College and Career – Graduating Ready for Post-Academic Success
San José Public Library believes that every student should be able to choose a meaningful path upon graduating from high school, whether that path is developing valuable trade skills, attending a two or four-year college, or launching a small business. From existing resources like SJPL Works and Career Online High School to innovative programming like SJ Engage and SJ Aspires, the San José Public Library connects learners to quality programming that supports them in their educational and career endeavors. San José Public Library continually adds new programs to support college and career readiness throughout the San José as well, so be sure to check in with your local librarian or visit San José Public Library's website to stay updated.
An initiative sponsored by the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, SJ Engage seeks to inspire social action and local civic engagement for youth within their communities. SJ Engage empowers Teens Reach groups to connect with local government leaders and community partners. Furthermore, it provides Teens Reach groups with the resources to complete a social action project and the skills to speak out about the issues they care about most.
San José Aspires guides students as they transition from high school and enroll in college or join the workforce. Through San José Aspires, students will learn about California's community colleges, four-year colleges and universities, and applying for financial aid. As students explore their educational opportunities, they take a career inventory, write a resume and cover letter, and pick up life skills. Students who complete San José Aspires will gain the knowledge they need to pursue their career goals and receive up to $500 to help with educational expenses they face along the way.