Get an Education
After School and Out of School Programs
These programs provide places for youth to learn, have fun, and/or get help with school and employment. Some programs focus on art or athletics, while others provide tutoring, homework help, or job counseling.
3 Rivers Computer Clubhouse
Creative after-school learning opportunities in photography, fashion design, graphic design, journalism, music and video production, lego robotics, web podcasting, web design and more. Helps members explore professional jobs and academic opportunities. www.3rcc.org
5854 Baum Blvd., Pittsburgh PA 15206
Boys and Girls Club of Western Pennsylvania
After school programs focusing on Character and Leadership Development as well as Education and Career Development. Also offers opportunities in athletics and the arts. Go online to find a Boys and Girls Club location in your neighborhood.
Boys and Girls Club - Youth Enterprise Zone
Offers programs that educate and train high school students for the workforce. Includes internships and other direct work-related experiences.
Hill House Association - Youth Services
Youth programs offer tutoring, homework assistance and remediation, and life skills and wellness lessons. Vocal, instrumental and dance lessons, and other youth development programs.
1835 Centre Ave., Pittsburgh PA 15219
412-392-6471 (Charlotte McDonald)
Hill Oakland Workforce Collaborative - Job Links: School 2 Career Program
Program to assist youth in making successful career choices. Offers career assessments, PSAT/SAT classes, computer classes, resume assistance, interviewing tips, job shadowing and mentoring sessions, leadership skills, introductions to healthcare industry and more. Orientation during the summer, and Career Development and Computer Technology training during the school year. Homework assistance and tutoring daily.
3360 5th Ave., Pittsburgh PA 15213
Community Center with programs offering basic skills, work readiness, job skills, and career planning. Provides classroom training and work experience.
807 Wallace Ave. Wilkinsburg PA 15221
Parental Stress Center
Offers youth programs in the performing arts (YPAC), athletics, academic excellence and leadership (PUSH), and a Junior Chef Society.
5877 Commerce St., Pittsburgh PA 15206
Employs high school youth in an on-site café, as well as through ceramic production and stain glass restoration.
801 North Negley Ave., Pittsburgh PA 15206
Urban Youth Action Inc.
Free tutoring and after school programs during the school year. Programs provide life-skills information, internship placements and work experience, mentoring relationships, post-high school education information, SAT prep, and more.
Get Your Diploma or GED
These places are here to help you get your GED or complete your diploma. They provide tutoring, assistance, and test preparation.
Carlow University - Office of Community Education
Offers Adult Basic Skills and Literacy Training and GED preparation in a classroom setting and on a one-on-one basis.
The New Choices Program helps single parents and displaced homemakers enter or re-enter the workforce. Offers a wide variety of skills-trainings and assists with job placements.
Pennsylvania Workforce Improvement Network offers training for job-specific work based on an employer’s needs and recommendations.
355 Fifth Ave., 3rd Floor, Park Building, Suite 300, Pittsburgh PA 15222
412-821-9504 or 412-325-7703
E-mail: CarlowCE@aol.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Communities in Schools
Provides after-school assistance and mentoring programs. Helps students earn their diplomas. Also offers students who have left school (dropped out) a second chance to earn a diploma.
225 Boulevard of the Allies, Suite 404, Pittsburgh PA 15222
Offers GED/ABE preparation, job readiness and search training, financial planning workshops, and more.
1835 Centre Ave., Pittsburgh PA 15219
412-392-4410 (Vickie Pittrell)
Phase 4 Learning Center
Get help earning your diploma, whether you’re an enrolled student or have withdrawn from school. One-on-one instruction and mentoring. Also offers employment training and higher education preparation.
Preparing for Higher Education and Community Colleges
Community Colleges are two-year colleges offering low-cost degrees, certificates, or licensing programs. They often have career-oriented programs, and offer hands-on learning opportunities. Get technical training, learn a craft, or get certified for skilled jobs. Community college graduates may also move on to four-year universities for more advanced education or training.
Community College of Allegheny County
As the largest provider of educational services in Western Pennsylvania, CCAC offers good education at an affordable price.Choose among hundreds of possible majors. Programs in Applied Service and Trade Technologies, Business Careers, Computer and Information Technology, Health Careers, Social Services and much more. Also offers “Workforce Training” for 70 regional employers. Or ask about Online Career Training programs. Offers career counseling, job placement assistance, and courses on career planning. Locations in North Shore, Monroeville, McCandless, and West Mifflin.
