Across the United States, too many counselors have neither the time nor the capacity to provide adequate college and career readiness support, especially for low-income students. A recent survey showed that counselors wanted to help students graduate high school, attend college and become job-ready, but they lacked the necessary knowledge, resources and time. With little support in moving through the maze, underserved students often don’t know where to turn and they make college-going decisions based on information that is inaccurate and misleading.
To address this crisis, CFES Brilliant Pathways is training and credentialing College and Career Readiness (CCR) Advisors through virtual workshops, where participants learn from national experts in six key areas for in-person and virtual interactions. The workshop begins with a live opening session, followed by five pre-recorded sessions viewed by participants at their convenience, and a live closing.
Session one focuses on equipping individuals with tools and strategies to advise students onto and along the college and career pathway. Subsequent sessions explore: the importance of mentoring, the Essential Skills that CFES deems critical for students to succeed in college and beyond, college readiness, paying for college, career readiness and topics of today, including the role of virtual support.
At the conclusion of the workshop, you will be awarded a College and Career Readiness Advisor Certificate, certified by the University of Vermont or Lehigh University. If this was your first CCR session, then you will be recognized as a Level I advisor. If you have previously attended a CCR Training, you are eligible to be recognized as a Level II advisor. Following the workshop, expect to receive ongoing support through webinars and digital resources. This is a fantastic opportunity for those seeking professional development opportunities, including Continuing Teacher and Leader Effectiveness (CTLE) credit.
A CCR Advisor helps young people build knowledge and skills to become college and career ready. Advisors can include community members, business leaders, teachers, coaches, college students or retirees who mentor students in a range of college and career readiness topics, such as, admission and financial aid deadlines, understand how to pay for college, complete applications, find internships and job shadowing opportunities and meet other college and career readiness challenges.
Each block consists of two live video sessions scheduled one week apart, and five on-demand webinars that participants will view at their convenience prior to the closing session. You must participate in both the opening and closing live video sessions at the time they are scheduled in order to receive credit.