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What’s NaviGo All About?

NaviGo College and Career Prep Services was founded in 2011 by a team led by Kentucky’s 2010 Superintendent of the Year, Tim Hanner. We are a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. Keenly aware of the challenges that students and parents face when it comes to navigating college and career planning, the NaviGo Way is all about making that process more manageable.

Using student-specific assessment information and NaviGo’s proprietary curriculum, our coaches work closely with junior high and high school students and their families to make planning for the future a rewarding experience. Our unique system is designed to make strong students stronger and to help students with weaknesses identify those challenges in order to achieve better outcomes. The NaviGo team strives to make a positive difference in the lives of the students we work with so those students can take full advantage of the opportunities available to them.

Within just a few years, NaviGo has built upon our core coaching program to bring our model to schools, business partnerships, and more.

Why Us?

Because You Don’t Have to Plan for Life After High School Alone.

Why waste time pursuing a career you don’t love? Data shows only about six in 10 students entering college graduate within six years. This can be avoided by doing all of your homework before making such a huge investment. The thought is overwhelming at times, which is why we are here to help.

NaviGo aims to ease the burden by providing you and your parents with all you need, so you can make an informed decision about your future. We know it is a big decision. With personalized guidance and support, NaviGo helps you identify your interests, passions and talents and the ways you can incorporate them in your future. Empowering you to make smart decisions is what we’re all about! We are the team supporting you at every step.

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Only about 60% of students entering college graduate within 6 years

We Empower Students for Life

NaviGo equips businesses, parents, and schools to prepare students for post-secondary success and workforce readiness.

Students

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

Business

Through NaviGo Scholars, businesses sponsor students whose aptitudes align with their industry. This prepares students for the workforce and helps companies recruit quality talent.

Schools

NaviGo Services support college and career readiness programming in schools by providing NaviGo coaching training, proven tools, and proprietary curriculum.

Communities

NaviGo supports communities by offering opportunities such as apprenticeships, pre-apprenticeships, internships, co-ops, clinicals, site visits, and more!

Coaches

Our coaches are professionals who have extensive educational experience and credentials. NaviGo coaches put a premium on student-centered and inquiry-based learning and have undergone rigorous training in our comprehensive curriculum, one that’s focused on college and career readiness. All of our coaches undergo background checks and participate in ongoing safety and boundary training programs.

Larry Tibs

Larry Tibs

Coach/Staff

Karen Kidwell

Karen Kidwell

Coach

Linda Bates

Linda Bates

Coach

James Catchen

James Catchen

Coach

Allie Graybill

Allie Graybill

Coach

Michelle Cobb

Michelle Cobb

Coach

Heather McClanahan

Heather McClanahan

Coach

Chad Graybill

Chad Graybill

Coach

Jodie N. Mader

Jodie N. Mader

Coach

John Hall

John Hall

Coach

Renae Lovins

Renae Lovins

Coach

Staff

Kathy Burkhardt, Ed.D

Kathy Burkhardt, Ed.D

Senior Director

Lorraine O’Moore

Lorraine O’Moore

NKY College & Career Connector

Jennie LaMothe, M.Ed.

Jennie LaMothe, M.Ed.

Director of School-Based Services

John Braden

John Braden

Student Engagement Coordinator

Stephanie Layton

Stephanie Layton

Operations Director

Melanie Beccaccio

Melanie Beccaccio

Program Director

Jim Cutter

Jim Cutter

Business Relationship Specialist

Theresa Cruz

Theresa Cruz

Hispanic Family Engagement Coordinator

The Bottom Line

Whether you are part of our one-to-one or small group coaching, in-school programs, or business partnerships, NaviGo promises that, guided by our coaches using the proprietary curriculum, students will have three realistic options for college and/or a career after high school based on career interests, academic preparation, and financial realities. Our work together is focused on one thing to achieve those plans: empowering you to succeed for life.

“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