The Career & College Center has become a viable mechanism for serving the information needs of students in their transition from school-to-college and school-to-work. Quality information facilitates the career and educational development process and the Career & College Center can play a vital role in promoting student understanding of the worlds of work and education. Centers can be found in secondary schools, colleges, and organizations. This webinar will examine all aspects associated with the planning, design, implementation, evaluation, and maintenance of a Career & College Center.
Participants will gain insight into the design and delivery of Career & College Center activities, services, and resources that promote awareness, exploration, and decision-making. They will also discuss the effective use of career and college resources and walk step-by-step through a series of planning, design, and implementation steps that, if followed, can lead to the creation of a quality Career & College Center. Evaluating the effectiveness of the Center and how to move forward with maintenance and growth activities will also be addressed.
Participants will learn the “nuts and bolts” associated with the design and maintenance of a Career & College Center and the “assembly” required to build or grow a facility in the high school, college, or youth-serving organization.
Participants will learn to:
- Develop the mission and objectives for the center
- Identify the stakeholders who will use the center
- Determine space, furnishing, and equipment needs
- Identify and acquire career and college resources
- Create activities and services for center users
- Develop user-friendly and efficient procedures and policies
- Establish a center calendar
- Monitor outcomes and evaluate the center
- Staff the center
- Use the Internet and emerging technologies
- Create and manage the center budget
- Publicize center programs, activities, and services
- Involve students, parents, educators, and the community in the center
Counselors, teachers, media specialists, youth organization leaders, and others engaged in providing information to students in transition should participate in this program. They may be working at either the high school or college level or in libraries or community agencies. The program is very appropriate for educators associated with Upward Bound, Talent Search, GEAR-UP, and related programs.