Because education and the workplace have forever changed in the last 30 months, there is a need for schools to adapt and offer NEW BEGINNINGS as they ready their students for college and career. Consider the fact that higher ed enrollment has dropped steadily, admissions criteria have shifted, and strategies to pay for college are misunderstood. At the same time, today’s workplace is unrecognizable to many with millions of new, high-paying jobs becoming available for the first time, industries are desperate for workers and home is the most popular place to work. New Beginnings will provide your students, families, and educators with the skills, information and support they need to succeed in this new readiness paradigm.

Over the last 30 years, CFES Brilliant Pathways has helped 100,000 underserved students attain postsecondary degrees and succeed in the workplace. We invite your school to join us and your students to become part of the next 100,000 youth who succeed in postsecondary study, work and life. While details on the program follow, we invite you to contact us if you have questions.



Schools are asked to complete the New Beginnings application and meet the following requirements:

  • Located in the United States
  • Level: Elementary, Middle, and/or High School
  • Agree to participate in the CFES program for three years
  • First-time CFES school

Scholarships to Schools:

Two schools will receive full scholarships to participate in CFES for three years. Twenty additional schools will receive half scholarships: CFES will cover half the cost of participation ($15,000 annually for three years), while schools will be asked to pay the difference ($15,000 annually for three years).

What CFES Provides New Beginnings Schools

What We Ask of New Beginnings Schools

Expectations of CFES New Beginnings Schools:

  • Develop a CFES team that works with CFES professionals to reach students, families, and educators.
  • Identify a minimum of 100 CFES students and ensure they complete the 10-Point Plan™ annually.
  • Provide CFES program directors access (in-person or virtually) to CFES students.
  • Participate in regional meetings, workshops, and events (in-person or virtually).
  • Submit a CFES plan, mid-year assessment, and year-end assessment.
  • Promote and brand CFES within your school/community.