Naviance completes first year at KSM


Photo by Jaylin Kekiwi

Naviance hit the Kamehameha Schools Maui Campus for the first time in the 2013-2014 school year. This post-high planning tool gives students a one-stop shop for all their college and career work.

By Jaylin Kekiwi, editor

For the first time this year, Kamehameha Schools Maui put the post-high preparatory tool Naviance into play.

“We’ve been trying to get [Naviance on campus] since 2007,” college counselor Ms. Lisa Correa said.

According to the official Naviance site, Naviance is “a comprehensive college and career readiness solution for middle and high schools that helps connect academic achievement to post-secondary goals.”

“We were able to put our resumés in a cloud, so we had access to an updated one whenever we needed it. We also listed our college choices,” said senior Mitchel Dutro.

However, according to Ms. Jennifer Baum, the ninth and tenth grade counselor, it’s so much more than that.

“It’s not just college, it’s also career exploration and self-exploration,” Ms. Baum said.

Students can organize their post-high plans in Naviance. Naviance also offers personality tests to match a student up to a career.

Next year, much of a student’s college application process will be done through Naviance, similar to the Common Application.

“Letters of recommendation, transcripts, and essays will be sent through Naviance,” Ms. Correa said. “Students will do the application through here as well. It’s going to be the portal where everything [in an application process] will be in one place.”

Naviance will also be beneficial because it’ll reduce repetition in counseling sessions during seminar, Ms. Correa said.

“We’ll be able to pick up where the last counselor left off,” she said. “It helps us in the sense that it’s a seamless transition.”

Now that the program has been introduced, its use will slowly increase as more classes get online with it and students uncover its full potential, but the counselors overall were pleased with its inaugural performance.

“I don’t know if it was [because it was] our first year, but we didn’t use it that much,” Dutro said.

Ms. Correa also said that it was “unfortunate” that the class of 2014 didn’t have more of an experience with Naviance, but she said they “at least [wanted to] introduce it to [the seniors] for those who didn’t really have a plan yet.”