Office of College & Career Readiness

“Creating a path that will lead to success.”

Encourage. Equip. Empower.

About Us

Urban Pathways 6-12 Charter School is a college preparatory high school that provides students college and career readiness so they can pursue attending a post-secondary institute or transition directly into a career. Urban Pathways makes this possible through the Office of College and Career Readiness. The Office of College and Career Readiness works to efficiently prepare our students for postsecondary education and workforce success. We provide avenues that are geared toward stimulating a desire for education in our students and aid them to seek out resources and opportunities.

The Office of College and Career Readiness encourages all learners to begin the college and career process early, prior to their senior year.

Urban Pathways, as well as the City of Pittsburgh, has an array of programs, services and resources to aid students with college and career exploration, financial aid, and scholarships, as well as information on how to figure out what the student wants to do if they are still unsure of their future goals.  

Urban Pathways 6-12 Charter School thrives on its success of 100% graduating and college acceptance of high school seniors.

Our Mission

Provide students with many resources and opportunities that will equip and empower them to achieve academic and career success. We want to raise expectations and motivate each student to pursue dreams, realize talents and maximize all possibilities.  The goal of the office is to ensure 100% of students will graduate from Urban Pathways ready for college and career.

Our Vision

To empower all students to reach their maximum potential by engaging in resources and networking opportunities that fosters academic, social and career goals. Below are the areas we want to focus on:

  • Leadership & character development

  • Citizenship training

  • Awareness

  • Service

Our Goals

  • To ensure that all students and parents have access to postsecondary resources in grades 6-12.

  • To increase the number of graduates who are “college and career ready” and will enroll in postsecondary education yearly.

  • To increase the number of students taking the ACT and/or SAT and to assist in increasing ACT & SAT scores.

  • To provide and prepare students for the 21st century through leadership development opportunities .

  • To advocate for students and educate parents, staff and stakeholders about relevant issues and current trends in the college and career environment.

  • To provide juniors and senior with an opportunity to intern at a local organization in the region.

  • To increase the number of college visits/tours yearly.

Programs & Services

The Office of College & Career Readiness currently partner with the following organizations that provides leadership training, college preparation and career readiness:

  • Carnegie Mellon University MoneyThink

  • Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh

  • BAAM/WISE

  • Penn State Extension Program

  • Summer Learn & Earn

  • Pittsburgh Promise

  • NEED Foundation

  • Neighborhood Learning Alliance

  • School 2 Career

  • Black Male Leadership Development Institute

  • Black Female Leadership Development Institute

Participating Colleges

  • Community College of Allegheny County

  • Bidwell Training Center

  • Job Corp

  • All-State Career

  • Empire Beauty School

  • Point Park University

  • Duquesne University

  • Robert Morris University

  • University of Pittsburgh

  • Carlow University

  • St. Vincent College

  • California University of PA

  • Clarion University of PA

  • Slippery Rock University of PA

  • Indiana University of PA

  • Edinboro University

  • Temple University

  • Lincoln University

  • Harrisburg University

  • LaRoche College

  • Chatham University

  • Pittsburgh Technical College

  • Air Force Academy

  • Jefferson & Washington University

  • UPMC Schools of Nursing

  • Ohio Valley Hospital School of Nursing

  • U.S. Army

  • Army National Guard

  • Penn State University

  • Susquehanna University

Department Staff

Darnell Bonner, Transition & Internship Manager
412.392.4601 ext.
dbonner@upcs.net

Ty Beck, School Counselor & Homelessness Liasion
412.392.4601 ext.
tybeck@upcs.net

Kevin Reevy, School Counselor & Enrollment Coordinator
412.392.4601 ext.
kreevey@upcs.net

Dr. Amy Matz, School Psychologist
412.392.4601 ext.
amatz@upcs.net