Compass: A College Success @ Perkins Program

Virtual enrichment to build critical college readiness skills – and navigate to a successful future

Building Expanded Core Curriculum skills and bringing college and career readiness home to high school students – plus their families and TVIs!

Compass, a new College Success @ Perkins program, is designed to help blind and visually impaired high schoolers develop the critical academic and blindness skills for building a foundation for a successful future. 

We're now accepting applications for 2021-22. The Compass Application checklist will help guide you through the process.

Here are some program highlights:

Who can participate?

This program is designed for high school students – as well as their parents or guardians and their TVIs.

It’s an approach that builds a complete educational team for each student. Why? Because expectations for college and career are changing faster than ever, and now is the time to get everyone on board to develop a plan. Informed decision-making and goal-setting early on will help create options for next steps both in and out of high school.

"The Compass Program is paying immediate dividends for our son, and our family! The program is practical and immediately useful, and the program leaders bring real-life experience that is reliable and helpful"  – Gary P.

How will it work?

Compass is a nine-month virtual enrichment program that will help blind and visually impaired students ramp up as they begin to prepare for independence in college and career. Through group work and individual coaching for the student and their educational team, we will work to fill the often-overlooked gaps in college and career preparation.

Each team will work with Compass staff and other experts to learn about college and career readiness skills, determine how the student’s skills match up, create a plan together to improve specific skills - and, ultimately, establish the independence necessary to become empowered, successful young adults in school and career.

What will Compass focus on?

Our expert staff know that it takes time to grow the skills and confidence needed to be independent in school and that it has to start early! So we’re here to help.

Over two semesters, Compass staff will provide coaching to help make a plan to build the necessary skills for creating a foundation for success. The Expanded Core Curriculum is at the heart of this work, with an emphasis on the following:

  • Tech (e.g., computer and keyboarding skills, word processing, internet navigation, screen reader and magnification, braille devices and presentation tools)
  • Academic skills (e.g., note-taking, study skills and test-taking strategies)
  • Executive functioning skills (e.g., time management, organization, planning
  • Career exploration and planning
  • Orientation and mobility
  • Independent living skills

Want to learn more? Fill out this form and we’ll be in touch! We can set up a call or virtual meeting to answer any questions, discuss program details, the application process and funding options.