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Dolphins CEO Offers Pep Talk to Youngsters

How did a blue collar boy from Brockton, Mass., go from there to being the founder of Blockbuster Entertainment, interim CEO of the Miami Dolphins and the founder of an educational program which provides a $20,000 scholarship to a Willsboro Central graduate each year?

Perseverance: Clint Allen

My mother always told me that if I wanted to go to college, I would have to figure out how to pay for it on my own.

Adirondack Educators Develop College & Career Readiness Plans

60 educators from a dozen Adirondack schools gathered at the CFES Center to plan their programs for this school year aimed to build college and career readiness for some 3,000 students.

Welcome to Fellow Talk

We want to use this series of articles and podcasts - “Fellow Talk” - as a platform to share the opportunities that the CFES Fellowship provides and the Essential Skills that we’ve developed along the way.

Agility, Perseverance, & Teamwork: Shadey Trinidad

My goal was, and continues to be, sharing the skills and tools I learned as a CFES scholar with other students.

Members of Atlanta Hawks Organization Begin Working with Brown Middle School as Mentors

These nine Hawks employees didn’t know what to expect when they walked into Brown for the first time, but they left knowing that they had taken the first step in a productive and fulfilling partnership.

Members of Atlanta Hawks Organization Begin Working with Brown Middle School as Mentors

Crown Point Central School Designated 'School of Distinction'

Crown Point Central School just got its eighth School of Distinction award from College for Every Student.

Crown Point Central School Designated 'School of Distinction'

Agility: Mike Lynch

Even the best Leaders within organizations of all types sometimes face obstacles and circumstances beyond their control.

Leadership: Steve Boyce

In my senior year of high school, I was cut from the basketball team.

Teamwork: Kylie

This experience helped me develop the ability to feel comfortable working with other people.

Leadership: Mollie

CFES has helped me become outgoing and confident in social situations.

Essential Skills: Annmarie Collins

Growing up in an ethnic minority community in Ireland, where progression to college is less than one percent and unemployment is 87%, I showed Grit by persevering to achieve my dreams and to challenge stereotypes by becoming an educated female with a career.

Agility: Natacha

Agility really impressed and surprised me because I did not know I could get used to completely different environments so easily.

Leadership & Teamwork: Lisa Nelson

Leadership comes in many forms and the incumbent power that accompanies a leadership role is something that must be acknowledged and addressed.

Teamwork: Leroy Nesbitt

Teamwork was a key skilled I learned in college.

Agility: Lindsa McIntyre

As a first generation college student, I entered school with a feeling of not belonging socially.

Agility: Lindsa McIntyre

33 Schools Recognized as Exemplary Across the United States & Ireland

School of Distinction is an honor that recognizes the development and execution of an exemplary plan for CFES Scholars and the entire school in the CFES core practices of Mentoring, Leadership Through Service, and Pathways to College and Career.

33 Schools Recognized as Exemplary Across the United States & Ireland

Goal Setting & Leadership: Kevin Hulbert

When I first became a principal 13 years ago, I told myself (and my wife) that I wanted my school to provide a “world class education” and that I wanted to be known as the best principal in the North Country and in the state.

Agility: Carolyn Slaski

Agility has been important to my career, starting from my first year in college.

Networking: Andy Ng

As a shy person, social gatherings with complete strangers can be very overwhelming. But realizing that at the end of the day, it’s not just what you know, but who you knows that matters, I had to take a plunge out of my comfort zone.

Networking: Andy Ng

In My Opinion: No soft skills; all are essential today

Tomorrow’s jobs call for skills not taught in textbooks.

College for Every Student helps tomorrow’s job-seekers build them.

Perseverance: Robin McCracken

I grew up in New York City and only knew one thing, poverty.

Leadership: Ernie Stretton

I learned a great deal about leadership from my high school hockey coach.

CFES Scholars Explore College & Career in Vermont

Students from Boston and New York City gathered in Vermont to become college and career ready.

CFES Scholars Explore College & Career in Vermont

CFES Welcomes New Fellows

Two recent college graduates have joined CFES for a year-long fellowship.

CFES Welcomes New Fellows

Jeremiah E. Burke Students Participate in College Explore at Skidmore College

Students experienced residential college life and learned about the college application process.

Jeremiah E. Burke Students Participate in College Explore at Skidmore College

Florida Student Promotes Her STEM Passion

Christina Dulal spread her passion for STEM through projects and lectures for students in the CFES program at her high school in Miramar, Florida.

Florida Student Promotes Her STEM Passion

Student exchange: From farms to skyscrapers

Pelham Preparatory Academy students spent several days with their counterparts at Willsboro Central School — who later visited them in New York City.

