Students enrolled in the Sacramento County Office of Education (SCOE) Community Action for Responsive Education (CARE) Intervention Program are set to test a new mobile app designed to guide them toward potential college and career paths.
SCOE, in conjunction with the Los Rios Community College District and Vireo Labs (the developer of the software), has announced a pilot program centered around the C’reer app. The free software for iOS and Android helps match students with career paths, plus relevant education programs in the Sacramento region. Featured education agencies include the four campuses in the Los Rios district: American River, Cosumnes River, Folsom Lake, and Sacramento City Colleges.
Once students find the college or trade school programs that match their interests, they can initiate a chat session with an admissions counselor at any of the recommended schools.
“We’re constantly looking for new tools and methods to motivate our students to continue their education,” said David W. Gordon, Sacramento County Superintendent of Schools. “It’s important to use all the tools available to help students find college and career options to consider.”
During the pilot, CARE teachers will engage the students in related exercises supported by the app. Students will also provide feedback.
“We’re thrilled that SCOE and Los Rios are part of this pilot program, which will be the first of its kind in California,” said Aaron Heinrich, Vice President of Strategic Relations at Vireo Labs. “We’re looking forward to seeing how the students respond to the career options presented to them.”
SCOE’s CARE Intervention Program serves seventh through ninth grade students with the aim of decreasing the high school dropout rate and the number of students referred to juvenile probation. The program is offered at the following locations: Center High School, Encina Preparatory High School, Foothill High School, Harriet G. Eddy Middle School, Sutter Middle School (FCUSD), W. E. Mitchell Middle School (FCUSD), and Wilson C. Riles Middle School.