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Idaho Program Links High Schoolers with Coaches Through Text, Skype

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The Idaho Pathways to Early Career High School (PTECH) Network links high school students in the state with career coaches through Skype and text messages.

PTECH is a nonprofit organization that connects juniors and seniors in high school who may not be on track to attend a four-year university with specialized trade positions that fit their interests. PTECH corresponds with Idaho companies seeking workers within the fields of aerospace and advanced manufacturing, information technology, and health care. Teachers or counselors will recommend a student for PTECH, although Gina Borud, media liaison at PTECH, said the company is working on a way to reach out to students directly. PTECH will connect these students with a one-on-one mentor through InsideTrack, a company that specializes in personalized education.

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Indiana Public Universities Boost Persistence of Low-Income Students through Success Coaching

New results from statewide coaching initiative show significant fall-to-fall retention rate gains for 21st Century Scholars

INDIANAPOLIS (NOV. 22, 2016) — Today, several leading public colleges and universities announced positive results from a major initiative to improve success rates among first-generation, low-income and minority students through student success coaching. The 21st Century Scholars Coaching Initiative is part of Indiana’s 21st Century Scholars Program, which offers income-eligible Hoosier students up to four years of paid tuition at an eligible Indiana college or university, along with support preparing for the transition to college and to their career after graduation.

Two of the institutions – Ivy Tech and Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) – reported double digit increases in first-year persistence rates for 21st Century Scholars compared to historical averages. The three other participating institutions – Indiana University East, Indiana University Kokomo and Indiana State University — also reported positive results. The coaching program is operated through a partnership with InsideTrack, the nation’s leading provider of student success coaching.

Nationally, only 11% of low-income students who are the first to attend college in their family will graduate within six years, compared to 55% of more advantaged peers. Additionally, these students are four times more likely to leave after their first year. To address this gap, the Indiana Commission for Higher Education launched the 21st Century Scholarship program in 1990 and, in 2014 worked with USA Funds, InsideTrack and five public institutions to add coaching to the program in order to address the non-financial barriers to student success.

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