Case Study: XAP’s Career Pathways Work in Colorado

XAP’s current Career Pathways Initiative is a collaboration with our clients at College In Colorado and the Colorado Workforce Development Council. We have posted a case study describing the legislated challenges faced by Colorado and how XAP is helping address the needs and meet the goals in the areas of outreach and marketing of career pathways for student and adult career exploration and planning.

To learn more about how XAP can help with your career pathway program objectives, contact XAP at 800-281-1168 to learn more about our innovative solutions.

XAP at the National Career Pathways Network Conference – Our Goals and Progress

blogbannerrXAP’s Chief Product Strategist, Don Phillips, is attending the National Career Pathways Network Annual Conference in Indianapolis this week. XAP is excited about our work with career pathways and the opportunity to learn more and share our ideas at the conference. We asked Don to put together a blog entry explaining what we’re working on. Look for Don at Booth 37 at the conference!

While the concept of career pathways has existing for a long time, numerous national and regional economic and social realities have made career pathways even more relevant and important today. Read more…

XAP at NACAC: How We Can Help with College Application Challenges

“May you live interesting times.”

You’ve probably heard that expression before – it’s often credited as being a Chinese curse. However, researchers haven’t been able to find any evidence to support this, and, like many often-quoted expressions, there is some debate on the Internet about its origins.

One thing is certain: “interesting times” can be both a blessing and a curse. It all depends on how we respond! Just consider today’s postsecondary landscape. As we will hear repeatedly at NACAC’s national conference from September 22-24, today’s campuses face a lot of “interesting” challenges when students apply, including rapidly increasing demands for training in new fields, a greater emphasis on accountability, and financial concerns for both students and institutions. Read more…

A Parent’s Guide to Helping Teens Organize College Applications

You made it through the newborn days, handled the toddler and teen years with style, and now you’re facing the arduous task of helping your son or daughter apply for college or university. Does the fun ever end? Now is a good time to start the year off on the right foot so you avoid a last-minute panic looking for all the necessary documents.

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On Your Mark…Get Set… FAFSA Changes On Deck

Every January, many students start the new year by vowing to file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (commonly called the FAFSA). To keep those students on task, educators often launch campaigns reminding students not to procrastinate on filling out the FAFSA forms.

But this year, students can start even earlier – and smart students will. Why? Because the FAFSA opens up on October 1, 2016. And because some financial aid is given on a first-come, first-served basis. That means filers who submit on October 1 could get more money – and that’s never a bad thing.
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New Skills For Youth

The New Skills For Youth Initiative, Sponsored by JPMorgan Chase & Co.

This year, a multi-disciplinary team of organizations created a new initiative which aims to create opportunities for economic success for those without high school degrees, and those who have graduated but do not have sufficient skills to begin a meaningful career. The New Skills For Youth (NSFY) program was created by the Council of Chief State School Officers, National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium and Education Strategy Group, and is funded by JPMorgan Chase & Co.
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Coding Camps: What to Look For

Have you considered a boot camp for your student this summer? We’re not talking about basic training, but a new kind of boot camp: coding boot camp. That’s right: there are camps that teach kids to code. As the name suggests, these can be pretty rigorous. But if your student spends a lot of time on computers, they might like a good way to keep them busy over the summer – while they learn. Read more…