“A Career Coach is probably the best thing a school could have …”

Thankfully, Governor Kaine thinks it’s a good idea, too.  In his remarks to the joint money committees this morning, he mentioned funding to support initiatives that will continue to increase the number of Virginia high school graduates who go on to achieve post-secondary degrees.  These initiatives include funding as well as support for the Career Coaches and Middle College programs. 

Taken from a survey of students who work with Career Coaches, the quote above represents hundreds of students praising Virginia’s Community Colleges Career Coaching program.  Career coaches are community college employees placed in local high schools to help students prepare for college and careers.  The program began in 2005 with 11 coaches based at 13 high schools.  Currently, more than 85 coaches are serving students in more than 100 high schools across Virginia.  Last fiscal year, Career Coaches helped 7,000 students develop career and education plans.  Read more about the Career Coaching program!

“Middle College is my second family,” says Dellamae Meadows (enrolled in Middle College at NRCC), “I wouldn’t be where I am today without them.  They believed in me when no one else did and gave me the resources to succeed.”

Middle College is a college recovery program for 18-24 year old students who do not have a high school diploma.  Nearly every student who enters the Middle College program ends up receiving a GED.  Dellamae is one of several hundred students whose life has been dramatically affected by the Middle College program.  Middle Colleges are located at Danville, Germanna, J. Sargeant Reynolds, New River and Southside Virginia community colleges.   

Posted by Heather Millar   


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