How Pre-College Programs Help Develop CCR Skills

Everything about Blueprint is designed to get students ready for college.

Obviously we have our daily CCR seminars and CCR Summit. And there’s the whole thing where you’re actually living on a college campus. But even the little things, like where you go on field trips, participating in community service and evening activities are all purposefully crafted to develop those critical CCR skills we’ve been talking about.

Good grades and high test scores are necessary to get into college, but there’s many things you can’t learn in a classroom. Blueprint sets the stage for high school students to spend a couple weeks during their summer really preparing for college and even test driving the college experience.

Developing CCR Skills At A Pre-College Program

Remember those “5 Must Have Skills For College Success”? Blueprint’s pre-college summer programs help you with each one!

Self Advocacy

A whole week (or two!) without parents! What could be better right? At Blueprint, you can discover college on your own, but not alone. You’ll work with your instructors one-on-one. Help choose your evening activities. Explore campus with friends. BUT, our experienced staff will be there to support you. Every step of the way. Though you’ll be away from your normal support system of family and teachers you know, you’ll be a formal member of our Blueprint family!

Part of self advocacy is learning to listen to and help others. On Saturday, at every Blueprint pre-college program, students come together to help the community. We organize community service that gets students looking beyond themselves and their bubble.

Time Management

You won’t have homework or many “to dos” at your pre-college program. We want to give you the experience of college without all the stress! You get enough of that during the year. But, you still have the freedom to manage yourself and make sure you get where you need to be, when you need to be there. Most afternoons, you’ll have a bit of free time. Do you go outside to play volleyball with friends? Or do you need some down time to relax? It’s yours to decide! And without a “bedtime,” you’ll also need to make sure you get enough rest to be active and participate in your courses/activities the next day.


Students studying two weeks of one subject will be paired with others for project-based learning. With the guidance of instructors, students will work together to research and present on topics they’re interested in, developing communication skills, leadership and self-discipline. During the second week, students also participate in team building activities. You’ll problem solve, build trust and be a leader as you work with your new Blueprint friends.

Setting Goals

We know you can’t possibly be fully prepared for college after just a week or two of a summer program. CCR skills take time to develop. During Blueprint College Prep and the Wednesday CCR Summit, our college prep instructors will work with you on creating a blueprint for success. You’ll walk away knowing the next steps you need to take, and when to take them. The follow through is up to you!

Respect & Acceptance

Blueprint encourages students from all backgrounds to attend our pre-college summer programs. Students from private, public, charter or home schools. Students from all over the US. And all over the world. While at Blueprint, you get to make friends and interact with a very diverse group of students and staff. When coming to Blueprint alone, students live with a roommate often from a different state (or country!). They learn how to resolve any conflicts that arise. How to make friends in a new situation. And get to experience diversity in a way many students have yet to experience.

So, Are You Ready To Develop Your CCR Skills?

You could spend this summer watching Netflix and laying around the house all day. OR you could take just a week or two and really prepare yourself for college. Experience life on a college campus. Work on becoming college and career ready. Build a roadmap for success.

Learn more about pre-college summer programs and choose which one’s best for you!