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AmeriCorps Career Pathway Coaches Program

The AmeriCorps Career Pathway Coaches program places fresh college graduates into five Cleveland High Schools. In partnership with the Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD), students attending these schools will be given powerful strategies and skills that will aid them on their path to graduation and an early start on career readiness.

Goal

The goal of the AmeriCorps Career Pathway Coaches is to deliver curriculum on career and college pathways and self-discovery and to serve as role models and coaches for Cleveland Metropolitan School District 8th-graders and high school students attending the five Academies of Cleveland.  The service provided by the Career Pathway Coaches will impact the skills and career gap in Greater Cleveland.  Career Pathway Coaches will provide direct support and interventions that will increase 8th-graders confidence in their high school choice, as well as impact an increase in 9th- and 10th-grade student’s knowledge of career and college opportunities, interest in further pursuing a path toward a postsecondary education, and belief that their postsecondary goal can become a reality.

Need

The AmeriCorps Career Pathway Coaches program supports the CMSD in implementing its Cleveland Plan for Transforming Schools, which boosts the academic performance of Cleveland students and facilitates high-leverage systems reforms such as college and career readiness. Part of this reform centers on Career Technical Education(CTE) and addresses the well-documented “Skills Gap” in this region  – there are not enough skilled workers in high-demand fields (Future Works).  The CPC program supports the district’s Plan by 1) implementing its 8th-grade mentoring program designed to help students plan their path and choose the high school that aligns with their career goals and 2) supporting 9th- and 10th-graders in exploring educational career pathways, building off their increased knowledge of self. The CPC program is positioned to address significant community and youth development issues that will only deepen as more jobs require some postsecondary education.

Approach

The AmeriCorps Career Pathway Coaches program recruits recent college graduates who will deliver curriculum on career and college pathways and self-discovery to 2,400 students in all Cleveland Metropolitan middle schools and five career academy high schools.  Career Pathway Coaches are a corps of driven and highly qualified professionals getting a start in an education career with whom students can relate, confide in, and eventually emulate as they plan for their future and take constructive steps toward a postsecondary education.  Career Pathway Coaches undergo significant training and receive valuable professional development, networking, as well as guidance and support with career and graduate school goals.  Members serve full-time (a minimum of 1,700 hours over 11 months) and in return receive a modest living allowance, health insurance, and an Education Award upon successful completion of the full-time commitment.

Locations

For the 2020-2021 academic year, the 10 AmeriCorps Career Pathway Coaches will serve all CMSD middle schools and students attending the following high schools:

    Garrett Morgan High School

    4016 Woodbine Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44113

    Garrett Morgan High School

    4016 Woodbine Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44113

    Garrett Morgan High School

    4016 Woodbine Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44113

    Garrett Morgan High School

    4016 Woodbine Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44113

    Garrett Morgan High School

    4016 Woodbine Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44113

    Learn more about AmeriCorps here.

    For more information about the program, please contact Jenny Gandarilla at 216.635.6114 or [email protected].

    Apply Now

    Interested in applying for a Career Coach position?  Follow these steps:

    1. Create an application by clicking on the Paycom link below:
      https://www.paycomonline.net/v4/ats/web.php/jobs?clientkey=8BD2A9F20EC13EEBB1B75F7FB00ECF6D
    2. Click on the AmeriCorps position description preferred and select “Apply for job.”
    3. If you are a first-time user of the Paycom site, you will be prompted to create an account.
    4. After you have created an account, you will be able to apply for the AmeriCorps job posting.

    Apply to the Ohio Career Coaches:

    1. Go to www.americorps.gov
    2. Click on “Join AmeriCorps” found on the left-hand side of the home page.
    3. Click on the “Advanced Search Opportunity” within the “Join AmeriCorps” box located on the middle of the page.
    4. Select “State/National” for program type.
    5. Select “Ohio” for the state within the quick search function.
    6. Type in “Ohio Career Coaches” for program name.
    7. Click on search.
    8. The position descriptions will come up from each host site around the state. Click on the program name to view more information.
    9. Once you do this, you will see an “Apply Now” link at the bottom of the page. Click on that and follow the prompts from there.

    AmeriCorps Ohio College Guides Program

    The AmeriCorps Ohio College Guides program places fresh college graduates into middle schools, high schools and community centers to help guide traditionally underserved young people to prepare for, access and complete a postsecondary credential.

    Goal

    The goal of the College Guides is to ensure that students, especially typically underserved students – first-generation college-going, low-income and minority – get the information and knowledge they need and deserve to make educated decisions and plans for their future.

    Need

    Ohio’s educational attainment level is below the national average, and in terms of rankings, is 38th in the nation. Because economic viability and quality of life are indisputably related to educational attainment, it is essential to promote educational opportunities if the economic state of Ohio and the quality of life for Ohioans are to improve.

    With Ohio’s student-to-guidance ratio exceeding the national average at 453:1, counselors do not have the capacity to provide students with the necessary information and individualized guidance to support students in their pursuit of postsecondary education.

    Approach

    The AmeriCorps Ohio College Guides program places fresh college graduates into middle schools, high schools and community centers to help guide traditionally underserved young people to prepare for, access and complete a postsecondary credential. The College Guides is a corps of driven and highly-qualified professionals getting a start in education to whom students can relate, confide in and eventually emulate as they plan for their future and take constructive steps toward postsecondary education.

    AmeriCorps College Guides undergo significant training and receive valuable professional development, networking as well as guidance and support with career and graduate school goals. Members serve full-time (over 1,700 hours across 11 months), and in return receive a modest living allowance, health insurance, and an Educational Award upon completion of the full-time commitment.

    Locations

    For the 2020-2021 academic year, 70 AmeriCorps College Guides are serving students at the following host sites:

      Canton, Ohio (Stark Education Partnership)

      Cleveland, Ohio (College Now Greater Cleveland)

      Cleveland, Ohio (Esperanza, Inc.)

      Cincinnati, Ohio (Cincinnati Youth Collaborative)

      Columbus, Ohio (I Know I Can)

      Marietta, Ohio (Washington State Community College)

      Oberlin, Ohio (Ninde Scholars Program)

      Youngstown, Ohio (Mahoning Valley College Access Program)

      Zanesville, Ohio (Scholarship Central)

      Learn more about AmeriCorps here.

      For more information about the program, please contact Jenny Gandarilla at 216.635.6114 or [email protected].

      Apply Now

      Interested in Applying? Follow These Steps.

      1. Create an application by clicking on the Paycom link below:
        https://www.paycomonline.net/v4/ats/web.php/jobs?clientkey=8BD2A9F20EC13EEBB1B75F7FB00ECF6D
      2. Click on the AmeriCorps position description preferred and select “Apply for job.”
      3. If you are a first-time user of the Paycom site, you will be prompted to create an account.
      4. After you have created an account, you will be able to apply for the AmeriCorps job posting.

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      1500 West 3rd Street
      Suite 125
      Cleveland, Ohio 44113

      First floor of the Post Office Plaza building

      216.241.5587

      Monday-Friday 10a.m-5p.m and by appointment
      Saturday by appointment

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