Committed College  Coach ProgramBoard of Lucas County Commissioners   Commissioner Skeldon Wozniak
Problem Issues• There is low college enrollment among  graduating Toledo Public School/  Lucas County students• Many colle...
Educational Attainment              in Lucas County• 17.1% of the adult residents do not have a high  school diploma• Less...
More Stats• Ohio’s graduation rate was 74.3% in 2006• In Toledo Public Schools approximately 50% of  the graduates will at...
Ohio ranks lower than National              Averages• Ohio adults have less postsecondary education  than the national ave...
College Drop-Out Problem• Many students do not return after their first  year of college (national statistics)   • In 2-yr...
Toledo’s College Culture• Less than 14% of Toledo Residents have a bachelor’s  degree or higher (Ohio Department of Develo...
Educational Levels Affect Economic             Well-Being• Toledo unemployment rates exceeds the state and  national avera...
Toledo Public Schools• Low income student population has increased  within Toledo Public School (TPS)• 70% of the TPS stud...
Changing the Culture• The Community needs to believe college is an attainable  goal• Families need encouragement through t...
Committed College Coach• Coaching program  – Accompanying website for additional information &    career interest resource...
Committed College Coach• Committed College Coach is someone who will commit  to encouraging and helping the adolescent on ...
Why So Long?• Why starting so early?  – “Interventions must begin around the 5th grade in    order to be effective” (Big B...
Coach & StudentActivity Schedule
Coach & StudentActivity Schedule
Coach & StudentActivity Schedule
Coach & StudentActivity Schedule
Coach & StudentActivity Schedule
Coach & StudentActivity Schedule
Coach & StudentActivity Schedule
Coach & StudentActivity Schedule
Coach & StudentActivity Schedule
Coach & StudentActivity Schedule
Budget Considerations• Program coordinator salary• Cost of running & maintaining  Committed College Coach Website• Cost of...
Challenges• Who will teach the college coaches?   – Develop information sessions for the coaches specific to each     year...
Why Not All Lucas County Schools?• Need to start with only one school district  – Need to test the program in one school d...
Philosophy• Psychosocial Theory – Erik Erickson   – The most basic value that underlies psychosocial theory is     that al...
Committed College Coach           Philosophy• Every youth deserves at least one person in  their life who cares about them...
Committed College CoachA highly educated community has    greater health, welfare, and       economic outcomes   Thank you...
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PowerPoint was used to present the Committed College Coach (CCC) program to several key stakeholders to gain buy-in and financing. The program was an idea of Commissioner Wozniak, and I was an instrumental part of the core group in the development of the program. I am very proud to say that CCC is being tested in 2 local elementary schools. Powerpoint created/designed by Pam Kummerer

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  1. 1. Committed College Coach ProgramBoard of Lucas County Commissioners Commissioner Skeldon Wozniak
  2. 2. Problem Issues• There is low college enrollment among graduating Toledo Public School/ Lucas County students• Many college students do not return for their second year of college• Low rate of college enrollment for adults completing their GED
  3. 3. Educational Attainment in Lucas County• 17.1% of the adult residents do not have a high school diploma• Less than 14% of adult residents have a bachelor’s degree• Only 7.3% have an associates degree• 22% have not completed their college degree• Therefore, 71% of Lucas County adults do not have a college degree Ohio Department of Development
  4. 4. More Stats• Ohio’s graduation rate was 74.3% in 2006• In Toledo Public Schools approximately 50% of the graduates will attend a 2 or 4 year college (Toledo Promise Scholarship Study)• Nationally, every year, 1 in 3 young adults— more than 1.2 million people—drops out of high school• 50% of adult GED students state they intend to pursue a postsecondary education – Only 27% actually enroll in postsecondary education (Reach Higher America)
  5. 5. Ohio ranks lower than National Averages• Ohio adults have less postsecondary education than the national average. – In 2004 23.3% of Ohio adults had a bachelors degree or higher which is lower than the national average of 27%• “It would take an additional 287,865 {Ohio} residents with an associate degree or higher today to have a population with education levels comparable to the nation’s.” (Ohio Policy Matters)
  6. 6. College Drop-Out Problem• Many students do not return after their first year of college (national statistics) • In 2-yr colleges – 50% will not return for 2nd year • In 4-yr colleges – 30% will not return for 2nd year • In 4-yr colleges – fewer than 50% complete their degree (Toledo Promise Scholarship Concept Study)
