The College and Career Readiness Department is a team of professionals dedicated to the long-term success of every student in East St. Louis School District #189. We support our students and families by educating and empowering them with the knowledge and skills to succeed in whatever post-secondary endeavors they take on. By focusing on the National Office for School Counselor Advocacy’s Eight Components of College and Career Readiness, we are focused and intentional in the work that we do.
- College aspirations -- Build a college-going culture based on early college awareness by nurturing in students the confidence to aspire to college and the resilience to overcome challenges along the way.
- Academic planning for college and career readiness -- Advance students’ planning, preparation, participation, and performance in a rigorous academic program that connects to their college and career aspirations and goals.
- Enrichment and extracurricular engagement -- Ensure equitable exposure to a wide range of extracurricular and enrichment opportunities that build leadership, nurture talents and interests, and increase engagement with school.
- College and career exploration and selection processes -- Provide early and ongoing exposure to experiences and information necessary to make informed decisions when selecting a college or career that connects to academic preparation and future aspirations.
- College and career assessments -- Promote preparation, participation and performance in college and career assessments by all students.
- College affordability and planning -- Provide students and families with comprehensive information about college costs, options for paying for college, and the financial aid and scholarship processes and eligibility requirements, so they are able to plan for and afford a college education.
- College and career admissions processes -- Ensure that students and families have an early and ongoing understanding of the college and career application and admission processes so they can find the postsecondary options that are the best fit with their aspirations and interests.
- Transition from high school graduation to college enrollment -- Connect students to school and community resources to help the students overcome barriers and ensure the successful transition from high school to college.
Department Mission Statement:
The College and Career Readiness Department provides programs and services to complement the district’s curriculum and ensure that students graduating from the district are prepared to be successful in entry-level college courses or to pursue meaningful career paths that will lead to personal success.
AVID - AVID trains educators to use proven practices in order to prepare students for success in high school, college, and a career, especially students traditionally underrepresented in higher education.
GEAR UP 189 - Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) is a federally funded program that is designed to increase the number of students who are prepared to enter and succeed in post-secondary education.
Staccy Lampkin, College and Career Readiness Director and GEAR UP 189 Program Manager
Derrick Givens, Mason/Clark Middle School College and Career Readiness Specialist/AVID Coordinator
Dionne Henderson, Lincoln Middle School Counselor/AVID Coordinator
Anitra Laktzian-Brown, GEAR UP 189 Assistant Program Manager
LaRon Epps, GEAR UP 189 Program Assistant