The Career Coaches Program
The College and Career Coaches Program is a pilot project designed to motivate and support Arkansas students from 21Arkansas counties in which unemployment and poverty are high and the college-going rate is low. Students in the 8th through 12th grades are served by coaches assigned to middle and high schools in those counties. Coaches provide information and assistance in areas such as academic tutoring, career counseling, mentoring, financial guidance, and other supports necessary for career educational access and retention.
Forty-five career coaches (including one for Hispanic populations and one for adult populations) are based in 12 two-year colleges across the state and the Arkansas Adult Learning Resource Center in Little Rock.
The Career Coaches Program is evaluated on the following performance measures based upon data for the school districts in the 21 targeted counties. These measures include
- High School Graduation Rate
- Enrollment in Smart Core
- College-Going Rate
- Reduced College Remediation
- Increased ACT Scores
- Increased Applications for State Student Financial Aid
- Increased Applications for Federal Student Aid