Steuben County College Success Coalition

VISION STATEMENT

Jul 23, 2019

Ideal Student Achievement

In our ideal county . . .

 

Ideal Student Choices

All of the students in our ideal county make choices that open the door to college and prepare them for college success including the choices listed below:

Course Enrollment

Career Exploration

College Admissions

Academic Exploration

Postsecondary Planning

College Mentoring

Financial Aid

Student Engagement

 

Ideal Community Activities

Community organizations in our ideal county implement activities to help students make choices that open the door for college access and success.  These activities include:

  • Talk to their children about college at an early age. (Group: Parents)
  • Support their children to learn options that are available to them. (Group: Parents)
  • Fill out FAFSA/Financial Aid documents. (Group: Parents)
  • Attend a financial aid night. (Group: Parents)
  • Have their child job shadow. (Group: Parents)
  • Open a 529 plan/college savings account. (Group: Parents)
  • Allow children to dream big. (Group: Parents)
  • Take advantage of college events such as cultural events, athletic events, etc. (Group: Parents)
  • Participate in community educational programs such as the Literacy Coalition. (Group: Parents)
  • Volunteer together with your child, participate in a community service event. (Group: Parents)
  • Attend a variety of school programs. (Group: Parents)
  • Utilize student monitoring programs and contact the school when concerned. (Group: Parents)
  • Do school success goal setting with your child. (Group: Parents)
  • Expose students to a variety of careers/occupations through friends and family.
  • Attend school conferences and orientations. (Group: Parents)
  • Help children assess their college and career options. (Group: Parents)
  • Encourage positive choices. (Group: Parents)
  • Help students research scholarship opportunities. (Group: Parents)
  • Discuss on campus, online, and off campus education options. (Group: Parents)
  • Partner with churches, clubs, family and/or friends to build a support network for your child. (Group: Parents)
  • 4H clubs for exploring interests and discovering skills. (Group: Youth Service Organizations)
  • Tutoring opportunities (like what is offered at Cahoots). (Group: Youth Service Organizations)
  • GED completion programs for highschool drop outs (Literacy Coalition). (Group: Youth Service Organizations)
  • Study groups for SAT/ACT testing. (Group: Youth Service Organizations)
  • Invite college students to talk to youth about their experiences. (Group: Youth Service Organizations)
  • Research career options. (Group: Youth Service Organizations)
  • Visit a career center. (Group: Youth Service Organizations)
  • Homework support. (Group: Youth Service Organizations)
  • Offer credit recovery after school for struggling students. (Group: Youth Service Organizations)
  • Find mentors for students in academic and character development. (Group: Youth Service Organizations)
  • Provide summer camps for student relating to career exploration. (Group: Youth Service Organizations)
  • Create a speakers bureau where professionals would speak to students. (Group: Youth Service Organizations)
  • Industrial tours to learn more about what job are here. (Group: Youth Service Organizations)
  • Host a college/career fair at the Spring Expo. (Group: Youth Service Organizations)
  • Help with financial and business planning, tips and techniques. (Group: Youth Service Organizations)
  • Church youth groups visit college campuses. (Group: Faith-based Organizations)
  • Church bulletins list 'college' preparation courses. (Group: Faith-based Organizations)
  • Church offer financial planning courses on 'How to go to college'. (Group: Faith-based Organizations)
  • Provide mentors for students. (Group: Faith-based Organizations)
  • Recognize community members when obtaining degree/certification. (Group: Faith-based Organizations)
  • Offer space for community informational sessions. (Group: Faith-based Organizations)
  • Help sessions for parents - emplty nesters. (Group: Faith-based Organizations)
  • Financial Peace University (Group: Faith-based Organizations)
  • Offer scholarships for local church attendants. (Group: Faith-based Organizations)
  • Provide transportation for college visits for members. (Group: Faith-based Organizations)
  • Counsel students who feel they are not 'worthy' of college opportunities. (Group: Faith-based Organizations)
  • Leaders in the church community mentor youth on career paths and options after highschool.
  • Youth event with speakers to discuss college opportunities. (Group: Faith-based Organizations)
  • Have college students assist with your programming. (Group: Faith-based Organizations)
  • Provide career options to youth. (Group: Faith-based Organizations)
  • Encourage parent support and guidance. (Group: Faith-based Organizations)
  • Connect with Christian colleges. (Group: Faith-based Organizations)
  • Network with businesses to provide hands on job experience. (Group: Schools)
  • Create mentor/student partnerships with parnets, community leaders, etc. (Group: Schools)
  • Offer/require personal finance course. (Group: Schools)
  • Provide parents with information relevant to student career planning on a yearly basis. (Group: Schools)
  • Provide opportunities for parents to learn about financial aid programs prior to senior year. (Group: Schools)
  • Creat program where parents and students work on career plans together. (Group: Schools)
  • Free tutoring. (Group: Schools)
  • Career mentors. (Group: Schools)
  • College adopting elementary classromms to build 'college going' culture. (Group: Schools)
  • Administer PLAN. (Group: Schools)
  • Partner with youth organizations to coordinate quality of out of school activities. (Group: Schools)
