Baton Rouge, LA – October 2, 2017 – Career Compass of Louisiana is pleased to announce it has received grants totaling $60,000 from Capital One for the 2017-18 school year. These funds will support one-on-one college and career coaching for 570 seniors in Terrebonne, Lafourche, Morehouse, and Tangipahoa Parish public schools; college and career boot camps for 420 juniors in Webster Parish public schools; and college and career seminars for 480 freshmen in St. Mary Parish public schools.

For our state to flourish, we must increase post-secondary degree attainment for all Louisianians, from all walks of life. Statewide, just 30% of the adult population possesses an associate or bachelor’s degree. An additional 15% hold post-secondary certificates, which is a promising trend, but it’s not enough to meet Louisiana employers’ growing thirst for a more educated workforce. In a state where 56% of projected job openings in 2020 will require higher education, those with only high school diplomas will find themselves at a distinct disadvantage. Employers demanding a more educated workforce will be forced to search elsewhere for talented workers.

Career Compass provides a solution. Our goal is to increase the number of students in Louisiana who attend a post-secondary institution upon high school graduation (technical, community and four-year universities). Career Compass college & career coaches partner with school administrators and guidance counselors to serve as an added resource for students on each participating campus. Career Compass acts as a liaison between Louisiana’s secondary school students of Louisiana and the state’s post-secondary institutions.

In 2016-17, 98% of seniors assisted by Career Compass applied for post-secondary education opportunities. Of these, 43% applied to a four-year university, 44% applied to community and technical colleges, and the remainder head to military, private, or out-of- state schools. As they graduate from their chosen post-secondary paths, a greater number of qualified applicants will be available to fill Louisiana's technical and skilled positions.

Career Compass co-founder and Executive Director, Julie Scott, said, “We are thrilled to continue our long-running partnership with Capital One to ensure that all students have a pathway to college and career. We’re certain — and experts have demonstrated strong evidence — that significantly increasing high-quality, post-secondary credentials is the surest pathway for Louisiana to satisfy its growing need for talent. In Capital One, we have a partner who agrees and invests in the future of our state.”

“Capital One is proud to partner with Career Compass to improve college attendance rates in Louisiana,” said Ric Kearny, Baton Rouge Market President for Capital One. “We believe that a quality education is the most important determinant of future success for people in our state and beyond.”

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Capital One (www.capitalone.com)

Capital One Financial Corporation, headquartered in McLean, Virginia, is a Fortune 500 company with branch locations primarily in New York, New Jersey, Texas, Louisiana, Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia. Its subsidiaries, which include Capital One, N.A., and Capital One Bank (USA), N.A., offer a broad spectrum of financial products and services to consumers, small businesses and commercial clients through a variety of channels. Capital One applies the same principles of innovation, collaboration and empowerment in its commitment to its communities across the country that it does in its business. Capital One recognizes that helping to build strong and healthy communities -- good places to work, good places to do business and good places to raise families -- benefits us all, and Capital One is proud to support this and other community initiatives.

About Career Compass of Louisiana (www.careercompassla.org)

Established in 2006, Career Compass is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization headquartered in Baton Rouge, LA, serving school districts in more than half of Louisiana school districts. Its goal is to increase the number of students in Louisiana who attend a post-secondary institution upon high school graduation (technical, community and four-year universities). Trained, professional college and career coaches work with students statewide to remove the obstacles that keep them from pursuing a post-secondary education. Nearly 100% of the students who work with Career Compass apply to a post-secondary school as seniors. Career Compass annually assists an average of 12,000 seniors and nearly 23,000 6th – 11th graders by partnering with school administrators, teachers, and counselors to ensure that students have a pathway to college and career. Career Compass is a low-cost and effective partner for public schools to build a college-going culture and prepare students to succeed beyond high school.

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CONTACT: Carrie Peña - 225-810-2398 - cpena@careercompassla.org