Top Performing Georgia District Taps Technology to Expand College and Career Opportunities for Students
Pike County School District first district in Georgia to partner with Hobsons to help students find the right college match, explore careers, and secure scholarships
ARLINGTON, VA – May 25, 2016 – Hobsons, the leading college and career readiness, admissions and enrollment, and student success company, today announced a new partnership with Pike County School District in Zebulon, Georgia, to provide counselors, students, and families with technology to support the college exploration, planning, and application process.
Research has found that measures of “college match” — including academic fit, affordability, size, and culture — have a significant impact on a student’s success in college and beyond. Today, expanded Broadband access and improved technologies are making it easier for counselors to help students find the right match.
Beginning in Fall 2016, the Pike County School District will be the first public school district in the state to use the Naviance by Hobsons platform district-wide. The district will use Naviance to help its middle and high school students explore their interests and strengths, discover the connection between academics and career paths, uncover new college and scholarship opportunities, and create plans to achieve their goals.
Georgia is nationally recognized for its pioneering College and Career Ready Performance Index, which sets standards to ensure that students across the state graduate ready for success in college or a career. Naviance will help Pike County to track student readiness across the district to inform a district-wide strategy.
“We want to ensure that our students are able to compete for seats in the best-fit universities and for careers that require critical thinking and creative problem solving,” said Pike County Superintendent Mike Duncan. “We are glad to be partnering with an edtech company that shares our deep commitment to student success and see Hobsons as a tremendous resource for our students and families.”
Naviance is used by nearly 9,000 schools and districts in the United States, and enables school counselors, educators, and parents to work together to help students prepare for postsecondary education.
“Georgia has a long track record of innovative efforts to ensure equity and access in higher education. We look forward to partnering with Georgia districts like Pike County to support the extraordinary work of counselors,” said Stephen M. Smith, President of Advising and Admissions Solutions at Hobsons. “We are committed to ensuring that all students have the chance to consider a wide range of options, and develop the skills they need to be successful in school and in life.”
Hobsons helps students identify their strengths, explore careers, create academic plans, match to best-fit educational opportunities, and reach their education and life goals. Through our solutions, we enable thousands of educational institutions to improve college and career planning, admissions and enrollment management, and student success and advising for millions of students around the globe. Hobsons works with more than 12,000 schools, colleges, and universities and serves more than 13 million students.