College and Career Readiness

  • Mentors Helping Latino Students Access College

    Learn how CAMINO, the College Access Mentoring Information and Outreach program is preparing Latino students in Savanah, GA for higher education in this video from American Graduate Day 2013. Melody Rodruiguez founded CAMINO to give Latino students the information and support they needed to access college. Mentors not only guide students as they take college entrance tests, apply for scholarships, and research scholarships, they also provide emotional support when students face difficult obstacles. Use the handout in the Support Materials section below to start planning your own mentorship program.

    Grades: 13+
  • Mentors Helping First-Generation College Students

    Learn how tnAchieves helps first generation college students as they prepare for college through mentoring, scholarship opportunities, and advising in this video from American Graduate Day 2013. The steps required to prepare for, apply to, and finance a college education are challenging for all students, but they can be especially daunting when you are the first person in your family to pursue higher education. tnAchieve helps students with challenging tasks, such as completing the FAFSA application, and connects the students with mentors. Use the FAFSA Guide handout in the Support Materials section to help students apply for financial aid.

    Grades: 11-13+
  • Building Bonds Through Mentoring

    Learn how iMentor is helping connect mentors with students in this video from MetroFocus. At the Academy for Software Engineering, a high school in New York City, each student is paired with an adult mentor. iMentor is an organization that finds adults, trains them, coordinates the activities they do with students, and facilitates classes for the students. Students practice skills that will help them get into and thrive in college, such as how to set goals how to think critically about issues. Students email their mentors each week and the mentors meet with the students at school once a month.

    Grades: 13+
  • Preparing Students for Careers in Technology

    Explore how a high school is partnering with local businesses to provide students with technical training in this video from FRONTLINE. Beekmantown High School, in West Chazy, NY, has started the Adirondack P-Tech program to train students for technology jobs found in the region. Eight grade students apply to the program. Once selected, they enter a six-year program in which they choose to specialize in industrial manufacturing, environmental technology, or computer technology and earn an associate’s degree. Local businesses are heavily involved in the funding and design of the program.

    Grades: 13+
  • Students Stick Around for Two Years of College at Innovative Brooklyn High School

    Inform students about a new trend in education: higher education in high school. At Pathways in Technology Early College High School in Brooklyn, New York, students are expected to attend for six years, earning both a high school diploma and a two-year Associate’s degree. P-TECH, and other schools based on the same model, aim to give students from low-income families a head start on college with free, career-oriented coursework. For further background and materials to support student understanding of the issue, see the Teacher’s Guide, Student Handout, and Informational Text.

    Grades: 7-13+
  • Careers in Plastics

    Learn about career opportunities in the plastics industry in this video segment adapted from Pennsylvania College of Technology and WVIA. Visit NPE: The International Plastics Showcase, the biggest plastics gathering in the world, and meet some people from the industry. Hear how different academic degrees can lead to different types of positions within the plastics industry. In addition, learn how emerging technologies such as recycling and bioplastics are a part of the sustainability and environmental movement.

    Grades: 9-12
  • Career Spotlight: Kite Designer

    Damon Vander Lind is a kite designer for Makani Power, a wind power generation company owned by Google. After receiving an engineering degree from MIT he turned his post-college internship at Makani into a profession and fell in love with the work. He now leads a team that is building high-altitude kites that can generate more power than conventional wind turbines.

    This video is available in both English and Spanish audio, along with corresponding closed captions. 

    Grades: 8-12
  • Career Spotlight: Microbiologist

    Aindrila Mukhopadhyay is a microbiologist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, where she investigates the most effective ways to use microbes to convert plants into biofuels. Mukhopadhyay leads a multidisciplinary team studying stress response in bacteria. Her work ranges from hands-on research to grant writing. As a student Mukhopadhyay was always passionate about science, and she went on to earn a doctorate in chemistry.

    This video is available in both English and Spanish audio, along with corresponding closed captions.


