Effective Outreach Strategies to IT Students Lessons Learned by BATEC National Career Pathways Network Louisville, Kentucky October 10 – 13, 2007 Jibril Salaam, BATEC Higher Education Consultant Deborah Boisvert, BATEC Director. THE BATEC MODEL. CONCEPT:
Effective Outreach Strategies to IT StudentsLessons Learned by BATECNational Career Pathways NetworkLouisville, KentuckyOctober 10 – 13, 2007Jibril Salaam, BATEC Higher Education Consultant Deborah Boisvert, BATEC Director
The Model Concepts are based on the K-16 Education Model and the Higher Education
Access Initiatives led by the Massachusetts Department of Education to close the
Model 1: Early College Outreach
Model 2: Academic Assessment & Intervention
Model 3: Technology Career Readiness
MINI-TECHNOLOGY HIGH SCHOOL FAIRS:
Institutionalized individual high school outreach programs designed to build more
awareness of IT studies and careers while creating college access opportunities for
students. The programs are held at the campuses of each of the BATEC college partners
and are attended by high school seniors enrolled in IT programs.
Create more targeted recruitment efforts focused on local “feeder” technology high schools
Over 500 students from BATEC partner schools participated in college visits and took part in
application workshops and hands technology activities (Boston Public Schools, TechPrep,
COMMUNITY COLLEGE FAIR:
Structured to provide information about educational pathways and opportunities
offered by the region’s Community Colleges for seniors who have not yet
finalized their college plans.
Over 300 undecided seniors interacted with 6 Regional Community Colleges
BATEC collaborated with TechBoston (Boston Public Schools), Career &
Technical Education, and TechPrep
BATEC REGIONAL COLLEGE FAIR:
Event designed to build IT educational awareness and college pathway
connections for high school juniors who are enrolled in technology courses.
The event includes workshops on Financial Aid, College Admissions, IT Career
Exploration and a One-on-One College Advising session.
the college and career application process and to connect them with all IT
focused regional colleges
23 High Schools and over 1000 IT students participated; 45 regional IT focused
colleges (2-yr and 4-yr) attended. BATEC partnered with TechBoston (Boston
Public Schools), Gear Up, TechPrep, and KAPLAN
Accuplacer Pilot Program:
BATEC and its partner TechBoston collaborate with Career & Technical Education, Tech
Prep and the Boston Public Schools to address a major issue facing technology students
pursuing higher education - the College Placement Test or Accuplacer.
Many IT high school graduates who take the Test place into remedial college level courses.
These remedial placements impact the students‘ college attendance, financial aid, and
success toward graduation. Recognizing the need to address this issue, a pilot program
was developed with five high schools, which were designated as assessment sites.
BATEC partnered with Community Based Technology Centers and Community
College to create technology education pathways for adult learners. This
program provided adult learners with two credit-bearing technology courses
combined with English and Mathematics tutoring. Additionally, assessment and
academic counseling support were provided to the enrolled students to facilitate
full college matriculation.
interested in technology, realize their potential for higher education through a 2
year college pathway.
program during the summer and spring semesters.
2007 data: 18 students accepted, 15 completed 3 credits, 11 completed 6 credits
And completed application to enroll in the Host community college
Outcomes: A cohort of juniors were tested in 2006 and retested as seniors in 2007 after
an informal intervention (i.e. inform students, counselors & teachers about scores)
2006 data: 121 juniors tested: 8% placed in college English and 92% in developmental
English; 4% in college Math and 96% in developmental Math.
2007data: 139 seniors tested: 14% placed in college English and 86% in developmental
English; 8% in college Math and 92% in developmental Math
Tech Apprentice Program:
TechBoston (Boston Public Schools) with the support of its partner BATEC developed the
Tech Apprentice Program. It is designed to create paid summer job opportunities for high
school students enrolled in technology courses. Students apply their advanced skills
performing job functions including Desktop Support, Quality Assurance, Database
Management, Applications, Web Design and Graphics.
Objective: Connect high school students to real technology jobs and IT leaders;
Stimulate students’ interest in technology career and build the pipeline for IT workforce
Summer 2006: 26 students placed in paid technology jobs
Summer 2007: 54 students placed in paid technology jobs
BATEC Student Leaders:
It is designed to focus on successful student engagement. Students are tapped to assist in
recruitment and other areas; and to apply their various technology skills through
independent classroom technology projects work with faculty.
The students are identified as a diverse group (gender, ethnicity, programs of study, year in
school) of candidates selected by faculty members. Each BATEC partner institution recruits
5 to 10 active leaders.
Their responsibilities also include:
Website: www.BATEC.ORG: Where you can download information and material
Community College Outreach Tool Kit:
BATEC developed a recruitment manual as a resource for its higher education institutions.
This tool kit is a step-by-step guide to help admissions staff address a range of recruitment
Accuplacer Curriculum Manual:To be published in late Fall 07. Designed to:
Please contact: Jibril Salaam, M.S.
BATEC Higher Education Consultant
TechBoston, Boston Public Schools
55 Malcolm x Blvd, Building 1
Roxbury, MA 02120