Financial Aid: 412-237-2589
Financial Aid: 724-325-6602
Financial Aid: 412-369-3656
Financial Aid: 412-469-6241
Dean Institute of Technology
Offers Associates degrees in Electrical Technician or Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Technology. Offers Diplomas in Welding, Air Condition and Refrigeration Tech., and Building Maintenance. Provides a Job Placement Service for students.
1501 West Liberty Ave., Pittsburgh PA 15226
Job and Career Education Center - Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
Website offers information about education and financial aid, college catalogs, and many online practice exams. Users can search for schools and scholarship information.
Materials at the Center include directories of colleges, vocational and technical schools; information about financial aid, applying to and choosing a college. Also offers study guides and practice tests for college admission.
Pennsylvania Colleges, Universities, Campuses and Trade Schools
Provides an alphabetical list with links to trade schools and colleges in Pennsylvania.
Pennsylvania Two-Year Colleges
Provides an alphabetical list with links to every accredited two year college in Pennsylvania.
Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh - Employment, Training and Economic Empowerment Department
Offers SAT preparation, college preparation workshops, individual counseling, financial aid workshops and more. “The Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh is committed to diversity and is dedicated to increasing opportunities for African Americans and other people of color.”
610 Wood St., Pittsburgh PA 15222
Find Money for College
These resources help you find money for college. For more ideas, check with your school counselor or local library. Financial aid for college comes in many forms. You might seek:
Scholarships: Money given for free (doesn’t have to be paid back); usually awarded based on academics, athletics, or leadership qualities.
Grants: Money given for free (doesn’t have to be paid back); usually offered based on financial need.
Loans: Money borrowed (must be paid back); usually offered based on financial need.
Work Study: An “on-campus” job that allows you to work at your college to help pay for school.
Qualified students whose families do not earn a lot of money should not be afraid to apply to colleges. Schools often have “need-based” aid, offering loans and grants to make it possible for you to attend.
You may find yourself ineligible for financial aid based on:
Non-registration for Selective Service.
If you are in such a situation, contact the Financial Aid Officer at the school you wish to attend. They may know of special scholarships or funding options that can help you.
Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
FAFSA is used by the government to figure out how much financial aid you will need. It determines whether you are eligible for federal and state grants or loans. Ask your school counselor or a financial aid officer for help filling out the application form. For useful tips and hints, visit www.finaid.org/fafsa. Get an application from any school, or fill it out for free online.
American Education Services
The following websites offer assistance and resources as you plan your education and manage your finances:
College planning, loan applications and management
Get gelp with career and college planning
Information about managing debt
Federal Student Aid Guide
Find information on federal student financial aid. Get help filling out FAFSA.
(Click on "Students, Parents and Counselors")
Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA)
Get information and online applications for grants, scholarships, and more. This is the first stop for Pennsylvania residents looking to finance their education.
Provides $5,000 per year for students who meet eligibility requirements:
- Enrolled in Pittsburgh public schools and graduate with minimum GPA of 2.25 and minimum attendance record of 85%,
- Earn admission to an eligible school (listed at www.pittsburghpromise.org),
- Complete Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA),
- Complete Pittsburgh Promise Application.www.pittsburghpromise.org
Download the application or apply online at the website.
1901 Centre Ave., Pittsburgh PA 15219
Paying for College: Serve your world, Service your Loan
Worried that going to college will put you in debt? Are you a college graduate with outstanding loans? These service organizations will help you pay off your college loans.
Job/internship opportunities for high school and college graduates all over the United States. One-year terms including money for education or vocational training, healthcare, childcare assistance, and more. Receive up to $4725 to repay loans or finance further education.
Work overseas in developing countries; help with education and youth outreach, health services, environmental protection, business, or agriculture. Volunteers can have a portion of their loans forgiven (up to 15%).
Teach for America
College graduates can apply to teach (for two years) in an urban or rural public school. In addition to salary, participants receive up to $4725 per year to repay loans or finance further education.
Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
Public libraries are great places to find all kinds of information. Most locations offer free computer use and internet access.
You can find a library near you by clicking “Locations and Departments” on the library’s homepage. Consult the website for hours of operation.