navigating the complex planning required to attend and complete college. Recommendations include: (1) foster high academic aspirations beginning in middle school or earlier, (2) encourage long term planning for postsecondary education using mentors and college preparation programs, (3) stress rigorous academic preparation by ensuring grade-level math/reading skills and closely monitoring academic progress, (4) assist in the preparation and taking of standardized tests, (5) support the college selection, application and enrollment process, (6) supervise the financial aid process, (7) engage young adults who have missed the opportunity for college preparation, and (8) help students with transition issues adjust to and complete college or training program.

  8. Newcomer Toolkit. United States Department of Education (DOE) 159 page s . June 2016. English .

    This toolkit from the U.S. Department of Education can help U.S. educators and others who work directly with immigrant students—including asylees and refugees—and their families. It is designed to help staff achieve the following: expand and strengthen opportunities for cultural and linguistic integration and education; understand some basics about their legal obligations to newcomers; provide welcoming schools and classrooms for newcomers and their families; provide newcomers with the academic support to attain English language proficiency (if needed) and to meet college and career readiness standards; and support and develop newcomers' social emotional skills. 

  9. Prepare for College = Isku Diyaari Jaamacada. Abdulahi, Jamal . 2003. English Somali .

    This brochure gives the facts about college in the US. It discusses the benefits of college and various options such as community college, tech schools, or other four year schools. It also gets into the steps a teen must take to get to college such as taking the SAT or ACT, and provides info on what to expect from one's living situation once at college.

  10. Raising Teens in a New Country: A Guide for the Whole Family. Bridging Refugee Youth and Children's Services (BRYCS) 68 page s . 2018. Arabic English Spanish .

    This resource was created for parents and teens who are new to the United States, and for the service providers working with them. 

    The teen years can be exciting and scary for both parents and teens. It can be especially challenging for families who are also adjusting to being in a new country. This guide covers topics that often come up in families raising teenagers in the United States (such as cultural identity, dating & discipline) and reminds newcomers that every parent worries for their children and most teens face these challenges. 

    We hope parents and their teens will read the book together and then talk about the topics and issues-sharing their opinions and asking each other questions. Additionally, the BRYCS free interactive online training module is a convenient way for parents and teens to start conversations and learn more about each other.

  11. SAT Accommodations for English Language Learners. , Sands, Bill page s . 2017. English .

    This resource lists the adjustments and supports available for English language learners sitting for the SAT and how to take advantage of these testing accommodations.

  12. SAT Prep for ESL and Bilingual Students. Safier, Rebecca page s . August 2015. English .

    This article explains what the SAT is and the challenges it poses for non-native English speakers. It offers tips and guidelines for preparation and studying as well as links for free test strategies.

  13. The Community College Consortium for Immigrant Education (CCCIE). Westchester Community College page s . 2018. English .

    The Community College Consortium for Immigrant Education (CCCIE), from Westchester Community College, is a national network of community colleges across the United States, which promotes the education and advancement of immigrant students. With innovative programs and services, the CCCIE helps immigrant students address the opportunities and challenges they face within the higher education system. A database of programs and initiatives, including support services, ESL programs, workforce training and career development, citizenship preparation, community and employer partnerships, and inclusive practices for undocumented students are made available to students. (Description from source)

  14. The Road to College. Drumb Publishing 8 page s . 2005. English Karen .

    A college degree is the key that opens the doors to a better way of life for our children. Even though obtaining a college education requires a lot of time, effort and careful planning by both the parent and the student, it is well worth the effort. This resource answers parent's questions about the importance of college and its benefits.

  15. ToolKit for Hispanic Families: Resources to Help Students Succeed in School. United States Department of Education page s . 2006. English Spanish .

    This tool kit was developed with guidance from over 1,800 Hispanic parents at Parent Information and Resource Centers across the country. It includes sections on "You and Your Elementary School-Aged Children", "A Challenging High School Education for All", "You and Your Preschool Child", "Tips for Helping Children Learn to Read", "School Success for Your Child", and "No Child Left Behind: Help for Students and Their Families".

