Today schools are faced with a plethora of challenges from making sure students are fed when they are not on campus, to safety and health concerns and to kids having kids. Creating an environment for students to be successful begins by discovering, understanding, and knowing their critical needs.   Based on those critical needs, pathways must be determined to ensure students have the skills necessary to succeed.  Solving this complex situation will require convening key stakeholders, creating strategies, leveraging resources, and activating the community.  In short:  a multi-pronged partnership is necessary.

Launch My Career TX

It can be hard for students to know which colleges and majors might be right for them and their goals.  Launch My Career TX, supported [in part] by a grant from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, helps current and prospective students cut through the confusion and find programs of study that can lead to well-paying jobs and a good life. Launch My Career TX features information on hot jobs, hot skills, and the return on investment (ROI) that students can expect based on the major and college they choose.

Launch My Career TX helps students select a college degree program that best prepares them for the career and life they want. Using data compiled by College Measures, current and prospective students can learn about the average ROI for different college degree programs compared with earnings for those without a college degree.  

The tool also illustrates their expected “time to launch” and “breakeven” point given their degree and the type of life they want to live.

But it isn’t just about how much you earn. It’s about achieving the life you would like to lead! Launch My Career TX includes Gallup data on graduates’ college and work experiences.

If you are a high school student, parent of one, or a school counselor, visit to get started.

True transformation in our education system begins with understanding, and understanding comes from knowing the needs of our student population.   The Chamber has created an initiative, Every Child Has Access, to bring those partnerships together in order to meet those individually identified needs.
Every Child Has Access is a collective impact project that will address the overall well being of students during non-school hours, in an effort to create a continuous environment conducive to learning and health.   The process will begin with a three-prong approach.  
First, we will bring together public and private schools to identify the challenges and needs of area students by focusing on the time gap when kids are not in school:  after 3:00 p.m. and before 8:00 a.m. during the school year as well as weekends, holidays and during the summer break. 
Second, key business and community stakeholders will be identified to help develop a shared vision and action plan to address those identified needs.  
Third, a quick victory project has been identified:  compile and publish a master resource guide as a tool that includes all organizations offering after-school programs, summer school opportunities, jobs programs, career fairs, tutoring, mentoring, etc. This tool will be provided to all public, private, and home school organizations.  

The initiative is not a quick-fix approach and will take dedicated time and resources to bring about completion and success.  But if it is worth doing, it is worth doing well and investing the time to create a well integrated outcome. 

Download Family Activity Sheets and Resource Guide

Family Education Action Plan

Weekly Family Schedule

2016 Resource Guide

Journey Map (11X17)

Goals. Mission. Method.

Career Readiness