By 2021, 65% of jobs in the Washington D.C. area will require a bachelor’s degree. But beyond a bachelor’s degree, the majority of high-paying jobs require abilities such as strong communication and critical thinking skills. These are skills you can’t just develop overnight; they require the right exposure and coaching, and a long-term investment in developing them.
Capital Partners for Education (CPE) works to ensure our students not only earn a college degree, but develop the skills and experiences necessary to succeed in today’s workforce. Our mentors work with students to practice elevator speeches, introductions, and oral presentations. Students also partake in resume workshops and mock interviews, so that when they graduate with a bachelor’s degree they’re ready to walk into any interview feeling confident in their experiences, knowledge, and most importantly in themselves.
Today I am proud to announce that CPE received a million-dollar donation from long-time supporters Michael Hanley and Michael Wood as an investment in our career-readiness programming. The Hanley and Wood Career Readiness Initiative will fund career training sessions for CPE’s students on topics such as public speaking, writing workshops, web coding, and other skills valued in the modern workforce. It will also expand a new program to provide students with internship grants designed to compensate them for non-paying or low-paying summer internships that often serve as a prerequisite for most careers, but which they otherwise could not afford to take.
This major investment in our career readiness programming will enable CPE to support hundreds of current and future students to develop the professional skills and experiences that lead to higher wages and economic mobility, ultimately enabling them to enjoy the greater opportunities and security that come with middle and upper class incomes.
I am inspired by Hanley and Wood’s continued and generous investment in our students. These new opportunities will empower CPE students as they enter today’s workforce and transform not only their individual trajectories, but that of their families and the D.C. community at large.
As CPE embarks on its goal of growing to serve more students than ever before, we are grateful for all of our supporters. Your support enables us to mentor hundreds of low-income D.C. students to college AND career.