Low Start-up Costs and High Demand for College Planning Services Attract Business-Minded Individuals Seeking a Fulfilling Second Career
Class 101’s network of franchisees includes many former high school and college teachers and administrators who all share a passion for education and helping young people and are driven to run their own businesses. Class 101 offers a fulfilling business that positively affects young people in their community, while also providing former educators the opportunity to make a good living.
Mobile, Alabama, Class 101 franchisee Tracey Childs, who spent nearly 20 years at Spring Hill College in administrative and teaching roles, discovered Class 101 while doing some soul-searching about her career path during a work leadership program. She found Class 101 while researching franchises focused on education. After attending Discovery Day in September at Class 101 headquarters, she was confident that Class 101 was the next step. “I wanted to make sure I was doing work that was purposeful, both professionally and personally,” Childs says.
Joni Ferguson, who joined Steve and Hollie Holt with Class 101 Nashville last fall, echoes Childs’ sentiment. A registered nurse, Ferguson taught health careers and health sciences in the Kentucky public school system for 27 years before becoming a Class 101 college planner.
“What I did with my students in Kentucky, helping find them a career and a college, is a lot of what we do in Class 101. When Hollie and Steve approached me, and I saw that Class 101 is about helping high school students find the right school, as well as improve their ACT scores and their GPAs, it fell in line very naturally with what I had done in public education for 27 years,” Ferguson says.
Class 101 national college planning franchise is helping high school students get into better colleges and qualify for higher amounts of scholarships and financial aid. The college application process is complicated and stressful, often resulting in students who get very little, or zero, financial aid and who often end up at the wrong school.
Class 101 addresses this need by meeting one-on-one with students throughout the year, resulting in the improved ACT and SAT scores and GPAs. Additionally, our college planning experts guide students as they draft a high-performance resume and compelling essays, visit schools, complete applications ahead of schedule and navigate the scholarship and financial aid processes. The results are phenomenal. Class 101 students apply to seven schools on average and receive more than $160,000 in scholarships and aid, much more than the average U.S. high school student who applies to a handful of schools and receives about $20,000 in scholarships and aid.
Class 101 Helps College Students Develop Skills for Life
For business-minded individuals with a passion for helping families, Class 101’s business model is an ideal blend — providing a much-needed service while offering career satisfaction for owners who enjoy working with families in their communities.
“As a teacher and a nurse I have spent a lot of time in service. With Class 101 we are serving the students and helping them find a path, so you are also helping their parents,” Ferguson says. “Our goal at Class 101 is to help students get in the right school. When they get in the right college, we are ultimately saving parents not just money, but the anxiety of a student who is ready to come home in the first year, and ready to quit.”
Ferguson continues: “Class 101 also offers a much broader range of services for high school students, beyond tutoring, and serves teens beyond college graduation. Additionally, Class 101 college planners, unlike traditional tutoring services, work with students on skills that will help them in their studies and their careers. “We don’t just focus on school, we focus on a career path, on what is suited for your personality. A lot of things we are doing are getting them ready for college. Even though the study skills we teach, we try to set them up for success.”
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If you’re passionate about helping young people and would like the chance to make a living while helping families save thousands on college costs, Class 101 may be the business opportunity you’ve been seeking. We’re enjoying unprecedented nationwide growth and are looking for new franchise owners.
Class 101’s growth and momentum are gaining industry recognition, earning Class 101 several spots on go-to rankings for the franchise industry. Franchise Gator named us an Emerging Franchise to watch for the second year in a row. The popular franchise opportunity portal also named Class 101 as the 13th fastest-growing franchise in the nation in 2018 on its annual Fastest-Growing list, up from 15th place in 2017. The entrepreneur also has recognized our college planning franchise as a Top Franchise Opportunity for Less than $50,000.