By Christian Smith – CA GEAR UP Project Coordinator
California GEAR UP: Partnering for Student Success
The CA GEAR UP partnership with the California College Guidance Initiative (CCGI) has had great results during the 2014-2015 school year. By working in collaboration with PIQE (Parent Institute for Quality Education) we now offer GEAR UP middle schools and their feeder high schools on-site training, utilizing Californiacolleges.edu as a tool to engage students and families and help promote a college going culture on campus. Students will receive a systematic baseline of guidance and support through this technological tool for the college and career planning and preparation process.
With the launch of the new CaliforniaColleges.edu website in January of 2014, we are committed to helping educators and community partners realize the full potential of the new site and the added professional center, a resource that allows educators to communicate, track and review students progress. CaliforniaColleges.edu has been designed as the one-stop resource for information about higher education in California focusing on students, counselors, and parental user roles. CA GEAR UP is excited to share this tool via trainings on how to best utilize the site with partners like PIQE and CEP (Coalition for Education Partnerships) in addition to several of our 48 middle schools. With more training scheduled through the rest of this year, we are always looking for innovative ways to use technology to promote college and career opportunities.
Over 2/3 of the GEAR UP cohort of 48 middle schools have been trained on the resource, resulting in over 7,000 accounts being created and 64,000 page views on the site. CA GEAR UP students have been utilizing the Interest Profiler Survey, a Holland Code (RIASEC) Test, to determine careers and vocational choice based upon personality types. From there the students can link careers to college majors and schools that offer those majors. To help further the conversation with students about careers and goal setting, PIQE has incorporated californiacolleges.edu into workshops 5 and 6 of their family focused curriculum. Family members are working with their students, reviewing student results and engaged in conversation about students’ interest and future plans.
With more CaliforniaColleges.edu trainings scheduled and PIQE classes on the horizon, this partnership continues to show clear and positive outcomes for schools, families and students. Check out the new and improved site today at CaliforniaColleges.edu!