College and Career Readiness (CCR) Advisors change the life trajectories of young people. Recent studies confirm that low-income students need encouragement and accurate advice to move down the college and career readiness pathway. Since 1991, CFES Brilliant Pathways has helped more than 100,000 students prepare for college and careers in more than 150 schools, in urban and rural areas throughout the United States and Ireland.

In addition, students will be prepared to serve as mentors or guides to their peers and younger children/siblings. The training sessions
consists of a live virtual opening, followed by two recorded on-demand sessions that participants can view at their convenience, and a live virtual closing that brings together all the elements of the training. At the conclusion of the training all participants will have built their own CCR Map for their future.

Session 1

College and Career Readiness. What does it mean? And how can a CCR Map help? This 35-minute session introduces time-tested methods and the latest thinking about advising and mentoring students in the new paradigm for college and career readiness. During this session, CFES Brilliant Pathways professionals will define what College and Career readiness is, share best practices for helping young people realize their career and college dreams. Discussions will focus on the Essential Skills now needed in education and the workplace, and presenters will share strategies to help young people forge a pathway to realize their dreams.

Essential Skills Introduction

Students Profile

My CCR Map

10-Point Plan

Session 2

Building college and career pathways is critical in helping young people shape their future. Understanding the emerging careers of the future and the pathways needed to access them is the focus of this module. In this 30-minute recorded session, participants will learn about emerging careers of the future and the educational/training needed to acquire them. Students will be introduced to the Brilliant Career Lab tool to help them identify their career interests, strengths, and how to turn these dreams into viable and rewarding career paths.

Brilliant Career Lab

Career Outlook Scavenger Hunt

Career Readiness Resources

Networking: Weaving Your Web

Session 3

While there are different paths to success in college and a career, certain skills are vital. CFES Brilliant Pathway’s six Essential Skills are interconnected, overlapping, transferable, and indispensable when preparing students for success in college and career. Students will develop an understanding of how to strengthen and apply these Essential Skills in a variety of settings.

Selecting the right college or technical school to support students’ goals may seem challenging. Young people need to consider many factors in selecting a postsecondary option: location, course of study, size, vibe, cost, and affordability, etc. In this 30-minute recorded session, we will explore the different types of colleges and technical schools to help students make an informed decision on their future and to find the “right fit.”

College Readiness Video

FAFSA Videos

State Financial Aid Resources

Virtual College Tours


Session 4

This live virtual closing focuses on tools to help pay for college and tips to access additional scholarships. This session is designed to bring together all the training topics and show participants how to integrate them into a cohesive plan. Students will learn from CFES professionals, engage in collaborative discussions with other participants, and be presented with additional CFES resources to support you in creating a college and career plan for your future.

CFES Resources

CCR Map Template

College Readiness Timeline

Scholarships Videos