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EXEMPLARY CAREER GUIDANCE PROGRAM, 1995-96

PROGRAM NAME: Shared Counselor Partnership

LOCATION: North Harris College (metropolitan), Texas

POPULATION: Grades 10- 12, 8,000

CONTACTS:

Vicki Stanfield, Director
Shared Counselor Program
North Harris College
2700 W.W. Thorne Dr.
Houston, TX 77073
(713) 443-5434
(713) 443-5402 fax

Sylvia Clark, Director
Career Guidance Program
Texas Education Agency
1701 N. Congress Ave.
Austin, TX 78701-1494
(512) 475-3484

DESCRIPTION: This program is a comprehensive student services system to facilitate the successful transition of high school students into postsecondary education programs. The program focuses on the importance of early guidance of students along education and career pathways through coordinated assessment, counseling, advisement, financial aid, and placement services. The "middle" student gains access to postsecondary programs and the opportunities to acquire competencies essential for success in the workplace.

Interactions with shared counselors guide students through the career development process by providing opportunities for developing self-knowledge and self-awareness, exploring educational and occupational possibilities, and creating career plans. The shared counselors function both as members of the high school's guidance program and as college advisors. Students are introduced to the Get a Life career portfolio and they begin developing their individual career plan. The portfolio links the National Career Development Guidelines with the Comprehensive Developmental School Counseling model.

PROGRAM EVALUATION: Formative and summative evaluations are conducted regularly to assess the program's effectiveness. Formative evaluation is conducted at monthly planning meetings with the shared counselors. The advisory committee participates in the summative evaluation process. Completers and noncompleters are tracked.

OUTCOMES:

-Increased numbers of students enrolled in college
-Students found program helpful in their transition to college
-Increased number of Hispanic females enrolled and began working in college work-study programs
-Increased number of dropouts enrolled in GED programs
-Increased number of placed-at-risk students enrolled in college
-Improved curriculum articulation
-Closer and more effective partnership between college district and the school districts

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