College & Career Knowledge


It’s tough for most high school students to imagine what college will be like or even decide if they really want to go. College & Career Knowledge gives them a firsthand look at their options. The program, which is open to students beginning in 8th grade, provides half-day immersion experiences at local colleges and apprenticeship training centers.

During college visits, kids meet with freshmen to find out what adjustments to expect and with professors to learn what classes will be like. They tour campuses and learn about academic support programs, athletics, clubs, social life and more.

During apprenticeship visits, students learn about any of 17 training programs offered in the region, all of which lead to well-paying jobs in the building trades. They learn how the training programs are structured, talk with skilled craftsmen about their jobs and even try their hands at using some tools of the trade.

Teachers select students to participate in both parts of College & Career Knowledge. The program targets kids who show academic promise, but may not have given college any thought as well as students who are looking for other options because they’ve ruled college out.

Program Overview

  • Open to middle and high school students at participating schools
  • Program active since: 2014
  • 17 trade programs to visit
  • Many colleges and technical schools to visit

Participating Colleges and Universities

  • Alderson Broaddus University
  • Art Institute of Pittsburgh
  • The Builders Guild of Western PA
  • California University of Pennsylvania
  • Carlow University
  • CCAC
  • Chatham College
  • Clarion University
  • Indiana University of Pennsylvania
  • La Roche College
  • Penn State Greater Allegheny
  • Pitt Greensburg
  • Point Park University
  • Robert Morris University
  • Slippery Rock University
  • Waynesburg University

Program Point of Contact

Jennifer Sethman
Gina Barrett