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.

141 of 5,000

“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.”

Dan, Fulton-Montgomery Community College

College & Career Readiness Advisor

Training Workshops


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

  • Developing Partnerships

  • 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 Workshops

Northeastern Vermont
postponed – date TBD

Upstate New York
CFES Center – Essex, NY
Postponed – date TBD

El Paso, Texas
Postponed – date TBD

New York City
Postponed – date TBD

Bolton Landing, NY
In conjunction with the National Conference
October 25, 2020

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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.