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College Access Counseling Seminar

Online College Counseling Programs

This one-day seminar is designed to educate school administrators, counselors, college access advocates and teachers on the essential skills needed to help students navigate the pathway to college and be successful college students. Participants will receive practical and relevant training and tools for creating college-ready students. 


Counseling for College Readiness 
Dr. Jennifer Gigliotti, Associate Dean, Center for College Readiness, Rice University

Too few students are graduating from high school ready for the rigors of college.  Secondary counselors play a critical role in the pipeline to postsecondary education.  Discover valuable tips and tools, with a particular focus on the role academic planning, financial planning, and social emotional readiness plays in preparing students for the rigors of college.  Review the latest research, discuss best practices with colleagues, and gain resources you can use during your own parent information sessions.

English Language Learners (ELL) in Advanced Programs 
Aldo Prado, Dean, Pasadena Early College High School

This session will explore and develop some ideas and strategies to persuade the ELL students that they can overcome language barriers and be successful in a rigorous academic environment. High school ELLs’ access to postsecondary education and college preparatory work is typically more limited than their non-ELL peers. They are often narrowed to low-track core subject courses, with little or no access to high-track courses, like honors or Advanced Placement* (AP*) courses, Pre-AP* and dual credit classes and dual credit courses that are important for college preparation. Through the placement in some advanced courses, we will help them start thinking about and preparing for college. Additionally, by doing so, we send a positive message not only to the students but to all stakeholders.

Cafécollege 101! 
Melissa Martinez, Director of College Access and Success, Project GRAD; Ramiro Fonseca, Community Engagement Manager, Project GRAD

In this session, you will learn about cafécollege!  It is a one-stop clearinghouse of information, resources, and experts offering free guidance to Houstonians preparing for, applying to and enrolling in a higher education institution of their choice, and completing their college and career plans.  Students, parents, and anyone interested in going to college or starting a new career can use cafécollege as a resource to provide direction in navigating the college and career process. Whether you want to help individuals to attend college to get a degree or to get a certificate in a professional trade, cafecollege is here for you!

Managing the Financial Aid Process 
Mia Bradford, EMERGE Academic Program Manager, HISD

As we know, one of the reasons students either don't matriculate or persist is due to lack of information on how financial aid works and/or understanding affordability. During this session, Ms. Bradford will discuss tracking (ensuring students fill out the proper documents i.e., CSS Profile, FAFSA, TAFSA, institutional specific documents, etc.), understanding the verification process, helping students and families understand financial aid awards and lastly, financial aid appeals.

Rice University Student Panel 

During this session, participants will have the opportunity to ask current Rice University students about their experiences transitioning from high school to college.

Please note: The speakers and/or the session topics are subject to change.

* Advanced Placement, AP and Pre-AP are registered trademarks of the College Board, which was not involved in the development and delivery of this professional development.

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Who should attend: Administrators, counselors, teachers and parents
When: Thursday, January 26, 2017, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Where: Rice University campus, Houston, Texas
Tuition: $95.00 by January 5, 2017; $120 after January 5 
Please Note: Payments are accepted by credit card or purchase order. Registrations via credit card are confirmed immediately upon processing. Registrations made via PO are not considered confirmed until CCR receives the actual payment (check). If registering using a PO, payment (check) is due within 30 days of registration. Failure to submit timely payment may result in the cancellation of your registration.

Tuition Includes:

  • Session materials and resources
  • Certificate of attendance
  • Parking
  • Lunch

Questions: Please refer to our Frequently Asked Questions for more information.

See our policies for information about cancellations and refunds. 

For out of town participants, please see traveling to Houston for travel information.