Educational Institutions

Career Compass of Louisiana

  • Baton Rouge, LA
  • www.careercompassla.org

Mission Statement

The goal of Career Compass is to increase the number of students in Louisiana who attend a post-secondary institution upon high school graduation (technical, community and four-year universities). Our mission is to remove the obstacles that keep students from pursuing a post-secondary education.

Main Programs

  1. 12th Grade College and Career Access System
  2. FAFSA Coordination Services (12th Grade)
  3. Small-Group Coaching (9th – 10th Grade)
  4. College and Career Awareness Seminars (6th – 11th Grade)
Service Areas

Self-reported

Louisiana

In 2006, Julie and Kacy launched Career Compass with the mission of strategically removing obstacles that would otherwise prevent high school students from seeking post-secondary education (technical, community or four-year universities). Since then, we have directly assisted 65,000 seniors in schools across the state apply to post-secondary schools. We're currently serving 152 schools in 36 school districts in Louisiana, reaching an average of 12,000 high school seniors and 16,000 underclassmen every year. In the 201516 school year alone, we served 31,922 6th - 12th grade students.

ruling year

2006

Co-Founder & Executive Director since 2006

Self-reported

Kacy Edwards

Co-Founder & Executive Director since 2006

Self-reported

Julie Scott

Keywords

Self-reported

college and career coaching, high school, education, disadvantaged

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EIN

20-4511965

 Number

6141237663

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Secondary/High School (B25)

Community/Junior College (B41)

Undergraduate College (4-year) (B42)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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Since 2006, Career Compass has directly assisted close to 65,000 high school seniors statewide to apply to post-secondary schools. A whopping 98 percent of the seniors we serve apply to a post-secondary option. Over 10 years, we have increased college and career awareness for nearly 50,000 6th – 11th graders.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

12th Grade College and Career Access System

Experienced Career Compass coaches work one-on-one with high seniors to help them map out their plans for the future. With specialized, in-depth knowledge of the post-secondary options in their part of the state, coaches equip students with accurate information about their options for the future. Whether students need help exploring various career options, gaining admission to a particular post-secondary institution, getting on the right path for their chosen career, or all of the above, Career Compass coaches are here to help.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Budget

Program 2

FAFSA Coordination Services (12th Grade)

Available as an add-on to 12th grade system. A Career Compass FAFSA coordinator will work with school level personnel to coordinate FAFSA completion efforts By increasing its FAFSA completion rate, Louisiana can take a positive step towards developing a more competitive and diverse workforce by reducing the financial and opportunity costs of pursuing postsecondary education and technical training. While most Louisiana high school graduates are eligible for some form of merit- or need-based state or federal financial aid, only 44% of them file the FAFSA. In fact, Louisiana students forego roughly $54 million each year in federal grants, state opportunities, and other funding for post-secondary education.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Budget

Program 3

Small-Group Coaching (9th – 10th Grade)

Every high school student should be able to count on an engaged adult to provide accurate, actionable advice about college and career options. Career Compass offers small-group college and career coaching to high school freshmen and sophomores as an early intervention to get students on the right track toward earning their diploma and achieving their goals. Whether your students need help deciding on a Jump Start career pathway, or just need some extra guidance, small-group coaching can help your students get their college and career bearings.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Budget

Program 4

College and Career Awareness Seminars (6th – 11th Grade)

Even as early as middle school, students encounter obstacles that might prevent them from pursuing post-secondary education. But, armed with the right information and age-appropriate resources, students can overcome these obstacles and follow their dreams. Career Compass’ college awareness seminars reach students in grades 6–11 to start the conversation about career choices and post-secondary options.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Budget

Service Areas

Self-reported

Louisiana

In 2006, Julie and Kacy launched Career Compass with the mission of strategically removing obstacles that would otherwise prevent high school students from seeking post-secondary education (technical, community or four-year universities). Since then, we have directly assisted 65,000 seniors in schools across the state apply to post-secondary schools. We're currently serving 152 schools in 36 school districts in Louisiana, reaching an average of 12,000 high school seniors and 16,000 underclassmen every year. In the 201516 school year alone, we served 31,922 6th - 12th grade students.

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CAREER COMPASS OF LOUISIANA
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31

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Career Compass of Louisiana

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Co-Founder & Executive Director

Kacy Edwards

Co-Founder & Executive Director

Julie Scott

BIO

Kacy Edwards oversees the organization's programs, community and school relations, and fund development. She is the organization's data chief and spearheaded the creation of Career Compass' data collection system. She focuses on nurturing and cultivating the relationships with school districts and institutions of higher education that want to procure Career Compass' services for their schools. With an uncanny ability for finding and seizing new opportunities, Kacy is always looking for new partnerships to bring Career Compass services to new students. Fund development is a major focus of her work, and she actively seeks to bring funding to the table when working with a new school district. She also heads up program expansion efforts, having identified several years ago that college and career awareness and coaching was a need in lower grade levels.

Kacy Edwards earned a bachelor's degree in History from Louisiana State University (LSU) with alternate certification in Secondary Education Social Studies in 1997. She completed her master's degree in Curriculum and Instruction from LSU in 2005. Kacy has nearly ten years of experience teaching secondary social studies at Tara High School in East Baton Rouge Parish School System. In 2011, she was recognized by The Baton Rouge Business Report's “Top 40 Under 40" list.

STATEMENT FROM THE Co-Founder & Executive Director

"Career Compass of Louisiana is an educational non-profit organization dedicated to helping high school students achieve their post-secondary aspirations. Our goal is to remove obstacles that would keep students from succeeding following high school graduation. We believe there is a pathway to college and career for all students.

We created Career Compass because we observed a disconnect between the information that was available to students regarding their post-secondary options, and the ability to act on that information. "

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Roxson S Welch

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