College & Career…Ready, Set, Go!

The new school year is here and each school district is approaching content delivery in the best ways they can to keep students safe. College and Career Ready, Set, Go (CCRSG) is ready to help  with high quality programming delivered in whatever ways students are learning this school year.

In the fall of 2020, CCRSG is taking our program into the virtual world. Classes will be set up in Google Classroom and via other media to will cover an exciting, updated curriculum for students to access at home during and outside school hours.

  • Highlights include virtual field trips to local colleges and businesses to learn of different opportunities that Northwest Ohio offers.
  • Virtual career speakers who will speak about a variety of well paying job opportunities right here in Ohio. These include speakers from the trades, finance, music, finance, and many more.
  • Family Nights via Facebook Live where the whole family can join in hands-on fun.
  • And former college and professional basketball star Terry Crosby will join us as an educator for a special sixth grade lesson.

Setting middle schoolers on a course for career success!


Designed to foster the knowledge, attitudes, and habits that steer 5th through 8th graders toward higher education and fulfilling careers, College & Career… Ready, Set, Go! connects students with Classroom Career Coaches and parent/caregiver coaches to help guide students on solid career pathways that lead to future success.

Building Character for Career Readiness

Character development is an important part of the lessons. The personal and professional goals students set during their activities focus on increasing resilience, willpower, grit and self-efficacy. In addition to field trips to local colleges and businesses, guest speakers from all walks of life discuss overcoming barriers on their career journey and offer useful advice as students move into high school. Lessons are hands-on and inquiry-based. Engaging formative assessments are included during each session to help ensure students are understanding the content. And our program is professionally evaluated by an outside evaluator to ensure program quality and maintain focus on continuous improvement.


Engaging Parents and Families for Student Success

Parents and caregivers commit to supporting their children’s career goals. College & Career…Ready, Set, Go! includes parents in field trips and special evening events where families can learn together how to help children meet their goals for the future.

Parent opportunities can range from how to pay for post-secondary training and college to family career nights with hands-on activities led by area businesses and higher education professionals.


Bring College & Career…Ready, Set, Go! to Your School

Our program will be operating in seventeen schools  Rosary Cathedral School, Queen of Apostles School, Discovery Academy, Horizon Science Academy, Summit Academy, SunBridge Academy, Wildwood Environmental Academy along with Longfellow and Whittier Elementary in Toledo Public School system and Greenwood, Jackman, Hiawatha, McGregor, Meadowvale, Monac, Shoreland and Wernert in Washington Local. A team of education specialists lead 5-8th grade classrooms twice per month to implement our curriculum which has been adapted from two evidence-based Career Readiness curricula, R Rules and Get Ready. Activities focus on problem solving, critical thinking and developing social-emotional skills needed for high school and career readiness. Topics include financial literacy, SMART goal setting, career mapping and we begin our year with a skills and interests survey so we can focus on careers with high levels of student interest.

We adapt materials to accommodate the specific needs of your school’s children, calendars and Ohio Academic Content Standards for social studies, English Language Arts, mathematics and science. R Rules is aligned to components from High Schools That Work, GEAR UP, the American School Counselor Association Model, 21st Century Skills, and academic and career preparation standards.

If you are interested in bringing this program into your school, please contact Program Manager, Reed Steele at 419-242-2122 or [email protected]. The program is eligible to utilize Title I funds and is customizable for your school’s budget. Prices start at around $25 per student for the school-year program that runs from October 1 through the middle of May. We can also help you write grants to fund the program at your location.

Volunteer with us as a guest speaker.

We need folks from every kind of career you can imagine.

Thank you to all our schools:

Longfellow and Whittier Elementary in TPS, Queen of Apostles and Rosary Cathedral in the Toledo Diocese and Discovery Academy, Horizon Science Academy, Summit Academy (ESC of Lake Erie West), Sunbridge Schools and Wildwood Environmental Academy, and Greenwood, Jackman, Hiawatha, McGregor, Meadowvale, Monac, Shoreland and Wernert in Washington Local, as well as grants  from these generous funders.


Thank you to all of our area business partners:

Click the graphic below to watch our interview with Steve Taylor, Tom Cole and Terry Crosby and our new partnership with Taylor Automotive Family.

  • Association of General Contractors of NW Ohio
  • Bowling Green State University
  • BP/Husky Refining
  • Carpenters/Millwrights/Floorlayers Local 351
  • Kerry Patrick Clark
  • First Energy
  • First Federal Bank
  • First Solar
  • Greater Toledo Community Foundation
  • Jason Dixon – Inspire 2  Reach Higher
  • Jared Bendis and Case Western Reserve University
  • Junior Achievement of NW Ohio
  • KeyBank
  • Keep Toledo-Lucas County Beautiful
  • Lourdes University
  • Makulinski Family Foundation
  • Mercy College
  • Pamala Mohler
  • PNC Bank
  • ProMedica
  • PTI, INC
  • Principal Business Enterprises
  • IBEW Local #8
  • Owens Community College
  • Northwest Ohio Manufacturers  Alliance
  • Northwest State Community College
  • Roach Family Foundation
  • Rotary Club of Toledo
  • Rouen Automotive
  • Southwest Airlines
  • Taylor Automotive Group
  • Toledo Regional Chamber of Commerce
  • Toledo-Lucas County Public Library
  • University of Toledo



A Virtual Family Science Night Festival
November 10 from 6:30-8 PM
We will focus on the topic of energy.
To register, click here

Funding Your Student’s Future
A Virtual Family Night 
December 8, from 6:30-8:15 PM
You’ll learn about scholarships, grants, free financial aid, earn as you learn apprenticeships, & work/study opportunities that lead to well-paying jobs & no student or family debt.
To register, click here

What’s Your Sustainability Superpower?
A Virtual Family Night Science Festival
January 12, from 6:30-8:00 PM
We will focus on careers in environmental science and sustainability.
To register, click here

Become a Program Sponsor

If you or your business is interested in helping with the CCRSG program, please contact Reed Steele at [email protected]. We can use all kinds of help from in-kind materials, to volunteering to talk to and mentor students, to financial support to continue expanding. Thank you!

Watch Our New Video

Click to watch and learn more about our program

CCRSG is sponsored by: