Project Link Update

Coordinator's Report to Oversight Committee - May 2016

Mission

Project Link’s mission is to create a college going culture by linking Waco students to post-secondary education and workforce opportunities. We are devoted to challenging and supporting students to reach their full potential by advocating success through personal discovery, academic growth, and community involvement.


Vision

Our vision is to promote a culture of students who desire to graduate from high school and pursue college or workforce opportunities, preparing them to become effective contributors to society.


Education. Workforce. Community. Success.

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LA VEGA HIGH SCHOOL

LaTishia Watson, Project Link Liaison

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LVHS April Meetings & Activities

April 1
  • Project Link Preview Day Field Trip to TSTC
April 2
  • Project Link Bake Sale & Car Wash at LVHS
April 11
  • Parent University Planning Meeting
April 12
  • Advisory Committee Meeting

April 13

  • Project Link Team Meeting

April 14

  • LIT Monthly Meeting

April 19

  • State of Education Conference

April 21

  • Watson 1:1 meeting with James

April 25

  • Project Link Team Meeting

April 28

  • Project Link First Generation Movie Premier at LVHS


Other Tasks & Activities in April

  • Created Project Link Flyers for Movie Night & Car Wash/Bake Sale
  • Completed Minutes for LIT monthly meeting
  • Edit Scholarship essays for seniors
  • Updated Scholarship Board with local scholarships
  • Completed letters of recommendation
  • Planning of Commitment Day at LVHS
  • Planning of Project Link Senior Field Trip
  • Worked on FAFSA, MAC, and Verification

Completed April Goals for LVHS

  • Completed Majority of FAFSAs (49/52)
  • Completed Majority of MAC Grant Applications (48/52)
  • Continue submitting scholarship applications
  • Received update on new Project Link permission slips
  • Progress made with data upload to Career Cruising
  • Ordered Senior Photo Booth
  • Completed paperwork for Senior field trip
  • Continued to work on commitment day finalization

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LVHS May Meetings & Activities

May 6
  • Project Link Senior Field Trip

May 10

  • Project Link Team Meeting

May 11

  • Faculty Meeting

May 16

  • LIT Meeting

May 17

  • YES Expo Field Trip

May 18

  • Project Link Commitment Ceremony

May 19

  • Watson 1:1 meeting with James

May 25

  • Faculty Meeting

May 26

  • LVHS Graduation

LVHS May Goals

  • Continue completing FAFSAs
  • Continue Scholarship Applications
  • Career Cruising Training
  • Finalize Logistics for Commitment Day
  • Senior Field Trip
  • Yes Expo Field Trip
  • Continue working with TSTC for Summer TSI

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LVHS Preview Day Field Trip to TSTC

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Bake Sale & Car Wash @ LVHS

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Project Link Students

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UNIVERSITY HIGH SCHOOL

Marlayna Botello, Project Link Liaison

Brittany Davis, Project Link Liaison

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UHS April Meetings & Activities

April 4

  • Commitment Day Planning Meeting

April 5

  • Parent Night at UHS

April 6

  • UHS LIT Meeting

April 13

  • Project Link Team Meeting
  • Davis 1:1 meeting with James

April 15

  • TSTC Campus Tour
April 19
  • State of Education in the Heart of Texas Forum at MCC
  • Davis 1:1 meeting with James

April 25

  • Project Link Team Meeting
  • Botello 1:1 meeting with James

April 26 & 28

  • MCC Workplace Communications Workshops
  • Meeting with Mrs. Cain


Other Tasks & Activities Completed in April


Botello & Davis

  • Complete List for Commitment Day
  • Complete Call out for Commitment Day
  • Begin to inform students about Commitment day
  • Coordinate Color guards for commitment day
  • Better Construct Summer Plan
  • Meet with Ms. Cain to discuss summer plans
  • Discuss TSI plans with Lozano and McClanahan
  • Take students to TSTC Field Trip
  • Take students to MCC Workshop
  • Continue student 1:1s
  • Student FAFSA Verification
  • Facilitate logistics of field trip with administration/field trip coordinator (Davis)

