This coming year, the Community College System of New Hampshire (CCSNH) will deploy Career Coach at each of its seven colleges. The move is part of the system’s comprehensive plan to implement a guided pathway approach at the colleges.
The CCSNH project is part of the Complete College America Purpose First initiative. Purpose First is a new set of best-practice advising tools that will combine labor market data, predictive analytics, career advising, and key tenets of behavioral economics to assist college students in making better informed, deliberate choices of majors and careers.
The initiative, funded by a $1.5 million grant from the Strada Education Network (formerly USA Funds), enables students to pursue their college goals with a strong sense of purpose and increased motivation, and enhanced confidence that a chosen program of study matches academic and personal strengths, and a clear understanding of future career opportunities.
Common to all Purpose First demonstration projects is the integration of student use of the career information in selecting their course of study into the college or system’s information system. The DXtera Institute, a non-profit collaborative focused on facilitating the integration of campus technologies, will play a central role at the Purpose First demonstration sites.
“The career exploration resource that Emsi’s Career Coach provides is uniquely suited for the Purpose First approach of putting easy-to-use labor market information in the hands of students at the beginning of their college careers,” said Emsi CEO Andrew Crapuchettes.
Accessible now to more than two million students annually, Career Coach is used by colleges to help their students explore and identify a career interest and then map that career interest to academic programs at their institution. Equipped with Emsi’s comprehensive labor market information and job postings data, Career Coach provides location-specific information, is fully optimized for mobile use, and meets all accessibility standards.