Since the COVID-19 pandemic struck, college enrollment of students from low-income backgrounds has dropped a dramatic 29% this year over last, compared to a 16.9% drop for students from higher income schools, according to a National Clearing House report.
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 six 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. First time attendees are recognized as Level I advisors, while second-timers are recognized as Level II advisors. Following the workshop, participants receive ongoing support through webinars and digital resources. This is an 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, understand 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.