Across the United States, one school counselor, on average, serves 470 students. The metrics are much worse for low-income kids, where the counselor to student ratio is an appalling 1 to 900. To address this need, CFES Brilliant Pathways is training and credentialing College and Career Readiness (CCR) Advisors.

Who is a CCR Advisor? A CCR Advisor is someone with a passion for helping young people build knowledge and skills that brings them closer to their college and career readiness goals. Advisors can be community members, teachers, coaches, college students or retirees willing to help students deal with 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. Just as important is a desire to inspire students to pursue their postsecondary dreams.

The first cohort of 20 trained Advisors were awarded College and Career Readiness Professional Development Certificates, following their participation in a daylong training workshop. These advisors will continue to be supported through webinar and digital resources. The CCR Advisor concept is simple and powerful. We plan to train and credential 5,000 CCR Advisors over the next two years.

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Becoming a College & Career Readiness Advisor


Participants with less than two years of experience will focus on building foundational skills and knowledge:

  • Defining college and career readiness and the qualities of an excellent CCR Advisor

  • Creating a college-career readiness culture

  • Understanding the building blocks of college and career readiness

  • Exploring career trends—which jobs are going/coming and what training and skill will be required to ensure job readiness

  • Building partnerships that will move your students down their college and career pathway

  • Engaging families in the process

  • Ensuring that families & students understand how to pay for college

At the conclusion of the workshop, participants will be awarded a Novice College and Career Readiness Advisor Certificate, issued by CFES Brilliant Pathways.


Participants who have two years of experience or more will focus on these areas:

  • Ensuring that you have the knowledge and skills to be a highly-effective CCR Advisor

  • Exploring trends and changes in the college and career readiness landscape

  • Using data to optimize decisions

  • Adjusting strategies to fit your population

  • Building high-impact partnerships with businesses and colleges

  • Integrating Essential Skills to build readiness and success

  • Leveraging financial literacy

At the conclusion of the workshop, participants will be awarded an Advanced College and Career Readiness Advisor Certificate, issued by CFES Brilliant Pathways.

Upcoming Workshop Dates

Upstate New York

CFES Center – Essex, NY

  • January 24, 2020
  • February 7, 2020
  • April 30, 2020

New York City

  • February 7, 2020

Van Horn, Texas

  • March 2, 2020

Tampa Bay, Florida

  • March 12, 2020

Bolton Landing, NY

In conjunction with the CFES Brilliant Pathways National Conference

  • October 25, 2020

How to Attend

CFES Brilliant Pathways partner schools are invited to send a limited number of participants to scheduled trainings – talk to your Program Director to register, or contact info@brilliantpathways.org.

Non-partner participants may enroll by paying a $1,500 registration fee, which covers the daylong training, certification, and two years of ongoing professional development delivered digitally (webinars, resources, etc.). To pay this fee with a credit card, please register using this form. To be invoiced for the enrollment fee, please contact info@brilliantpathways.org to register.

Use the Register button only if you are unaffiliated with a current CFES Brilliant Pathways school.

School teams should contact their Program Director to register.


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