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College and Career Readiness Institute

Designed for rising 11th and 12th grade students interested in beginning their preparation for college applications and engaging in community service.
This residential program gives students a chance to explore college life, write a draft college essay, and explore careers/majors while doing community service and learning about social justice.


IDS 55 – College Readiness
This one-week non-credit, course will provide rising 11-12 grade students with access to College staff and programming that will include: a workshop with admissions staff about highlighting community service and pre-college experiences during the college admissions process; assistance with writing a college application essay; exploration of career and college major options; participation in community service activities.

Community Service

Students in the program will get the opportunity to serve with our local partners in the Trenton area. The goal of the program is to introduce students to what community service, or community engaged learning, is like at the college level. Students will be supervised and mentored by Bonner Community Scholars, students in a scholarship program that serve in the community during the academic year.

TCNJ School Tours

To give students an introduction to the different schools and majors here at TCNJ, we will have a tour of each of the schools on campus from faculty/staff. On the tour we will learn about majors/minors, see facilities/labs, learn about common job options and have the chance to ask many questions!


Throughout the week, students will participate in the following workshops: Social Justice, College Essay Writing, College and Career Exploration, and Reflection/Team Building. All of these workshops will supplement the rest of the program content. Students will leave at the end of the week with a draft college essay, an understanding of how colleges are set up, with a few colleges & majors picked out as options and a better understanding of what they should be looking for in their higher education.

A Day in the Life

Below is a sample of what will likely occur.

8:00am – 9:00am Breakfast
9:00am – 12:00pm Community Service
12:00pm – 1:00pm Lunch
1:00pm – 3:00pm Campus Tour
3:00pm – 4:30pm Workshop 1
4:30pm – 6:00pm Dinner & Break
6:00pm – 7:30pm Workshop 2
7:30pm – 9:00pm Workshop 3
9:00pm – 10:00pm Reflection / Team Building

10:00pm – 10:30pm Curfew

Meals and Accommodations

College and Career Readiness students will live in a college dormitory, two to a room. Housing will be supervised by program staff. Residents will dine in one of the college’s dining halls.


College and Career Readiness students will be transported to and from service and recreational activities in groups via college van, motorcoach, or public transportation, depending on the destination.
Students are responsible for their own transportation to the TCNJ campus on the first day of the program and from campus on the last day of the program.


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