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A Regional Collaboration: Advancing College and Career Readiness. Highlands Workforce Development and Education Upper Cumberland Region. Presenters. Ashley Allison, Putnam County Academic Career Coach Terri Douglas, White County Academic Career Coach

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A Regional Collaboration: Advancing College and Career Readiness

Highlands Workforce Development and Education

Upper Cumberland Region


Ashley Allison, Putnam County Academic Career Coach

Terri Douglas, White County Academic Career Coach

Katie Ory, Putnam County Academic Career Coach

Myra West, TCAT-Livingston Director

Lillian Hartgrove, Workforce Development and Education Vice President

Session Agenda

Highlands Workforce Development and Education Overview

Program Formation and Effective Collaborations

Development of Steps in the Process

Identification of Chosen Pathways

Establishment of Seamless Pathways

Development of Academic Career Coach “Model”

Academic Career Coach Activities

Engagement and Communication Strategies

Gauging Effectiveness

Next Steps

Lillian Hartgrove

Highlands Workforce Development and Education Overview

Program Formation and Effective Collaborations

Highlands Workforce Development and Education

Sub-set of the Upper Cumberland Region

Program Genesis

  • Steering Committee

    • Chair, TTU President Emeritus

    • Committee Members: Employers, K-12 and Higher Ed

  • Drop out study

    • Assessment by Districts and Steering Committee

    • Goals established

  • Sub-committees formed

  • Sub-Committee Chair and members identified


Annual 8th Grade Career Fair

Parental Engagement in the Workplace

  • Oreck

  • Federal Mogul

  • Parker Seal

  • CRMC

  • Flowserve

  • Tutco


  • Eaton

  • Livingston Regional

  • Hutchinson

Business and Industry Speakers

  • After Care Program

    • All Job Types

    • Career Journey

    • Importance of Staying in School

  • TN Scholars

    • All 8th grade students

    • 9th graders and parents

  • Over 50 Speakers

  • 4 School Districts

Building Collaborative Partnerships

  • Through Goals Established and Achieved

    • Annual 8th grade career fair

    • Parental Engagement in the Workplace

    • Speakers Program

    • TN Scholars

  • Sub-committees formed for each goal

    • Led by industry leader and/or education partner

    • Strategy and Task Plan Developed

  • Strong foundation formed leading to Pathways to Prosperity

Major Partners

Dr. Myra West

Process Development

Identification and Establishment of Chosen Pathways


Academic Career Coach Model

Employer InvolvementMatching Needs with Career Clusters

  • Who do you include and how do you get a response?

  • What are the needs of employers in your area?

  • What types of information to you need to collect?

  • How to choose a Pathway based on the needs?

Identifying Seamless Pathways

  • Department of Labor and Workforce Data

  • Selected Advanced Manufacturing and Health Care

  • Local manufacturing and health care professionals surveyed

    • Skill needs, gaps, education level, job availability by type

    • Review of current curriculum and recommend changes

    • Report gaps to Department of Education

Employer Survey

Curriculum Development and Feedback

  • Advisory Committees

    • Reviews Competencies and Skills

    • Recommends

  • Employer Follow Up

    • Suggestions for Improvements

    • Identifies the Skill Gaps

Seamless Pathways and Articulations


Industry Engagement

Secondary &Postsecondary Alignment

Community Awareness


Career Awareness(Grades 7-14)

Work Based Learning(grades 7-14)

Early Postsecondary Opportunities(Grades 9-12)

Stackable Credential(Grades 9+)

Implementing Pathways: Academic Career Coach Model

  • Steering Committee Decisions:

    • How do we implement chosen pathways?

    • How many people do we need?

    • Where do we begin (grade level)?

    • How do we fund it?

    • How do we measure success?

  • Dedicated Resources:

    • New position created

    • Academic Career Coach: 5 total

    • Jackson 1, Overton 1, Putnam 2 and White 1

Academic Career Coach Job Summary

The Academic/Career Coach position is designed to empower students to make informed career decisions and educational pathways, which lead to success both in education and in the workforce. The Coach helps students define career aspirations and determines the various pathways of study that will lead to the achievement of their educational and career goals with emphasis on the defined pathways.

Academic Career Coach Primary Job Functions

  • Collaborates with Guidance Counselors and CTE Personnel in providing education and career assessment interpretation to students and parents, specifically as it relates to the established pathways.

  • Works in collaboration with Guidance Counselor and CTE personnel to coordinate a variety of events and programs (career tours, student placement and follow up, teacher and counselor in-services, etc.) for the purpose of supporting the smooth transition between the various education tiers (middle, high school and postsecondary).

  • Maintains liaisons with post-secondary institutions, employers, community leaders and organizations for the purpose of building resources and expanding educational and career pathway opportunities for students.

  • Facilitates/assists students (beginning in 7th grade to postsecondary education) in developing an educational pathway, which will lead to a successful career path. Works closely with Guidance Counselors and CTE personnel in each of the schools and spends in-depth time with each student as education and career path decisions are made for the established pathways.

Academic Career Coach Model

  • Begins with Middle School Students

    • 7th through 12th grade

    • Post-Secondary Education Certification or AA/AS

    • Job Placement

  • Funding Mechanism:

    • Perkins Reserve Grant

    • LEA Sustaining

  • Directors of Schools Comments: Position impact far greater than expected

Katie Ory

Academic Career Coach

Middle School Activities

7th Grade

Find the students interests – www.planningyourdreams.org

Expose students to viable careers


Mini-job descriptions

Guest speakers

Jr. TN Scholars program

Career Exploration Modules

8th Grade Career Exploration

Career Exposure


Jr. TN Scholars


Academic/Career Coaching

Special Focused Mini-fairs

Highlands Spring Career Fair

Industry Tasks


8th Grade Tasks

Terri Douglas

Academic Career Coach

High School Activities

9th grade

  • Freshmen transition courses

    • Career Speakers

    • Career unit focusing on personalized career research

10th – 12th grade

Career speakers

Field trips through CTE courses

High School Career Fair

12th grade

  • Work-Based Learning

    • Based on Program of Study selection

Future Work

Interview Boot Camp

Ashley Allison

Engagement and Communication Strategies


Gauging Effectiveness


  • Individual schools

  • District/System wide

  • Regional

Community Engagement

Advisory Boards

Manufacturing Associations

Society for Human Resource Chapter

Existing Industry Committees

Chamber of Commerce

Economic Development Organization

Civic Clubs and Church Organizations

Gauging Effectiveness

  • 7th grade to post-secondary

    and/or job placement

  • Initial ideas versus

    current reality

  • CTE clusters

  • Future modifications

Highlands’s Pathways to Prosperity

  • Advance students readiness for college and career

  • Aligns with Governor’s Drive to 55 and the TN Promise

District Next Steps and Considerations

What will it take to implement a similar strategy or model in your district?

Who will lead the effort?

Do you have an intermediary organization who can?

Do you have industries approaching you to do this?

Do you have most of the elements in place now?

What is at stake if you do not?


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