Community Education Coalition
The College and Career Readiness Coach will be responsible for a subset of the Latino student population in Bartholomew County.
The Community Education Coalition (CEC) of Columbus, Indiana, is a nationally recognized partnership of education, business, and community leaders focused on aligning and integrating the Columbus, Indiana and region’s community learning system with economic growth and a high quality of life. The CEC is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization through its legal entity, the Columbus Learning Center Management Corporation, Inc. (CLCMC).
The CEC’s most visible assets and stakeholder initiatives are:
- The Columbus Learning Center – a 130,000 square foot high-technology education facility that houses a unique collaboration of programs and services offered by Indiana University-Purdue University Columbus, Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana, Purdue Polytechnic Columbus, and WorkOne.
- The Advanced Manufacturing Center of Excellence – a 43,000 square foot facility shared by Indiana University-Purdue University Columbus, Ivy Tech Community College, and Purdue Polytechnic Columbus, containing classrooms, teaching laboratories, and support services for students and employees pursuing education and training in advanced manufacturing, engineering, and technology related careers. The state-of-the-art AMCE facility provides students with the opportunity to pursue education built around a curriculum of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).
- CivicLab – an institute dedicated to advancing the practice of civic collaboration. Led by a team of pragmatic practitioners, CivicLab creates the tools and frameworks that form the underlying foundation for the practice of community collaboration. CivicLab supports local, regional, state, and national collaboratives.
- EcO Network (Economic Opportunities through Education) – focused on raising the education and/or employment of all citizens of Southeast Indiana, with particular emphasis on development of science, technology, engineering, and math knowledge and skills. The EcO Network of southeast Indiana has been designated an Indiana 21st Century Talent Region, and has also received a designation by Lumina Foundation as a Talent Hub (to-date, one of only 24 regions possess this designation in the nation).
- The EcO team has implemented a set of strategies that will help more low-income and Latino adults complete short-term industry credentials and degrees in well-paying, high demand occupations. This work seeks to help 450 more adults complete a credential each year than are currently completing.
- Latino Education Outreach Program – a collaborative partnership providing a full suite of services to Latino middle and high school students and their families, with a goal of increasing education outcomes aligned with well-paying industry sectors.
- Analysis and project management work leading to development of programs, including an initiative with the goal of ensuring all four-year-olds in Bartholomew County have access to Pre-K; the iGrad secondary program, which has as its goal all students successfully graduating from high school.
- Overall goal of the work is to increase the Latino High School graduation rate and increase the post-secondary attainment rate (including certification 2 years and 4 years). In developing post-secondary plans, the College and Career Readiness Coach will help Latino students identify and work towards a path to college, vocational training, and/or a specified career.
- The College and Career Readiness Coach reports directly to the Latino Education Outreach Program Manager
• Provide one-on-one coaching that supports college and career exploration, admission process, internship application, financial aid and scholarship resources, and/or development of a post-secondary work plan using local and regional (EcO Network, CEC initiatives, etc.) programs.
• Implement intensive and individualized training in the area of job readiness, such as but not limited to job applications and resumes, interview skills, employability (soft) skills.
• Help students plan and execute their personal development plans to reach their post-secondary opportunities (goal setting and execution). Raise students’ awareness of secondary, career technical education, dual credit and post-secondary opportunities (jobs, internships, education, military and more). Work in close partnership with the high school guidance departments in the helping students navigate through the college application process.
• Build and Maintain a Network of Community Partnerships.
• Coach will also assist in facilitating employer, educator, and other visits for Latino students.
• Support the Latino Mentor Program.
• Participate in any event, activity or initiative for the Latino students.
• Help guide and mentor students towards graduation and post-secondary attainment.
• Work with Latino students from Middle Schools, High Schools and McDowell.
• Maintain records of students’ development plans and progress and other pertinent information.
• A bachelor’s degree preferred; an associate’s degree considered. Applicant must have at least 2 years of on the ground-experience in public school education, post-secondary education, social work, counseling, psychology, criminal or juvenile justice, or a related field. A combination of education and experience may be taken into consideration based on the applicant’s credentials.
• Bilingual (English/Spanish).
• Persistent, positive attitude with excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
• Excellent organizational skills, flexibility, and ability to successfully multi task.
• Ability to present to a group, external stakeholders, and senior staff and serve as spokesperson and advocate for the organization.
• Comfortably work with a wide range and variety of stakeholders including business, public and private sector organizations, education, community organizations, parent groups, and local and state government.
• At least 2 year of experience working with teen-aged youth. Knowledge of career assessment, decision making tools and other resources for students. Knowledge of the processes required to navigate from high school to postsecondary programs (SAT / ACT, FAFSA, college applications, scholarship applications, financial aid, etc.) a plus.
• Computer skills: Microsoft Windows, social media, etc.
• 28 hours per week; work will be performed mostly during public school hours; attendance at some evening meetings or weekend events might be required; summer hours as needed.