Roadtrip Nation and Hobsons partner on college and career prep curriculum

Monday, August 11, 2014

Roadtrip Nation, a career exploration organization based in Southern California, will work with Hobsons' Naviance, a national career and college readiness platform, to launch a robust college and career exploration curriculum for students in grades 6-12. The partnership was formed as part of the organizations' Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Commitment to Action around CGI America. CGI America is a branch of the Clinton Foundation that finds solutions to promote economic recovery in the United States.

Co-developed by Hobsons and Roadtrip Nation, the Naviance College and Career Readiness Curriculum is a blended learning solution that helps students build critical non-cognitive skills and college knowledge, instilling confidence so that they will persevere to reach their long-term academic and career goals. Throughout the easy-to-implement curriculum, students engage in self-reflective activities to explore different pathways and start planning their careers around their interests. Students are exposed to engaging video interviews with professionals and college students, allowing them to hear real-world advice about overcoming life's challenges.

Roadtrip Nation's co-founder Mike Marriner believes in the necessity of the service. "Schools often do not have sufficient resources to meet every student's individual needs. The curriculum addresses this challenge by providing a personalized, student-driven tool that covers a range of critical topics in each grade, including setting smart goals, developing success skills, and planning for college."

Although the curriculum is designed for all students, the CGI Commitment to Action will specifically target markets with large at-risk, low-income, minority populations, historically high dropout rates, and the highest student-to-counselor ratios.

Through the commitment, Roadtrip Nation and Hobsons plan to reach 30,000 students and support 50 overburdened counselors.

About Roadtrip Nation

Roadtrip Nation creates career exploration resources designed to help young people align their passions to future careers. To date, Roadtrip Nation's self-discovery tools have paired self-reflection with real-world exposure to help thousands of students broaden their possibilities. As a result, students participating in Roadtrip Nation programs demonstrate a proven improvement in self-motivation and academic performance, matched with increased engagement in their futures. Programs are adaptable for traditional and non-traditional classroom environments, giving youth everywhere the chance to define their own roads in life. For more information, visit roadtripnation.org.

About Hobsons

Hobsons helps educators, administrators, students, and families maximize success through every stage of the learning lifecycle. Hobsons' personalized learning, academic planning, post-secondary enrollment, and student support solutions serve millions of students across more than 7,500 schools, colleges, and universities worldwide.

About CGI America

The Clinton Global Initiative (CGI), an initiative of the Clinton Foundation, convenes global leaders to create and implement innovative solutions to the world's most pressing challenges. Established in June 2011 by President Bill Clinton, the Clinton Global Initiative America (CGI America) addresses economic recovery in the United States. CGI America brings together leaders in business, government, and civil society to generate and implement commitments to create jobs, stimulate economic growth, foster innovation, and support workforce development in the United States. Since its first meeting, CGI America participants have made more than 400 commitments valued at nearly $16 billion when fully funded and implemented.