CollegeBound relaunched its retention project which is now known as the College Completion Program. CollegeBound recognized that Baltimore City public high school students need more support as they head off to college. The College Completion Program aims to provide guidance and support that will assist students over hurdles, around roadblocks, and across the finish line. Not only do scholars receive guidance they also get funding from our Last Dollar Grant, M&T Bank and Urban Scholar award. In addition to fall and spring funding students have the opportunity to receive funding for winter/summer term and transportation for study abroad. With the collaboration of our partnering colleges/universities and professional community mentors, the program turns it focus to our F.A.C.S Model which allows us to rectify Financial, Academic, Career and Social/personal barriers that may otherwise cause a student to drop out.
CollegeBound College Completion Advisors:
- Help student develop degree plans that meet their short-term as well as long-term educational and career objectives.
- Provide academic and personal guidance/advising and referral services to students.
- Assist students with FAFSA completion, verification, and financial aid.
- Connect students with college campus agencies that best support student needs.
Building Workshops & Seminars:
- January – Winter workshops held at a Baltimore metropolitan location. We hold day long workshops for all college levels. Past topics include: “How to Interview”, “Business Etiquette”, “Social Networking”, “Negotiating Your Future”, “Social Media’. Students participate in employer/student roundtable discussions.
- May – Early Summer Seminar conducted by a prominent local business. Over the course of the scholars’ academic career, topics range from financial literacy (including managing a checking/savings account, the pitfalls of credit, borrowing for a home or auto and investing for their future) to preparing for summer internships and/or post grad employment. Event includes recognition of graduating senior scholars.
- August – Overnight Retreat we host a two night, three day event to welcome new freshmen to the program and returning scholars “wrap up” the prior year.
- Networking Opportunities – Multiple events throughout the year.
- Peer Mentoring – Freshman and sophomores are provided peer mentors from our upperclassman College Completion Scholars. Peer mentors are certified peer mentors.
- Adult Mentoring – Rising college juniors and seniors receive an adult mentor. Mentors from the corporate community as well as CollegeBound Alumni to round out the pool of volunteers.