Knowledge of Careers™ (K.O.C.) was founded with the goal of providing underprivileged youth the means to explore a variety of careers that would have otherwise remained beyond their view and ambitions, and to make clear the connection between academic mastery and professional opportunity.
Few comprehensive career development programs exist in American high schools today. In their absence, students learn about the professional world in a way that is piecemeal and haphazard rather than intentional and thorough: their exposure is a function of their zip code.
When students are unaware of the professional opportunities available to them, they are deprived of one of the most important motivations for success in high school, and thus may not devote enough time and energy to cultivating the academic skills necessary for future success.
Knowledge of Careers™ aims to remove this socioeconomically-fueled information-gap and to help our students develop a broad skill-set that will pave the way for personal and professional prosperity. Our four-year program exposes students to the exciting challenges of professional life, and helps them develop the leadership, interpersonal, and academic skills necessary to thrive in these fast-paced, high-expectation settings.