Director of College & Careers
Degrees and Certifications:
Mr. John Arrington
College and Career Readiness is an essential goal to be accomplished in order to secure a successful future for each and every one of the students of District 205. It is important that plans are goal-oriented, and made early in their education to make the transition from middle school to high school, and high school to college and/ or career a smooth one. There are several events, activities and programs, which have been initiated in our district that focus on readiness through College and Career Pathways.
Some students need more guidance while on the path to being academically prepared for college and careers. Freshman students will be participating in college tours early this year to motivate them to achieve academic goals and focus on their grades, which are considered by colleges in the admission process. It is never too early for them to think about college and careers in their future instead of waiting until their junior year.
All District 205 students are exposed to colleges through the many school visits from college representatives throughout the nation. Students are able to ask questions and get additional information one on one with the college reps. College tours are also planned for sophomores, juniors and seniors so that the exposure is reinforced throughout their time in high school. Parents are encouraged to also visit the College and Career Center in each of our schools. There is a plethora of information that can be researched electronically or in actual catalogs in the CC Center. Also, be sure to check out the Counseling Department website in each school for other College and Career planning resources.
In an effort to expand the opportunities for our students, District 205 has been involved in many partnerships with institutions and businesses. Partnerships have been formed with South Suburban College, the Illinois Restaurant Association and Navistar, just to name a few. In addition,this year District 205 has strengthened our partnership with Chicago State University. Through this partnership our students are involved with the Pharmacy Technician program. Additional programs are being developed for our students through this valuable collaboration.
Also, through such partnerships, District 205 will continue to offer students opportunities to receive dual credit in college while taking classes in high school. Courses like Introduction to Engineering,Child Care Lab Experience and Media Production through South Suburban College will allow students to begin at a higher level in classes in the same subject area when they attend college.
Most people think the summer is taking time off from school. Nothing is further from the truth in District 205. Summer Camps will be the perfect opportunity for students to continue to plan for college and careers, and have fun doing it. We have developed a plan for 7thand 8th graders, and 9th and 10th graders to spend 5 days and 4 nights on the campus of Chicago State University. Supervised lessons and project-based activities with the focus on Science, Math,Engineering and Technology (STEM) and Communication, Media Arts and Theater(CMAT) will engage students while exposing them to college and careers. Look for more information about the camps on the District website in the near future.
District 205 has a complete staff committed to College and Career Readiness for all of the students. Each teacher provides college-based standards instruction in all classes. In addition, administrators, and the College and Career Readiness team which include the Director of College and Career Pathways, Career and Technical Education Area Instructional Leader, Career and Technical Coordinator, College and Career Counselors, and Work Based Coordinators have dedicated ourselves to preparing our students to be competitive in this global society. Together, with our external partnerships and our partnerships with our parents and community, District 205 students will be successful in their future.