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Signal Success is a comprehensive curriculum designed and tested by education and workforce development partners to help young people develop essential skills for future success. Students receive systematic instruction in core soft skills while engaging in meaningful future planning.

The Signal Success Story

In 2012, the Commonwealth Corporation, a quasi-state agency in Massachusetts, set out to design a program to help teens develop skills to be successful at work and in their future careers. The resulting curriculum has grown from a short course to a comprehensive offering with adaptations for different program and participant needs. To date, in partnership with more than 50 organizations and schools, over 18,500 young people have used Signal Success to:

  • Learn how to show initiative at work
  • Develop strong communication and collaboration skills
  • Build habits that support dependability
  • Navigate online applications and interviews
  • And MUCH more.

Learn about the program

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To learn if Signal Success is right for your students please email us at SignalSuccess@commcorp.org or connect via the Contact Us page

New and Noteworthy

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Photo credit: Paul Hammersley, City of Malden

Malden High School demonstrated the Signal Success curriculum in action to guests Governor Charlie Baker, Labor and Workforce Development Secretary Ronald L. Walker, II and Undersecretary & Chief Operating Officer of Education Ann Reale. The three witnessed how Signal Success incorporates various learning styles and real-world scenarios to teach dependability, collaboration, initiative and communication. Malden High School served as one of the pilot sites for the Signal Success curriculum. They expanded the program from the original 25 students to 300 this year because school officials found the curriculum so beneficial to students’ success.

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Latest Blog Entry

Developing Strong Personal Brands

September 01, 2016

by Edward Wilson

manny _ claireLet’s say you are an employer and you just interviewed two potential candidates for a position at your company. Candidate X is professionally dressed, is qualified for the position, shows enthusiasm, and asks great questions. Candidate Y is almost exactly the same as Candidate X, except for the fact that candidate Y seems unfriendly and has social media accounts that contain lots of complaints about his school.

Perhaps candidate Y simply had a terrible morning and does really go to a school that merits criticism.  And, candidate Y may in fact be the better person for the job.  However, based on the information available at the time most employers will choose candidate X. In the end the difference between getting a job offer and not getting one is usually very subtle, which is why young people need help understanding how to effectively develop and display a positive personal brand.  Here are some strategies for helping teens and young adults understand personal brands so that they can market themselves to employers. Continue reading »