What We Do for Students and Families

NaviGo helps uncover your true interests, talents, and passions. Using a proprietary and customized curriculum, our coaches empower students and families to map out three realistic options for college and/or career.

 

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What We Do with Businesses

Business and community partners have several ways to help support NaviGo’s mission to empower students. Businesses sponsor students whose passions focus on their industry, and it’s already proven to be a win-win.

 

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What We Do with Schools

You can help expand NaviGo’s reach by using our institutional models in your school or district. Our curriculum, developed by award-winning educators, supplements your college and career prep program.

 

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See how NaviGo, along with business, school, and community partners are helping students pave the way to success after high school!

 NaviGo Ambassadors

Judith Clabes is an editor and publisher of the NKy Tribune. She has had a distinguished career in journalism and philanthropy. During 37 years with the E.W. Scripps Company she served as Scripps’ first woman editor, beginning with the Sunday Courier & Press in Evansville and then with The Kentucky Post. She was named president and CEO of Scripps Howard Foundation in 1996. On retirement from Scripps, she and her family moved to their horse farm in the Bluegrass area and she founded the Kentucky Philanthropy Initiative and her own consulting business. In 2011, Clabes and husband, Gene, founded KyForward.com, an online newspaper serving Kentucky. Jump ahead to 2013 when this award-winning journalist co-founded the Kentucky Center for Public Service Journalism and started planning for an online daily newspaper. The NKy Tribune was launched in January of 2015. Clabes has won numerous national, regional and state awards in journalism, philanthropy and community service. She has been a longtime supporter of NaviGo, eager to share its mission. “I admire the work NaviGo does — and the people who do it,” said Clabes. “They are dedicated to the students, committed to helping them find their way. This is important work and I’m proud to support it.”
Judith Clabes
Brent Cooper’s name and face are well known around Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati because of his tireless dedication to our community. He is president and owner of C-Forward, one of the top IT service firms in Ohio and Kentucky. Over the years, Mr. Cooper has led countless efforts to not only empower students, but also grow the local workforce. "The NaviGo program is extremely valuable to not only the students, but also to participating businesses,” said Cooper. “This program connects students with industry, through a process that helps prepare students for success in life. It also introduces potential employees to businesses, and helps better prepare our future workforce. C-Forward is proud to be part of the NaviGo program." A University of Kentucky graduate, Brent has over 24 years of experience in computer networking. Brent serves on numerous boards including the Kentucky State Chamber Board, the Baptist Health Board, the NKU Foundation Board, the NKY Convention Center Board, and the Strive Partnership Board. A graduate of both Leadership NKY and Leadership Cincinnati, Brent is also an active community columnist. Brent lives in Fort Thomas with his wife Lisa and his daughters Sydney and Emma.
Brent Cooper
Susan Cook, retired, was the Kenton County Schools Superintendent in 2006 and went on to serve as the interim superintendent for the Shelby County Board of Education from 2007-2008. She currently serves as a faculty member and the Director of the Center for Educator Excellence, at Northern Kentucky University. “Why NaviGo?,” asked Susan. “I know that NaviGo offers an exceptional staff and trained volunteer teams to assist students in discovering their interests, passions and talents as they prepare for college and careers. Community support of NaviGo will provide this service to all students and families. NaviGo helps students realize and achieve their dreams as they build bright futures.” Susan serves her local community on numerous boards included the Emergency Shelter of Northern Kentucky. She has also been on the board of Children, Inc., serving as Board Chair from 1996-1998. She has volunteered as a One to One Reading coach for River Ridge Elementary School, served on the NKU Foundation Board, the Education Council, Vision 2015 and the Northern Kentucky Association of School Superintendents.
Susan Cook
Alice Sparks is a celebrated Kentucky businesswoman, community volunteer and philanthropist. She first started her community service involvement and interest in politics as an intern to Kentucky’s First Lady Mildred Chandler in the mid-1950’s. As a savvy businesswoman and mover-and-shaker in education and politics, Ms. Sparks served as legislative chair of the state PTA during the time that KERA was passed. She was the first woman in Kentucky to chair a public university board when she was a trustee of Northern Kentucky University in 1994. She has also served on the boards of the University of Kentucky and Thomas More College. Alice has served on numerous state boards including The Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence, Thomas D. Clark Foundation Board, and the Women’s Network. Alice’s awards and recognitions are extensive including being recognized as one of the 100 Women of Distinction on the 100th anniversary of Girl Scouts by the Wilderness Road Council and by KET for long-time volunteer service and dedication. She has been recognized as the Enquirer Woman of the Year, Outstanding Woman of Northern Kentucky, NKU’s Lincoln Award recipient, The Devou Cup-Northern Kentucky Advisory Board for the Greater Cincinnati Foundation, Bishop Hughes Award, Visiting Nurses Award and the list goes on. She has two grown children, John and Sally. “I am very pleased to serve as an Ambassador for NaviGo since I've been involved in K-12 and Postsecondary Education for 45 years,” said Ms. Sparks. “The need for mentoring and coaching students has always been around and now we have it with NaviGo leading the way!”
Alice Sparks
