Jordan named BOE career coach

Published 10:24am Thursday, August 29, 2013

A newly-created position with the Elmore County Board of Education will be filled by a face familiar to many.
Lindsay Jordan, formerly a project manager with the Elmore County Economic Development Authority, will step into her new job as the school system’s career coach on Monday.
Jordan will be based at the Elmore County Technical Center in Wetumpka.
“This is a state-funded position,” said Carl Thomas, ECTC principal. “Only 24 career coaches were funded and hired in the state, and we were lucky enough to get one of them.”
The goal for the position is to ensure students in Elmore County are prepared for life after high school.
“Lindsay will work with the students on their career paths, whether it is a 2-, 4- or 8-year college degree or a job,” said Thomas. “I see this as a benefit for all the kids in the county because they will have someone to help them determine what their interests are and guide them onto a career path and help them decide what classes will best prepare them for it.”
Thomas said Jordan will spend time each week at the system’s high schools and occasionally visit the middle schools to help students get an early start with their future plans.
“I will be responsible for marketing the Elmore County Technical Center as well as assisting students across the system with college applications and financial aid, preparing for job interviews, scheduling industry and college tours, and other tasks related to preparing students for college or career opportunities,” she said.
Thomas said Jordan’s first week at work will be de­voted to training.
“She will be learning from some people who are already doing this,” he said.
Jordan said she is eager to begin her new job.
“I am excited to work with Elmore County Schools in this new position,” she said. “Students need to know the advantages that programs at the Elmore County Technical Center can provide them in both college and career opportunities.
“An educated and prepared workforce is vital to economic development, so while I will not be with Elmore County EDA in an official capacity, I will still be working closely with Leisa (Finley) as well as local business and industry to help connect students to their future employers.”
“On behalf of our school system, I am delighted to welcome Lindsay as our career coach,” said Dr. Jeff Langham, Elmore County superintendent of education. “I have admired her excellent work at ECEDA for the past several years and I have also worked side by side with her on the Joe Sewell Memorial Award board of directors.
“She possesses incomparable people and organizational skills as just two of her strengths. Lindsay is going to be an extraordinary asset to our school system as we attempt to bolster students’ career readiness with the actual needs of our business community. Lindsay is going to be a difference maker in her new role.”
Jordan graduated from Holtville High in 2003, and received a BSBA from AUM in 2007. After college, she worked at ASE Credit Union, first as the marketing and publications specialist then as marketing manager until 2010. She was a project manager at ECEDA from 2010 until 2013.

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