College & Career Readiness
Carver's after school College and Career Readiness academic programs are facilitated by certified teachers. The three major components are: (1) Connecticut (one day) and national (10-day) college campus tours; (2) career fairs and “College Boot Camp” events at the Carver Community Center; and (3) STEAM activities and other prolonged career investigations; civic engagement programs; and the Workforce Investment Board (WIB) and The WorkPlace, Inc., provide overviews of programs and services available for Norwalk youth.
Carver students participate in local tours of global manufacturing and technology companies such as King Industries; Datto, ESPN, NBC Studios, and FactSet. High performing students in Carver’s STEAM program tour area manufacturer R&D departments and earn summer internships when they transition to high school with companies such as King Industries. Carver also offers preparation activities that focus on standardized test prep, financial aid, grants, loans, and the application process for college admission.
Spring Break College Tour
Each spring break, chaperoned Carver students board their chartered bus at the Carver Community Center for a life-changing, road trip over their spring school break to the schools they aspire to attend. The (2020 will be the 50th consecutive) Annual Spring College Tour introduces middle and high school students to the rigors and joys of a college education. School administrators, admissions and financial aid officers, college students including many former Carver YDP students, and others give the tours, make presentations and interact with the visiting Carver students. Whether asking questions, touring the campuses, or sharing meals with former Carver peers now excelling at these excellent schools, the goal is to motivate each visiting Carver student to envision their futures as a successful college student.
See the students' reports from there various campuses here at our blog, including in pervious years.