Local Cadet Returns to Help Spread Robotics
“If we can get a foundation in STEM started, the North Country can benefit greatly from it.”23 February 2018
Reaching for college: Grant to help with success beyond high school
Alexandria Area High School was one of four Minnesota schools chosen for a grant from CFES Brilliant Pathways.19 February 2018
Save the Date: CFES 2018 Conference
Save the Date: November 2-3, Burlington Vermont School Registration opens in August05 February 2018
Mulberry Middle CFES program featured on Polk County TV
Check out this great news story about the hardworking students and educators of Mulberry Middle School transforming their community and making a difference through CFES!
Washington-Marion named a School of Distinction by CFES
“Before I joined CFES, I was always following what other people were doing and never spoke up for what I had in mind,” one student said. “When I started helping the community and participating in leadership activities, I started to express my thoughts more often. Now, I want to be an influence on someone else.”
Apply for the 2018-19 CFES Fellowship!
Become a CFES Fellow: Paid Fellowship for Recent College Grads
Fellow Talk Podcast: Teamwork
This Fellow Talk podcast focuses on the Essential Skill of Teamwork. Teamwork is unavoidable as you move through high school, college, and career, and the CFES Fellows offer advice about how to be a better team member and strategies about how to deal with difficult teamwork situations.
Washington-Marion Magnet High School 100 for 100 Community Leader Mentoring Event
At Washington-Marion Magnet High School in Lake Charles, Louisiana, 100 Community Leaders and 100 Washington-Marion Scholars participated in an exciting community mentorship event.
CFES to Launch Alumni Network
At the Harvard Club of New York City on December 20, CFES President and CEO Rick Dalton announced the launch of an official CFES alumni association that will connect CFES graduates with current CFES Scholars as mentors and role models.
Why Did We Change Our Name?
Success is about a lot more than getting to college.
So are we.
CFES Brilliant Pathways: New Name, Same Mission
Success is about more than getting to college – and College for Every Student is changing its name to CFES Brilliant Pathways to reflect that.
College & Career Ready: Brown Middle School Students Explore Robotics and the World of STEM
Dozens of career- and college-minded students at Brown Middle School recently spent the day building and programming robots, all while exploring careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
Fellow Talk Podcast: Networking
The first Fellow Talk podcast focuses on the Essential Skill of Networking. Networking might seem difficult or intimidating, but the CFES Fellows have plenty of advice about how to be better networker, make connections, and use your network to achieve your goals.20 November 2017
A College Wake-Up Call: Committing to Economically Disadvantaged Students
We have created a postsecondary system where, too often, those who need the most help get the least and those who need the least get the most.13 November 2017
Agility, Goal Setting, & Perseverance: Gary Belske
When I first graduated from college and started my career at EY, I set a goal to be a partner, the highest rank within the firm.09 November 2017
Teamwork: Katie O'Hara
The team falls apart if everyone is not doing what is needed, and your teammates’ support allows you to thrive in everything you do.08 November 2017
Perseverance: Heather Netland
As a first generation college graduate, I had to overcome and push through many obstacles to keep moving forward to make college graduation a reality.07 November 2017
Teamwork: Kate Heekin
In my career, I have been more productive, joyous and excited when I have been part of a tight team.06 November 2017
Perseverance & Agility: Christine Kragenbring
I became a teacher because I wanted to help all students but I especially had a heart for helping kids through tough times.
2017 CFES Conference: Building College & Career Readiness
The students who attended CFES’ 26th annual conference in Burlington, Vt., this weekend learned more people have their backs than they might realize.
Former Blockbuster CEO: Broaden Your Horizons
“You don’t have to be a high school hero,” Clint Allen counseled. “You need hard work and dedication.”
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?12 October 2017
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.09 October 2017
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.09 October 2017
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.29 September 2017
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.
Crown Point Central School Designated 'School of Distinction'
Crown Point Central School just got its eighth School of Distinction award from CFES.
Agility: Mike Lynch
Even the best Leaders within organizations of all types sometimes face obstacles and circumstances beyond their control.06 September 2017
Leadership: Steve Boyce
In my senior year of high school, I was cut from the basketball team.05 September 2017
This experience helped me develop the ability to feel comfortable working with other people.05 September 2017
CFES has helped me become outgoing and confident in social situations.05 September 2017
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.05 September 2017
Agility really impressed and surprised me because I did not know I could get used to completely different environments so easily.05 September 2017
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.05 September 2017
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.
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.
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.23 August 2017
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.
In My Opinion: No soft skills; all are essential today
Tomorrow’s jobs call for skills not taught in textbooks.
CFES helps tomorrow’s job-seekers build them.21 August 2017
Perseverance: Robin McCracken
I grew up in New York City and only knew one thing, poverty.20 August 2017
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 Welcomes New Fellows
Two recent college graduates have joined CFES for a year-long fellowship.
Jeremiah E. Burke Students Participate in College Explore at Skidmore College
Students experienced residential college life and learned about the college application process.
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.
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.
Crown Point Youth Empowerment Summit
Crown Point Central School hosted its third annual Boys and Girls Youth Empowerment Summit at the CFES Center recently.
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 CFES 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.
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”
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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, CFES 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).”14 January 2017
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 CFES.
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 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.
North Country educators converge for CFES summit13 December 2016
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.”
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.
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 CFES organization told scholars they can unify against bullies. “When we all stand together, no one stands alone,” he said
More than 800 middle school scholars pledge to go to College
More than 800 middle school Pharr-San Juan-Alamo ISD students took the CFES Pledge during the 2nd Annual kickoff event held Wednesday, Oct. 19 at the PSJA ISD Auditorium.
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 CFES during a school-wide kickoff celebration at Camp Dudley in Westport, NY.
'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.
Become a Readiness School: Build Pathways to College & Career for Your Students
A national nonprofit, 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.
CFES Book Launch: A Practitioner’s Guide to Building College and Career Readiness
If you’ve ever asked Rick Dalton what exactly CFES does, you’ve witnessed a mysterious-but-beguiling force of nature.
College For Every Student: A Practitioner's Guide to Building College and Career Readiness03 August 2016
Low-Income Students Need More Than Just a College Degree, Report Says
Released this week by the GE Foundation and CFES, “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.25 July 2016
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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 CFES 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.
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 CFES, hoping to figure out new ways 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 CFES in Ireland
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.01 April 2016
"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 CFES Sophomore Summit on March 8 at SUNY Oneonta.
CFES Leadership Team Welcomes Honor Flight
CFES Leadership Team welcomes and escorts the veterans around Crown Point Central School as part of the North Country Honor Flight presentation.
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.
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 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.
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.05 February 2016
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.04 February 2016
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 CFES has given her the strength to star in the classroom and on the court.01 February 2016
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
CFES welcomes six new employees to its team of 25 professionals across the United States and Ireland.