College & Career Advocacy Network (CCAN)
Washington County, PA
Choosing the right college has become increasingly complicated. College costs are soaring, marketers and sales persons are highly involved in the admissions process, advertised prices usually don't reflect true costs, and there are endless options for students willing to move away from home to attend college. It is understandably challenging for students and their families to make well-informed college decisions. Over 40% of students who begin college will not graduate from that same college. Those who do graduate may find themselves without guidance on how to use their hard college degrees to get good jobs. The financial and psychological costs of not being successful during and after college is a risk for today's young adults and
the hard working families who support them.
Making good college decisions is easier when students and families have information about how colleges work. CCAN is committed to providing free guidance to students and families as they decide on which college to attend, as they complete their college education, and as they transition into the workforce.
CCAN services are available to Washington County, PA students and families at no charge on a first-come basis; phone consults are available to those outside of this area as time permits. In person meetings can be arranged via public venues in Washington, PA and Burgettstown, PA. Priority is given to students from disadvantaged backgrounds, including but not limited to those who are in the first generation in their family to attend college (neither parent has a college degree), students from low-income families, foster and homeless youth, and students with disabilities.
NOTE: “College” is defined as any post-high school educational opportunity leading to a skilled trade Certificate, Associate’s degree, or Bachelor’s degree and completed at an institution eligible to receive federal financial aid dispersed through the US Department of Education(that is, student loans or federal grants). Organizations may include those providing professional certificates, training for professional license, for-profit and non-profit agencies.
Over 40% of new college students will not graduate within 6 years. Reasons may include inability to pay through graduation, academic preparedness, personal difficulties, or not selecting the right college. CCAN informs your first college decision to increase the chances that it'll be your last. Need help deciding which kind of college best fits your interests and abilities, determining if the costs are worth the investment, or what kind of financial assistance you may be eligible to receive?
Being successful in college isn't only about going to class and satisfactorily completing assignments and tests. A successful student needs to stay on top of deadlines, play by the campus rules, pay bills on time, and make responsible decisions as they learn to become well functioning adults. CCAN helps students overcome problems they face while in college (whether in the classroom, in the residence hall, or in the community) with confidence.
Colleges are focused on getting students to graduation. When students become alumni, their connection to their college is significantly changed. CCAN advises students on how to use their campus career centers to jump start their careers before they graduate. CCAN also provides basic career support to local college graduates as they look for jobs worthy of their hard earned college degrees. This experience can be especially challenging to graduates residing in rural communities.