With support of National Youth Employment Coalition, OPP operates the Postsecondary Success Initiative (PSI) at Capital Community College (CCC). The program has four major components: Youth Development Specialist mentoring; Developmental/Remedial Coursework; Family Involvement Workshops; and Job Internships.
Capital Community College profile:
The Youth Development Specialist (YDS) works on the CCC campus and serves as the primary support person for the youth. In addition, each youth is assigned a CCC academic counselor. Each student has a permanent transcript that is shared by the CCC and OPP staff to monitor students’ progress and provide support needed for successful completion. Students in need of remediation are offered non-credit bearing, non-fee courses, ensuring that they do not exhaust their Pell grant and other financial aid dollars on developmental coursework. In addition, OPP and CCC staff conduct outreach to families to ensure that they understand and support the students’ educational goals. Finally, OPP and its Workforce Development Specialist work with the Hartford business community to develop paid internships for students that allow them to experience a variety of careers.
The goals for the program include:
In the program’s first year (2011-12), 85 youth were enrolled and experienced success at Capital, with an 87% first-to-second year retention rate, as compared to a 52% retention rate for students not enrolled in Pathways.
More information on National Youth Employment Coalition’s Postsecondary Success Initiative: http://www.nyec.org/page.cfm?pageID=306< BACK
Pathways is funded in part by the US Department of Labor.