Promotes the enrollment and retention of students for career and technical education programs, focusing on under-represented populations. Participates in, and implements activities that reach out to potential students using techniques such as speaking to schools, occupational programs in at school districts, and community-based organizations. Organizes, schedules, and delivers presentations to groups and makes direct contact with potential students.
Distinguishing Career Features
The Outreach Specialist â CTE and Career Services is a mid-level paraprofessional/entry-professional position focusing on initiating, establishing, and maintaining visible connections with targeted student populations that would be candidates for career and technical education programs resulting in a certificate or degree. The Outreach Specialist requires the ability to employ self-starting skills to reach out to students in the K-12, continuation, and adult school environments, as well as community-based agencies and College student services to deliver presentations. The Outreach Specialist also requires basic demographic research and data management skills to identify potential students and monitor recruitment and retention success.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Specific duties may vary among departments and jobs. Incumbents typically perform a substantial portion or all of the following kinds of duties:
* Researches and receives demographic and academic data from schools and other resources and otherwise identifies potential candidates for CTE certificate programs.
* Serves as a liaison on behalf of the District and its Colleges to local schools, continuation schools, regional occupational programs, and community organizations to build enrollment in CTE programs.
* Schedules, coordinates, and presents information to individuals and/or groups to provide general information about the District and its College about career and technical education opportunities and specific program information to prospective students at local area continuation high schools, community organizations, and other locations.
* Distributes career and technical education and other collegiate literature to adult schools and participating local agencies serving adults or promoting post-secondary education. Attends career fairs and other events to present information and materials.
* Conducts classroom and other presentations at the secondary education level for student audiences represented underserved populations or who may be intimidated by post-secondary education and training programs, to provide information on the education opportunities at community colleges.
* Participates in planning and conducting recruiting and outreach events that may include funding and in-kind resource development activities. Follows up with arranging and facilitating college visitations, tours, and special presentations, often conducted in conjunction with evening and weekend events.
* Identifies and learns about support services (e.g., EOPS, Veterans, Adult Education, and DSPS) provided by the District and its Colleges. Serves as a liaison to local workforce development boards and similar governmental and social service agencies.
* Assists with budget development activities by researching costs and proposing events and activities. Organizes and maintains records of expenses.
* Organizes and maintains records and statistical data necessary for research and program development, performance evaluation, and to support performance reports to funding and grantor agencies.
* Performs other duties as assigned that support the overall objective of the position.