Q&A | For Parents 

What is this program? 
What is Razor C.O.A.C.H.? 
The Razor C.O.A.C.H. program places career coaches in Northwest Arkansas high schools to work with students on college and career planning.  It is organized and funded through a partnership between the Walton Family Foundation, the University of Arkansas, and the Northwest Arkansas Council.

The Razor COACH program aims to Create Opportunities for young Arkansan’s Career Hopes. The mission of the Razor COACH program is to motivate and support NWA students in grades 10-12, in order to increase their knowledge of and access to career and educational opportunities beyond high school.  Razor COACH interventions are focused on facilitating development of pro-academic behaviors, increasing self-awareness, exploring career and/or college options, and establishing future goals.  All interventions are aimed to increase graduation rates, increase post-secondary enrollment, and improve the quality of the NWA workforce.

How will you use my child’s data?
In order to evaluate the effectiveness of Razor C.O.A.C.H., researchers at the University of Arkansas Counselor Education Program will be utilizing data of all students who apply. Your child’s participation in the research is voluntary and will not affect his/her chances of receiving services.  However, it is important that all students who apply for the program be represented in the data, not just those who are accepted. Data of participating students will be compared to non-participating students to determine how effective the program is. Thus, I strongly encourage you to consider allowing your child to be a part of the study. 

What am I really signing?
This form gives researchers permission to collect data of your child in order to evaluate the program. 

How much will this program cost? 
Nothing! This is a free program. 

Will this program help my child get into college?
If your child is interested in going to college after high school then this program will help in achieving that goal. We will provide information and resources pertaining to post-secondary options, information on receiving financial support for college and guidance in completing applications for both. 

Will this program provide financial assistance for my child? 
No, the program itself will not provide assistance but by participating, your child will explore financial aid and scholarships opportunities that might be right for them. 

Who are the coaches? 

Masters and Ph.D. students from the University of Arkansas Counselor Education program. The coaches come from diverse backgrounds and bring with them quality experience that will help them in working with your child.

Q&A | For Students

What’s in it for me? 
An opportunity to …
  • Explore your interests and dreams!
  • Uncover unknown options after high school!
  • Explore and visit universities and colleges!
  • Discover careers and find out what it takes to get them!
  • Discover unknown ways to pay for college and help completing financial aid forms
  • Build a plan for the future that is created by YOU!

When do I need to apply? 
Applications go out September 3rd and need to be returned to the Razor Coach by September 13, 2013. 

Am I guaranteed a spot if I apply? 
Unfortunately, there are not enough Razor Coaches to be able to work with all students, and as a result participants from your school will be randomly chosen.

How often will we meet? 
This depends on your school and your coach. But your coach will contact you at least once a week to discuss your interests and goals. 

What will we be doing in the program? 
If selected, you I will participate in a variety of activities that may include discussing your goals, exploring different types of careers, visiting businesses to see how things really work, visiting college campuses, learning about how to get money for college and much more! Along with your help they will help you choose which activities are in line with your interests!
  • Reviewing students grades and connecting them with tutoring opportunities
  • Developing career plans based on assessments and individual interests
  • Assistance in locating and preparing financial aid information, FAFSA and academic forms
  • Assistance with the application process for colleges, universities, or vocational/technical programs that are consistent with their career goals
  • Guidance in registering and practicing for the ACT or SAT. 

Is it just for people who want to go to the University of Arkansas? 
No. You will explore any colleges you would like! This may include 2 & 4-year colleges or technical school. 

Who is the Razor C.O.A.C.H. program for? 
Guided by the unique needs of each school, administrators, counselors and school faculty will refer students that could benefit from this program.  
  • Or answer could be tailored to your school(s) with specifics (10th grade, 1st generation)
Will we take any field trips? 
There is a possibility that we could take trips to local universities and/or businesses, but that will be determined by our discussions about your interests. 

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