College, Career and Academic Planning

General information

This module, developed for practicing professional school counselors, pre-service school counselors, and college access professionals, includes four sessions that focus on engaging students in early career awareness and development; supporting students in career and postsecondary planning; using data to address equity and to guide academic and career planning; and the importance of postsecondary choices and finding the right postsecondary fit. Participants build knowledge and skills in each of these areas, and they are expected to engage in constructive discussions in a learning community with their colleagues during each session.

The term “college” is used throughout this course to refer to any postsecondary education or training at a Pell-eligible educational institution beyond the high school level, including those that offer apprenticeship programs, certificates, and associate and/or bachelor degree programs.

Session 1

Engaging Students in Career Awareness and Planning shows the connections between course planning, postsecondary planning, and career planning, and how to communicate these relationships to students. This session also teaches strategies counselors can use to engage students in academics by showing how secondary courses relate to a students’ future career interests.

Session 2

Using Data to Address Equity teaches strategies to intervene for students who are in danger of being left out of the school’s college-going mission; help students and parents understand the impact of secondary academic achievement on postsecondary opportunities; and collaborate with classroom teachers to support career exploration.

Session 3

Using Data to Guide Academic Planning enables counselors to use data to assist students in academic planning; align students’ course selection to career interests; and assist students in understanding and pursuing non-traditional course options, such as dual enrollment, AP courses, CLEP, honors courses, virtual courses.

Session 4

College/Postsecondary Choice trains counselors to help students and parents find the right fit among many postsecondary options in academics, size, cost, location, school culture or atmosphere, diversity, and match to students’ career interests. Counselors will also learn about useful tools and resources for college planning and how to assist students and parents in understanding college terminology.