Young Professionals speak to high school students about their professions, explaining the skills needed to be successful and emphasizing the importance of maximizing the high school experience. The program features a wide range of careers from medicine, engineering, academia, business, law, entrepreneurship, and non-traditional professions.
The purpose of the Graduate to Professional Advancement Program (GPA) is to provide college students (especially juniors and seniors) with practical information that they can use to gain employment and be successful in their chosen careers. Other objectives include: providing an opportunity to college students to network with young professionals; facilitating workshops to assist students in resume writing and job interview skills; and providing one-on-one mentorship and coaching sessions.
High school students learn about the college admissions process (the application and essay), the financial aid process, and how to stand out of the pile. During the program, students hear first-hand from college students on the college experience. Representatives from colleges are also present to answer students’ questions about their specific school.