Leatherstocking Year-End Celebration Videos

Two CFES Schools in the Leatherstocking Region of Central New York created year-end videos to recap and celebrate their CFES programs in 2016-17.

Leatherstocking Year-End Celebration Videos

Crown Point Youth Empowerment Summit

Crown Point Central School hosted its third annual Boys and Girls Youth Empowerment Summit at the College for Every Student Center recently.

Crown Point Youth Empowerment Summit

COLLEGE FOR EVERY STUDENT SUMMIT TACKLES STUDENT READINESS FOR 21ST-CENTURY CAREERS

Fifty-four educators, corporate leaders, philanthropists and elected officials came together at the College For Every Student Summit May 4-5 in Essex, N.Y. They generated approaches to advance college-and-career readiness for all students. Speakers included former New York governor George Pataki and former Massachusetts congressman Barney Frank.

COLLEGE FOR EVERY STUDENT SUMMIT TACKLES STUDENT READINESS FOR 21ST-CENTURY CAREERS

Educators, business leaders from across the country in Essex for summit

A recent news segment from WPTZ covered the CFES “Intersections of College & Career Readiness Summit”

Educators, business leaders from across the country in Essex for summit

College and Career Readiness Starts With Essential Skills

In a newly published EdDigest article, CFES President and CEO Rick Dalton explores how Essential Skills drive student growth and development.

Creating a Major League Education for All

In a recent op-ed published in the Topeka Capital-Journal, CFES CEO and President Rick Dalton teams up with his son Erick Dalton, director of advance scouting for the Washington Nationals MLB team, to discuss how to address the widening gap between low-income and high-income students.

Creating a Major League Education for All

CFES Featured on Education Talk Radio

CFES President & CEO Rick Dalton, and CFES Program Director Leroy Nesbitt were recently interviewed on Education Talk Radio.

College For Every Student Introduces 435 Rural Students to Higher Education Pathways and Careers

“We have found that the CFES Sophomore Summit ignites and strengthens rural student interest in higher education.”— Rick Dalton, president and CEO of College For Every Student

College For Every Student Introduces 435 Rural Students to Higher Education Pathways and Careers

College For Every Student Connects Rural Students to STEM Learning Experiences and Career Resources

“CFES STEM week offers opportunities for over two thousand rural students from Adirondack K-12 schools to see what STEM careers are and hear how to pursue them on the college pathway,” said Rick Dalton, CEO and president.

College For Every Student Connects Rural Students to STEM Learning Experiences and Career Resources

Booker CFES Program is Changing Lives

“If you come here, you’re going to college,” said college and career adviser Lemuel Andrews of the CFES program. He’s responsible for its implementation. The rest is up to the students.

Booker CFES Program is Changing Lives

Students Explore Health-Care Fields

Students were able to visit a number of stations staffed by representatives from CVPH and High Peaks Dental to get an overview of the jobs of physician assistants, lab technicians, EMTs and IT technicians, as well as the fields of radiology, nursing, respiratory therapy, dental hygiene and pediatric dentistry.

Students Explore Health-Care Fields

Essex, Oxford aligned on college importance

Oxford University’s colleges have scholarship funds available for low-income students.

The problem, however, is recruiting those young people, College for Every Student CEO and President Rick Dalton said.

“It’s a not a money issue,” he explained. “The hardest part, I think, for well-endowed institutions, is getting everybody on board (to help students get there and succeed).”

Propelling Students to Beat the Odds

Last month, a young woman who grew up in a low-income household in rural Kentucky was accepted early decision to Harvard.

Cocktails For College: A Party With a Purpose

A group of 85 young professionals recently gathered for the first “Cocktails For College” fundraiser in New York City to benefit College For Every Student (CFES).

Cocktails For College: A Party With a Purpose

SUNY Canton Student Kicks Off College For Every Student Mentoring Initiative at Her Former School; Partnerships to Advance Students’ Oral Health Understanding and Practices

Every Crown Point Central student takes part in the school’s College For Every Student (CFES) Program. Here, some students in grades 9-12 join Logan Harrington, third from left, who visits her alma mater from SUNY Canton where she is studying in the advanced Dental Hygiene Select program. Harrington is working with CFES to kick off a mentoring initiative at Crown Point Central, which has been recognized with the School of Distinction status.

