College/Career Ready Academy summer venues

The New Jersey Chamber of Commerce has launched a unique academic program designed to give students the tools they need not only to succeed in high school, but to be well-prepared for college and beyond.

Four institutions will host “The College/Career Ready Academy,” a week-long summer residential program for high-potential high school students. Scheduled during July, the Academy is designed to prepare students for the ultra-competitive worlds of college admissions and eventual employment. Registration for the Academy is open for high school students entering their freshman, sophomore or junior year this fall.

Smart’ Isn’t ‘Ready’

“ ‘Smart’ does not mean ‘ready’,” remarked Dana Egreczky, senior vice president for Workforce Development for the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce and president of the Chamber Foundation.

“In fact, one of the main reasons for low college graduation rates is that even students with great potential may take the wrong courses in high school, make poorly considered decisions, or simply not work hard enough,” Egreczky said.

“Because attendance at each Academy will be limited, individuals will receive a personalized experience and get the most out of what is an exceptional program,” she observed. “They will leave better prepared to succeed in college and in the workplace.”

College/Career Ready Academies will be held at the College of New Jersey in Ewing Township, Montclair State University, and the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey in Galloway Township. There also will be a program for college-bound students with mobility disabilities, at no cost to participants’ families.

Experiencing Interviews

Each Academy will be led by experienced facilitators who will involve participants in engaging presentations, instructional simulation games, online activities, and personal interactions with college admissions officials, university deans and professors, and business leaders.

Throughout the program, students will learn what colleges and employers expect, gain valuable insights and skills that can be used during the college admissions and career planning processes, and experience college and employment interviews.

Participants will leave with an understanding of how the academic and social decisions they make today could impact their ability to get into college and their employability, Egreczky said, adding they also will earn valuable credentials and a letter of recommendation on satisfactory completion of the Academy.

Signups Urged Now

While the programs will take place in July, parents or educators should enroll their teens now while there are still available openings, Egreczky advised.

The cost to attend one of the five-day programs is $1,850, which includes all activities, materials, meals, room and board. Discounts and scholarships are available. In addition, participating families may be eligible for a dollar-for-dollar tuition credit at more than 350 private colleges across the country through the Student Achievement Guided by Experience (SAGE) Scholars program.

For information about the College/Career Ready Academy, including staff and instructional content, visit www.CollegeCareerReadyAcademy.org, or call (609) 789-5279.

Another Way to Help with College Tuition Costs

SAGE Scholars Tuition Rewards®

College tuition costs are getting crazier every year – I think everyone pretty much knows that. As far as saving for that big bill, most parents enroll in a 529 Plan.  (For those who don’t know, a 529 Plan is an education savings plan operated by a state or educational institution designed to help families set aside funds for future college costs. Check with your financial institution to learn more about it.)

There’s another vehicle that can also help with those costs – The SAGE Scholars Tuition Rewards® Program.  It’s a point system earned annually based on the value of investments made at financial partners participating in the program, where each point equals a $1.00 discount off tuition. Read more about, and sign up for Tuition Rewards, if desired, here:  https://secure.tuitionrewards.com/

The Philadelphia Inquirer, news source for Philadelphia and South Jersey, discusses the program in a recently posted article entitled, “Daily Money Tip: Tuition Reward gives points toward college costs.” (You can read the full article here: http://articles.philly.com/2014-03-19/business/48334974_1_500-points-fafsa-ed-gov-expected-family-contribution.)

As the Inquirer noted, “The Tuition Reward Points program offers discounts off the ‘list price’ of college when you make deposits to a qualifying account at a participating institution. Similar to frequent flier miles, you save and you earn points, which add up to dollars off of the college price tag.”

You also may not know that the College Career Ready Academy also participates in this program. Parent enrolling their child will receive dollar-for-dollar tuition credit at over 350 private colleges across the country with SAGE Scholars Tuition Rewards®.

Go to our website at www.CollegeCareerReadyAcademy.org to learn more.

Please note that the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce Foundation does not endorse investment programs. We provide information on them so parents may determine whether such programs can benefit them.

The Academy has launched!

The website is ready, registration is open, and we are officially taking sign-ups and sponsorships for this summer’s College Career Ready Academy program! In case you haven’t seen our press release, you can read it below:

                       Summer Program to Help Prepare High-Potential Students for College and Their Future

Trenton – The New Jersey Chamber of Commerce Foundation has announced the launch of the College Career Ready Academy, a summer residential program for high-potential high school students. Scheduled to be held at five of the state’s most prestigious colleges and universities, the Academy is designed to prepare students for the ultra-competitive worlds of college admissions and eventual employment. Registration for the Academy is open for high school students entering freshman, sophomore and junior year in Fall 2014.

“Smart does not mean ready. In fact, one of the  main reasons for low college graduation rates is that even students with great potential may take the wrong courses in high school, make poorly-considered decisions, or simply not work hard enough,” said Dan Egreczky, Senior Vice-President, Workforce Development, for the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce and President of the Chamber Foundation. “Because attendance at each Academy will be limited, individuals will receive a personalized experience and get the most out of what is an exceptional program. They will leave better prepared to succeed in college and in the workforce.”

College Career Ready Academies will be held at The College of New Jersey, Montclair State University, Drew University, New Jersey City University, and the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey. There will also be a program for college-bound students with mobility disabilities at the Kessler Foundation, offered at no cost to participants’ families. All of the programs will take place in July, but parents or educators should enroll their teens now, while there are still available openings.

Each Academy will be led by experienced facilitators who will involve participants in engaging presentations, instructional simulation games, online activities, and personal interactions with college admissions officials, university deans and professors, and business leaders. Throughout the program, students will:

  • learn what colleges and employers expect
  • gain valuable insights and skills that can be used during the college admissions and career planning processes, and
  • experience college and employment interviews

Participants will leave with an understanding of how the academic and social decisions they make today could impact their ability to get into college and their employability. They will also earn valuable credentials and a letter of recommendation upon satisfactory completion of the event.

The cost to attend one of the five-day programs is $1,850, which includes all activities, materials, meals, room and board. Discounts are available. In addition, participating families may be eligible for a dollar-for-dollar tuition credit at more than 350 private colleges across the country through the SAGE Scholars program.

For additional details about the College Career Ready Academy, including staff and instructional content, visit http://www.CollegeCareerReadyAcademy.org or call 609-789-5279. The College Career Ready Academy is a program of the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce Foundation.

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For more detailed information or to arrange interviews, please contact Don Jay Smith at 908-832-1020 or don@lksassociates.com.

About the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce Foundation
The New Jersey Chamber of Commerce Foundation is a charitable organization dedicated to maintaining and improving New Jersey’s high-quality workforce. Finding strong employees, after all, is critical to all employers in the Garden State, and employee preparation is critical in a global economy in which most jobs require special training or college diplomas.

The Foundation focuses on improving the workforce readiness curriculum in public schools; increasing employment opportunities for qualified people with disabilities; and stemming the shortage of nurses and nursing facilities in New Jersey. With the support of New Jersey businesses, the Foundation also gets involved in the advocacy and policy work that will produce a New Jersey workforce that can thrive in an increasingly competitive economy.