Arizona GEAR UP facilitated the College, Career, and Academic Planning course for Arizona educators this spring. Program Manager of Senior Year Services Daniel Pulu led the group of College Access Professionals (CAP) in a four-session course that focused on engaging students in early career awareness and development; supporting students in career and postsecondary planning; using data to address equity and to guide academic and career planning; and the importance of postsecondary choices and finding the right postsecondary fit.
“One of the biggest takeaways was having an open discussion forum for everyone to share best practices and outreach techniques during the pandemic,” said Daniel. “Knowing they are not alone navigating all these new circumstances was extremely helpful for everyone.”
Daniel also took special care to meet the educators where they were given the effects of the pandemic. The asynchronous course gave participants the opportunity to engage during personally convenient times, which benefited everyone. Participants included educators from Agua Fria High School, Alchesay High School, Buckeye Union High School, Catalina High School, Cesar Chavez High School, Cortez High School, Desert View High School, Dysart High School, and Youngker High School.
If this is something that interests you (or someone you know), keep in touch with Daniel Pulu at Arizona GEAR UP. He plans to host more of these courses in the future. Similar programs are also available for middle grade educators. Contact Program Manager of Middle Grade Services Ann Connelly for more information.