College & Career Readiness – Corporate

College & Career Readiness – Corporate2021-05-20T16:04:17-04:00

Over the past 30 years, CFES Brilliant Pathways has helped more than 100,000 students in the United States prepare for college and career work. Located in Essex, NY, CFES works with students in more than 150 schools, in both urban and rural areas, with a focus on three practices: Mentoring, Essential Skills, and Pathways to College and Career.

During this training, we will explore the following topics:

  • How to reach and support underserved students
  • How COVID-19 has upended education
  • Pathways students are now taking

At the conclusion of this training, you will have developed the skills and knowledge needed to move the next generation of scholars through the pipeline.


Each training consists of two live video sessions scheduled one week apart, and three on-demand sessions that you can view at your convenience prior to the closing session. You must attend both the opening and closing live video sessions.

Session 1: Opening (Live)

This live OPENING session will be led by Dean Garfield, Netflix VP, Rick Dalton, CFES President and CEO, alongside two CFES professionals, Tara Smith and Ron Rix. Components of session 1 will include: how corporations can build the future workforce pipeline; the role CFES has played in supporting corporations in these ventures; new paradigms in education and the workforce; how education is the great equalizer; and the impact of COVID on college and career readiness.

Session 2: Understanding New Landscapes

Learn how today’s students and the higher education landscape have changed, and what this means in how we support our youth. Session 2 will explore ways to help today’s students cope with stress and other issues exacerbated by the pandemic; how students can take advantage of a college admissions landscape that now offers greater opportunities for admissions and financial support; and the importance of diversity, equity, and inclusion in preparing students to enter college from both rural and urban areas.

Session 3: Building Pathways

This session will focus on how corporate and business volunteers can help students build career/workforce readiness, including developing the Essential Skills, critical not only for college and the workplace, but in life. Corporate leaders will share how to provide students with opportunities and resources to help them embark on their career pathways and identify and share the core values of different businesses.

Session 4: Impacting Youth: The Value of Mentoring

This session will guide you, as a mentor, in communicating with and relating to young people, helping you build the tools needed to support scholars in creating pathways to college and career. A mentor can help a young person: overcome challenges, make personal gains in academic performance, explore career opportunities and build lifelong support networks.

Session 5: Closing (Live)

The CLOSING session will be led by Greg Muccio, Director of Talent Acquisition at Southwest Airlines, and two CFES professionals, Tara Smith and Ron Rix. Session 5 will summarize what resources and tools you will need to help students succeed in college and in today’s workplace. Participants will learn about ongoing resources that CFES provides corporate partners as they help continue to move underserved students through the college and career readiness pipeline.


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What Every CCR Advisor

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Prompts for

Identifying Strengths, Skills, & Interests



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Program to Let OV Students Explore Postsecondary Opportunities

The following article was originally published by the Rutland Herald on June 9, 2021. BRANDON — A new program will help Otter Valley Union Middle School students explore opportunities after high school. Otter Valley Union Middle and High School was one of 20 schools in Vermont [...]

Twenty Rural Schools Win Opportunity to Help Students Succeed in College

The following article was originally published by Sun Community News on June 7, 2021. ESSEX |Twenty rural schools in Northern New York and Vermont will share in a $1.5 million college-readiness program designed by the nonprofit Brilliant Pathways of Essex, the organization announced this week. Among [...]

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Rick Dalton on Edspective Podcast, S01E09

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