Career Compass of Louisiana, The Community Foundation of North Louisiana, and the United Way of Northwest Louisiana Partner to Increase College Applications in Four Northwest Louisiana School Districts

Baton Rouge, LA – September 5, 2018 Career Compass of Louisiana is pleased to announce it has received grants totaling $81,500 from The Community Foundation of North Louisianaand United Way of Northwest Louisiana. These funds will support one-on-one college and career coaching for more than 4,000 12th grade students in public schools in Bossier, Caddo, Sabine, and Webster Parishes during the next school year (2018-19). By bringing together fund donors, their financial advisors and nonprofit agencies, the Community Foundation is a powerful catalyst for building charitable giving and effecting positive change in North Louisiana. United Way is a nonprofit, 501(c)3 agency that brings people together to help our community reach its full potential. It partners with local nonprofits, businesses, government, and social service agencies to address our community’s most pressing needs.

Navigating a path to college education and beyond can be an enormous challenge for many students in Northwest Louisiana. Although the individual and societal benefits of earning a college degree far outweigh the challenges, many students do not take the road less traveled to post-secondary education.

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.

With the help of the Community Foundation and the United Way, last year (2017-18) nearly 100% of seniors who completed Career Compass services in the target parishes applied to post-secondary institutions. This trend has held steady for the last several years, and it could not be done without the support of the Foundation and United Way. 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 Community Foundation and the United Way to ensure that all students in Northwest Louisiana have a pathway to college and career. Significantly increasing high-quality, post-secondary credentials is the surest pathway for the region to satisfy its growing need for talent. We continue to be grateful for their continuinginvest in the future workforce of our state.” 

 Liz Laborde, Director of Community Investment for The Community Foundation, said: “We are proud to be a partner of Career Compass and support the important work they are doing in our community. It is educational initiatives like this that have the power to transform the lives of our young people and make a lasting impact on their educational and economic futures.”

“Helping children succeed by preparing them for career success is one of the key objectives United Way fights for every day,” Lynn Stevens, Chief Operating Officer stated.  “We believe there is a pathway for every student and honored we can invest in these lives”.

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Contact Information

Carrie Peña, Career Compass of Louisiana - 225-810-2398 - cpena@careercompassla.org