The Office of College and Career Readiness (CCR) in the Division of Postsecondary and Career Education is responsible for state-level activities focused on postsecondary access, awareness and readiness, including but not limited to early college programming; college readiness metrics; career exploration; access to academically rigorous coursework; postsecondary entrance exams; and resources and professional development to promote smart college choices.
Description of Services
CCR promotes college access by exposing low income students to college and academic rigor through programs such as Dual Enrollment, Advanced Placement Testing and the OSSE Scholars program-an academic enrichment opportunity that exposes students to university campus life for several weeks in the summer. Additionally, this office supports college access by providing funding for the SAT and ACT college entrance exams, and test preparation in a target set of schools for the SAT.
This office also focuses on increasing college persistence and completion rates for DC public students through implementing programs that promote FAFSA and college application completion, information sharing for students and educators around making smart college choices, and postsecondary peer-to-peer mentoring programs.
The Office of College and Career Readiness fosters collaboration among key college access stakeholders by bringing them together through the College and Credential Completion Network (C3N) to share data, promising practices and lessons learned in addition to providing professional development opportunities for guidance counselors at middle and secondary schools.
To increase the number of underrepresented students who enroll in and complete postsecondary education.
Programs and initiatives target District of Columbia residents pursuing postsecondary education.
Program and Initiatives
- Adult College Completion Initiative (ACC)
- College Conversations
- DC College Application and Exploration Month
- DC College Signing Day
- Dual Enrollment Program
- High School Ready Summer Initiative
- Mayor’s Scholars Undergraduate Program
- OSSE Postsecondary Access and Readiness Series
- OSSE Scholars Summer Enrichment Program
- SAT School Day
- SAT Preparation Expansion Grant
- Professional Development - College and Career Readiness
Melissa McKnight, Director, College and Career Readiness
Division of Postsecondary and Career Education