Workplace and education systems have changed abruptly and permanently over the last 18 months: virtual learning and working are here to stay, practices for accessing college and career have become unrecognizable to many, and the resource gap between our low-income students and their wealthy peers has widened at unprecedented rates. This means pathways to college and career have been forever altered and students need our support today, more than ever. The College and Career Readiness (CCR) Advisor program is designed to meet these acute needs of underserved youth. That’s why CFES Brilliant Pathways plans to train and credential (with our partner, the University of Vermont) 5,000 CCR Advisors over the next year and a half.
WHAT IS A CCR ADVISOR?
A CCR Advisor inspires and encourages, while helping young people build knowledge and skills to become college and career ready. They 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.
HOW IT WORKS
Through virtual workshops, national experts help participants develop the tools to guide stundets onto and along the college and career pathway. The training takes place over the course of a week – beginning with a live opening session, followed by five pre-recorded sessions viewed by participants at their convenience, and ending with a live closing session. Topics focus on the importance of mentoring; the Essential Skills; college readiness and paying for college; and careers.
When participants complete the training, they receive a College and Career Readiness Advisor certificate from the University of Vermont CFES Brilliant Pathways, as well as a Continuing Teacher and Leader Effectiveness (CTLE) credit.