School-based resources to help students design plans for college and career success
Why this strategy?
More students apply for college when they have a professional counselor, and more graduate when they chose a best-fit college and receive all possible financial aid.
How will it work?
College access support will be focused on high schools and the largest middle schools through future centers that will provide college and career counseling, support with college applications and scholarships to ensure students are taking the necessary steps to enter college and ultimately be successful in college and career. For 2016, Future Centers will be launched at Oakland Promise pilot schools: Oakland High, Coliseum College Prep Academy and Life Middle School.
Goals of the Future Centers:
- Educate and support our students with college applications in a timely manner, financial aid application (FAFSA), and seeking and applying for scholarships
- Counselors and college advisors will work collaboratively to keep our students on track (or back on track) towards graduation, post secondary education and/or career readiness
- Give our students the tools, staff support and access to technology to complete college applications, test registration and search for scholarships
- Provide support for students to secure high quality internships that support their long-term career goals
How is Oakland Promise working with Oakland Unified School District?
The leadership of the Future Centers are full-time staff under the direction of the OUSD’s Post-Secondary Readiness Office and Linked Learning Initiative who will galvanize and coordinate partners from college access programs, industry, and others to create a central hub of support for college and career services on each campus.
Who uses Future Centers?
All students and parents of students at the school are served through the Future Centers regardless of grade, GPA, citizenship status, or ability. Every effort is made to reach students who are not actively looking for college support, including outreach in classes and all-inclusive advising through advisories, annual college/career plans for all students 6th-11th grade and a college advisor assigned to each senior.
What types of services are offered at Future Centers?
1) Support for college application process including researching colleges, SAT/ACT, college, financial aid, and scholarship applications, selection decisions, and connection to CREWS Program. 2) Counseling about careers, CTE education, internships, and jobs, 3) academic counseling, transcript review, and credit recovery connections.
Roll-out Plan: Future Centers will be established at up to 24 schools over the next 6 years, with all public, charter, and continuation schools welcomed to participate. New schools will be rolled out each year based on (1) Commitment: the school’s commitment to address barriers to college readiness as indicated in an RFP Process, (2) Need: schools with a high percentage of students qualifying for free and reduced lunch, and a high percentage of students traditionally underrepresented in higher education), and (3) Funding: the availability of funding through East Bay College Fund scholarships to extend to each school.