College & Career Readiness

Hobsons Debuts Naviance for Elementary

Hobsons has launched a new version of its career and college planning platform, Naviance, for students in grades K-5.

Aligned to standards from the American School Counselor Association, Naviance for Elementary "was developed in response to educator demand for tools to integrate college and career exploration into elementary classrooms to help students understand their individual strengths and interests, and learn how what they're doing in school connects to what they may want to do later in life," according to a news release.

Featuring guides for teachers, Naviance for Elementary uses age-appropriate interactive online lessons to encourage students to explore what makes them unique, what their future options may be and what type of preparation and planning can open different options.

"It's critical for my students to be introduced to college and careers at this age. The majority of our students' parents have not had continuing education after high school or might not have completed high school. It's important that these fifth graders see some of the opportunities that will be available to them one day," said Tori Blackburn, a fifth grade teacher at Sable Elementary School, in a prepared statement. "I truly believe that all of the 10- and 11-year-olds I am around every day think of what their future can hold, thanks to Naviance for Elementary."

"This isn't about asking students to narrow their interests or choose a path early, but rather about nurturing and building aspirations. Elementary school is an important time to begin that self-discovery process, so students can make the connection between their interests, learning, and life ambitions," said Stephen M. Smith, president of advising and admissions solutions at Hobsons, in a news release. "We're committed to ensuring that all students have the chance to consider a wide range of options, and develop the skills they need to be successful in school and in life."

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Joshua Bolkan is contributing editor for Campus Technology, THE Journal and STEAM Universe. He can be reached at jbolkan@gmail.com.

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