We thought it’d be cool to give a quick summary of some Career Coach success stories. Here’s how a few clients are putting our tool to work — and what they’re saying about it:
“College leaders said that Career Coach is part of their push to secure more of the area’s high school graduates and to help the many students who arrive without a job goal in mind. … Enrollment staff members are also distributing iPads loaded with Career Coach to local high school guidance counselors, acquainting future college students with Tech’s programs.”
Monroe Community College reaches out to potential students by providing them with a free “professional awareness” course that uses Career Coach and teaches them how to select a career path.
Monroe is currently applying this strategy to fill a deficit of skilled professionals in advanced manufacturing in the area around the college. According to VP Todd Oldham, most residents think manufacturing is a dead profession, but through Career Coach and the above mentioned course, Monroe is beginning to reverse this perception, providing strong job skills to students, filling employer needs for a labor force with relevant training, and strengthening the local economy along the way.
Monroe has been averaging about 30,000 hits a month on their Career Coach site.
As recently stated in the Aspen Institute’s Labor Market Data Guide for Student Success, studies show that college students who choose a program of study have higher completion rates than those who remain undecided, since students without a specific goal will have a harder time choosing courses and will have less drive to complete a degree. Accelerating decisions can increase the completion rates.
The study goes on to cite Montgomery County Community College which uses Career Coach to assist students in choosing programs.
Here is a quote about Career Coach from Karen Stout, President of Montgomery County Community College.
“The implementation process and the results so far are equally transformational in helping our students, our community, our faculty, and our advisors fully understand viable career pathways that map to our credit and non-credit programs, and even to our transfer partners.”
When asked about what the college does to serve students, the College of Southern Nevada points to Career Coach. CSN employs the student-centered service to connect the classroom to the real world and help link students with local careers, also providing students with a Career Coach report to pass along to others.
EMSI client Wayne Brown uses Career Coach to give students the power and motivation of a career vision. He recently related a story about working an underprivileged young man who had failed a math test five times. Brown put him onto Career Coach where the young man saw the labor market reality of registered nursing – and he went on to pass the math test on his next try.
McKinsey & Company
The McKinsey Report presents case studies of solid education-to-employment programs, detailing the key facets that a successful system should include. One element tied to success is collecting and disseminating good data, particularly information on “career options and training pathways.” The Report presented Career Coach as an example of an education-to-employment program that really works.
Southampton Solent University in the UK takes the Career Coach to local schools and events to promote the tool and support their marketing activities.