Several school districts in Arizona are being recognized for their efforts to help prepare middle school students for college and career.
The Arizona College Access Network (AzCAN) will recognize six school districts with the “Early College and Career Awareness” designation.
“These districts have shown a commitment for helping middle school students prepare for college and careers,” Jensen said. “This commitment includes having at least three of their educators complete twenty hours of College Access Professionals (CAP) Training on College and Career Advising in the Middle Grades.”
Jensen explains that the educators work to create a college culture.
“Their training includes coursework on developing a college-going culture, career planning, academic planning and transitions, and engaging middle school students,” Jensen said. “This early focus on college and career planning ensures students develop aspirations for their future and make decisions that lead to their postsecondary goals.”
The Arizona College Access Network is a key program of the Phoenix-based nonprofit College Success Arizona.
Rich Nickel, the organization’s CEO, offers high praise for the school districts.
“We are extremely proud of these school districts and their demonstrated commitment to early awareness,” Nickel said. “They represent the exemplary schools across our state dedicated to helping their students succeed in college and careers.”