Capital One Helps NAF Academy of Engineering Students Be Future Ready

April 13, 2016

NAF Academy of Engineering students at Scotlandville Magnet High School in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, will be prepared for whatever challenges the future has in store for them – academically and professionally – all thanks to a generous grant from Capital One.

The $3,000 grant, awarded in March 2015, aided in the funding of a variety of college and career preparation activities for students to participate in to become Future Ready. Specific activities included detailed learning sessions on key topics, such as the application process and meeting deadlines; planning college tours; scholarship opportunities; resume writing and critique; and participating in mock interviews, as well as access to resources and guidance every step of the way.

These college and career preparation opportunities also covered soft skills training, including guidance in workplace etiquette, tips for dressing for success, learning how to communicate in a business setting, and advice for how to handle ethical issues in the workplace. Workshops for parents were also available and provided expert advice and solutions surrounding the many uncertainties that stem from first-time college and job applications.

In thinking about nurturing a child’s independence in college and beyond, Thomasina Joseph, whose daughter will graduate this spring, noted, “Knowing the expectation was really important to me, and will help relieve the stress of how much responsibility I need to relinquish to my college freshman.”

“The Scotlandville Capital One project is a great example of combining several work-based learning and career readiness activities to build essential skills students need to become successful interns and ultimately, successful professionals in their field of interest,” said Rich Tulikangas, Director of Work-Based Learning at NAF.

“At Capital One, we recognize that one of the most important investments we can make in the future of our community is an investment in our students, and we’re pleased to continue our support of NAF and its efforts to help students achieve academic and professional success,” said Ric Kearny, Capital One Bank’s Baton Rouge Market President. “We believe it’s important for students to increase their knowledge and develop skills for the jobs of today and tomorrow. That’s what Capital One’s support of the college and career preparation activities for NAF Academy of Engineering students at Scotlandville High School is all about.”

Capital One has partnered with NAF since 2009 to improve work-based learning experiences and outcomes for students. In partnering with Capital One, NAF is improving college and career prospects for students by focusing on specific geographies where NAF’s program design and high-touch support services, Capital One’s corporate citizenship and resources, and local district and community commitment align. This results in exemplary academies leading the way for high quality work-based learning and student success. One compelling example of this is Capital One providing approximately 20 internships to NAF students over the last few years in the Dallas area.