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Title: Increasing College Access Online


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Increasing College Access Online
  • NCHELP Spring Convention
  • 06/06/06

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Whats My Line?
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Whats My Line?
Casting Director
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Whats My Line?
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Whats My Line?
Fashion Buyer
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Whats My Line?
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Whats My Line?
Artist
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Whats My Line?
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Whats My Line?
Photographer
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Whats My Line?
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Whats My Line?
Aircraft Inspector
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Whats My Line?
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Whats My Line?
Refuse Collector
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Whats My Line?
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Whats My Line?
Wedding Consultant
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Whats My Line?
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Whats My Line?
Guide Dog Trainer
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Whats My Line?
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Whats My Line?
Driving Instructor
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Student Needs
  • Awareness
  • Information
  • Motivation

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Online College Access
  • Bridges reaches students through comprehensive
    education and career exploration and planning
    tools
  • Not just a student consumer service
  • Implemented by schools, school districts, and
    state departments of education
  • Over 25 years mainframe, micro, CD, Internet
  • Founded by counselors and educators
  • Deep belief in students having a plan
    postsecondary education AND career plans
  • School-based presence in many states leveraged
    into outreach offering by student loan
    organizations

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Bridges Outreach Solution
  • Comprehensive and integrated portal for a state
    or integrate into an existing web site
  • Exploration, planning, and preparation tools
  • Customized for the state
  • Information including career pathways
  • Academic standards
  • Mandated outcomes
  • Serves all middle school students, high school
    students, college students, workforce clients,
    and general public
  • Also serves needs of professionals and
    administrators
  • Supports goals of programs and initiatives like
    NCLB, High School Reform, GEAR UP

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Bridges Product Suite
Middle School
High School
Postsecondary Adults
Portfolio
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Choices Explorer
  • Unique product designed for motivation through
    exploration
  • Awareness of career and college options
  • Magazine-style content requested by students
  • Interactive and up-to-date
  • Career and college program profiles
  • Real-world interviews and activities provide
    relevance
  • Student-authored blogs
  • High school course planning using pathways
  • Work, Learn, Life, Your Portfolio
  • Exploration first leads to better plans later
  • Professional Tools lesson plans, tracking tools
  • Parent Guide available

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Choices Planner
  • Latest evolution of popular Choices product
  • Databases of careers, programs/majors, colleges,
    scholarships
  • Connections between content to facilitate
    planning
  • Spanish version
  • Focus on building career plans and preparing for
    postsecondary transition
  • Build on results of earlier exploration
  • Global navigation consistent with Choices
    Explorer Work, Learn, Your Portfolio
  • Implemented by classroom teachers can be
    connected to state standards

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Choices Planner Assessments
  • Assessments
  • Interests
  • Work Values
  • Basic Skills
  • Aptitudes
  • Workplace Skills
  • Transferable Skills
  • All connected to occupational content no So
    what?
  • Results can be combined with other dimensions in
    Career Finder
  • Also available
  • Personality Types
  • Learning Styles

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Choices Planner Databases
  • Comprehensive career and college profiles
  • Includes detailed state occupational projections
    and wage data
  • Many different ways to browse databases
  • Careers ? programs ? colleges
  • Compare two colleges or careers side-by-side
  • Career Finder suggests careers based on users
    assessment results and desires
  • School Finder suggests colleges based on
    students needs, interests and plans
    local colleges listed first
  • Scholarship Finder suggests qualifying
    scholarships

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Choices Planner Planning
  • Use clusters and pathways to create and work high
    school course plan (course offerings customized
    by each school)
  • State and local graduation requirements,
    academies
  • Career Plan Builder unites explored and saved
    elements into a career plan
  • Reality check verifies aspects of career plan
    components
  • Multiple plans can be created and worked through
    action plans
  • All plans stored in Your Portfolio
  • Portfolios can be reviewed by professional staff
  • Guideways to drive outcomes

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Choices Planner Portfolio
  • Organize information, build and share plans
  • Your Portfolio includes
  • Assessment results
  • Resume Builder
  • Interviewing practice
  • Networks and experiences
  • Saved items from Choices
  • Links to student evidence
  • Personal journal
  • Feedback from reviews by educators
  • Can be customized to include data required for
    graduation requirements (e.g., culminating
    projects)

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testGEAR Test Preparation
  • Self-directed courses using a personalized
    curriculum
  • Content remediation and test-taking skills
  • Full-length practice tests
  • College entrance
  • ACT
  • SAT, PSAT
  • High school exit
  • ELA
  • Math
  • Science
  • Social Studies
  • Can be customized for state exams and assessments

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Professional Tools
  • Local reporting of outcomes and usage
  • Tracking student progress post feedback in
    portfolios
  • Aggregate reporting for districts and state of
    outcomes and usage
  • Management tools for identifying and managing
    portfolios
  • Customization tools for school implementations
  • Lesson plans and activities organized by subject
    area

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Professional Development Support
  • Product training workshops and webinars
  • Consulting services for district career planning
    program audit, design, and implementation
  • Toll-free support line for professionals
  • E-mail newsletters for professionals, students,
    and parents
  • Online implementation resources

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Typical Implementation
  • Use Choices Explorer to create portfolio in
    middle school start exploration motivates
    students to create a high school plan based on
    exploration of pathways, career options, and
    education options
  • Continue exploration in early high school then
    transition to postsecondary planning with Choices
    Planner in appropriate year
  • Provide access to testGEAR in advance of exit and
    entrance tests
  • Products are designed to support independent and
    classroom usage
  • Common portfolio is used to transfer
    information
  • Portfolio can also be transferred to college or
    workforce development center
  • Many different implementation models for schools

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Benefits of a Bridges Solution
  • Early awareness
  • Quality content and tools not just a portal
    with links
  • Integrated and comprehensive
  • Qualifies for inside implementation in schools
  • Stickiness
  • If you build it they wont necessarily come.

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Underserved Students
  • Products are used effectively with low-income,
    rural, minority, and first-generation students
  • Classroom implementation jump-starts students
    then they can continue with self-service
  • Used in programs like GEAR UP and TRIO
  • Motivation with Choices Explorer careers of
    interest to students (e.g., Cryptographer,
    Forensics)
  • Choices Explorer and STEPS curriculum with
    at-risk students in inner-city schools
  • STEPS teaches transition planning skills
  • testGEAR levels the playing field for college
    test prep
  • Spanish Choices Planner
  • All postsecondary options are available
    students can compare options
  • Support for pathways and academies

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Future
  • Adding more process around college planning
  • Add tools for first-generation students
  • Need to follow the same process
  • Have no mentors at home
  • Enhance process to explain value of mentor, how
    to find one, when they can be helpful
  • Implement as side trips along the process

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Summary
  • Online tools are effective outreach solutions
  • Serve needs of students, parents, and educators
  • Awareness of options
  • Tools to build plans
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