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College and Career Coach Program

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Little Rock, Arkansas

The College and Career Coach Program is a partnership between Arkansas Career Education, the Little Rock School District (LRSD), and UA – Pulaski Technical College.  Administered by UA – Pulaski Tech, the program currently serves students in the five LRSD high schools.

  • Designed to motivate and support students attending Arkansas middle and high schools achieve their  goals as it relates to college and career planning
  • Provides services in the area of academic tutoring, career counseling, mentoring, financial guidance, and other supports necessary for postsecondary education/training access, retention, and success
  • Aligned with and supports the efforts of Arkansas’ plan for education and workforce development

The Career Coach program is focused on getting students through high school and to post-secondary education, training, or military services.  Program, services, and activities foster the career exploration and college-going culture in schools and engage students in seven important parts of the process.

The chronological order from a student’s perspective:

  • Early Awareness: Career Exploration Camps - 8th – 10th grade
  • Exploration: Work-Based Learning - 10th – 12th grade year
  • Planning: College Planning Night and College Visits - spring of junior year and fall of senior year
  • Assessments: ACT Academies - spring of junior year and fall of senior year
  • Applying: College Application Month - October of senior year
  • Paying: FAFSA Frenzy! - October of senior year
  • Going: College Signing Day - May of senior year

Career Coaches work alongside high school counselors, teachers, and administrators to support students and are located in each of the LRSD high schools:

Contacts

Kimberly Brasfield
Central High School
College and Career Coach
(501) 447-1461
[email protected]

Paul Campbell
Parkview High School
College and Career Coach
(501) 447-2317
[email protected]

Dianna Donahue
Hall High
College and Career Coach
(501) 447-2056
[email protected]

John Lewis
Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid
Career Coach Supervisor
(501) 812-2233
[email protected]

Whitney Smotherman
Little Rock Southwest Magnet High School
College and Career Coach
(501) 447-9193
[email protected]