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Promoting holistic growth 

These programs promote re-entry to school, academic achievement and development of a post-graduation plan that may include college and/or employment. We also plan field trips to colleges for high school students to provide exposure and promote interest in post-secondary education.

Community Schools

CCCS’ Alianza Division operates two Community Schools: one at the High School for Media and Communications, and another at the High School for Health Careers and Science — both located at the George Washington Educational Campus in Washington Heights. 

Each high school partners with CCCS in an integrated and collaborative way that focuses on academic improvement, health and mental health services, social services, expanded after-school learning opportunities, and extensive parent and community engagement. Our model emphasizes the importance of students’ social and emotional health and the development of healthy interpersonal relationship skills and competencies. 


Learning to Work

The Learning to Work (LTW) program helps high school students resolve issues so that they can successfully complete academic requirements towards graduation. It helps them understand their educational opportunities after graduation and gives them the tools to find rewarding employment. 

Our dedicated staff offer students academic support and confidence building opportunities.  
Specialized curriculum introduces them to careers and educational possibilities they might never have considered. Work preparation, skills development, and internship opportunities help them want to stay in school and prepare for life after high school. 


The Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) is the nation’s largest youth employment program, connecting NYC youth between the ages of 14 and 24 with career exploration opportunities and paid work experience each summer. Program participants have the opportunity to explore their interests and career pathways, develop workplace skills and engage in learning experiences that help in developing their social, civic, and leadership skills. By participating in structured project and work-based opportunities, NYC youth are better prepared for future careers.

 CareerReady SYEP

The CareerReady Summer Youth Employment Program was created to provide enhanced opportunities for young people to explore their interests, increase their career awareness, strengthen connections between academic learning and career exploration, and develop work readiness skills including critical 21st-century competencies such as problem-solving, team building, and analytic reasoning. Designed to strengthen connections between academic learning and career exploration. We partner with select NYC High Schools to work collaboratively to implement both school year and summer program components. Emphasizing work-readiness content to fit the career interests of our youth.

 CareerReady WLG

The CareerReady Work, Learn and Grow program model creates a true year-round experience where youth from select public schools in New York City strengthen work readiness skills, explore careers, and receive academic support, including opportunities to earn college credits and inform plans for postsecondary education. This program partners with CUNY to offer remote entry college-level courses. The courses are credit-bearing and available for youth on track to graduate. Academic instruction is combined with college and career exploration activities, youth-led discussions, and internships throughout this 23-week program.