  7. 7. Toledo’s College Culture• Less than 14% of Toledo Residents have a bachelor’s degree or higher (Ohio Department of Development)• Reliance on high paying manufacturing jobs after high school is on the decline in Toledo• Adolescents in Toledo mistakenly believe they can get a high paying job after high school graduation• Parents who didn’t go to college have a greater tendency not to promote college to their children• Parents that have not gone to college are less familiar with the steps to send their child to college (Toledo Promise Scholarship Concept Report)
  8. 8. Educational Levels Affect Economic Well-Being• Toledo unemployment rates exceeds the state and national average. (WTOL Website) – Aug. 2009 unemployment rate • National 9.7 • Toledo 13.2• Toledo’s poverty rate of 22.6% exceeds national and state averages (City-Data Website)• Toledo was ranked the 8th poorest city in the US (US Census Bureau)
  9. 9. Toledo Public Schools• Low income student population has increased within Toledo Public School (TPS)• 70% of the TPS students qualify for free/reduced lunch• Children living in poverty tend: – Begin school with lower levels of academic readiness – Achieve lower test scores – Less likely to pursue post-secondary education (Toledo Promise Scholarship Concept Study)
  10. 10. Changing the Culture• The Community needs to believe college is an attainable goal• Families need encouragement through the college going process• Families need to be exposed to college atmosphere• Families need to be connected with resources• Families need someone to help them navigate along the way• Need “buy-in” from the schools, parents, and community
  11. 11. Committed College Coach• Coaching program – Accompanying website for additional information & career interest resource• Purpose – Increase high school graduates enrollment in post- secondary education – Increase college student retention rate – Change the college-going culture in Lucas County• Coordinate with existing programs not replace them• This is only a small piece in changing the culture
  12. 12. Committed College Coach• Committed College Coach is someone who will commit to encouraging and helping the adolescent on their path to college – They do not have to have attended college themselves – Commit to the youth from grade 5 through their sophomore year in college• Coach declares their intent to be committed to the adolescent through signing the Committed College Coach Declaration (guardian signs also)• Complete Coach/Student Action Steps each semester
  13. 13. Why So Long?• Why starting so early? – “Interventions must begin around the 5th grade in order to be effective” (Big Brother/Big Sister Mentoring Toward College) – Youths often have difficulty transitioning from elementary school to middle school (United Way of Northeast Florida) – Difficult transition to middle school is a risk factor for dropping out of school (Michigan Department of Education)• Why not stop at 12th grade? – High rate of dropout after the first year of college – Adolescent needs support/encouragement while adjusting to a new college environment
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  24. 24. Budget Considerations• Program coordinator salary• Cost of running & maintaining Committed College Coach Website• Cost of printed package material• Cost of yearly kick-off event• Cost of transportation to college visits• Cost of coach training sessions
  25. 25. Challenges• Who will teach the college coaches? – Develop information sessions for the coaches specific to each year• Who will monitor that coach/student activities are being completed?• What if youth is unable to identify someone to be their coach?• What if the coach quits?
  26. 26. Why Not All Lucas County Schools?• Need to start with only one school district – Need to test the program in one school district before implementing in all Lucas County school districts• Toledo Public School District has the highest number of students in a dense area
  27. 27. Philosophy• Psychosocial Theory – Erik Erickson – The most basic value that underlies psychosocial theory is that all individuals are innately worthy – All individuals have the capacity to learn and adapt to change their social & physical environment• Person-Centered Approach – Carl Rogers – Rogers believed that humans are basically good – He argued that we have an innate drive to reach an optimal sense of ourselves & satisfaction with our lives – People require interactions with others & most people must be accepted in order to achieve self-actualization
  28. 28. Committed College Coach Philosophy• Every youth deserves at least one person in their life who cares about them and wants to see them succeed.• Through acceptance & encouragement, adolescents will achieve their optimal goals
  29. 29. Committed College CoachA highly educated community has greater health, welfare, and economic outcomes Thank you for you time & consideration

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