Evening the Odds for College-Bound Students:
Applying a Holistic Approach to Career and College Readiness Curricula
The Career & College Clubs
℠ (CCC) program for students in grades 7-12 has demonstrated great success—with one study showing the program increasing odds of college enrollment by 85%. The research-based, peer-to-peer curriculum contains lessons and activities in domains such as academic preparation, leadership, social and emotional learning, and professional etiquette.
CCC is a program of the National Council for Community and Education Partnerships
(NCCEP). To ensure the CCC curriculum provided the clearest paths to future success for students, NCCEP applied the ACT® Holistic Framework
™ to the program. The Holistic Framework provides a multidimensional approach to student readiness that includes a focus on interests and behaviors (social-emotional learning) along with the general cognitive skills traditionally taught in classrooms. The skills, which ACT research shows are most needed in postsecondary and career environments, are defined as:
- Core academic skills
- Cross-cutting capabilities
- Behavioral skills
- Education and career navigation skills
The result: a program that uses a more complete approach and understanding of college and career readiness, adopted by K-12 schools and nonprofit organizations and reaching more than 50,000 students.