Colleges Open Their Doors Wide
Local college/university campuses are at the midway point of the fall semester. Stark Education Partnership (SEP) continues to meet with campus leaders to support and encourage linkages between higher education, businesses, and middle and high school students.
Using results from the YouScience assessment,1 SEP and local middle/high schools will facilitate targeted invitations to students for the six local college/university campuses – Aultman, Kent Stark, Malone, Stark State, Mount Union, and Walsh. Campus faculty and staff are prepared to welcome students for hands-on demonstrations, open houses, internships, and career shadowing. Further, each college/ university is included in YouScience as a potential employer offering hundreds of career paths including student-connected professions, office administration, and physical plant operations.
Champs Learn About Local Technical & Degree Programs
In August, SEP hired two Career Champions – Susan Hayes and Jaecey Hudson. With heavy emphasis on individual YouScience results, Susie and Jaecey work inside partner school districts2 to encourage and guide students along a career path. Currently, the Career Champions are visiting each of Stark's six higher education institutions in order to better counsel students about the 500+ technical and degree programs offered regionally. Ultimately, whether a student wishes to go directly into a career or enroll in an academic program, the goal of the Career Champions is to provide support and direction towards the chosen career path.
Coordinating Curriculum Maps & Reverse Transfers
SEP continues to work to clarify the pathway from a technical or associate program to a bachelor program. A major challenge in retaining students is the frustration of not finding a connection to the next step in their educational journey – despite the desire of bachelor-granting institutions to welcome transfer students.