Even among District high school graduates, students struggle to succeed in college and in the workplace. According to the Office of the State Superintendent of Education, only 37 percent of D.C. students who go to college complete a four-year degree within six years. In the job market, unemployment rates for those with only a high school degree hover near 20%.
CforC works with school and community leaders to identify needs and invest in people and programs to ensure students gain the knowledge, skills and abilities to succeed in college and the workplace. Our priorities include:
College Prep & Exposure. Our goal is to ensure that every 9th and 10th grade student at Eastern takes part in at least one college trip. For upperclassmen, we support targeted college trips helping students select the university that is right for them. Through innovative programs, like the Brilliant Club, we support efforts to prepare students for their college experience and expand access to top universities. We also support college admissions and financial aid seminars for students.
Career Exposure & Professional Development. We connect students with employers both on campus and at the work site to help students learn about careers in the Washington, DC region. We also bring our knowledge to students providing professional development opportunities in areas including interviewing, resume writing, and creating professional social
Easternships. Since 2013, Easternships have provided Eastern Senior High School students
internship opportunities where they receive an on‐the‐job work experience as well as
professional development opportunities. The program allows students to observe CEOs and
senior staff at area businesses and non-profit organizations, exposing them to professional
workplaces as well as a range of careers.
The Brilliant Club-DC. The Brilliant Club-DC is a network of PhD students, universities,
public schools, and community partners that have come together to increase access to
higher education in underserved communities.