“What does the future hold?” It’s a question many teens and young adults ask themselves as they forge a path into the real world. Facing these important decisions can be difficult, and that’s where At The Core can help.
At The Core is an educational consulting company that was founded to serve students as they prepare to make these important decisions. They provide one on one support for teens and their families undergoing the college application process, or clarity for those deciding whether or not they even want to pursue college.
“Getting into college is not the same as it used to be,” says Beth Probst, founder of At The Core, “When I went to college, it was such a different atmosphere, and the pressure wasn’t as high. But I still needed help, which tells me that kids today need it even more than I did.”
At The Core offers a variety of services for the teen and their family, such as powerful self-assessments and career guidance, as well as private one-on-one support along the way of this lengthy process. There are informational programs and workshops for parents and students that include a multitude of support tools for families with college-bound kids.
“We are here to ease that feeling of pressure that kids experience when they think they need to have it all figured out,” says Probst. “The goal is to provide families with almost a view of the path ahead before they even have to think about crossing it.”
They serve students in three different areas: self- assessment, career exploration, and educational path planning. In the self-assessment portion, students can identify potential careers and majors that they might be interested in. This portion is solely interview based, including 5 one-on-one casual yet productive sessions with a facilitator. After this step, students can move on to the career exploration which helps students with a few specific careers in mind dig deeper into their specific field. And finally, concluding with the third portion of the process: deciding where to go to college and what to study.
“Students join us at any point in this process. We receive students as young as 7th grade to seniors in high school about to start applying to colleges. We are here to help at any point along the way,” says Probst.
Different from your everyday guidance counselors, this company acts as a hub of information for families geared toward the specifics of the child.
“We always want the kids to talk to their high school counselorbecause they are amazing people, but they have so many kids to account for and some students just want more help than they can get at school,” adds Probst, speaking about the specialized services that At The Core offers.
The facilitator team working with students is comprised of a group of uniquely-qualified professionals that have a deep expertise in that area of need, such as ACT/SAT, essay writing, etc. They all possess a strong background in supporting students and families, and each has completed detailed training to learn the Guided Self-Assessment process. The goal of each encounter is to ensure that a family’s experience is positive and impactful.
They collaborate on every student, using the bright minds of different facilitators in order to fully aid the student.
Probst adds, “We are headquartered in Powell, Ohio but are building our team in Cincinnati, and have a group of individuals up and running now.”
They serve families nationwide. While meetings in Central Ohio and Cincinnati are typically face-to-face, other sessions can be completed online.
The company also provides programs such as the Looking Ahead program which is a session for 8th grade parents in each school district needing some guidance on what is to come. Their most popular program is Tips for the College- Bound, which is a 90-minute question and answer session for anyone to attend. They are geared toward families who are more so starting out in the process, and just need something to help them wrap their heads around what is to come. They are offered at different libraries around Cincinnati and the best part is that they are free!
“We just want to help ease the process and to provide insight into how beautiful a child’s future can look. Rather than hoping they can figure it out along the way, let’s help them gain the confidence to know what’s ahead of them,” concludes Probst.
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