ECSS connects high school, college, and the world of work through dynamic partnerships and pioneers a new vision for college and career readiness. With a unique Early College model, students will follow CPS high school graduation requirements but will also have the opportunity to graduate high school with industry certifications, significant college credit, and possibly an Associate's Degree. CPS, the City Colleges and our corporate sponsors will work together to ensure that students have an opportunity to pursue a career in technology and gaining skills for the 21st century workforce enabling them to realize their full potential.
Five CPS high schools will partner with corporate sponsors:
- Michelle Clark – Cisco
- George Corliss – Verizon Wireless
- CVCA – Motorola Solutions
- Lake View – Microsoft
- Sarah E Goode STEM Academy – IBM
The ECSS program is a way for students to continue their education and launch a career path. Between 1973 and 2007, the United States added 63 million jobs. However, jobs held by those with no more than a high school education fell by two million and workers with a high school education or less make up just 41% of the workforce nationally. Economic forecasters believe that by 2018, nearly two out of three jobs in the United States will require at least some college education—nationally, 22 million more postsecondary education degrees need to be produced.