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New College and Career Readiness Opportunities

ANKENY, Iowa (August 10, 2017) – On Thursday, August 10 the Ankeny Community School District unveiled the name of their new college and career readiness program opportunities.  The program is now called Orbis.  Orbis, the Latin term for “compass,” was the name developed by a group of Ankeny students.  This one word captures the essence of the program; as every student goes through the Ankeny school district, they will follow their own compass as they chart their own path for a lifetime of personal success.

Orbis will embrace partnerships with outside organizations to support student learning with authentic experiences that add value to these organizations while solving real-world problems. Projects with outside organizations will begin in January 2018. These can range from a project embedded into a teacher's classroom to students scheduled to spend part of their school day at an outside organization. 

“The program will expose students to possibilities, provide structures for students to explore those possibilities, and build on partnerships with the community,” said Dr. Jill Urich, Orbis Director.   We will engage students in experiences contributing to the betterment of our local and global community.”

History of the Program

In spring 2015, Superintendent Dr. Bruce A. Kimpston convened a task force charged with examining other districts' college and career readiness programs and what a similar program might look like in Ankeny. This task force defined college and career readiness in Ankeny as:

The state of being fully prepared for a lifetime of personal success beyond high school, regardless of pathway after high school graduation. College and career ready students demonstrate critical thinking, complex communication, creativity, collaboration, flexibility and adaptability, productivity and accountability, as defined by the Universal Constructs in the Iowa Core. Additionally, students are self-directed and demonstrate grit, the desire to persevere despite the obstacles that may stand in their way.

For the past two years, the task force has been engaged in learning about quality college and career readiness experiences.  Their goal was to put a program in place that provided students, in partnership with the workforce, authentic, real-life program-solving experiences.

Get Involved

Have an Orbis project idea?  Fill out a request form today!

Want some more information regarding Orbis?  Fill out an information request today!