AmeriCorps Ohio College Guides are an integral part of the Stark Education Partnership's commitment to provide all students with education and career success. - Dr. Teresa Purses, President
Stark County's AmeriCorps Ohio College Guides have been serving in three high schools since 2012. Their focus on support for students and families has enriched the community's understanding of the necessity of an education beyond high school at Alliance, McKinley and Washington High Schools.
Chris Campbell, a 2019 graduate of University of Mount Union, works with juniors and seniors at Alliance High School. "Our first meeting focuses on career plans," he explained. "Sometimes students haven't identified a goal so we begin by looking at their skills and interests." Chris and the students explore pathways - college, career tech, military or trade apprenticeship - and begin the application process. "Chris is doing a great job - he's one of the best we have had...and we've had some great ones," reported Shawn Jackson, AHS Principal.
Daytona Hedrick, a 2019 graduate of Kent State University has returned to her alma mater as an Ohio College Guide. "The guidance department was instrumental in my journey to college," Daytona explained. "I want to give Washington High School students the same kind of support." Daytona finds her work rewarding and eye opening. Rachael Adkins, WHS counselor, commented that "Daytona creates strong relationships with our students and has been a terrific addition to our system of support."
McKinley High School welcomed back Alissa Kiefer for a second year of supporting students in finding their future. Alissa graduated from Ohio University in 2018. "As a McKinley grad, I'm happy to support students whether I'm helping with an ACT registration, exploring a career interest, learning about an historically black college/university, navigating financial aid forms with a parent, or assisting a career tech student with finding an apprentice opportunity." Jonas Wertin, McKinley Principal and Harold Carter, Career Tech Director noted, "Alissa has an open door policy and students and staff are able to get guidance and access to the many resources she provides in her office. Her work with the College Application Day and all the college access events here at McKinley have been integral to our efforts to ensure the college admissions process is manageable for our students and parents."