SUNY Canton Student Kicks Off College For Every Student Mentoring Initiative at Her Former School; Partnerships to Advance Students’ Oral Health Understanding and Practices

North Country educators converge for CFES summit

CFES West Point Robotics Workshops

Ticonderoga Middle School Honored by CFES

“If I have any advice, it’s to find out what you’re really good at,” Butera said. “Don’t be afraid. You can get far in life if you follow your dreams.”

Ticonderoga Middle School Honored by CFES

College For Every Student Initiates Fellowships to Advance Career Readiness for Recent Graduates

Two 2016 college graduates are beginning one-year internships in Essex, NY at the CFES head office. Aurora Butera, from Farmington, Connecticut, graduated from Union College in Schenectady, New York with a Bachelor of Arts in Classical Language and European History. Deirdre McAdams, from Dublin, Ireland, graduated from Trinity College Dublin with a Bachelor of Arts in Medicinal Chemistry.

College For Every Student Initiates Fellowships to Advance Career Readiness for Recent Graduates

CFES Commits to Help One Million More Students in the United States and Around the World

Ticonderoga CFES Scholars Hold Unity Day Rally

Steve Boyce of the College for Every Student organization told scholars they can unify against bullies. “When we all stand together, no one stands alone,” he said

Ticonderoga CFES Scholars Hold Unity Day Rally

More than 800 middle school scholars pledge to go to College

More than 800 middle school Pharr-San Juan-Alamo ISD students took the College for Every Student Pledge during the 2nd Annual kickoff event held Wednesday, Oct. 19 at the PSJA ISD Auditorium.

More than 800 middle school scholars pledge to go to College

33 Schools Named “Schools of Distinction”

CFES announces the 2015-2016 “Schools of Distinction.”

School honored for guiding students toward college

Crown Point Central School receives its seventh School of Distinction award from College For Every Student during a school-wide kickoff celebration at Camp Dudley in Westport, NY.

School honored for guiding students toward college

'College For Every Student: A Practitioner's Guide to Building College and Career Readiness' is Released

Following 30 years of research and advocacy, two visionaries in college access have come together to share best practices for helping students attain degrees and 21 st century jobs in their book College For Every Student: A Practitioner’s Guide to Building College and Career Readiness.

'College For Every Student: A Practitioner's Guide to Building College and Career Readiness' is Released

Become a Readiness School: Build Pathways to College & Career for Your Students

A national nonprofit, College For Every Student (CFES), with a highly successful record of getting underserved students college and career ready, has launched a nationwide search for five schools to participate in a high-impact program.

Become a Readiness School: Build Pathways to College & Career for Your Students

CFES Book Launch: A Practitioner’s Guide to Building College and Career Readiness

If you’ve ever asked Rick Dalton what exactly College for Every Student (CFES) does, you’ve witnessed a mysterious-but-beguiling force of nature.

CFES Book Launch: A Practitioner’s Guide to Building College and Career Readiness

College For Every Student: A Practitioner's Guide to Building College and Career Readiness

Low-Income Students Need More Than Just a College Degree, Report Says

Released this week by the GE Foundation and College For Every Student, “New Dimensions of College and Career Readiness” argues that five strategies are particularly important in making sure that low-income students are ready to thrive in the workplace.

Authors of the Month: Rick Dalton & Edward St. John

What’s the secret to getting students college and career ready? Find out in Dalton & St. John’s new release, College For Every Student: A Practitioner’s Guide to Building College and Career Readiness !

Campus Hosts College Exploration Program for Underserved Youth

Thirty underserved high school juniors and seniors will experience campus life and learn about the college application process in a three-day residential program at SUNY Plattsburgh.

Campus Hosts College Exploration Program for Underserved Youth

West Point Leader Joins College For Every Student Board

“I have long admired and respected the work CFES does in helping underserved students prepare for college and career success,” remarked LTC (R) Don Outing. “The organization has a global reputation for raising the academic aspirations and performance of low-income youth and I am deeply honored to join them in this endeavor.”

West Point Leader Joins College For Every Student Board

Local Middle Schoolers Spend Four Days at West Point

Eleven Tampa Bay students were among 120 middle schoolers from 30 states to participate in the annual STEM Workshop at the United States Military Academy at West Point.

Local Middle Schoolers Spend Four Days at West Point

Dalton & Hannon to Speak at GE Foundation Virtual Conference

The co-directors of a highly acclaimed international educational partnership will explain the success of their six-year-old partnership during a June 14-15 virtual conference sponsored by the GE Foundation.

Dalton & Hannon to Speak at GE Foundation Virtual Conference

On the Bright Side: Students meet at Otesaga to cap off college-prep program

“Just because we’re freshmen, we still are looking ahead and preparing for college,” stated Sam Donahoe, who was among the one hundred students from 13 schools in Central NY who shared presentations and skills they’ve gained through the College For Every Student program.

