Summer Training Best Practices

High quality advisers are key to our success. Each summer, to ensure that advisers’ passion is matched with expertise, our program partners host and lead intensive, multi-week training for new and Untitledreturning advisers. Central to the success of summer training are our Program Directors. They each dedicate long hours to design and implement rigorous but fun training. We asked two Program Directors to share the keys to success in their summer training program.

Matt Burckhalter, Program Coordinator, TCU College Advising Corps

“Unified training events among our Texas university partners have helped bring together the chapters and cut costs. Our advisers enjoy meeting advisers from other programs, and, in many cases, they share markets and can collaborate during the year. Furthermore, to cut travel costs, TCU hosts regional, in-service trainings that include nearby advisers from Texas A&M University and Texas State University. Being in an urban setting, TCU supplements our training by meeting at various off-campus locations. This also helps us deepen our relationships with local partners, and typically helps prepare our advisers for our week-long college campus bus tour.”

Katie Magyar, Program Director, College Advising Corps – Boston  (CACB)

“As an AmeriCorps alumna, I personally know the value of comprehensive training that not only teaches you job-related skills but also prepares you as a young professional for your first ‘real’ job. While nitty-gritty college advising topics, like admissions criteria, writing the college essay, financial aid, etc., are absolutely on the calendar, the advisers will also spend a large chunk of time talking about things, like positive youth development, effective communication, and project management. I believe that, first and foremost, the advisers need to be great youth workers before they can be great college advisers. This summer, CACB will also be hosting a Summer Drop-In Advising Center as part of the summer training. In Boston, we have a large population of high school seniors who graduate in August, rather than June because of credit recovery. These students are being vastly underserved when it comes to postsecondary advising. As one of the few organizations working full-staffed during the summer, I felt that it was a fantastic opportunity to provide students with a much-needed service, while also providing advisers with hands-on experience in the training institute. Through the drop-in center, advisers will have the chance to work collaboratively with other organizations and alongside their peers to conduct outreach, counsel students, complete applications, and review financial aid packages, all before they even enter their school placement.”