SAISD launches online college and career readiness program

By SAISD Communications
Sept. 7, 2016

SAISD middle and high school students now have at their fingertips a way to explore what the future could hold for them and the tools needed to start shaping it.

The District has launched Naviance, an online college and career readiness solution,to help students in the 6th-12th grades “identify their strengths, explore careers, and match to best-fit postsecondary educational institutions.”

“Naviance will connect students with college knowledge,” said Victoria Bustos, SAISD’s director of Student Support Services. “High school students will be able to take interest inventories, search college majors and submit college applications.  Middle school students will also be able to use this tool to learn more about great choices for their careers and for their futures. We are happy and very excited to give our students more opportunities through this software system.”

Seniors and 8th-graders can now log in to their school’s designated Naviance Family Connection portal to explore, to begin crafting their resumes and to set college goals. Counselors will be formally rolling out the program to all middle and high school grades in the coming weeks, working with students in grades 6-12.

To access the site, students need a login and password provided by their school counselor or GEAR UP adviser. Students who have not yet received their login information may contact their counselor to get it.

High school students will be able to use Naviance to explore careers that align to their strengths; complete and submit the ApplyTexas and The Common Application; request and receive letters of recommendation from their teachers; search for scholarships; build resumes and document volunteer and service-learning hours.

Naviance explains that, as students identify postsecondary plans that align to their interests and strengths, students see why school is relevant to the future and their goals. Students will develop personalized plans that include college options, career clusters and pathways, and see the likelihood of admission to colleges of their choice. 

The program also allows educators to measure college and career readiness Districtwide and track progress to ensure that all students are on track to reach their goals.