  • Maintain an online clearinghouse of college access resources. (Group: Schools)
  • Maintain an online database that is accessible to parents and students listing all local scholarships. (Group: Schools)
  • Speakers Bureau: have community professionals speak to students. (Group: Schools)
  • Assess each student individually and devise a plan. (Group: Schools)
  • Provide assistance filling out college applications and scholarships. (Group: Schools)
  • College visits for 8th graders. (Field trip) (Group: Schools)
  • Follow up with students during their first year following highschool: email, phone or personal note. (Group: Schools)
  • Work with local schools and colleges to publicize dates of upcoming testing and informational meetings. (Group: Media)
  • Use media websites to build a calendar of event dates. (Group: Media)
  • Offer free newspaper subscriptions to high school students to become familiar with community opportunities. (Group: Media)
  • Area business leaders should be advocates/mentors at local high schools. (Group: Media)
  • Offer students options to volunteer in the community, local non-profits. (Group: Media)
  • Interviews and write ups after all college access events and activities. (Group: Media)
  • Highlight local academic success as a weekly part of paper. (Group: Media)
  • Weekly section of paper highlighting industry/business positions and education required. (Group: Media)
  • Publish an educational tabloid section: colleges, opportunities, financial aid, planning, etc. (Group: Media)
  • Radio: public service ads promoting opportunites. (Group: Media)
  • Promote positive school information in the first few pages of the newspaper. (Group: Media)
  • Advocate for community wide support and assistance. (Group: Media)
  • Offer local scholarship brochures. (Group: Community Foundation)
  • Offer college financial planning event. (Group: Community Foundation)
  • Run information on LED sign. (Group: Community Foundation)
  • Develop online scholarship application process for ease of applying. (Group: Community Foundation)
  • Host informational meeting for parents/students to discuss financial resources from the Foundation. (Group: Community Foundation)
  • Participate in an all area high school, college, parent, student information meetings. (Group: Community Foundation)
  • Promote students to volunteer and participate in local non-profits. (Group: Community Foundation)
  • Have an organized system for tutoring students in need. (Group: Community Foundation)
  • Be more visible in elementary schools promoting "stay in school" programs. (Group: Community Foundation)
  • Be a central location for all scholarships and financial assistance. (Group: Community Foundation)
  • Standardize the scholarship applications so students can complete common information for all applications at once. (Group: Community Foundation)
  • Fund projects developed by SET. (Group: Community Foundation)
  • Post secondary education information sessions. (Group: Public Library)
  • Provide space for community informational sessions. (Group: Public Library)
  • Provide resources for career research. (Group: Public Library)
  • Exhibit college/career information. (Group: Public Library)
  • Hold support group sessions for parents having students leaving for college. (Group: Public Library)
  • Establish a specail resource section of the library which houses materials for high school students. (Group: Public Library)
  • Allow free access to computer lab for high school students. (Group: Public Library)
  • Host web search slasses to assist students with college aid search. (Group: Public Library)
  • Increase hours of operation (including Sunday hours). (Group: Public Library)
  • Have more family friendly events. (Group: Public Library)
  • Be an outlet for students to be able to study at the library and promote 'study' hours. (Group: Public Library)
  • Host a college application night. (Group: Public Library)
  • Host a financial planning event. (Group: Public Library)
  • Provide internet access for parents with no internet connection. (Group: Public Library)
  • Display scholarship information. (Group: Public Library)
  • Access for all county residents. (Group: Public Library)
  • Assist with career assessment and chioces. (Group: Public Library)
  • Host college and apprenticeships. (Group: Public Library)
  • Host a financial aid night. (Group: Postsecondary)
  • Have college students visit schools during lunch. (Group: Postsecondary)
  • Host a mandatory meeting for parents and students to discuss student debt. (Group: Postsecondary)
  • Continue to work with other colleges to creat seamless transfer of credit policies. (Group: Postsecondary)
  • Identify students who are at risk of failing and work to improve their skills. (Group: Postsecondary)
  • College program for 8th graders entering high school to explain academic expectations. (Group: Postsecondary)
  • Offer dual credit. (Group: Postsecondary)
  • Assist with career options. (Group: Postsecondary)
  • Allow stidents to have a 'little buddy' at an elementary school. (Group: Postsecondary)
  • In coordination with SCLC, work student eligible students can be paid to tutor English and/or math as needed. (Group: Postsecondary)
  • Offer a free meal at college visit day for local families. (Group: Postsecondary)
  • Offer classes in community/county to start education. (Group: Postsecondary)
  • Offer remedial classes for those in need. (Group: Postsecondary)
  • Partner with K-12 to speak to students and parents. (Group: Postsecondary)
  • Offer student mentors for 'new' students. (Group: Postsecondary)
  • Tutoring on an individual basis. (Group: Postsecondary)
  • Homework help sessions. (Group: Postsecondary)
  • Solid retention practices. (Group: Postsecondary)
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    Core Convictions

