A partnership with Ivy Tech Community College – Bloomington, the ROI graduation and career coaching initiative began at the beginning of the 2016-2017 school year and is in operation eleven high schools 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. Coaches work with students to create individualized high school completion plans to 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 also include career learning activities such as mock interviews, financial literacy training, job shadowing, soft skill training, job fairs, and college or industry visits.

The graduation and career coaching program is aimed at improving graduation rates and preparing students for success after school through employment and pathways into technical certifications, associate degrees, and other postsecondary degree programs.

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