College & Career…Ready, Set, Go!

College & Career…Ready, Set, Go! History

This program (formally known as College & Career Coach) was developed to improve middle school student’s knowledge, attitudes, self-efficacy and habits that contribute to higher education and employment. The program currently utilizes Classroom Career Coaches and parent/caregiver coaches to encourage and support 5th through 8th graders in their quest for fulfilling and successful careers.

Our program currently operates in two schools in the Central City Ministry of Toledo, Rosary Cathedral School and Queen of Apostles School. We have two coaches who go into each of our 5-8th grade classrooms twice per month to implement our curriculum which has been adopted from two evidence-based Career Readiness curricula, R Rules and Get Ready. The adoption of the materials was made to accommodate the specific needs of the children in each school, the schools’ calendars and to align with Ohio Academic Content Standards for social studies and English Language Arts. R Rules is aligned to components from High Schools That Work, GEAR UP, the American School Counselor Association Model, 21st Century Skills, and academic and vocational standards

Character development is an important part of the lessons. Students create both personal goals and professional goals during activities that are focused on increasing resilience, willpower, grit and self-efficacy. To enhance the career readiness experience, field trips to local colleges and businesses are part of the program. College & Career…Ready, Set, Go! also brings in guest speakers from a variety of different careers to talk to students about their career journey, how they overcame barriers to success and what advice they have for today’s middle school students as they move into high school. Lessons are hands-on and inquiry-based. Engaging formative assessments are included during each session to help ensure students are understanding the content.

Engaging parents and families in the program is key to its success. Parents and caregivers commit to supporting their children’s career goals and College & Career…Ready, Set, Go! Includes parents in field trips and special Parent University classes where families can learn together how to help children meet their goals for the future. Parent opportunities can range from how to pay for post-secondary training and college to family film night where the focus is on character development and fun. We listen to families and focus on topics where they tell us their greatest needs exist.

If you are interested in bringing this program into your school, please contact Program Director, Faith McGlown at 419-242-2122 or fmcglown@partnerstoledo.org. The program is eligible to utilize Title I funds and is customizable for your student’s needs and your school’s budget.