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College & Career Readiness Advisor Trainings


College & Career Readiness Advisor Trainings2021-01-22T09:07:16-05:00
  • FEBRUARY 11-23 – Grade 11&12 and College Student*
  • MARCH 23-30 – Corporate and Business Leader*
  • 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

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.

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.

In January, we are offering three tracks: 

  • Parents & Families in English –  designed specifically for parents and families to support their child in becoming college and career ready 
  • Parents & Families in Spanish – also designed specifically for parents and families to support their child in becoming college and career ready
  • All Constituents in English – designed for all those who want to help change life trajectories for youth: teachers, principals, administrative assistants, staff, business and nonprofit leaders, college students, bus drivers, custodians and others

Training for parents and families consist of six 30-minute sessions. Upon completion, participants will receive certification from the University of Vermont. Here are descriptions of the six sessions:

Sessions for Parents and Families (English & Spanish)

Session 1 (LIVE) January 21 at 6pm (EST): What Does it Mean to be College & Career Ready & What Can You Do – The opening session will define what it means to be college and career ready, and will share tools to support you and your child as he or she advances through key milestones such as graduating from high school and enrolling in college.  Other topics covered include ways to support your child in America’s changing educational system, and what you as a parent need to know about college and career readiness at every grade level.

Session 2: The Essential Skills of College & Career Readiness – This on-demand session will discuss how to help students develop the six Essential Skills—leadership, teamwork, networking, agility, perseverance and goal setting—through extracurricular activities, work experience, and other means. 

Session 3: Creating a College & Career Pathway for Your Child – This on-demand session will show how academics, volunteering, interning, job shadowing, and other experiences will help your child become college and career ready. 

Session 4: Why College & Finding the Right One – This on-demand session will share strategies for finding the right post-secondary institution and moving down the career pathway. 

Session 5: Paying for College – This on-demand session will explore the many options for financing postsecondary education, demonstrate how to navigate the FAFSA, overview different types of aid, and share strategies for negotiating financial aid awards. 

Session 6 (LIVE) January 28 at 6pm (EST): Putting it all Together & Creating a Plan – The closing session will help participants map out their next steps and guide them on how to take advantage of resources available in school and in the community, through CFES Brilliant Pathways and other sectors. 

Sessions for All Constituents in English

Session 1: Opening (Live)

College and Career Readiness (CCR) Advisors change life trajectories of young people. Recent studies confirm that low-income students need encouragement and accurate advice to move down the college and career readiness pathway. Session one lays the foundation for five pre-recorded sessions, culminating with a live closing [...]

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 full potential. Examples include personal gains in academic performance and attainment of goals. This session emphasizes the value of mentoring and [...]

Session 3: Essential Skills

Although there are different paths to college and career, certain skills are vital. CFES calls these the Essential Skills: goal setting, teamwork, leadership, agility, perseverance, and networking. Essential Skills are interconnected, overlapping, and indispensable when 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 only a few years ago seemed unimaginable. One thing hasn’t changed, however: the need for a college education to land a high-paying job in STEM and [...]

Session 6: Topics of Today

The amount of change that has occurred since March of 2020 is unprecedented in modern U.S. history. The COVID-19 pandemic 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 [...]

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 [...]

February

11-23

February

Live Sessions on:
February 11, 2:00-3:00 PM (EST)
&
February 23, 2:00-3:00 PM (EST)

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March

23 - 30

March

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

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April

23 - 30

April

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

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May

13 - 20

May

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

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June

3 - 10

June

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

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