We at Naviance by Hobsons are continuing to monitor the latest information regarding the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). As you are aware, the situation continues to evolve, and many educational institutions have taken pragmatic measures to protect their students, teachers, administrators, staff and families.
The Hastings Area School System is a rural school district located in southwest Michigan. One of the gems of the district is one of their school counselors, Cathy Longstreet. She has been with the Hastings Area School System for 23 years, currently serving as a school counselor at Hastings High School and K12 Counseling Department chair.
Amanda Fitts is the college and career counselor at Arcadia High School located in Arcadia, California. She has been a school counselor for 13 years and has been with Arcadia High School for three years. Amanda started her career as a math and psychology teacher before going back to school for a counseling degree.
Jessia Vocatura is a school counselor at Norwich Free Academy (NFA) in Norwich, Connecticut. Norwich Free Academy is an independent 9th through 12th-grade high school that supports students from 14 different towns. Jessica has been with Norwich Free Academy for 24 years and has been the department chair for school counseling since 2014.
In a recent blog post, we shared that 21 schools in 13 states are participating in early access to the new Course Planner, which launched on December 16, 2019. The participating schools have played an integral part in ensuring that proper implementation and training materials were available for all clients when the new Course Planner is launched.
One of the most important decisions a student makes is what they will do after they graduate high school. Hobsons’ mission is to connect learning to life by matching students to opportunities across a lifetime of education decisions.
According to Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce, by 2020 about 65% of the jobs will require some form of education or training beyond high school. Whether students decide to go straight to a college or technical school, join the military, or enter the workforce after high school, they must understand what’s required to reach their goals.
Located in New Rochelle, New York in Westchester County lies The Ursuline School, which is an all-girls, independent, private, Roman Catholic middle and high school. We had the opportunity to speak with Elizabeth Roper, Director of College and Academic Counseling, to learn more about how The Ursuline School is using Naviance to best support students and connect with families.
The National Clearinghouse Research Center released its seventh annual report on current data around high school graduates’ postsecondary outcomes. Findings in this report show that there continues to be a large gap between higher-income and low-income high schools in student enrollment, persistence, and completion.