College and Career Advising for Educators: A Module for Teacher Advisors

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The purpose of this module is to help teachers-as-advisors and classroom teachers understand their roles in working with school counselors and others to develop a college-going mission for all students. Additionally, the sessions help participants develop approaches for communicating and working with low-income students, those who would be first in the family to attend college, and diverse student populations in order to remove barriers to postsecondary aspirations and achievement.

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 One: Understanding the National Workforce Landscape and Today’s Careers

This session focuses on strategies to help students understand the relevance of postsecondary education for specific careers. Participants learn strategies to work with local employers, students, educators and schools in support of this goal.

This session enables participants to:

  1. increase their knowledge of the national and state workforce landscape and postsecondary education requirements
  2. understand future employment and earning potential for job fields that are expanding, shrinking and stagnating

Session Two: Helping Students Understand Postsecondary Options

This session focuses on helping students understand their choices for postsecondary education and finding the right fit among higher education institutions related to academics, size, cost, location, school culture and atmosphere, support services, diversity and career interest.

This session enables participants to:

  1. help students explore postsecondary education options and understand the breadth of available options
  2. support students in comparing academics, size, cost, location, school culture and atmosphere, support services, completion rates, diversity and match to career interests

Session Three: Promoting A College-Going Culture in Your School

This session covers techniques for creating and supporting a school-wide college-going culture.  

This session enables participants to:

  1. understand what a school-wide college-going culture is and why it is important
  2. learn techniques to create and support a college-going culture

Session Four: Supporting Student Career Awareness and Development

In this session, participants explore resources and identify strategies for incorporating career development into their existing curriculum to support students who are in the career and postsecondary planning processes. Participants consider how to engage students academically by helping them understand the relevance of current coursework to future career pathways.

This session will enable participants to:

  1. identify specific strategies for helping students identify career interests, the postsecondary options that lead to those careers of interest, and the secondary courses that prepare them for postsecondary education