College & Career | Promise Partnership Utah

 

Students who are college and career ready

are more likely to have better employment

opportunities and earnings opportunities.

 

 

What Needs Our Attention:

58%

of high school juniors in our region meet the minimum for college readiness with a composite score of 18+ on the ACT.

Source: USBE Data Queries

67%

of Utah students enroll in college within 5 years of high school graduation, compared to the 80% who plan to attend.

Source: Envision Utah

10%

more white students complete college within 8 years, compared to Latinx students in Utah.

Source: U.S. Department of Education

Our Goal:

 

All students graduate high school

ready for college or careers.

 

Results:

-7%

decrease of the college readiness achievement gap between Mobile and Non-Mobile students in three years.

Source: USBE Data Queries

+6%

increase in the high school graduation rate in our region since 2013-2014.

Source: USBE Data Queries

+3%

more students received degrees and awards at USHE institutions in 2018 over 2017.

Source: USHE Databook 2019

Our Work:

High School Graduation- Credit Recovery Classes for college and career
Summer Credit Recovery

At Cottonwood High School, school staff and partners coordinate summer credit recovery courses to help seniors stay on track to graduate. Jump Start hosts a program for refugee and English Language Learning students where they can participate in summer classes to make up for any they may have missed, while the afterschool program hosts credit recovery packet assistance for all other students. This, along with other initiatives, has helped increase the graduation rates by 5% between 2014 and 2018.

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FAFSA completion

Nationally 90% of high school seniors who complete FAFSA attend college directly after high school compared to 55% of non-completers. Utah has the 2nd lowest rate of FAFSA completion in the country. In partnership with Utah College Advising Corps and Utah Higher Education Assistance Authority, we work to increase the number of high school students completing FAFSA applications to recieve financial aid. The Postsecondary Readiness network hosts FAFSA completion events at our community schools and launched the First U Hafta FAFSA campaign, encouraging more students and families to complete the application.

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University of Utah- Post Secondary Completion- College and Career
Postsecondary Completion

To get more students to graduate from technical or traditional college, we work to tackle the barriers that stand in the way. This year United Way of Salt Lake will launch a pilot program where a 211 information specialist will be at the University of Utah one afternoon a week. Their role will be to connect students with providers that can supply the resources they need, such as government social services, rent assistance, and other basic needs support. This will allow them to focus on completing their education. Utah Valley University will have a similar program where all of their advisors will be trained in using the 211 database and a university-specific phone line will be created, focused on college resources.

Supporting Undocumented Scholars

Promise Partnership grassroots leaders Mayra Cardozo and Cristina Velasquez designed the Undocuscholars Mentorship Program in collaboration with the Dream Center at the University of Utah based on community-based research that highlighted a need, previously identified by Mayra and Salvador Oregon-Torres. The Undocuscholars Mentorship Program serves tenth through twelfth grade high school students in the Promise Partnership region who identify as undocumented, DACAmented, TPS Refugee, or recent arrival students, and who are interested in exploring postsecondary opportunities. Paid mentors are current college students who reflect the students being served. The program also includes community events, transportation, interpretation services, and mental health mindfulness training – all with the goal of increasing representation of Undocuscholars in higher education.

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