Posted Date: 01/26/2022
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
SPOKANE R-VII SELECTED TO PARTICIPATE IN STATEWIDE INITIATIVE TO BOOST POSTSECONDARY OUTCOMES FOR RURAL STUDENTS
Spokane High School to Hire College and Career Advisor to Provide Students College and Career Support
Spokane, MO January 26, 2022—Spokane R-VII today announced it has been selected to participate in the Missouri Postsecondary Advising Initiative, a statewide effort to place trained advisors into high schools, alongside current school counselors, to provide students with individualized college and career support.
Participating in the Missouri Postsecondary Advising Initiative is a wonderful opportunity for our students! We are eager to add a college and career advisor to focus on preparing our students for success after their time in the Spokane R-VII District. A college and career advisor coupled with a school counselor will allow us to better meet student needs during what has been a very challenging time in education and our world.
The Missouri Postsecondary Advising Initiative was launched in fall 2021 by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and rootEd Missouri, a partnership between philanthropic organization rootEd Alliance and Ozarks Technical Community College. The three-year initiative, which is funded by federal COVID relief dollars, aims to ensure all high school students have an advisor exclusively focused on helping them achieve success following graduation. This is particularly true for students in rural communities, as research shows they are less likely to enroll in college than their peers, and they are less likely to finish.
Schools were selected based on school and community need, COVID impact in the community, and geography. Additional schools will be added over time.
Selected high schools will now hire dedicated college and career advisors ahead of the 2022-2023 school year. These advisors will support students’ postsecondary pursuits by:
Schools and advisors will receive operational support and ongoing training from rootEd Missouri. Learn more about rootEd Missouri here.