Wytheville Community College (WCC) is accepting applications for a full-time Education Support Specialist III, Talent Search High School Outreach Coordinator, for the WCC TRiO Talent Search Grant Project. Position will be located on the main campus of Wytheville Community College. This is a restricted grant-funded position. The objectives of the Talent Search Project and purpose of the position are: •To identify qualified middle and high school youths with potential for education at the postsecondary level, encourage them to complete their secondary school and undertake a program of postsecondary education; •Assist the participants with the process of identifying and applying to postsecondary institutions; and •Publicize the availability of, and facilitate the application for, student financial assistance. The High School Outreach Coordinator will assist high school students with advising services that helps them with the academic and financial planning necessary for successfully pursuing education beyond high school. The High School Outreach Coordinator will: (a) hold multiple group meetings at the schools; (b) develop an Individualized Service Plan for each participant; (c) develop and provide workshops for the participants and their parents; (d) maintain participant files on services provided; (e) assist participants with college admission and financial aid applications; (f) submit monthly progress reports to the Program Director; (g) provide supervision for all field trips and program activities; and (h) other duties as assigned by the Project Director. Participant responsibilities will include but are not limited to: •Identification and recruitment of students; •Implementation of program approved career interest and non-cognitive assessments; •Maintains a caseload of 341 students of which a minimum of 40% (N=134) should be 12th graders; •Holds a minimum of 8 group meetings plus individual meetings during the school year to assist participants with the planning of their educational goals; •For students in grades 9th - 12th develops and implements workshops to assist in adjustment to secondary school and prepare for post-secondary educational opportunities; •Connects students to program approved tutoring services to enable students to complete their coursework successfully; •Provides individualized services to students pursuing a Rigorous Secondary School Program through the enrollment in Advanced Placement courses; •Provides students with the information necessary for college admissions tests â“PSAT, SAT/ACT; •Provides individualized college and financial aid information to seniors in their preparation and submission of applications/forms; •Works with college admissions personnel as an Advocate and Liaison to ensure admission and financial aid packages are adequate for the students and their families; •Maintains contact with high school graduates to ensure enrollment in a postsecondary institution upon graduating from high school; and •Informs postsecondary Student Support Services or similar programs of studentsâ™ admission to provide follow-up assistance to the students. Program responsibilities will include but are not limited to: •Development of calendar and implementation of six (6) excursions to Open House activities of colleges and universities during the academic year; •Assistance with the development and implementation of the high school component of College Exploration Month; •Assistance in the identification of high school students for the participation in youth leadership development programs; •Assistance with the annual events for the participants and their parents â“ Welcome to Talent Search and Year-end Recognition Event; •Assistance with the preparation and distribution of two project newsletters for the distribution to students, parents, school personnel, community partners, and the WCC community; and •Assistance with the development and implementation of project excursions to institutions of higher education, cultural events, academic programs and other activities not usually available to both middle and high school disadvantaged youth. WCC responsibilities and participation will include but are not limited to: •In-service and/or on-line training required of WCC personnel to ensure an effective and professional educational community; •Appointment on WCC committees, on-campus activities and all activities geared towards pre-college students; •Appropriate training and professional development activities for the benefit of providing high quality services to our participants and their parents, college community, and the community at-large; •Assistance with Wytheville Community College activities for the benefit of college and community-based members and •Commitment to diversity issues.
Bachelor's degree in education, counseling, social work, higher education or an appropriate field related to Project objectives; Good written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills; Ability to work with low-income potential first-generation college students; and Professional/personal experience in overcoming barriers similar to the ones confronting project participants.
Internal Number: 34059
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Virginia's Community College's educate 240,000 credit students annually and over 170,000 non-credit students at 23 Community Colleges with over 40 campus locations throughout the Commonwealth. Our mission is to provide comprehensive higher education and workforce training programs and services of superior quality. These programs are financially and geographically accessible to meet the individual, business, and community needs of the Commonwealth.