Completed April Goals for LVHS

Botello & Davis

  • Host Parent Night
  • Take students to TSTC for Campus Tour
  • Take students to MCC for Workplace Communication Workshops
  • Continue with student 1:1
  • Complete senior FAFSA and MAC applications
  • Compile student/parent information for Commitment Day (Davis)

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UHS May Meetings & Activities

May 4

  • James continues 1:1s with UHS students

May 3-5

  • STAAR Testing

May 10
  • PL Team Meeting
May 12
  • JROTC Awards

May 17

  • YES Expo

  • UHS Academic Achievers

May 18

  • Commitment Day

UHS May Goals

  • Continue 1:1s (Both)
  • Commitment Day (Both)
  • Attend Graduation (Botello)
  • Prepare student for graduation and discuss strategies for success after high school (Botello)
  • Assist students with orientation/housing/registration (Davis)

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TSTC Campus Tour

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MCC Workplace Communication Workshops

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MCLENNAN COMMUNITY COLLEGE

Natalie James, Project Link Coordinator

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MCC April Activities & Meetings

April 1

  • Education Executive Working Group Meeting

April 2

  • Project Link Back Sale & Car Wash

April 4

  • Commitment Day Planning Meeting
  • One-on-ones with Project Link Students at UHS (Follow-up meetings)

April 5

  • Purchase and delivered supplies for UHS Parent Engagement Night
  • One-on-ones with Project Link Students at LVHS
  • UHS Project Link Parent Engagement Night

April 6

  • P-20 Council Meeting
  • Post-Secondary Success Working Group Meeting

April 7

  • One-on-ones with Project Link Students at LVHS
  • Workplace Communication Planning Meeting with Professor

April 8

  • Data Meeting with Brittany Fitz
  • Monthly One-on-one w/Matthew Polk
  • One-on-ones with Project Link Students at LVHS

April 11

  • Meeting with Mary Wentworth regarding Post-Secondary Success Working Group
  • Project Link Data Report Meeting with Brandon & Anita Steele @ TSTC
  • One-on-ones with Project Link Student at LVHS

April 12

  • Project Link Meeting at Rapoport
  • One-on-ones with Project Link Student at LVHS
  • Project Link Advisory Committee Meeting

April 13

  • Project Link Team Meeting
  • Monthly One-on-one meeting with Steve Tanton (TSTC POC)
  • Monthly One-on-one meeting with Paul Hoffman (MCC POC)

April 15

  • Commitment Day Meeting
  • Project Link Presentation-Rapoport Foundation

April 18

  • One-on-ones with Project Link Students at LVHS

April 19

  • Monthly One-on-one meeting with Fred Hills (PSSWG/P20)
  • Monthly One-on-one meeting with Brittany Davis
  • State of Education in Central Texas Forum

April 20

  • One-on-ones with Project Link Students at LVHS
  • Monthly One-on-one meeting with LaTishia Watson
April 20
  • Monthly One-on-one with Brandon Chappell
April 22
  • Project Link Meeting with Tom Stanton

April 25

  • Project Link Team Meeting
  • Monthly One-on-one with Marlayna Botello
  • Meeting with Drew Canham

April 26

  • MCC & UHS - Workplace Communication Workshops
  • Purchase & Deliver Supplies for Movie Premier

April 27

  • Monthly Project Link Meeting with Mr. Hutchinson (TSTC Provost)

