rootEd Missouri is a partnership between two organizations with deep roots in Missouri – Ozarks Technical Community College (OTC), and rootEd Alliance, a collaborative philanthropic effort dedicated to clearing a path to a stronger future for students in rural America.
Missouri Postsecondary Advising Initiative
In fall 2021, rootEd Missouri, in partnership with the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, launched the Missouri Postsecondary Advising Initiative. The three-year initiative provides select rural high schools with federal funding to hire college and career advisors to work alongside counselors to help students plan for success after high school.
Advisors support students’ postsecondary pursuits by:
- Developing, updating, and implementing Individual Career and Academic Plans (ICAP) for postsecondary education and training;
- Identifying opportunities to secure financial aid, including completing the FAFSA;
- Supporting students as they work to enroll in college, earn a workplace credential, and/or enlist in the armed services; and
- Coaching students through the transition from high school to lifelong success.
Participating schools and advisors receive ongoing support from rootEd Missouri.
2021-22 Participating Schools
Forty schools were selected to participate in the 2021-22 school year following a competitive application process. Schools were selected based on school and community need, COVID impact in the community, and geography.
View a list of the 2021-22 participating schools here.
An additional 71 schools that applied but were not selected in the first round will begin the program in 2022-23. Another application round will occur in spring 2022 to fill remaining program slots for 2022-23.