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.
College and Career Readiness Advisors are awarded certificates following their participation in a daylong training workshop, and will continue to be supported through webinars 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.
“I wanted to thank you and your team for an amazing training this past Friday! 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.”
College & Career Readiness Advisor
In each daylong workshop, participants focus on the following skills and knowledge:
Defining college and career readiness
Trends and Changes in the College & Career Readiness Sphere
Skills Needed to be an Effective CCR Advisor
Fostering a College-Career Readiness Culture
Mentoring & Utilizing Mentors
Mentoring to Support Pathway Exploration
Building College Pathway Knowledge
Supporting Students Across the Finish Line
Ensuring Families & Students Understand How to Pay for College
Building Career Pathway Knowledge
Exploring Career Trends & Skills
Helping Students Prepare for Their Financial Future
Essential Skills for Success
At the conclusion of the workshop, participants will be awarded a College and Career Readiness Advisor Certificate, issued by CFES Brilliant Pathways.
Upcoming Workshop Dates
Upstate New York
CFES Center – Essex, NY
- March 6, 2020
- April 30, 2020
- March 12, 2020
- April 10, 2020
El Paso, Texas
- May 14, 2020
New York City
- June 2, 2020
Bolton Landing, NY
In conjunction with the CFES Brilliant Pathways National Conference
- October 25, 2020
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