GAA203C: Advanced Skills in Postsecondary Education and Career Advising

Overview

GAA203C: Advanced Skills in Postsecondary Education and Career Advising

This module, developed for practicing professional school counselors, pre-service school counselors, and college access professionals, includes five sessions that address the skills and knowledge required to help students prepare for postsecondary education and careers. This is an advanced level course that builds knowledge and skills learned in prior Go Alliance Academy modules. Participants will learn about postsecondary learning opportunities that are a two-year degree or less and how these programs can lead to success in various career fields. In addition, this module covers NCAA scholarship information and how to ethically support students through process. Participants will also learn how to help students connect their career goals to postsecondary planning; how to best support students through the postsecondary application, admissions, and transitions processes; and how to help students make informed postsecondary decisions based on match and fit, cost of attendance, and the average graduation rates at various postsecondary institutions.

Participants will engage in constructive discussions in a learning community with their colleagues during each session and complete practical, hands-on activities while working toward a Final Action Plan throughout the course.

Session 1: Communicating Career Options and Associated Postsecondary Education

In this session, participants will:

  • Deepen or update their understanding of the jobs outlook in their state, including those in high demand industries
  • Expand their knowledge of the amount of postsecondary education and types of degrees required to enter various career fields
  • Make a plan for helping students and their families better understand the employability skills required to be successful in careers

Session 2: Connecting Postsecondary Planning to Career Goals

In this session, participants will:

  • Identify various postsecondary pathways that students can choose from based on their career interests, academic skills, and personal values
  • Connect high school course offerings to career clusters and postsecondary options
  • Increase understanding of short-term education and training options, such as stackable credentials, apprenticeships, and certificate programs
  • Develop knowledge of CTE pathways, dual enrollment, and early college options

Session 3: Helping Students and Families Make Informed Postsecondary Decisions

In this session, participants will:

  • Develop a deeper knowledge of typical success outcomes at different postsecondary institutions
  • Become familiar with the types of student support services and programs offered by various colleges and universities
  • Practice strategies for communicating with students and families about campus support services and college outcome data to ensure better match and fit
  • Explore ways to support students in making their final decisions, including cost-effective decisions, after acceptance to a postsecondary institution

Session 4: Maximizing Success for Students in the Application and Admissions Process

In this session, participants will:

  • Learn how to assist their students in maximizing the success of their postsecondary applications
  • Gain deeper understanding of college placement and college entrance exams as well as how to help close achievement gaps between demographic groups at their school or organization
  • Develop knowledge of NCAA eligibility requirements for student athletes and understand the school counselor’s role in NCAA recruitment

Session 5: Supporting Students’ Transition to Postsecondary Education

In this session, participants will:

  • Explain the differences in academic expectations for students in high school versus postsecondary education
  • Develop tools and resources to help students advocate for themselves on campus
  • Learn strategies to avoid summer melt and ensure students show up on campus in the fall
  • Develop a system to track student outcomes after high school