April 28

  • MCC & UHS - Workplace Communication Workshops

Completed/Started April Goals for MCC

  • Continued to collaboration on data collection and coordination
  • Continued to coordinate training, team-building, and professional development opportunities for the team in the summer.
  • Monthly MCC Project Link News Board & Event Reminders
  • Continued to meet with MCC Project Link students and track interactions
  • 1:1 Meetings with PL team members and POCs
  • Met with Project Link Seniors at LVHS and track interactions
  • Met with Project Link Seniors at UHS and track interactions
  • Continued meeting (follow-up) with Project Link Seniors at UHS and LVHS and track interactions
  • Continued collaborating and coordinating the Workplace Communication Workshop with Mrs. Jenna Hoefer and University and helped host event.
  • Continued to assist with Career Cruising Set-Up at LVHS which is now complete for Project Link.
  • Began Career Cruising Self-Training
  • Purchased and delivered refreshments and supplies for Project Link events at UHS & LVHS
  • Processed Revised Purchase Request for bus to take UHS Project Link Students to MCC for Workplace Communication Workshop
  • Processed Food request from UHS for TSTC Tour
  • Continued to collaborate with Post-Secondary Success Working Group and P-20 on strategies
  • Worked with Act Locally on monthly Project Link Blogs
  • Continued Coordinating and Planning Project Link Commitment Day Celebration
  • Project Link Presentation for Rapoport Foundation Board Meeting
  • Discussed and Collaborated on additional opportunities for Project Link (Work readiness, internships, TSI prep, Career Days,)
  • Began working on Project Link Procedures Manual

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MCC May Activities & Meetings

May 2
  • One-on-ones with Project Link Students at UHS

May 3

  • Monthly One-on-one meeting with Steve Tanton (TSTC POC)

May 4

  • Post-Secondary Success Working Group Meeting

May 6

  • LVHS Project Link Senior Field Trip to Baylor Ropes Course

May 9

  • Project Link Data Update Meeting with Brittany Fitz

May 10

  • Project Link Team Meeting
  • Monthly One-on-one meeting with Brittany Davis

May 11

  • P20 Council Meeting
  • One-on-ones with Project Link Students at UHS
  • Monthly One-on-one meeting with Paul Hoffman (MCC POC)

May 12

  • Monthly One-on-one meeting with Lisa Cain (UHS POC)
  • Purchase cake items for Commitment Day and Deliver

May 13

  • Monthly One-on-one meeting with Matthew Polk
  • Education Steering Committee Meeting

May 17

  • Yes! Expo

May 18

  • Project Link Commitment Day Celebration

May 19

  • Monthly One-on-one meeting with Elicia Krumnow (LVHS POC)
  • Monthly One-on-one meeting with LaTishia Watson
  • Monthly One-on-one meeting with Brandon Chappell

May 23

  • Project Link Team Retreat Planning Meeting

May 24

  • Project Link Team Meeting

May 26

  • Monthly One-on-one meeting with Marlayna Botello

MCC May Goals

  • Continue to collaboration on data collection and coordination
  • Continue to coordinate training, team-building, and professional development opportunities for the team in the summer.
  • Monthly MCC Project Link News Board & Event Reminders
  • Continue to meet with MCC Project Link students and track interactions
  • 1:1 Meetings with PL team members and POCs
  • Meet with Project Link Seniors at UHS and track interactions
  • Continue meeting (follow-up) with Project Link Seniors at UHS and LVHS and track interactions
  • Continue Career Cruising Self-Training
  • Purchase and delivered refreshments and supplies for Project Link events at UHS & LVHS
  • Continue to collaborate with Post-Secondary Success Working Group and P-20 on strategies and initiatives
  • Complete transition of the Project Link Website to Prosper Waco and each institutional website.
  • Work with Act Locally on monthly Project Link Blogs
  • Finalize logistics and host Project Link Commitment Day Celebration
  • Finalize High School Summer Plans
  • Continue discussions and collaborating on additional opportunities for Project Link (Work readiness, internships, TSI prep, Career Days,)
  • Continue to work on Project Link Procedures Manual
  • Begin Closing out First Year Budget for Project Link
  • Work with Matthew to update Project Link Release of Information Form
  • Work with Matthew to establish 2016-2017 Committee Meeting Dates for Project Link
  • Discuss additional opportunities with Career Cruising at the College Level
  • Begin double checking student records have been updated and closing out cases of inactive students.
  • Begin assigning Summer/Fall 2016 Project Link students
  • Work with IT on solving issues with Project Link report and future reports

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TEXAS STATE TECHNICAL COLLEGE

