A program of the Hartford Consortium for Higher Education (HCHE), connects Hartford-area high schools, businesses, volunteers/mentors and parents in a coordinated effort to increase the percentage of teenagers who graduate from high school, pursue higher education and fulfill career goals. Student Application.


The program includes three principle components:


Career Beginnings’ counselors are present in all participating high schools, where students have access to and meet regularly with the staff.  The students’ progress in goal-setting is discussed; their academic situation(s) assessed and addressed and plans for the future developed.

  • One-on-one counseling
  • SAT/ACT fee waivers
  • College Application fee waivers
  • College visits and tours



During the junior and senior year, a series of workshops are held. Workshops cover topics ranging from the college admissions and financial aid processes, essay writing, resume development, the Common Application, decision-making and goal-setting skills, as well as a College Fair.

Throughout the year students are advised on several summer enrichment programs.



At the start of their senior year, Career Beginnings students are matched with volunteer adult mentors, all professionals with college experience as well as a wealth of knowledge and expertise from industries including, banking and finance, insurance, academia and healthcare. After an orientation and on-going program direction, they give their mentees individual support, encouragement and are essentially their “Cheerleader” during the year. All potential mentors undergo a background check, including professional referrals in their applications.

High School, Inc is proud to have Career Beginnings as a Partner.