Increasing the post high school education rate for graduating seniors has been a goal of the Stark Education Partnership for almost 20 years. A decade ago, we joined seven like-minded communities under the CollegeNow umbrella to place AmeriCorps Ohio College Guides in Stark’s three urban high schools. The Guides work with school counselors and teachers to support students in matching their skills and interests to successful and satisfying career pathways. They help students identify an area of interest; explore educational options; support the application and financial aid processes; and complete the commitment process.
This year’s three high school college guides have formed a strong team of support for each other. Training – under the supervision of Stark Education Partnership, Program Director, Adele Gelb – began August 1st with daily discussions and webinars on topics including building relationships, support, equity and providing online support during COVID-19.