Brandon Chappell, Project Link Outreach Specialist

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TSTC April Meetings & Activities

April 1

  • College Preview Day
  • La Vega High School Project Link visit at TSTC

April 2

  • TSTC Open House

April 4

  • Commitment Day Ceremony Planning Meeting

April 5

  • One on Ones with La Vega Students
  • University High School Parent Engagement Night

April 6

  • One on Ones with La Vega Students
  • TSTC Success Coach Meeting

April 7-8

  • One on Ones with University High School Students

April 11

  • Meeting with Anita Steele @ TSTC about Project Link Data

April 13

  • Project Link Team Meeting @ La Vega High School

April 14

  • Waco Job Fair

April 15

  • UHS Project Link Tour of TSTC

April 19

  • State of Education in the Heart of Texas @ MCC

April 20

  • TSTC Success Coach Team Meeting

April 21

  • College for Heroes with Veterans
  • Chappell 1:1 meeting with James

April 27

  • Meeting with TSTC Math Department about TSI Bootcamps

April 28

  • First Generation Movie Night @ La Vega High School

Completed April Goals for TSTC

  • Met with Area Health Education Center about Partnership Opportunities
  • Met with Tammy Taylor from Communities in Schools
  • Reach Out to TSTC Departments about making recruiting visits to UHS and La Vega

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TSTC May Meetings & Activities

May 4

  • Post-Secondary Working Group Meeting

May 6

  • Chaperon La Vega Project Link Field Trip @ Baylor Ropes Course

May 7

  • TSTC Commencement

May 11

  • TSTC Success Coach Team Meeting

May 18

  • Project Link Commitment Day Celebration

May 19

  • Chappell 1:1 meeting with James

May 24

  • Project Link Team Meeting

TSTC May Goals

  • Continue to reach out to TSTC Project Link Cohort
  • Begin Registering University and La Vega Students for Fall 2016 At TSTC
  • Meet with Kira Hollywood from Young Professionals
  • Obtain Access to TSI Scores for Project Link Students
  • Obtain Data baseline data about Project Link Cohort
  • Obtain reporting ability for Datatel (Colleague) for monthly reports
  • Obtain Access To ImageNow Program

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Other News

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Project Link Commitment Day Celebration

Join us in celebrating our Project Link Seniors from La Vega & University High School and their success, as they commit to their future.
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Project Link & Act Locally

Project Link has partnered with Act Locally to produce several blogs regarding our program on a monthly basis for four months.


February - What is Project Link? Can you tell me how it works again?


March - Make Sure you Student knows: TSTC offers a World of Opportunities!


April - “Project Link has Impacted my Life Big Time!”


May - Coming at the end of May

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Data Update

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Project Link Data as of March 31, 2016

The following data was reported to the Rapoport Foundation Board of Trustees at their April Board Meeting.
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La Vega High School
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University High School
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Cohort Update

Total PL Cohort size:

  • 250 at LVHS (middle 30% of population from 35th percentile to the 65th percentile)
  • 500 at UHS (30% of population from the 62nd percentile to the 89th percentile)


The cohorts at the two high schools are aimed at different groups that do not overlap. The University High group is a much higher-achieving group than the LaVega group. One avenue of research this opens up is to determine the size of the effect on different academic levels of students – are those in the middle more or less affected than those towards the upper end?


While the goal of Project Link was to include the “middle 50%”, the size of the high schools made that impractical. The cohorts were limited to 250 per PL Advisor, the largest number of students the Advisors were able to handle.


Overall Enrollment Comparison

LVHS – 248 of 770 = 32%

UHS – 496 of 1633 = 30%


Enrollment Comparison by Grade

LVHS - 9th-28%, 10th-36%, 11th-31%, 12th-34%

UHS - 9th-26%, 10th-34%, 11th-30%, 12th-31%

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Project Link Data as of April 30, 2016

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La Vega High School
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Budget Update

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Additional Reports & Minutes

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Team Meeting Minutes

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Advisory Committee Minutes

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