Ozarka College Adds College and Career Coaches

Melbourne – Governor Mike Beebe announced in November of 2009 a new statewide initiative entitled Arkansas Works.  This program is designed to help the unemployed and underemployed with career planning and exploration of additional educational job training opportunities.

A component of the Arkansas Works initiative is a pilot program that has hired and placed 43 full-time College and Career Coaches in 21 of Arkansas’s most economically challenged counties. Sharp and Stone counties are included and Ozarka College hired two College and Career Coaches to serve those areas.

John Petersen and Lori Sullivan are the Career Coaches who will work directly in the high schools of Sharp and Stone counties, alongside guidance counselors, to help prepare students for success in postsecondary education, training and their careers.

Career Coaches will take a proactive approach of working with every student to know their options and help them identify their future and career interests.  Over the next couple of months, Ozarka College Career Coaches will be out in the communities raising awareness of their function and begin working extensively with students, colleges, technical centers and local employers to ensure the success of this program.

The College and Career Planning System can be accessed online at http://www.arworks.arkansas.gov or by calling 1-866-ARWORKS (1-866-279-6757).   Contact Ozarka College Student Services for more information at 870-368-7371.