Joined by educators, school counselors, and administrators, ROI’s graduation and career coaches got a unique opportunity to tour Cook Medical facilities in Bloomington on Friday, January 20. The behind-the-scenes tour allowed educators from Southwest Central Indiana to see operations first-hand. Graduation and career coaches will use the experience to inform students to employment opportunities and assist in developing industry-aligned postsecondary plans.
A partnership with Ivy Tech Community College, the ROI graduation and career coaching pilot initiative began at the beginning of the 2016-2017 school year and is in operation eleven school districts in Southwest Central Indiana.
Working closely with school administrators and counseling teams, graduation and career coaches support 50-60 students in each school who are most at-risk for not attaining high school diplomas. The graduation and career coaching program is aimed at improving graduation rates and preparing students for pathways into technical certifications, associate degrees, and other postsecondary degree programs.
Coaches work with students to create individualized high school completion plans, develop opportunities for students to experience and participate in work-based learning initiatives, and develop postsecondary plans. They also help ensure students attend school, arrive on time, fulfill academic requirements and graduate with a high school diploma.
In conjunction with regional industry representatives and postsecondary institutions, coaching activities may also include career learning activities such as mock interviews, financial literacy training, soft skill training, and college or industry visits.
This is the first in a series of significant education and workforce initiatives that will be implemented in Southwest Central Indiana by ROI in the coming months and years.
Read more about the ROI/Ivy Tech Graduation and Career Coaching Initiative: