ATLANTA -- The State of Georgia is providing 10,000 high school sophomores and juniors across the state access to personalized YouScience Profiles in an effort to improve the state's workforce development and student outcomes. Georgia State Senator Lindsey Tippins and YouScience CEO Philip Hardin announced the partnership at the Southern Regional Education Board conference in Atlanta, Ga. YouScience has developed the first online program that allows students to combine their aptitudes, interests, personality, academic strengths and career opportunities to confidently set a direction for education and career success.
Following on the heels of recent education Senate Bill 2 success, Tippins, who serves as Chairman of the Senate Education and Youth Committee, is leading the efforts to improve long-term career success for high school students by engaging them in an intentional career discovery process earlier in their education path.
"It's important to potential employers and future employees in this state that we develop our students into young adults who enjoy and thrive in their chosen career pathway," Tippins said. "Students that utilize YouScience will have an opportunity to address the daunting adult issues students' statewide face, which include career readiness, career satisfaction, career retention and postsecondary education debt, as well as unemployment and underemployment."
The Cobb Chamber of Commerce has been investing in workforce development initiatives during the past year. On July 13, Senator Tippins and Lt. Governor Cagle briefed these business leaders on the policy changes and technology investments that allow students to better connect education and career.
"At the Cobb Chamber, we believe it's important to develop the next generation workforce as part of community development efforts," David Connell, Cobb Chamber of Commerce President & CEO, said. "YouScience is the only tool that we found to effectively connect high school students to the workforce, so we are excited to partner with them and Senator Tippins to positively impact our community."
While steeped in proven scientific methodology, the YouScience Profile engages students in a contemporary online experience. YouScience is the only holistic approach that allows students to find the intersection of the natural abilities (what they do well), specific interests (what they love to do) and career opportunities (what the job market needs). The resulting online YouScience Profile makes it easy for counselors to engage students and parents in meaningful dialogue.
"We believe that through the partnership with Georgia, led by Senator Tippins, YouScience will be able to assist students to discover their paths to success earlier in their lives, which is vitally important to groom the workforce of tomorrow," Hardin said. "By providing these tools, we will be helping students make more informed career and education decisions, allowing them to select an education path that saves both time and money by avoiding college and career misfires."
The Department of Education will determine which schools will be selected for this pilot and, together with YouScience, manage the program. All 10,000 students plan to be engaged during the 2015-2016 academic year.