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.
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
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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