On Demand College and Career Readiness (CCR) Sessions - For Partnerships
Elgin Community College is dedicated to ensuring students are supported throughout school and prepared for what comes next, from types of careers to financial literacy and entering college.
To help students prepare for their futures, we’re bringing on-demand college and career readiness (CCR) sessions directly to your schools and classrooms. We’ll work with you to choose a time and location that works best for you and your students.
Available session topics are listed below in the drop-down sections.
On Demand CCR Session Giveaways
For every On Demand College and Career (CCR) session completed in the school year 2022-2023, the qualified professional will receive a $5 gift card.
You must meet the following eligibility requirements to be considered a qualified professional for an On Demand CCR session:
- Professional in a learner-facing field (e.g., teachers, counselors, principals, librarians, student support organizations, etc.)
- The place you work must reside in District 509, within ECC’s county boundaries - Cook, Kane, DeKalb, DuPage, and McHenry.
- Respond to facilitator’s outreach before the scheduled session to confirm needs such as arrival time and location.
- Maintain classroom management during the session.
- Complete the feedback survey after the session.
As an added bonus, a year-long raffle will be held for qualified On Demand CCR giveaway recipients:
- At the end of the academic year (May 23, 2023), one (1) qualified professional can win a $150 Target gift card.*
- A qualified professional will be entered into the raffle after successfully holding two (2) On Demand CCR sessions and completing their respective surveys.
- Maximum raffle entries for one qualified professional is three (3), equating to six (6) On Demand CCR sessions.
*Entries made during the 2022-2023 academic year expire on May 23, 2023, and do not roll over for future CCR events.
College 101 – facilitated by ISAC
Typically, people hear “college” and assume it means living away from home to attend a four-year university. This presentation covers detailed information about various post-secondary options and why it is essential to start thinking about life after high school. Topics include but are not limited to types of colleges and how to research colleges, college matches, and the importance of college visits.
College Application Process – facilitated by ISAC
Applying to colleges can be daunting. Through this presentation, juniors and seniors will learn the ins and outs of the college application process, including typical components of college applications, the timeline and logistics of the college application process, tips on personal statements and essays, and basic financial aid information. Students will also learn about helpful resources they can use to prepare for standardized tests often required for college admissions.
College Knowledge Jeopardy – facilitated by ISAC
This presentation will motivate students to go to college and teach them more about the process. Presented in an engaging multimedia format, this activity is available in two difficulty tiers: beginner and expert. Topics include paying for college, types of colleges, college admissions, and picking a major.
Headed to College – facilitated by ISAC
As recent college graduates, Corps members offer an essential perspective to high school seniors as they prepare to transition into college. This presentation is a practical discussion regarding that transition, particularly behaviors and characteristics that will help ensure it is smooth. The presentation covers common college resources and important logistical information, like how to accept financial aid and manage the student billing process.
Connect the Dots – facilitated by ISAC
Students connect post-secondary education with career options in a presentation and engaging activity. The brief presentation introduces students to ways to identify their interests and explore related careers and the basics of post-secondary education, including how to prepare in high school.
Exploring Careers – facilitated by ECC
Students will explore different types of careers and their interests through assessments. We’ll discuss different career pathways and what steps and requirements students will need to meet to achieve their goals.
Paths After High School – facilitated by ECC
Introduce your students to the possibilities awaiting them after graduation, including college, apprenticeships, job training, service year, gap year, military, or becoming an entrepreneur.
Claim Your Future – facilitated by ECC
Students will complete the Claim Your Future game and discover real-life aspects they might need to plan for. We’ll discuss how a career path is tied to educational requirements, financial responsibility, and time. We’ll also discuss the potential of supplemental income and budgets.
All About Scholarships – facilitated by ISAC
This introduction to the process of applying for scholarships addresses the basics of a scholarship application, along with tips on how to submit a successful application. It is designed to flexibly integrate high school resources while informing students of reputable sources of information.
Financial Literacy: Budgeting – facilitated by ECC
We will cover setting limits, defining spending plans, saving benefits, and using credit in this workshop to help students learn to manage their financial resources effectively.
Study Skills – facilitated by ECC
Students will learn essential study skills to help them retain and comprehend information gained in the classroom, workplace, and beyond.
Notetaking – facilitated by ECC
Students will learn notetaking skills to help them reference and comprehend information gained in the classroom, workplace, and beyond.
Skills from School to Life – facilitated by ECC
Help your students grasp and apply the essential skills they’re already learning in the classroom to the rest of their lives, including verbal/written communication, goal setting, organization, time management, collaboration, and critical thinking.
Plan, Learn, and Navigate for Success (PLANS) For Transitioning – facilitated by ECC
Help your students plan for what comes next. No matter the grade level they’re transitioning to, there’s fundamental knowledge they’ll receive to succeed. This workshop will give students a better understanding of skills needed to flourish, including learning common lingo, GPA, and dual credit, advocating for themselves, organization, preparation, self-care, and external resources.
Welcome to High School – facilitated by ISAC
This presentation introduces eighth graders, first-year students, and sophomores to the importance of high school and how to make the most of it to prepare for college. Students will learn important basic information about college and how they can prepare for college academically, socially, and behaviorally during high school.