LEXINGTON - Aujia Hines had little interest last year in going to college and only vague ideas about her future career, and she disliked talking in front of other students.
But the 15-year-old said a pilot college and career coaching program at Southside Technical Center made her realize that she wanted to be an electrician and go to college.
"I didn't know that so many apprenticeship opportunities were available," Hines said. "Now I understand all that college has to offer and all that can come of having a college degree."
Through the pilot program from the Northern Kentucky-based company NaviGo, Hines also learned how to coach other students in reaching their career and college goals.
Fayette County is the first school district in Kentucky to test the program.
The NaviGo curriculum shows teachers and students how to be career and college coaches, "to lay out a plan so students discover their own interests, their passions, their talents," said company founder Tim Hanner, a retired Kenton County school superintendent and a former Kentucky associate commissioner of education.
In addition to providing the pilot program in Fayette County schools, the company has a division for families that hire NaviGo coaches to help students prepare for life after high school.
"High school should be as much about students figuring out what they want to do in life as what they don't want to do," Hanner said.