Building a College-Going Culture for All Students
This module, developed for practicing professional school counselors, pre-service school counselors, and college access advisers, includes four sessions that are designed to help them increase the postsecondary success of the students they serve, particularly those in poverty or students who face barriers in postsecondary planning. The sessions help school counselors and college access advisers develop approaches for communicating and working with high-poverty students and diverse populations to remove barriers to high aspirations and achievement.
The term “college” is used throughout this module 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: Understanding the National Workforce Landscape and 21st Century Careers
Understanding The National Workforce Landscape and 21st Century Careers helps counselors to understand the changing demands of work, including the need for postsecondary education; the education requirements and earning potential for various career fields; and state and national trends in job growth, loss, and stagnation.
Session 2: Cultural Competency and Equity
Cultural Competency and Equity shows how pervasive cultural beliefs and values, held by both school staff and a student’s family, can be a barrier to postsecondary achievement for certain groups of students. Counselors learn techniques for communicating with culturally diverse populations and how to intervene to help students overcome barriers.
Session 3: Understanding, Communicating, and Advocating for the Role of the School Counselor in College and Career Planning
Understanding, Communicating, and Advocating for the Role of the School Counselor in College and Career Planning helps counselors understand their role as a social justice advocate in helping all students achieve their postsecondary goals as well as how to communicate the role of the school counselor in postsecondary planning to administrators, teachers, students and parents.
Session 4: Creating a Schoolwide College-Going Culture
Creating a Schoolwide College-going Culture shows how to create a college-going culture; identify barriers to students’ postsecondary aspirations; gain faculty, administrator and parent support for increasing college access for all students; and increase students’ college-going self-efficacy.