The DCAC College Advising Training Program provides College Adviser Fellows with a strong college advising foundation, one that focuses on the theory behind our work as well as on the best practices needed to effectively advise students on their path to college, while bringing a college going culture to the school-sites where they are placed.
Training has three central components: 1) The Summer College Adviser Boot Camp, which takes place before Advisers are placed in their sites; 2) Regional Training, which takes place in the regions, districts and schools after placement (and throughout the academic/program year); and 3) State/National Training, which is also offered throughout the program year.
The training program is a vital part of the Adviser Fellows’ year of service and addresses DCAC’s core values of Adviser Development and Support. Advisers are trained, supervised, and guided by a team of experienced college access professionals who serve as Regional Managers. Each College Adviser works under the direction of one Regional Manager who provides them with the support necessary to be an effective adviser to students.
College Adviser Boot Camp
Boot Camp is designed to provide the foundational skill building needed to execute the program’s service plan in order to help increase the number of low-income, first generation students entering and completing higher education. In the summer prior to their placement, College Adviser Fellows explore issues they will face while working with students, parents/families, and school staff.
In Boot Camp, College Adviser Fellows are given published studies, current research, advising guides, handbooks and other informational materials to read and dialogue about as a group. They receive hands-on training and are given assignments on topics such as youth development, transcript evaluation, post-secondary institutions, college admissions, planning a college advising calendar, outreach/academic support programs and financial aid. Boot Camp also includes seminars and discussions led by university partners, college access professionals, social service providers and other educators.
Regional Training takes place separately within each region throughout the academic year. This portion of the training is nuanced to address issues and needs in particular regions, districts and schools. Regional Managers conduct these trainings, bringing in other college access and school personnel as needed. Regional Trainings take place as individual (Regional Managers with College Advisers one-on-one) and in groups (Regional Managers and the cohort of Adviser Fellows from a particular region or school district).
Statewide and National Training
DCAC Advisers have the opportunity to attend local and statewide college access, education and youth development focused conferences, workshops and webinars throughout the program year. Additionally, each fall, the College Advising Corps (CAC) holds its annual College Adviser Summit, during which Advisers and Managers/Directors from across the country meet to network, share best practices and provide Adviser Fellows with leadership and professional development opportunities. CAC also provides training opportunities throughout the academic year.