Ms. Shala Darwin (Professional School Counselor at Propel Hazelwood) tells us a bit about the program behind the big event coming up on Friday, May 27 at Propel Hazelwood!
Propel Hazelwood Charter School has developed a program titled, Kindergarten to College/Career (K to C), to provide early awareness and exposure to career and college preparation. This program has created a college-bound culture at the elementary level to cultivate and foster scholar success through academic achievement, scholar efficacy, career development, and goal assessment.
The K to C program was developed to plant the seeds of success at the elementary level. This program is an enriching opportunity for the scholars to learn about the advantages of attending college. Not only is the expectation created to attend college or post-secondary education/training, but the program also creates awareness about the different career options available to the scholars. College is an option that is attainable for the scholars at Propel Hazelwood. However, scholars also have the opportunity to learn about alternative avenues available to reach their goals such as technical school, military, business school, etc.
K to C gives educators the opportunity to have scholars become excited about their future and going to college, and to have goals and aspirations. K to C is a way for educators to motivate and inspire the scholars at an early age to reach their goals of attending college, which begins with graduating from high school.
This year, every grade level at Propel Hazelwood will have an opportunity to plant their feet on college ground. We are proud to say that we are the only elementary school within Propel with a college bound initiative. Our journey from Kindergarten to College are as follows:
Kindergarten- Allegheny College
1st grade- Clarion University
2nd grade- Chatham University
3rd grade- Point Park University
4th grade- Robert Morris University
5th grade- Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP)
On May 27, 2016, Propel Hazelwood will host their 1st Annual Career/College day. This event will include classroom rotation of speakers, parent workshop (how to financially plan for college), and a Career/College Day assembly. This culminating event is to celebrate the future success of our scholars. We are looking forward to collaborating with the members of the school community and other community professionals to ensure that this event will be a success.