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The mission of Communities In Schools (CIS) is to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life.

As the nation's leading dropout prevention organization, Communities In Schools is helping build a stronger local community where every child is capable of reaching his or her greatest potential.
College Access and Career Readiness Services
College Access and Career Readiness Services

coaching | counseling | support

Through a varie
ty of service delivery options and programs, Communities In Schools provides the necessary coaching, counseling and support to high school students and their parents/legal guardians so that they are knowledgeable, prepared and better equipped to chart a course for post-secondary education, vocational training, and/or a military or other career.

College access and career readiness programming exposes students, and their parents where/when applicable, to study skills instruction, college campus tours, financial aid and scholarship information, SAT/ACT entrance exam preparation, the college application process, job shadowing and internship opportunities, career fairs, community service/service learning opportunities and much more.


In 1996, after more than a decade of helping kids stay in school in Charlotte-Mecklenburg, CIS understood that high school graduates need post-secondary education or other skills-based training to compete for jobs in today's workforce. In response to this need, John Austin "Jack" Tate, Jr., one of the original founders of CIS in Charlotte, worked to raise money for college scholarships and to mobilize other community resources. CIS partnered with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, Central Piedmont Community College, and the Foundation for the Carolinas to develop additional programming as a new "college access" component of the services offered by Communities In Schools.

Today, CIS college access and career readiness services offer a wide array of benefits to students who are enrolled in CIS at specific Charlotte-Mecklenburg high schools, and their parents.  In addition, CIS offers other ways for more students in our community, including those who are not currently enrolled in CIS programming, to benefit from these college access and career planning services.