  16. Yes You Can: A Guide to Establishing Mentor Programs to Prepare Youth for College. Lauland, Andrew 60 page s . October 1998. English .

    Discusses considerations and steps involved in establishing a coaching program to help prepare high school students for college. Mentors who have established trust and connection with teenagers can provide a role model for positive behaviors, such as studying hard and staying away from trouble, and can encourage students to take the right college-preparatory classes, offer tutoring and academic assistance, and help them get information about different college programs and the availability of financial aid. Employers, community-based organizations, and interested volunteers get practical guidance on starting and operating these kinds of mentoring programs, including: (1) activities associated with the first stages of program development, such as assessing needs and potential resources and developing the program's goals and objectives; (2) procedures for recruiting, screening, selecting, and training mentors and for recruiting and orienting program participants; and (3) steps involved in matching mentors with young people, keeping track of the mentor relationships, working with parents, dealing with obstacles to success, and evaluating and making improvements to the program. Also contains profiles of successful mentoring programs, a checklist for mentoring program development and operation, and lists of relevant programs and mentoring organizations.

Career and Workplace Readiness (Back to Top)

  1. A Developmental Perspective for High School Practitioners On College and Workplace Readiness. Lippman, Laura , Whitney, Camille 6 page s . 2009. English .

    This brief draws on research across the three fields of college readiness, workplace readiness, and youth development, to identify strategies high schools can employ to foster both cognitive and non-cognitive competencies in their students, and highlights practices that are particularly effective for students facing specific challenges. (Description from source.)

  2. Career Exploration Unit for the Beginning ELL Student. Hertz, Daniel 22 page s . 2009. English .

    This report  includes lessons on career inventory, decision making, goal setting, job and college application practice, and job and career investigation.  This resource will also be useful to those outside of the Minneapolis schools.

  3. CareerOneStop: Your Source for Career Exploration, Training and Jobs. CareerOneStop page s . 2013. English Spanish .

    This website includes information on training, job searches, careers, and local career help. This is a searchable database for college scholarships. Toolkits are available on a variety of job related topics and resources are viewable by the type of job-seeker. Thousands of scholarships as well as opportunities for fellowships, fellowships, loans, and other financial aid opportunities are available in their database.

  4. Coursera for Refugees. Coursera page s . April 2012. English .

    An education platform that offers online courses geared to refugees on a variety of subjects. Refugees are also guaranteed to receive financial aid when taking a course.

  5. Enriching Summer Work: An Evaluation of the Summer Career Exploration Program. McClanahan, Wendy S. , Sipe, Cynthia L. , Smith, Thomas J. 37 page s . August 2004. English .

    Examines the lives of over 1700 applicants to determine the impact of the Summer Career Exploration Program (SCEP). These youth were randomly assigned to participate or to not participate in SCEP in the summer of 1999, and their outcomes were compared at four and twelve months after program application. Researchers found that implementation was strong, but program impacts were less impressive. While SCEP's participants got summer jobs at a substantially higher rate (92%) than the control group (62%), the program's ability to translate this large and immediate summer employment impact into intermediate gains (in terms of future plans, college enrollment, work success, sense of self-efficacy or reduced criminal activity) proved to be negligible. Although impacts were short lived, the report concludes that SCEP and similar programs have an important place in the larger mosaic of supports, programs and opportunities for young people."

  6. It's My Life: Employment - A Guide to Employment and Career Development for Youth and Young Adults. Casey Family Programs 80 page s . 2004. English .

    Includes strategies and tools to help child welfare professionals prepare foster children for successful and meaningful employment. Six focus areas for maximum impact are: (1) early intervention to develop employability skills, (2) cultivation of interests and skills that can relate to future employment, (3) promotion of activities that explore career options, (4) development of job readiness skills (i.e., job application, interviews, and interpersonal relations), (5) create opportunities for young people to get and keep jobs, and (6) provide access to postsecondary work-related education and training.

