College for Every Student (CFES)

College for Every Student (CFES)

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What is CFES Brilliant Pathways?

CFES Brilliant Pathways provides:

Every day, CFES Scholars engage in our CORE Practices – Mentoring, the Essential Skills and Pathways to College and Career – with the guidance of educators and others they already know, who are committed to their success.

CFES Brilliant Pathways partners with hundreds of colleges, school districts and corporations. What we can do:

  • Introduce students to college and career possibilities.
  • Provide needed resources to educators, such as professional development, support and evaluation, and workshops.
  • Help students and families demystify the path to college.


The CFES Brilliant Pathways experience is built upon the Core Practices – interactions and activities that are critical to success and can be accessed by anyone.

These practices become second nature because every CFES Scholar is exposed to one or more of these practices every day.


Every CFES Scholar works with a mentor who can share first-hand experiences and offer guidance to overcome challenges and help become college and career ready. Mentors include peers, college students, educators and other professionals.


Motivated, successful individuals rely on more than academic knowledge to succeed. They rely on a host of attributes we call the Essential Skills:

  • Goal setting – Identifying what you want, and how you can achieve it.
  • Teamwork – Collaborating with others to reach a common goal.
  • Leadership – Taking charge of your future and helping your peers do the same.
  • Agility – Adapting and responding to changing circumstances.
  • Perseverance – The determination to overcome challenges to achieve your goals.
  • Networking – The art of turning an acquaintance into a supporter.

At a time when technology is upending traditional careers, students need more than job skills to be ready for a changing future. The Essential Skills are an intrinsic part of that process.


College is critical to breaking the poverty cycle, but a diploma alone doesn’t guarantee success. Through partnerships with businesses, colleges and universities, we help students find their passions and understand what it will take to turn them into careers. CFES Scholars receive information on the college admission process, paying for college options and other aspects of higher education. Tools like our Brilliant Careers app and Scholar Map help students find a career they’ll love and plan their pathway to get there.

CFES Highlights

  • May 17th: Mentor-Mentee End of Year Celebration
  • Mar 20th:  Sophomore Summit at Cobleskill College
  • Mar 14th:  Career Cafe
  • Mar 13th:  Jr/Sr Schoharie Career and College Fair
  • Feb 15th: Mentor-Mentee Mod-Year Celbration
  • Jan 16th:  Career Cafe - Health Care professions
  • Nov. 15th:  Career Cafe - Trade Professions
  • Nov. 13th:   Mentor-Mentee Team Building activities
  • Nov. 2nd:  8th grade OAOC BOCES tour/careers  
  • Nov. 1st:  Mentor-Mentee Kick-off 
  • Oct. 23rd:  Mix It Up activity
  • Oct. 16th:  HS students visit Bassett for health-related careers 
  • Oct. 15th:  11th & 12th graders SUNY Cobleskill College Fair 
  • Oct. 11th:  Peer mentor training @ SUCO 
  • Oct. 9th: 8th grade Career Exploration @ Foothills Arts Center


2017-18 School Year

      School of Distinction Award


CFES Brilliant Pathways website 

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