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About Center for Higher Education and Career Support (CHECS)

From the moment they start applying for college to the moment they apply for their first job, Center for Higher Education and Career Support (CHECS) scholars are empowered with the tools and resources they need to succeed.

Graduating from college is our goal for our scholars. Helping them earn a college degree is the primary means by which we disrupt the cycle of generational poverty and put them on the path to social and economic mobility.

CHECS is open to scholars from our HCZ Promise Academy Charter Schools and Zone Afterschool Programs.

Keep scrolling to discover more about CHECS and their services.

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tudents on a college visit trip gather in a hall as a university representative shares information about the school

College Readiness

After scholars graduate from high school, they join CHECS and receive support to get into and excel in college. Our College Readiness services include:

  • One-on-one coaching 
  • Help navigating the college application and financial aid process
  • Participation in college prep workshops
  • Access to admission and scholarship opportunities
  • On-site College Fairs for our scholars to help with their college search

 

Three women from Smith College smile at a CHECS College Fair.

Representatives from Smith College in Northampton, Mass. share opportunities with scholars at CHECS College Fair.


College Success

When scholars get into college, they get the help they need to persist through their post-secondary journey. Our College Success services include:

  • One-on-one coaching 
  • Academic, emotional, and financial support  
  • Check ins with scholars to monitor progress  
  • Visits from CHECS staff to help scholars establish and maintain relationships with campus and community liaisons 

Career Support

Both in and after college, scholars develop the confidence and professionalism to realize their career potential. Our Career Support offerings include:

  • One-on-one coaching 
  • Exposure to career opportunities 
  • Participation in career panels, professional development workshops, and internships 
  • Help with resume writing, interview prep, personal pitching, and workplace etiquette 
  • Guidance on establishing a professional network

900+

HCZ scholars in college

1,300+

HCZ scholars have graduated college since 2011

Social Services

Throughout their college and career journey, scholars receive support in social and emotional development critical to their professional growth. Our mental health professionals work with scholars to address wellness concerns, navigate pathways toward their goals, and help them become their best selves. 

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Through HCZ Forward, scholars can earn a college degree while continuing to fulfill personal and professional obligations.


HCZ Forward

HCZ Forward provides a pathway for CHECS participants to earn a college degree affordably, independently, and on their own schedules. CHECS participants who are working full-time, raising a family, or caring for a loved one can earn their degree while continuing to fulfill their personal obligations.