    Grades: 9-12
  • Career Spotlight: Insulation and Coatings Technician

    Samuel Weatherwax is an insulation and coatings technician for Calpine Corporation's geothermal power plant, The Geysers, northeast of San Francisco. Weatherwax started as an apprentice and has now worked at The Geysers for four years. He loves spending most of his workday outside, where he paints, pressure washes, sandblasts, and repairs Calpine's power plants. After graduating from high school Weatherwax worked several jobs before a friend helped him land a position at Bottle Rock Power Plant, which helped prepare him for his work at The Geysers.

    This video is available in both English and Spanish audio with closed captions.

    Grades: 6-13+
  • Introducing the Lesson

    In this video, Jackie Roberston describes passive vs. active voice, a skill necessary to demonstrate CCR Language Anchor Standard 1D: g. She uses questioning to assist learners in identifying the purpose of voice in writing.

    This resource is part of the Standards-Based Instruction collection.

    Grades: 13+
  • Student Participation

    In this video, Jackie Roberston facilitates a hands-on activity to assist learners in identifying the difference between passive and active voice. She models, facilitates guided practice, and checks for understanding. CCR Language Anchor Standard 1D: g

    This resource is part of the Standards-Based Instruction collection.

    Grades: 13+
  • Kids at College

    Over the past two years, more than 1,400 Old Bridge Township, NJ fourth graders experienced hands-on learning at a college campus, thanks to the federally funded Kids at College program. Old Bridge Township has established partnerships with ten New Jersey higher education institutions, including community colleges, technical schools, and private and state universities. The university and elementary school faculties work together to create programs aimed at the early cultivation of a college-going culture.

    Grades: 13+
  • Career Spotlight: Meet the HorseAbility Team | American Graduate Day

    Meet the HorseAbility team and learn about the organization’s horse-related programs for children, adults and families with special needs. In this video, HorseAbility’s staff talk about the skills you need to do this work and how they got to where they are today.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Scientist Profile: NASCAR Engineer

    Ryan Newman is a race car driver AND an engineer. He uses his knowledge of vehicle design and physical forces to improve his chances of winning his next race.

    This video is available in both English and Spanish audio, along with corresponding closed captions.

    Grades: 4-6
  • Career Spotlight: Meet Keihen Kitchen | American Graduate Day

    Meet Keihen Kitchen, a student and intern in the Steelworker for the Future Program. In this video, Kitchen describes the path she took to get where she is today and why it’s really important to have goals in life.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Career Spotlight: Meet Deb McGowan | American Graduate Day

    In this video, learn about Deb McGowan, a second grade teacher at Earl Boyles Elementary School. McGowan talks about why she became a teacher, her love of children and what she thinks you should know about the teaching profession.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Career Spotlight: Meet Terrica Jamison | American Graduate Day

    Meet Terrica Jamison, Assistant Recruiting Officer at Louisiana State University, learn about how she landed her job at LSU, and the expertise she needs to be successful. In this video, Jamison talks about a variety of career readiness skills including the importance of time management and networking.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Career Spotlight: Meet Pam Jackson | American Graduate Day

    Meet Pam Jackson, a Supply Chain Project Manager from Fluor Corporation. In this video, Jackson describes her work in construction, the reason she selected this career path, and why she loves going to work every day.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Career Spotlight: STEM Disciplines

    In this media gallery, meet three leading scientists working in different STEM disciplines, and learn more about what it takes to become a professional scientist. Each interviewee explores a) how they became interested in their field, b) ways they’ve been able to advance research in their respective disciplines, and c) what skills can benefit young people entering college or the workforce.

    Also included are discussion questions, vocabulary, and handouts to help students research more about these particular professions, and reflect on their own attitudes towards personal, professional, and/or academic interests after high school.

    Grades: 9-12
  • Why Not Us?

    Follow the journeys of four young people—all first in their families to go to college—as they road-trip across the country to interview inspiring individuals who were also first in their families to pursue higher education. 

    After gaining wisdom and guidance from trail-blazing leaders—including Anna Maria Chávez, CEO of Girl Scouts of the USA, Grammy Award-winner John Legend, and Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz—the Roadtrippers are emboldened to embrace the opportunities ahead and ask “why shouldn't I succeed?”

    Use with the Why Not Us? Viewing Guide for activities, discussion questions, and resources. 

    Grades: 7-13+