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oneilc on 17 Aug 2010 09:19 am

Career Coaches

What services do Career Coaches provide? 

http://www.vccs.edu/workforce/career-seekers/career-coaches/

Individualized career planning

Assessment of strengths, interests, work values

Links to career-focused resources and related events

Academic planning and support for Career and Technical Education, Dual Enrollment and Career Pathways coursework

Coordination of employer-focused opportunities: sponsored professional speaker, career fairs, field trips to local business & industry

Did you know that …

  • 26% of students entering the ninth grade inVirginia do not receive their high school diploma within four years,
  • 60% of students do not continue to postsecondary education, and
  • National data indicate that individuals with an associate degree annually earn $7,500 more than high school graduates and $15,000 more than individuals without a high school diploma.

It is out of this context that the VCCS launched a groundbreaking new statewide initiative: Career Coaches.

Mission:

Career coaches are community college employees housed in local high schools.  Coaching helps “middle majority” students—the mainstay of the emerging workforce—prepare for college and careers. Career coaches offer unique benefits to students that traditional guidance counseling may not, such as direct access to college programs and services, postsecondary faculty, and business and industry.

The Virginia Community College System (VCCS) began the career coaches program in Jan. 2005 with 11 coaches based at 13 high schools. Today, more than 90 career coaches serve students in more than 135 high schools throughout the Commonwealth. In 2006-07, career coaches:

  • Contacted over 46,500 students.
  • Guided 14,862 students into early college programs.
  • Assisted 14,656 students to develop career and educational plans.

Preliminary data indicate program success in secondary-postsecondary partnerships, student interest in higher education and careers, and participation of business and industry as reported by high school principals.

Blue Ridge Community College Career Coaches

Broadway High School………………..Carrie Urso

Buffalo Gap………………………..Kimberly Dieber

East Rockingham
& Spotswood High School……………..Sarah Brown

Fort Defiance High School……………Vanessa Mundie

Harrisonburg High School…………….Cheryl Helmuth Logan

Riverheads High School………………Melissa Malabad

Robert E Lee High School…………….Brett Peters
 
Stuarts Draft High School……………Jeanette Wangler

Turner Ashby High School…………….Elizabeth Whiston-Dean

Waynesboro High School………………Kim Wood

Wilson Memorial High School………….Dave Melvin
 

 

 

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