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AmeriCorps Career Pathway Coaches Program

The AmeriCorps Career Pathway Coaches program places fresh college graduates into five Cleveland High Schools. In partnership with the Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD), students attending these schools will be given powerful strategies and skills that will aid them on their path to graduation and an early start on career readiness.


The goal of the AmeriCorps Career Pathway Coaches is to deliver curriculum on career and college pathways and self-discovery and to serve as role models and coaches for Cleveland Metropolitan School District 8th-graders and high school students attending the five Academies of Cleveland.  The service provided by the Career Pathway Coaches will impact the skills and career gap in Greater Cleveland.  Career Pathway Coaches will provide direct support and interventions that will increase 8th-graders confidence in their high school choice, as well as impact an increase in 9th- and 10th-grade student’s knowledge of career and college opportunities, interest in further pursuing a path toward a postsecondary education, and belief that their postsecondary goal can become a reality.


The AmeriCorps Career Pathway Coaches program supports the CMSD in implementing its Cleveland Plan for Transforming Schools, which boosts the academic performance of Cleveland students and facilitates high-leverage systems reforms such as college and career readiness. Part of this reform centers on Career Technical Education(CTE) and addresses the well-documented “Skills Gap” in this region  – there are not enough skilled workers in high-demand fields (Future Works).  The CPC program supports the district’s Plan by 1) implementing its 8th-grade mentoring program designed to help students plan their path and choose the high school that aligns with their career goals and 2) supporting 9th- and 10th-graders in exploring educational career pathways, building off their increased knowledge of self. The CPC program is positioned to address significant community and youth development issues that will only deepen as more jobs require some postsecondary education.


The AmeriCorps Career Pathway Coaches program recruits recent college graduates who will deliver curriculum on career and college pathways and self-discovery to 2,400 students in all Cleveland Metropolitan middle schools and five career academy high schools.  Career Pathway Coaches are a corps of driven and highly qualified professionals getting a start in an education career with whom students can relate, confide in, and eventually emulate as they plan for their future and take constructive steps toward a postsecondary education.  Career Pathway Coaches undergo significant training and receive valuable professional development, networking, as well as guidance and support with career and graduate school goals.  Members serve full-time (a minimum of 1,700 hours over 11 months) and in return receive a modest living allowance, health insurance, and an Education Award upon successful completion of the full-time commitment.


For the 2020-2021 academic year, the 10 AmeriCorps Career Pathway Coaches will serve all CMSD middle schools and students attending the following high schools:

  • Garrett Morgan High School: 4016 Woodbine Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44113
  • Jane Addams Business and Careers Center: 2373 East 30 th Street, Cleveland, OH 44115
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. High School: 1651 East 71 st Street, Cleveland, OH 44103


  • Max Hayes High School: 2211 West 65 th Street, Cleveland, OH 44102
  • Washington Park Environmental Studies: 3875 Washington Park Blvd, Newburgh Heights, OH 44105

Learn more about AmeriCorps here.

For more information about the program, please contact Jenny Gandarilla at 216.635.6114 or [email protected].