We are in the second year of the CFES programme. CFES is a global leader at helping students become college and career ready. CFES currently supports 25,000 students through partnerships with 200 schools and districts in 30 American states and Ireland. We aim to ultimately ensure that the students get to and through college, ready to enter the workforce. College for Every Student engages every CFES Scholar in high-impact practices that research has shown raise aspirations and develop essential skills including; adaptability, grit, resilience, teamwork, leadership and other key qualities that promote social and educational uplift.

Mentoring

Our third year students worked with students and graduates from universities in Ireland. These CFES Scholar mentors provide a first-hand look at the confidence, attitude and habits it takes to succeed. The mentors supported our 3rd years in filling out a mock CAO form which will result in mock college offers based on their Junior Cert results. Next year these students will also have the opportunity to be mentors for younger students in the school.

Leadership Through Service

CFES Scholars serve others, improve their communities and participate in ongoing leadership development and develop plans to share the benefits of their accomplishments. In the process, they build essential skills to help them succeed in college and in the 21st-century workforce. Our third year scholars not only provided leadership training to all second year students but encouraged all students in the school to be involved in our community improvement project. This year’s community improvement project involved the development of a 21st Century Library and Learning Space within the school environment. Next year’s leadership project will focus on serving the wider Dublin community.

Pathways

CFES Scholars visit college campuses, interact with college students and faculty, and receive instructive exposure to the college admission process, financial aid programs, and other aspects of the higher education experience. Additionally, CFES Scholars get additional career guidance through mentors, role models, internships, job shadowing and other activities. While being supported by our in-school Careers Counselling our second and third years visited the Dublin City University (DCU) and Trinity College Dublin (TCD) campuses. Next year will see visits to UCD and DIT as well as more contact with our local FE colleges.

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