Sara Wells has been working on issues related to career and youth development for over a decade. She came to the Universities at Shady Grove (USG) in 2016 to coordinate the Career Experience Opportunities (CEO) Program – a pilot career intervention for 100 college students hailing from underserved high schools in Montgomery County. Based on the program’s success, Wells was able to work with colleagues to design a strategic plan to apply best practices from CEO to a much larger audience of students in the Achieving Collegiate Excellence & Success Program (ACES). Wells now serves as the ACES career readiness manager, overseeing career related programming for thousands of students across Montgomery County’s academic pathway. Her work now impacts students at Montgomery County Public Schools, Montgomery College, and USG. Prior to her time at USG, Wells served as a program director at Kid Power Inc., a DC nonprofit focused on improving academic, health/nutrition, and civic engagement outcomes for local public school students. Wells has also spent time in the county’s workforce development system providing career readiness assistance to youth and adults. She has a BS in religion from Southeastern University and a MEd in human development from the University of Maryland, College Park.
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