On the Bright Side: Students meet at Otesaga to cap off college-prep program

Perseverance, leadership, teamwork, grit at heart of CFES mission

“In order to create students to be competitive in a global economy, we have to begin to do a better job of linking the educational pipeline to the jobs of the future,” said Kelli Wells, executive director of education and skills for the GE Foundation.

Perseverance, leadership, teamwork, grit at heart of CFES mission

Education Leaders Work to Keep Kids in School

Last week a few dozen people – school superintendents, university officials, and a few state government representatives – met in Essex at the headquarters of College for Every Student, hoping to figure out new ways to keep kids in school.

Education Leaders Work to Keep Kids in School

Global Leaders to Keynote Summit on College and Career Readiness in the Digital World

A Harvard professor, the president of the technology industry’s largest lobbying group, and a leading educational innovator at the GE Foundation will be featured speakers at a summit at the CFES Center in Essex, NY, May 3 and 4, that will focus on ways to prepare low-income youth for college and careers in an era of unprecedented change.

The Global Impact of CFES

At the Founders and Benefactors Dinner at Oxford, Trinity College Dublin’s Provost Dr. Patrick Prendergast’s recently remarked on the impact of College For Every Student in Ireland

The Global Impact of CFES

Local Businesses Help Kick-off Adirondack STEM Week

Throughout the rest of STEM Week, students from ten school districts in the Adirondacks, all part of the College For Every Student program, will participate in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) activities and workshops led by CFES staff and school educators.

"Science For Every Student" promotes STEM education for Sarasota students

Nine hundred students along with college and career professionals filled the gym at Booker Middle School for “Science for Every Student Day.” Watch the SNN TV and ABC reports!

430 rural students on the path to college success

In effort to build students’ college and career readiness, 70 college representatives and industry leaders from within and beyond the region, came together to help 430 students forge their post-secondary pathways at the College For Every Student (CFES) Sophomore Summit on March 8 at SUNY Oneonta.

430 rural students on the path to college success

CFES Leadership Team Welcomes Honor Flight

College For Every Student Leadership Team welcomes and escorts the veterans around Crown Point Central School as part of the North Country Honor Flight presentation.

CFES Leadership Team Welcomes Honor Flight

VIDEO: Booker Middle School STEM Expo

The CFES team at Booker Middle School in Tampa, Florida organized an expo to engage current and incoming students in STEM fields. Throughout the day, students and families participated in hands-on learning experiences and heard about related college and career pathways.

Bronx Students Learn Resilience from Central Park Jogger Case Discussion

CFES Scholars from Eximius College Preparatory Academy in The Bronx were given the opportunity to participate in a seminar with several of the men exonerated from their convictions as juveniles in the Central Park jogger case.

Bronx Students Learn Resilience from Central Park Jogger Case Discussion

Adirondack Students Learn Robotics from West Point Cadets in Essex

On February 4th, Dr. Kendall Williams and three cadets from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point came to the College for Every Student (CFES) Center in Essex, NY to conduct a robotics workshop with 40 students from six Adirondack schools. They talked with students about STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) fields and various college and career paths.

Adirondack Students Learn Robotics from West Point Cadets in Essex

Beekmantown Students Get Hands-On With Robots

VIDEO: A group of 40 Beekmantown sixth, seventh and eighth-graders took a different approach Friday by making their math move.

CFES Live Chat - Engaging Students in STEM Fields

Watch this month’s CFES Live Chat, featuring LTC Anthony Johnson, Director of the Center for Leadership & Diversity in STEM at the United States Military Academy at West Point.

CFES Builds Student's Confidence

Confidence is what it’s often about such as with Cherry Valley Springfield Central School (CVSCS) senior Jordan Zaccagnino who feels her association with College For Every Student (CFES) has given her the strength to star in the classroom and on the court.

VIDEO: CFES Program Motivates Bronx Students

Eximius College Preparatory students value their CFES program so much that Scholars created a video to highlight their program!

New Employees Join College For Every Student

College For Every Student (CFES) welcomes six new employees to its team of 25 professionals across the United States and Ireland.

New Employees Join College For Every Student

Upcoming Live Chats

Upcoming Live Chats

Teacher from Keene Central Receives National Honor for Guiding Youth to College

College For Every Student (CFES) honored Laura Eldred, teacher at Keene Central School, for her work in helping students prepare for, gain access to, and succeed in college.

