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College and Career Readiness

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Department Mission Statement:

The College and Career Readiness Department's mission is to provide programs and services to complement the district’s curriculum and ensure that students graduating from the district are prepared to be successful in college or to pursue meaningful career paths that will lead to personal success.

 The College and Career Readiness Department is a team of professionals dedicated to the long-term success of every student in East St. Louis School District #189. We support our students and families by educating and empowering them with the knowledge and skills to succeed in whatever post-secondary endeavors they take on. By focusing on the National Office for School Counselor Advocacy’s Eight Components of College and Career Readiness, we are focused and intentional in the work that we do.

  1. College aspirations -- Build a college-going culture based on early college awareness by nurturing in students the confidence to aspire to college and the resilience to overcome challenges along the way.
  2. Academic planning for college and career readiness -- Advance students’ planning, preparation, participation, and performance in a rigorous academic program that connects to their college and career aspirations and goals.
  3. Enrichment and extracurricular engagement -- Ensure equitable exposure to a wide range of extracurricular and enrichment opportunities that build leadership, nurture talents and interests, and increase engagement with school.
  4. College and career exploration and selection processes -- Provide early and ongoing exposure to experiences and information necessary to make informed decisions when selecting a college or career that connects to academic preparation and future aspirations.
  5. College and career assessments -- Promote preparation, participation and performance in college and career assessments by all students.
  6. College affordability and planning -- Provide students and families with comprehensive information about college costs, options for paying for college, and the financial aid and scholarship processes and eligibility requirements, so they are able to plan for and afford a college education.
  7. College and career admissions processes -- Ensure that students and families have an early and ongoing understanding of the college and career application and admission processes so they can find the postsecondary options that are the best fit with their aspirations and interests.
  8. Transition from high school graduation to college enrollment -- Connect students to school and community resources to help students overcome barriers and ensure the successful transition from high school to college.

Counseling Department Resources:

Learn how to be college and career ready and view additional resources at

  • SchooLinks: SchooLinks is a modern College and Career Readiness platform that our district has partnered with to help prepare your student for life after high school. The platform offers more than 80 experiences, such as career interests, inventory assessments, college and career search, internship matching, portfolio and more. You can launch SchooLinks from your Clever Portal. 

  • Order Transcripts: Current students can order transcripts through SchooLinks:  Alumni should order transcripts through Parchment.  

  • FAFSA (Financial Aid)--Visit to start your financial aid process for college.

  • Scholarships:


Contact Us:

Staccy Lampkin, Director of College Access and Persistence


Phone:  618-646-3052

Dr. Kareem Mateen, College and Career Counselor


Phone:  618-646-3076

Katre White, Career Pathways Counselor


Phone: 618.646.3700 ext.1042

Whittnee' Jones, College and Career Support Specialist


Phone: 618.646.3700 ext. 1049