I’ve been invited to speak at the annual California Association of Private Post-secondary School Conference in Pasadena, CA this week and as I meet with new and old friends one recurring theme keeps striking up; “we’ve got to get these students working”. This reminds me of the old expression that the definition of insanity is repeating the same act over and over expecting a different outcome.
Here’s what I mean; year in and year out we all spend the latter part of our summer and early fall trying to get every last placement for our reporting year. It literally is an “all hands on deck” attitude and approach at every school, which of course is the right thing to do, but is typcially at the expense of our new year’s cohort. What feels different of late is that it used to be we were trying to reach institutional goals that were typically much higher than what our accreditors set. Now, it seems that more and more schools are working into the fall to meet the minimum standards set to remain compliant.
So, that’s a bummer. Here’s the reason to be optimistic! This shift in outcomes and the amount of effort and difficulty around that, has also caused a paradigm shift in our thinking! Gone are the days of waiting until the end of a students tenure to start preparing them for the job search, externship and interview processes. More of our clients are saying to Martha and I are gaining new clients monthly and all of them have the same need- we must get to our students earlier if we want to get higher employment outcomes.
With that in mind, Martha and I are committed to continue to provide all of you with practical, usable, implementable tools that will help you do just that- get in front of the student early and often to prepare them for a postive end result. If you haven’t yet looked into our Passport Series, you should. As we receive more feedback from schools who are implementing them we become more convinced that it should be a part of every career colleges curriculum.