Teacher from Keene Central Receives National Honor for Guiding Youth to College

Teddy Bears & College: Richfield Spring Students Enjoy Higher Ed For A Day

They may not graduate for another five years, but some of the 8th graders at Richfield Springs High School in the Leatherstocking region of New York State are already becoming college ready.

Teddy Bears & College: Richfield Spring Students Enjoy Higher Ed For A Day

College For Every Student Program in Ticonderoga

Ticonderoga 360 interviews CFES Program Director Steve Boyce.

College For Every Student Program in Ticonderoga

College For Every Student Announces National Search to Help Four Low-Income Schools

College For Every Student has launched its second national search to help schools in need of college and career readiness support. Four schools will receive Closing the Gap awards, and benefit from three years of CFES program support.

Closing the Gap

Gary Belske Honored by the Kansas City Public Schools System

Gary L. Belske, EY Americas Deputy Managing Director and College For Every Student Board Member, was recently honored by the Kansas City Public Schools System with a Reasons to Believe Alumni Recognition Award.

Gary Belske Honored by the Kansas City Public Schools System

CFES Live Chat

Steve Booker, Director of Financial Aid at Rollins College, Gives Financial Aid Tips to Educators

K-16 Educators Commit to Help 1500 Students Become College Ready

Eleven school districts and five colleges from the Adirondack region gathered at the CFES Center in Essex, NY on December 10 to discuss partnering opportunities and strategies that will help their students become college ready.

K-16 Educators Commit to Help 1500 Students Become College Ready

Cincinnati students give back to school in Sierra Leone

Aiken New Tech High School in Cincinnati has some of the most benevolent students in the district. Instead of worrying about what they are getting for Christmas - they’re giving back—all the way to West Africa.

Cincinnati students give back to school in Sierra Leone

Robotics STEM Lesson Makes Stop At Booker Middle

VIDEO: Watch the SNN news report that features our College For Every Student STEM Scholars’ participation in the hands-on robotics workshop with West Point professors and cadets.

Students, Educators, College Reps attend CFES Conference

Riley Quigley, CFES Scholar at Ticonderoga High School, had the honor of introducing keynote speaker Lucille O’Neal, author, motivational speaker, and mother of NBA legend Shaquille O’Neal.

Students, Educators, College Reps attend CFES Conference

Book Lauds College For Every Student’s Success with Schools

Amid increasing challenges facing urban schools because of market forces and standards, College For Every Student (CFES) offers hope and support for city educators and the students they serve, according to Left Behind, a book published by John Hopkins University Press.

Book Lauds College For Every Student’s Success with Schools

#GivingTuesday

You’ve heard of Black Friday and Cyber Monday. You may have even heard of Small Business Saturday. But did you know about Giving Tuesday?

#GivingTuesday

Paying for College: Education Equals Choices

Steve Booker, Dean of Enrollment Management at Rollins College delivered paying for college advice to 500 students at four middle and two high schools in Tampa, Florida.

Paying for College: Education Equals Choices

CFES National Conference - An Irish Perspective

A year after 11 Irish schools began their own College For Every Student programmes, 20 educators made the 3000 mile pilgrimage to Vermont to meet and share practice with their US counterparts. Read more

CFES National Conference - An Irish Perspective

GE Foundation Supported Get Ready Now App Goes Live

On October 30, College For Every Student launched its Get Ready Now app, supported by the GE Foundation. The app coincides with First Lady Michelle Obama’s Reach Higher Career App Challenge, which aims to help students navigate education and career pathways. Read more.

GE Foundation Supported Get Ready Now App Goes Live

Berea Educators Help Close the Skills Gap for Low-Income Students At College For Every Student National Conference

Twenty-seven educators and 17 students from Berea GEAR-UP participated in the College For Every Student National Conference on October 29-30 in Burlington, Vermont, and shared best practices they are implementing to ensure students are college and 21st century career ready.

Berea Educators Help Close the Skills Gap for Low-Income Students At College For Every Student National Conference

“You are not tomorrow’s leaders…you are today’s leaders.”

More than 350 students, K-12 educators, college representatives and corporate partners who attended the 2015 College For Every Student (CFES) National Conference in Burlington, Vermont received this inspiring opening message from CFES President and CEO Dr. Rick Dalton, “You are not tomorrow’s leaders…you are today’s leaders.”

VIDEO: Trinity Access Program

Smalley Academy honored as School of Distinction

“Our students need to see themselves as capable young people who can go to college and enter the career path of their choosing. They are authors of their own stories, and we are all part of different chapters,” said New Britain Board of Education president Sharon Beloin-Saavedra.

Smalley Academy honored as School of Distinction
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