    Our community is committed to implementing the activities listed above because we believe every student deserves...

  • to have hope.
  • know what is available to them.
  • to see their dreams become a reality.
  • to not let money deter their goals, wants, and desires.
  • to know that no matter their skill set, there is a career available to them.
  • support and encouragement from all areas of our community.
  • proper nutrition to enable them to learn and achieve.
  • access to counseling for self esteem challenges and development.
  • the resources and opportunities to become successful.
  • personal counseling.
  • to be able to afford college.
  • to have resources needed to attend college (car, computer, books, etc).
  • access to information.
  • to know they can do anything they desire in life.
  • HOPE.
  • a positive support system encouraging them to be successful.
  • to be allowed to dream.
  • good academic advising.
  • an opportunity.
  • exposure to opportunities/ careers.
  • to learn about opportunities to gain financial assistance.
  • 360 degree feedback
  • encouragement
  • a second chance.
  • caring and well trained teachers.
  • to be educated on financial planning.
  • an opportunity for rewarding work.
  • an opportunity to further their education.
  • to graduate high school.
  • access to funding to support post secondary training.
  • a mentor for career exploration, college, etc.
  • to have their basic needs be met.
  • readily available access to technology.
  • opportunities to know about education and training programs available to them.
  • experiences to access their interests, skills, and values in regards to their future career choices.
  • mentors to work with them to help bridge their gaps when they do not know how to find information they need.
  • respect.
  • assistance to reach their educational potential.
  • opportunities to explore real life career experiences.
  • a clear 'road map' to meet college requirements (grades, applications).
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