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College and Career Readiness in the 21 st Century. MARSHALL HIGH SCHOOL September 29, 2014. When I say the word college it includes:. Why do kids need to be college and career ready?. Changing Economy Job Opportunities Changing Demographics.

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College and Career Readiness in the 21st Century


September 29, 2014

When I say the word collegeit includes:

Why do kids need to be college and career ready?

Changing Economy

Job Opportunities

Changing Demographics

The Connection Between Education and Earnings

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, Current Population Survey

Middle-Class Workforce Educational Levels Rising

Source: Georgetown Center on Education and the Workforce, Career and Technical Education Five Ways That Pay , September 2012.. Author’s analysis of March current population survey (CPS) data, various years. The CPS is a monthly survey of households by the US Census Bureau for the U.S. Labor Department’s Bureau of Labor Statistics. For this comparison, the middle class represents workers with an annual income between &35,000 and $70,000

Percentage of jobs in 2018 that will require some postsecondary education

Source: Georgetown Center on Education and the Workforce, Help Wanted: Projections of Jobs and Education Requirements Through 2018, June 2010

Education, Jobs and The Recession

Source: Georgetown Center on Education and the Workforce, The College Advantage: Weathering the Economic Storm, August 2012. Authors'’ estimate of current population survey data (2007-2012). Employment includes all workers aged 18 and older.

Demographic Change, Part 1

Source: U.S. Census Counts and State Demographer Projection

Demographic Change, Part 2

Source: Tom Gillaspy, State Demographer, Minnesota Department of Administration, 2008

High aspirations aren’t the problem

Source: Education Week

MHS Class of 2008 PS Grad

The School’s Strategy for Motivation and Direction:

The Structure of Ramp-Up

The Ramp-Up Process


Program Delivery

  • 30-minute Advisory Sessions

    • Weekly throughout the school year (28 weeks in total) focusing on progress monitoring and planning

    • Facilitated by school staff with smaller groups of students

  • Ramp-Up Workshops

    • 5 each year the student is in the program

    • Students return over resource time at lunch to complete

    • Provides grade appropriate information and activities on the five goals of Ramp-Up to Readiness™

Sample: 9th Grade Topics

  • Seeking Help in High School

  • Requirements for Graduation vs. Postsecondary Admittance

  • Understanding College Level Coursework

  • Identifying Sparks

  • Identifying Internal and External Supports

  • Understanding Decision Making

  • Setting SMART Goals

  • Soft Skills for Career Success

  • Power of Personality

Tools -Readiness Rubric

Progress monitoring tool

Completed at least three times a year

Discussed with advisor and shared with family

Helps students assess their college readiness in different areas


Academic belief


Effort and Persistence

Test scores

Readiness RubricReflection

Reflect on the rubric

Create SMART Goals

Tools - Postsecondary Plan

Career, postsecondary, and academic planning tool

Make informed decisions about possible careers paths

Find the best postsecondary options for those careers

Make academic plans to reach postsecondary aspirations

Create postsecondary financial plans

Record key Personal/Social Assets

Postsecondary Plan

Current Ramp-Up Network of Schools

What is the same among many of these schools?

Not all students embrace academic rigor…

Many students don’t know how to accesscollege

Some students lack motivation…

And persistence is a challenge for many…

What can families do?

  • Talk with your student

    • Ask them about what they are learning about at school about “college”

    • Inquire about their life goals, career aspirations, and postsecondary plans

  • Provide challenge and support

    • Encourage them to take rigorous courses

    • Visit a college campus with them

  • Use resources

    • Ramp-Up One Page Parent Guide

    • U of M Parent Guide to College and Career Readiness

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  • Videos

  • Resources

  • Blog Summarizing Ramp Up Activities

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