Setting middle schoolers on a course for career success!
Designed to foster the knowledge, attitudes, and habits that steer 5th through 8th graders toward higher education and fulfilling careers, College & Career… Ready, Set, Go! (formerly known as College & Career Coach) connects students with Classroom Career Coaches and parent/caregiver coaches.
Building Character for Career Readiness
Character development is an important part of the lessons. The personal and professional goals students set during their activities focus on increasing resilience, willpower, grit and self-efficacy. In addition to field trips to local colleges and businesses, guest speakers from all walks of life discuss overcoming barriers on their career journey and offer useful advice as students 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. And our program is professionally evaluated by an outside evaluator to ensure program quality and maintain focus on continuous improvement.
Parents and caregivers commit to supporting their children’s career goals and College & Career…Ready, Set, Go! Includes parents in field trips and special evening events 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 career nights with hands-on activities led by area businesses and higher education professionals.
Bring College & Career…Ready, Set, Go! to Your School
Our program currently operates in nine schools Rosary Cathedral School, Queen of Apostles School, Discovery Academy, Horizon Science Academy, Summit Academy, SunBridge Academy, Wildwood Environmental Academy along with Longfellow and Whittier Elementary in Toledo Public School system. Four education specialists lead 5-8th grade classrooms twice per month to implement our curriculum which has been adapted from two evidence-based Career Readiness curricula, R Rules and Get Ready. Activities focus on problem solving, critical thinking and developing social-emotional skills needed for high school and career readiness. Topics include financial literacy, SMART goal setting, career mapping and we begin our year with a skills and interests survey so we can focus on careers with high levels of student interest.
We adapt materials to accommodate the specific needs of your school’s children, calendars and Ohio Academic Content Standards for social studies, English Language Arts, mathematics and science. 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 career preparation standards.
If you are interested in bringing this program into your school, please contact Program Manager, Reed Steele at 419-242-2122 or [email protected]. The program is eligible to utilize Title I funds and is customizable for your school’s budget. Prices start at around $25 per student for the school-year program that runs from October 1 through the middle of May. We can also help you write grants to fund the program at your location.
Volunteer with us as a guest speaker. We need folks from every kind of career you can imagine.
Thank you to all our schools: Longfellow and Whittier Elementary in TPS, Queen of Apostles and Rosary Cathedral in the Toledo Diocese and Discovery Academy, Horizon Science Academy, Summit Academy (ESC of Lake Erie West), Sunbridge Schools and Wildwood Environmental Academy, as well as grants from these generous funders.