INDIANAPOLIS (November 5, 2015) — The Metropolitan School District of Wayne Township has received a $10,000 donation from Hobsons to support its college visit program, which ensures that all students have the opportunity to visit at least one college during high school.
The donation, presented by Hobsons CEO Craig Heldman during an event hosted by Hobsons at Lucas Oil Stadium Wednesday evening, will help fund the school district’s efforts to take every high school junior to visit a college campus.
The donation was made in recognition of the district’s recent increase in graduation rates and work to promote a college-going culture among first-generation and low-income students.
“MSD of Wayne Township is doing great work to help students prepare for college and careers. We’re proud to join their efforts to make sure that students have first-hand experiences on college campuses and have access to tools that allow them to find the right fit for them,” said Heldman, who presented the donation to MSD of Wayne Township’s Assistant Superintendent of Secondary Schools, John Taylor and Director of College and Career Readiness Wendy Skibinski.
High schools in MSD of Wayne Township use Hobsons’ digital college advising platform, Naviance, to help students identify their strengths and interests, explore colleges and careers, create individual academic plans, and match to postsecondary schools that are the best fit for them, academically, socially, and financially. Naviance is used by more than 10,000 schools and districts around the country, including in Indianapolis, Houston, Dallas, Baltimore, Philadelphia, Cincinnati, Los Angeles, and Denver.
“The MSD of Wayne Township is excited about our partnership with Hobsons,” Taylor said. “As a district, our moral imperative is to ensure that all students find their passion and live their aspiration. Naviance is a great tool which allows our scholars to bridge their post Wayne Township experience.”
The donation followed an evening of games at the stadium in which Hobsons employees and students and staff from MSD Wayne worked together to complete sports-themed activities challenging their athleticism, strategic thinking, and memory.
The night of recognition is part of Hobsons’ philanthropic efforts, which include employee-driven fundraising efforts and volunteering opportunities with educational organizations.
This year, Hobsons’ Cincinnati office teamed up with an elementary school classroom in their city through the Adopt-A-Class program, to provide mentorship to students through various activities. Hobsons’ parent company, DMGT, also has contributed to Crayons to Computers in Cincinnati, which provides school supplies to local teachers.
At Hobsons’ Arlington, Va., office, employees welcome students from a local Naviance client, Wakefield High School, to gain practical work experience by serving as Hobsons summer interns.
The company also sends Hobsons employees each year to assist PLAN International, which works to improve education for youth in more than 60 countries around the world. Hobsons volunteers help with building new classrooms and facilities, making infrastructure improvements, and providing supplies for teachers and students. Employees have participated in projects in Namibia, Nicaragua, Malaysia, Guatemala, Laos, Kenya, Vietnam, Bolivia, Ghana, Rwanda, and Dominican Republic.
Hobsons helps students identify their strengths, explore careers, create academic plans, match to best-fit educational opportunities, and reach their education and life goals. Through our solutions, we enable thousands of educational institutions to improve college and career planning, admissions and enrollment management, and student success and advising for millions of students around the globe. www.hobsons.com