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; the Workforce Investment Board (WIB), The WorkPlace, Inc., provides 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 48th (2018) Annual Spring College Tour just introduced 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.
The 2018 Spring College Tour began on Sunday April 8th when the students depart from the Carver Community Center for Philadelphia, PA, where they spent their first evening. Monday, April 9, the students toured Temple University in the morning and then Tour LaSalle University in the afternoon. On Tuesday, April 10, the tour continued in the morning at Villanova University in Villanova, PA, and then moved on to Cheyney University of Pennsylvania in Cheyney, PA. The students stayed in Salisbury, MD for the evening. On Wednesday, April 11, the tour moved on to the University of Maryland Eastern Shore in Princess Anne, Maryland, and then in the afternoon the students toured Salisbury University in Salisbury, Maryland. The students then moved on to Baltimore for the evening. On Thursday, April 12, the students toured Morgan State University and then Coppin State University in Baltimore, MD, and then moved on to Silver Spring, MD where they stayed for the evening. On Friday April 13, the students began the day at Georgetown University in Washington, DC and then moved on to Howard University. The students stayed the evening in Robbinsville, NJ. On Saturday, April 14, the students traveled to Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson, NJ, and then traveled back to the Carver Community Center by 5PM. See the students' reports from there various campuses here at our blog, including in pervious years.