Exploring options and preparing for life after high school is not always an easy task for young students, and can be even more difficult for parents. With this in mind, the Richmond Public Library's Teen Program and the West Contra Costa Public Education Fund have teamed up to produce an in-depth video series to help guide students through the process.
The College & Career Video Series is comprised of six short presentations that cover options and resources for four-year colleges, community colleges, and the building trades.
This video series was funded by the Richmond Environmental Community Investment Agreement (ECIA) and the Friends of the Richmond Public Library.
College & Career Pathways
This video outlines the process to determine whether a high school student's interests and aptitude are better suited to pursuing a college degree or a career. A key element that is highlighted is information for parents and how they can support their student. It is recommended that the process for students and parents to make these decisions begin in the freshman year of high school.
The Four-year College video informs students about the types of courses that should be taken to be eligible for admission to a UC, CSU, or private university. At high schools in the WCCUSD, the Early Academic Outreach Program (E.A.O.P.) has advisors on campus who provide academic support and mentorship when a student's goal is attending a four-year college.
This video details a variety of advantages for students that start their educational career at a community college. They include affordability, counseling support, a transfer guarantee program, and resources for undocumented students.
Construction & Building Trades
Some students like the challenge of working in the building trades and the various crafts within. Advantages in this sector include free or low-cost training, paid apprenticeship opportunities, and employee pension benefits. There are program opportunities in Contra Costa County and the State of California.
Richmond Promise is a non-profit organization for students in Richmond and North Richmond who attend a public, charter, or private high school for all four years of high school. Richmond Promise's goal is to help students enter and complete college. Resources include tutoring, FAFSA completion assistance, college entrance guidance, registration, and assistance for DREAM Act students.
College is Real
College is Real is a program available on the campuses of Richmond, De Anza, and Kennedy high schools. The program identifies motivated students who want to pursue a four-year degree and provides guidance, advising, motivational support, scholarships, and assistance with obtaining additional tuition financing.