Recent DeKalb County School District (DCSD) graduates can learn more about college entry, military enrollment, and entering the workforce courtesy of the Department of Student Advancement’s Summer Transition Centers (STC).
STCs are scheduled to open June 4 at locations throughout DeKalb County. The free centers offer assistance in finalizing college paperwork, receiving financial aid, answer questions about what to do after high school, college application, and reviewing other options.
“When a student graduates from a DeKalb County high school, we make sure they have the tools needed to succeed at the next level available,” said Superintendent/CEO Dr. R. Stephen Green. “The success of our graduating seniors is among our top priorities–their success reflects and validates our duties as educators. Our students remain a valued part of the DeKalb County School District family even after graduation.”
STC sites are designed to combat the ‘summer melt,’ a Harvard-studied phenomenon in which 10-40 percent of college-intending students—particularly students with low-income backgrounds—fail to enroll in college the following semester for various reasons.
Six STC sites— Cedar Grove High, Cross Keys High, Lithonia High, McNair High, Miller Grove High and Redan High—will be open to DCSD graduates at varying times until June 21. At least one postsecondary transition specialist, college advisor and financial aid advisor will be available to students.