Virginia Community Colleges High School Career Coaches are community college employees based in local high schools to help high school students define their career aspirations and to recognize community college, four-year institutions and other postsecondary programs, including apprenticeships and workforce training, that can help students achieve their educational and financial goals.
The fundamental purpose of the VCCS High School Career Coaches Program is to empower students to make informed decisions about their career and educational plans and to prepare students for success in postsecondary education and training. While the day-to-day functions of a career coach vary according to local needs, major responsibilities include:
- Facilitating the development of individual career plans and portfolios.
- Administering and providing interpretation of career assessments, such as the Virginia Education Wizard.
- Relating information on careers, career pathways, and related employment.
- Connecting students to early college programs such as dual enrollment and the Jumpstart program.
- Easing the transition of students from high school to postsecondary education and the skilled workforce.