Baton Rouge, LA – November 5, 2018 – Career Compass of Louisiana is pleased to announce it has received grants totaling $42,500 from Capital One for the 2018-19 school year. These funds will support one-on-one college and career coaching for 484 seniors in Terrebonne, Lafourche, Tangipahoa, and East Baton Rouge Parish public schools.

 Career Compass acts as a liaison between the students of Louisiana and the post-secondary institutions in the state. It’s trained college & career coaches will provide repeated individual college and career coaching throughout the school year until very student in 12th grade applies to a post-secondary school he/she can successfully attend. Coaches create a safe and open environment in which students feel comfortable sharing their personal obstacles to pursuing educational opportunities. Student-friendly tools are implemented to help students identify and then achieve their educational options and goals. Topics also include ACT/SAT applications; FAFSA and TOPS forms; post-secondary school applications; scholarship applications; and more. Career Compass also secures exam and application fees/waivers for disadvantaged students.

Career Compass’ 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. 

In 2017-18, 98% of seniors assisted by Career Compass applied for post-secondary education opportunities. Career Compass served more than 32,000 6th – 12th grade students last year. 

 The future of our state depends on producing an educated and trained workforce. However, more than just one-third of the state’s adult population does not possess education beyond an associate degree. Without an educated workforce, employers will soon go elsewhere. As Career Compass students 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, Kacy Edwards, 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.” 

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