Are you organized, flexible, detail-oriented, energetic and compassionate? Do you love working with Newark’s youth and are you excited by the prospect of helping them pursue and complete their education after high school? If so, you might be who we are looking for to join our team as a part-time Associate Director of Programming with a focus on advising juniors and seniors! Overarching responsibilities of this position include: implementation, management and evaluation of projects and programs; spokesperson for A Call to College; developing student relationships and providing informed advising; and leading and collaborating with multiple teams. Some specific program responsibilities include: Advising; New Model Development, Training, Communication and Oversight; Workforce Development Liasion, Summer Melt, Campus Visits, and Financial Aid and FAFSA advising.

Please see the link below for a general job description. Also linked is our A Call to College employment application. Please email your completed employment application along with your resume and cover letter to Tara Houdeshell, Executive Director at [email protected]. All other questions and inquiries should also be forwarded to Tara. Thank you for your interest!

“To assure every Newark City Schools student the opportunity to pursue and complete education after high school.”

Eighth Grade

The PEAK Program sponsors eighth grade early college awareness activities that reach more than 400 students in all three Newark City School middle school buildings. Outreach at this grade level focuses on three priorities: career education, financial literacy and expanding college knowledge. The main activities are:

  • 3C's (College, Careers and Cash). During 5 lesson plans and using a specially designed workbook, every eighth grader is introduced to the basics of career exploration. A portion of the programming, utilizes the online resource, Ohio Career Information System (OCIS). By the end of the programming, students will discover career clusters, take interest assessments, complete a budgeting exercise and explore pathways, as well as programs and majors at our local campuses.

  • Reality Store. A financial simulation game in which the students assume an adult identity and for purposes of the game, each is randomly assigned a level of educational attainment, an occupation, monthly earnings and certain life/family characteristics (married, single, children).  Through participating in Reality Store and the two classroom lessons that precede it, students learn some valuable lessons: how to budget, how much it costs to live, that education is highly correlated with earning power, and most importantly, the serious financial consequences of dropping out of high school. 

Did you know?

Ninety volunteers from our local community, Central Ohio Technical College, Denison University, The Ohio State University at Newark and Park National Bank assisted with the 2022 Reality Store, helping over 400 eighth graders understand the important link between education and earning power. 

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