College & Career Readiness Advisor Trainings

College & Career Readiness Advisor Trainings2021-04-02T10:38:33-04:00
  • APRIL  23-30
  • MAY 13-20
  • JUNE  3-10

*Although there will be a focus on a specific group (e.g., parents) all constituents – teachers, bus drivers, administrative support, community members, custodians, coaches, staff, principals, etc. – are welcome!

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“I wanted to thank you and your team for an amazing training! I walked away feeling motivated, informed, and ready to help any students that cross my path. Your team had great insight and heartfelt stories that really showed not only how what we do makes a difference in the students’ lives but our lives as well. I also loved how you all made it seem much more like a family which shows your commitment to your advisors as we begin to work upon what was taught to us… I am already looking forward to future advanced trainings.”

– Dan, Fulton-Montgomery Community College

Because of COVID-19, low-income student enrollment in college has dropped a dramatic 29% this year over last, compared to a 17% decline for students from higher income backgrounds.

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 key areas through 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 and workforce topics of today, including the role of virtual support.

At the conclusion of the workshop, participants are awarded a College and Career Readiness Advisor certificate from the University of Vermont. Following the workshop, participants receive ongoing support through webinars and digital resources. This is an excellent opportunity for those seeking professional development, including Continuing Teacher and Leader Effectiveness (CTLE) credit.

A CCR Advisor inspires and encourages, while helping young people build knowledge and skills to become college and career ready. Advisors can be community members, business leaders, teachers, coaches, college students, bus drivers, custodians or retirees who mentor students in a range of college and career readiness topics, such as, admission and financial aid deadlines, how to pay for college, complete applications, find internships and job shadowing positions 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 view at their convenience prior to the closing session. Participants must attend both the opening and closing live video sessions to receive credit.

CCR Training is $1,500 per person, with discounts for groups. Training is worth 10 hours of professional development and certified by The University of Vermont. Professional support from CFES will be available for 2 years after completion!

All CFES Partners attend for free! Inquire about becoming a CFES member here.

Sessions for All Constituents

Session 1: Opening (Live)

College and Career Readiness (CCR) Advisors change life trajectories of young people. Low-income students need encouragement and advice to move down the college and career readiness pathway. The opening session features a keynote speaker and other experts who share the latest research and best practices for [...]

Session 2: Value of Mentoring

A mentor can significantly improve the quality of life of a young person by supporting their pathway to college and career, helping them realize their potential. Examples include personal gains in academic performance and attainment of goals. This session illustrates the value of mentoring and provides [...]

Session 3: Essential Skills

Although there are different paths to college and career, certain competencies are vital. CFES calls these the Essential Skills: goal setting, teamwork, leadership, agility, perseverance, and networking. Essential Skills are interconnected, overlapping, and indispensable in preparing students for success in college and career. In this session, [...]

Session 4: College Readiness & Paying for College

Cost is the No. 1 reason why students from low-income households choose not to attend college and also why they drop out of college. We need to help students see college as an opportunity to climb out of poverty, not as a place to accrue debt. [...]

Session 5: Career Readiness

The U.S. job market is evolving at its fastest pace in history. Emerging technologies are creating new career opportunities that seemed unimaginable a few years ago. One thing hasn’t changed, however: the need for a college education to land a high-paying job in STEM and other [...]

Session 6: Topics of Today

The amount of change that has occurred since March of 2020 is unprecedented in modern U.S. history. COVID-19 has disrupted traditional education models, forcing K-12 and higher education leaders to rethink every aspect of educational delivery and engagement. The call to end racial injustice in America [...]

Session 7: Closing (Live)

The live one-hour opening session and five pre-recorded sessions are designed to equip participants with the tools to support students in the areas of mentoring, college and career readiness, Essential Skills, how to pay for college, and current topics of the day. The live closing session [...]


23 - 30


Live Sessions on:
April 23, 2:00-3:00 PM (EDT)
April 30, 2:00-3:00 PM (EDT)



13 - 20


Live Sessions on:
May 13, 2:00-3:00 PM (EDT)
May 20, 2:00-3:00 PM (EDT)



3 - 10


Live Sessions on:
June 3, 2:00-3:00 PM (EDT)
June 10, 2:00-3:00 PM (EDT)


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