June 2, 2016 by Joshua Wright
Community college students across California will soon have access to online self-assessment and career exploration resources as part of a statewide Student Services and Degree Planning portal being developed by the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Education Planning Initiative (EPI).
The California Community Colleges Technology Center, charged with implementing EPI, selected Emsi’s Career Coach platform for the Self-Assessment and Career Exploration application within the student services portal. The portal is designed to give students anywhere/anytime access to information and resources—such as career assessment, degree planning, tutoring and local campus services—sequenced to prompt them along the path based on their specific needs.
“Helping students identify their career interests is the first—and foundational—aspect of the portal,” noted David Shippen, Director of Statewide Programs, Student Services, and Educational Planning for the California Community College Technology Center. “We’re pleased to be working with Emsi and their Career Coach product team to build a uniquely California solution that will support our community colleges as they seek to increase transfer rates, improve completion, and support retention and persistence.”
Emsi makes labor market data useful for student success through software programs like Career Coach, allowing students to size up the potential job market based on a given degree program.
The program will track how each student navigates through Career Coach and the portal through the student’s system ID number. Analytics collected from Career Coach helps the system understand how students are using the tool and informs counselors about each student’s career interests.
“We are thrilled to be part of such a major student success initiative,” Emsi CEO Andrew Crapuchettes said. “Career Coach has caught on at hundreds of colleges in the US, UK, and Canada because it helps gives students a reason to finish their education. We can’t wait to see how it helps the millions of students that California Community Colleges serve every year.”
The California Community Colleges is the largest system of higher education in the nation composed of 72 districts and 113 colleges serving more than 2.1 million students per year. Community colleges supply workforce training, basic skills education and prepare students for transfer to four-year institutions.
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