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Graduation and Career Coach Initiative

Thursday, October 12, 2017 • 11:20pm


The Graduation and Career Coach initiative is a pilot program aimed at improving graduation rates and preparing students for pathways into technical certifications, associate degrees, and other postsecondary degree programs. This program uses the Check & Connect model of sustained intervention for promoting students’ engagement at school and with learning. This is currently being done in 9 Southwest Central Indiana high schools and began with a partnership between Regional Opportunities Initiative, Inc. (ROI) and Ivy Tech Community College – Bloomington.

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Trudy Shaw

Trudy Shaw is the director of Secondary Initiatives for Ivy Tech Community College’s Bloomington region. She began her career in higher education in 2006 as an Assistant Director of Financial Aid for Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College. She joined the Ivy Tech Community College team in May of 2008. Trudy earned her Associates degree in Business from Ivy Tech Community College’s Terre Haute region in 2004 and then transferred to Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College where she earned her Bachelor’s degree in Business with a minor in Human Resources in 2006. She later earned her Master’s degree in Leadership Development from Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College in 2009. In her current role she oversees the Graduation and Career Coach initiative that includes 8 coaches in 9 southwest central Indiana high schools that work with at-risk students with the goal of helping them achieve high school diploma attainment. In addition, she oversees the dual credit courses offered in the region’s high schools.

Waleed Ma’arouf

Waleed Ma’arouf is a new but passionate face in the field of education, graduating in May of 2016 with a Master’s degree in Learning Sciences from Indiana University. He currently works in Washington, Indiana as a graduation and career coach for Washington High School. Working with 40-50 students a week, his goal is to place and keep them on track to graduate, as well as connect them to further opportunities beyond high school. He encourages his students to become engaged, motivated, and active in building their future by providing room for autonomy and creation, as well as giving all-around support for their interests, passions, and hobbies.  As a graduation and career coach, he has helped students organize a city-wide business and activity fair, prepared visits to nearby colleges and universities, and schedule tours with local businesses.

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