Career Coach Program
The College and Career Coach Component is designed to motivate and support Arkansas students and adults achieve their goals as it relates to college and career planning through intensive hands-on, programs and services. College and Career Coaches work with students in the 7th – 12th grade. In the middle and high schools, Career Coaches work in partnership with the Career Orientation Instructors and School Counselors to assist with the development and revision college and career plans for their students. The Arkansas Career Coach program provides assistance and information for resources in the areas of: academic tutoring, career counseling, college preparation and admission, financial aid guidance, mentoring, and other supports necessary for postsecondary education/training access, retention, and success.
The purpose of the ACT Academy is Reduce Remediation and Increase ACT Scores. The program is designed to assist students who score below a 19 in English, Reading and Math. Participants are provided workshops and ACT remediation/preparation instruction to generate the skills and motivation necessary to succeed in ACT testing, secondary education, and beyond. The ACT Academy is instructed by certified teachers or College developmental faculty, who has been by Sylvan Learning method. Instruction based on the Sylvan Learning model covers the subject areas of English, Reading, Math, and/or Science. Student’s current level of skills in the subject areas are assessed through evaluation of results from prior standardized test s (ACT or ACT Aspire). College and Career Coaches are responsible for assisting instructors in their ACT courses. In addition, workshops conducted by College and Career Coaches consist of events and activities addressing College and Career Planning.
Career Cluster Camps are one-day career exploration opportunities for middle and high school students. Students learn about the wide variety of careers that are available to them through hands-on activities and discussion. Students hear from a variety of professionals who share information about preparation and working in their chosen career fields.
As part of the nationwide American College Application Campaign (ACAC) initiative launched by American Council on Education (ACE), Arkansas College Application Week seeks to increase the number of students applying to college in their senior year, with a focus on first-generation college-going students, low-income students, students from rural communities, and minority students who may not otherwise apply to college. During the week, seniors at participating high schools will be assisted as they complete college applications during the school day, with the goal of every graduating senior submitting at least one college application. Students may apply to any in-state or out-of-state college or university of their choice. School staff and volunteers will work with seniors to complete and submit their application successfully.
Eligible Applicants: Institutions of higher education; education service cooperative; or non-profit organization should submit one grant request to include all desired school districts to be served. The applicant will be considered the host site and responsible for local management, in partnership with the school district administration, of the Career Coach program. Structure of Program: The College and Career Coaches are co-located at an institution of higher education, education cooperative or non-profit organization. They provide their services directly to students in middle and high school through their on-campus placement. Qualifications of Career Coach: Individuals, who hold a least a bachelor’s degree and Career Development Facilitator (CDF) credential, may be employed as a Career Coach. If the desired individual does not hold a CDF credential they may be employed under the condition of obtaining certification within a year of employment. Funding Period: Up to 12 months All funding amounts requested in grant applications are contingent upon availability and appropriation funds.