Helen Carroll retired after a very successful 27-year career with Toyota Motor Engineering and Manufacturing, North America. She managed Toyota’s community relations and engagement programs, including corporate contributions and sponsorships. Currently she runs her own business, Carroll Project Planning (CPP). From project planning and event management, meeting and board facilitation, non-profit management and serving in interim positions. “For many years at Toyota, we talked about how we could connect with high school students, as they were beginning their high school years, and let them know the many job opportunities available at Toyota,” said Carroll. “Sure, the company attended high school and college career fairs like so many other businesses. But what we were missing was that direct connection that would help a student better understand what would be needed to be successful in preparing for a career at Toyota. Then along came NaviGo, exactly the kind of program we had been visualizing to encourage students to consider Toyota. We were able to select the students that we’d work with and then connect them with the Toyota employees who were doing the jobs in which they had interest. Today, there are 103 Toyota Scholars focused in the areas of advanced manufacturing, engineering and business.”
Helen Carroll
Dr. James Votruba served as NKU’s President from 1997-2012. He is currently a full-time faculty member in the Northern Kentucky University educational leadership doctoral program, where he teaches courses in organizational leadership, organizational effectiveness and change, and public engagement. He also currently serves as the chair of the St. Elizabeth Healthcare Board of Trustees. “If Kentucky is to thrive going forward, we must do far better in preparing out young people for college and career,” said Votruba. “NaviGo empowers students for life and provides hope and opportunity. This is why I’m a NaviGo Ambassador.”
Jim Votruba
From its inception, NaviGo has been honored to earn the support of Thomas More President Dave Armstrong, who not only believes in the mission of NaviGo, but also goes above and beyond by securing the future of NaviGo Scholars. “I am pleased to become an ambassador for NaviGo to tout the benefits of this college preparatory program which helps students find their true passions and talents,” said Armstrong. “Their focus of providing individualized attention and mentoring is in line with the personalized approach we take with our students here at Thomas More College. Because students who graduate from NaviGo have received a foundation on which to build their success after high school, we are pleased to offer up to 50% off of Thomas More tuition.” President Armstrong is the 14th president of Thomas More College. Driven by a commitment to excellence and desire to make private education affordable, President Armstrong is leading record enrollment growth through innovative programs and cost savings initiatives for students, like textbooks contained in tuition and fees. With consistent enrollment growth during each period since President Armstrong’s arrival, Thomas More College achieved its largest-ever incoming class and residential population in 2016. NaviGo is proud that NaviGo Scholars are among them, and that even more Scholars will begin as freshman in 2017.
President Armstrong
Dan Groneck served as Northern Kentucky President of U.S. Bank from August 2001 until December of 2016. During his more than 49-year career in banking, Dan held several integral roles at U. S. Bank, including Vice President of Residential Lending, Senior Vice President and Director of Commercial Real Estate and Senior Vice President of Corporate Community Development. Dan served as advocate and Senior Management Advisor for the Employee Mentor/Mentee Program and the Multicultural and Diversity Program. Mr. Groneck grew up the 11th of 21 children. He has been married to his wife Elaine for 43 years. They have two sons, Jason and Matthew, and four grandchildren. Dan is actively involved in the community and holds positions on several local boards, such as the Vice Chair of St. Elizabeth Hospital Foundation, Diocese of Covington Finance Council, Catalytic Development Funding Corp. of Northern Kentucky, Square 1, Inc., the Faith Community Pharmacy, and NKY Education Council. He also serves on the Advisory Council of the Indian American Chamber of Commerce, the Northern Kentucky University Dean of Business Advisory Council, the Thomas More College Building Committee and the Diocesan Catholic Children’s Home Planning Committee. He is an Emeritus member of the Baker Hunt Foundation and the NKU Foundation and past board member of the Dan Beard Council. “I have been very impressed with the programs offered by NaviGo,” said Mr. Groneck. “NaviGo reaches out into the community working with businesses, schools and community partners to help students achieve success after high school. I am very excited about my involvement with NaviGo and the opportunities they provide to both public and parochial schools.”
Dan Groneck

 

Partners and Supporters

<strong>Kevin Hamblin</strong>

“The road to success is narrow. But for me, NaviGo has helped broaden my path and has helped me achieve my dreams!”

Kevin Hamblin / NaviGo Scholar, Grant County High School, Williamstown, KY

<strong>David Armstrong</strong>

“Thomas More College is pleased to partner with NaviGo and endorse the work they are doing with our local high school students. We believe in their mission and are grateful for the additional preparation they give to college-bound students.”

David Armstrong / President, Thomas More College

<strong>Karen Delaney</strong>

“As a NaviGo Coach, I was immediately attracted to the opportunity to be a part of the NaviGo Scholars Program. Having a number of years’ experience as a school counselor, I saw the importance in establishing an ongoing relationship with each scholar through our coaching sessions.”

Karen Delaney / NaviGo Coach

<strong>Kristy Collins</strong>

“NaviGo has provided my students with the tools and structure they need to prepare for their future. They have had the opportunity to explore careers, research colleges, and better understand KEES and other financial aid.”

Kristy Collins / Teacher, Ludlow Schools

NaviGo is empowering students for life.

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