  7. Job Corps. U.S. Department of Labor page s . n.d.. English .

    This is a free education and training program that assists young people (at least 16 years of age) in learning a career, earning a diploma, and finding employment.  Through 123 centers nationwide, including DC and Puerto Rico, Job Corps offers hands-on training and courses in independent living, employability skills, and social skills.  It also assists in achieving a high school diploma and in college preparation.  Some Job Corps sites also offer residential centers.  Learn more about how to enroll your clients on the Job Corps Web site! 

Financial Aid Resources (Back to Top)

  1. CareerOneStop: Your Source for Career Exploration, Training and Jobs. CareerOneStop page s . 2013. English Spanish .

    This website includes information on training, job searches, careers, and local career help. This is a searchable database for college scholarships. Toolkits are available on a variety of job related topics and resources are viewable by the type of job-seeker. Thousands of scholarships as well as opportunities for fellowships, fellowships, loans, and other financial aid opportunities are available in their database.

  2. Financial Aid Resources for Hispanic Students. Center for Online Education page s . 2016. English .

    The number of Hispanic high school graduates across the country has seen a significant increase. This resource provides information for parents about financial aid and how to navigate financing and preparing for their student's college education.

  3. Guide to Scholarships for New Americans and Minorities. DFW International Community Alliance of North Texas 32 page s . 2007. English .

    While written for foreign-born youth in Texas, many of the scholarships listed are applicable to students from other states.

  4. Non-Citizen Federal Student Aid. Federal Student Aid page s . 2016. English Spanish .

    Many non-U.S. citizens unknowingly qualify for federal student aid. With the help of this resource, families can determine whether or not they qualify and learn about necessary steps to receive aid.

  5. Overcoming the Financial Challenge of Higher Education. Bridging Refugee Youth and Children's Services (BRYCS) page s . May 2016. English .

    Are you one of the 3.8 million college-aged immigrants in the U.S.? This blog offers suggestions for refugees and immigrant students looking for financial aid to continue their education.

  6. Scholarships for Refugees and Scholarships for Immigrants. Refugee Center Online (RCO) page s . 2018. English .

    This article explains what scholarships are and how they help students afford an education. It also lists websites to search for scholarships by state and by country of origin.

Resources for Undocumented Students (Back to Top)

  1. National Immigration Law Center. National Immigration Law Center page s . 2017. English .

    This website contains information on DACA and state tuition laws regarding immigrants. Additionally, it provides resources on financial aid, scholarships, and student advocacy groups.

  2. Advising Undocumented Students: Higher Education Obstacles and Possibilities. CollegeBoard page s . n.d.. English .

    This article describes how undocumented students can still apply to and attend college in the United States.  Many undocumented students believe that they can only attain a 12th-grade education in the U.S., but this is not true, as the article points out.  The article also includes tips for college counselors in reaching out to supposedly undocumented students and guiding them through the college application process.

  3. College Help for Undocumented Students. Center for Online Education page s . Spring 2016. English .

     This resource offers helpful information on preparing for the college application and financial aid process.

  4. Living in the United States: A Guide for Immigrant Youth. Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC) 31 page s . 2007. English Korean Spanish .

    This guide explains immigration laws for use by immigrant youth and contrasts the various legal rights and restrictions of a U.S. citizen vs. a green card holder vs. an undocumented person. (Note: Some immigration legal information may have changed since publication.)

  5. MALDEF Scholarship Resource Guide. Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) page s . 2018. English .

    The MALDEF Scholarship Resource Guide is a free, informative resource guide for students, parents, and educators with an extensive list of scholarships, including many that do not inquire about immigration status.

  6. Parental Support for College Students. Center for Online Education page s . 2016. English .

    This resource helps parents understand the process of transitioning from high school to college and gives them the tools to help their student make a successful one.