High school graduation ready for some type of post-secondary experience. (HS CAN)
Purpose: HS CAN Charter
The Boone County Cradle to Career High School Collaborative Action Network is dedicated to ensuring that all Boone County students graduate from high school college and/or career ready. We support a multi-faceted approach to best fit the needs of all by focusing on excellence with equity.
Boone County students who lack access to quality support and awareness of post high school opportunities may not be adequately prepared for post high school success. Local data shows discrepancies based on race and social economic status negatively affect graduation rates and post-secondary preparedness. Employers in Boone County report a lack of marketable skills and difficulty finding employees with requisite skills. Although, in Boone County, students complete a four-year high school plan in 8th grade, students who do not transition well to high school struggle to successfully complete their plans. Research shows that students who have not earned enough credits their freshman year are more likely to drop out of high school. When students are not aware of their true interests, aptitude, and strengths, they may not be able to select the path in high school that will lead them to post-secondary success, whether that includes college preparatory classes, technical classes, or other life experiences.
All members of the Boone County High School Collaborative Action Network will study issues that affect post-secondary preparedness and will take action steps to promote post-secondary readiness for all Boone County students.
HS CAN Process
The High School Graduation Prepared for College or Career Collaborative Action Network known as the HSCAN began in December 2015. The cross-sector membership includes educators and administrators from five of the six county school districts, university professors, the health department, Boone County agencies who work with students ages 14-18+, mental health services, state agencies, the juvenile office, etc.
The HS CAN volunteers began their study of issues surrounding the success of students in grades 9-12 by looking at how to effect a smooth transition from middle school to high school. They looked at research, interviewed a panel of freshmen students, and consulted an internal expert in the field.
They then engaged local business leaders, the president of Moberly Area Community College, the director of Columbia’s Career Center, and personnel from the Central Workforce Investment Board to inform their understanding of student attributes needed for college and workforce readiness. In addition, they did a review of the literature to determine what skills might be most important to students post high school success.
At future Meetings they will determine the deterrents to student’s success, what’s working, what safety nets are and/or need to be in place for students who have difficulty, and issues that may arise to overcome those obstacles.
The HS CAN is hopeful to begin determining their action goals and moving to action by early 2017.