Create a College and Career Center
In order to help reach all our students, we opened a College and Career Center. Specialists work with the counselors to meet with all students to map out their postsecondary plans. Specialists also work with students and families to guide them through the resources available in Naviance. The Center provides a variety of services to our students and parents, from assistance with college applications and financial aid to transcripts and dual credit programs. All of these elements work together to ensure we reach every student.
A few years ago we created a District Naviance Team, comprised of the district coordinator, two building principals, a curriculum principal, the College and Career Center coordinator, the counseling lead, and a member of the technology department. This team evaluates the processes we have in place regarding college and career readiness and makes the appropriate changes for the upcoming school year. One of our mottos is, “If it can happen in Naviance, it needs to happen in Naviance.” With this in mind, the team finds where we can continue to incorporate Naviance into our school. Some of the decisions that have come from this team include the addition of the following in Naviance: GPA and rank, transcripts, course selection, and dual credit information.
One of our major successes is the creation of our District Naviance Guide. We identified three key areas that we wanted our students to address: exploration, career planning and secondary planning. Our goal as a district is for each of our graduating seniors to have a successful postsecondary plan in place as he or she leaves Allen High School and becomes productive citizens. To help our students reach this goal, we identified all of the resources in Naviance and placed them by grade level in our guide to ensure the students reap all of the benefits of the program.