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"Naviance" engagement opportunity at ERHS back button

A college and career readiness computer program that puts students, families and educators on the same page makes its debut this month.
The "Naviance" engagement opportunity involves 2,200 Ernest Righetti High School students and is accessible from everyday technology including a desktop, the school's mobile app link and even an iPad.
"It's real powerful data for the student population, us and the families,'' said ERHS Counselor, Eric Blanco. “We hope this guides them to productive and satisfying careers.''
The technology, which will be introduced in phases, involves capturing student interests and future plans and sharing that information with all stakeholders throughout the school experience. The data is updated throughout the process, making goals easier to understand and accomplish.
The program also uses personality assessments to track strengths, weaknesses and key in on a variety of tasks or skills. For example, college requirements or career interests are broken into projects that are needed or recommended for such pursuits. Then, all are guided to the most appropriate educational or technical institutions. Scholarship and financial aid tracking is also provided.
The program will be incorporated into the ERHS English Department curriculum. Students will be graded on the research and produce reports including presentations and papers throughout the year.
"We are saying this is your future and you have to take the steps,'' said ERHS College and Career Specialist, Vicki Dirkes. 
"We want to include families in the discussion and the parent logons allow them to look at what their sons and daughters are doing.''
Parent, Christina Lombard, whose daughter Melina is a junior, believes the program can ease stress, provide valuable information and help families prepare for the future.
"Some parents have a plan, but this computer program may show them something different,'' Lombard said. "This opens a dialogue between students and parents. Not every student talks to their parents, so hopefully this technology bridges the gap.''


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