MEFA Pathway for Middle School Students
Did you know that MEFA has a college and career planning portal for students in grades 6-8? MEFA Pathway is MEFA's established and reputable college and career planning website to help high school students navigate the future. And it's also available to every student in middle school, with fun, engaging features created for the middle school audience.
Students can set up an account by going to mefapathway.org and selecting, I am a Student and then Register Here. Students will enter personal information, including their year of graduation, which allows the system to connect the student to age-appropriate content. For example, a grade 7 student will view different suggested activities than that of a grade 11 student.
Students can use the Dashboard as an easily accessible place to view certain tasks and topics relevant to their planning for the future. As they complete different activities, they can earn virtual badges as a reward and to encourage use and progress. New games available for the middle school grades are fun, engaging, and intuitive while facilitating exploration and discovery in a number of areas:
- Everyday Things allows students to explore careers related to things they are familiar with or that they enjoy. Students select two areas of interest and then view a short list of related careers
- Says Who exposes students to various careers by identifying on-the-job tasks
- Favorite Subjects shows students the connection between the subjects studied in school to potential college majors and career options
- Would You Rather allows the student to answer a series of questions to help discover career clusters of interest
Students use the Profile to add their clubs, sports, honors, awards, extra-curricular activities, and community service to build a foundation for a resume. They will continue to build upon this over the years so when it's needed for a college or job application, all of the pertinent information will already be recorded.
My Digital Portfolio is a visual representation of the student, as it documents the student's journey through college and career planning. It's a picture that can continually grow and change as students learn more about themselves, identify affinities, and grow their aptitudes and accomplishments. It helps to instill a sense of relevance early on that supports dreams and ambitions.
Want to learn more about MEFA Pathway? Visit MEFA's events page. Here you can sign up for webinars focused on the different features of the online tool. Each one offers a demonstration of MEFA Pathway and the opportunity to ask questions. And if you're a school counselor, you can sign up for a virtual training to get your school familiar with the tool. To do so, contact Jennifer Bento-Pinyoun, MEFA Pathway's Program Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org.