Become A Certified Peer College Advisor (CPCA®)

Become A High School
Certified Peer College Advisor

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What is a High School Certified Peer College Advisor (HS CPCA)?

A High School CPCA is a high school student leader who is recruited and trained to assist professional school counselors and college counselors on a high school campus. HS CPCAs are supervised and monitored by professional college counselors and school counselors. HS CPCAs work with middle and high school students from all backgrounds (including students with disabilities) to build their college and career aspirations. They also help their peers navigate through the complex processes of applying to, securing financial aid/scholarships, and enrolling into a regionally accredited two- or four-year college or career/technical training certificate or licensure program, specifically to be prepared to enter high skilled careers or trades. In addition, HS CPCAs help students register and complete college entrance exams and search for two- or four-year colleges that match their future education and career goals and fit their financial, social, and cultural needs. HS CPCAs work to tie college-going into the life of a school, devise creative approaches to reach and connect with students, and most importantly, open the eyes of students and their families to the importance of completing a regionally accredited undergraduate degree program or postsecondary career/technical training program to be prepared to enter and succeed in high skilled careers or trades.

College-Going Teams Co-Lead by HS CPCAs

HS CPCAs will co-lead a college going team of 20 students (CPCA to student ratio is 1:10) from all grade levels that they are accountable to and will work with each student to ensure they complete the critical steps to enroll in some form of postsecondary education within one year of their high school graduation. HS CPCAs use a high-touch method, giving each student in their “college going team” 18 – 36 hours of one-on-one peer college advising throughout the nine month school year.

Additionally, HS CPCAs engage students in candid conversations about their future college and career goals through small group peer college advising, group workshops and classroom presentations. In addition, HS CPCAs provide group workshops and classroom presentations to middle school students that help prepare them for their transition to high school and college. The peer college advising materials such as college readiness handouts, powerpoints, and sign in sheets, will be developed and distributed to HS CPCAs by the NAPCA Headquarters.

Furthermore, HS CPCAs organize monthly college visits to help students experience a range of two- and four-year college campuses and identify what type of setting works best for them.

How to Apply

In order to become a High School Certified Peer College Advisor (CPCA), you must follow and complete the steps outlined in the High School CPCA Guidebook. If you have questions about becoming a CPCA, please contact the NAPCA Headquarters at 310-361-8585 or email us at Support@NAPCAonline.org.

Become A College
Certified Peer College Advisor

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What is a College Certified Peer College Advisor (CPCA)?

A College CPCA is a part-time or full-time two-year or four-year college student leader who is recruited and trained to assist professional school counselors at local high schools and academic counselors at community colleges. College CPCAs are supervised and monitored by professional school counselors and community college counselors.

College CPCAs Partner with High School & Community College Counselors

College CPCAs partner with community college counselors to help students transfer from a two-year college to a four-year college. In addition, college CPCAs partner with high school counselors to help their students from all backgrounds (including students with disabilities) build their college and career aspirations. They also help high school students develop a clear path to navigate through the complex processes of applying to, securing financial aid and scholarships, and enrolling into a regionally accredited two- or four-year college or career and technical training certificate or licensure program, specifically to be prepared to enter high skilled careers or trades. Additionally, college CPCAs help students register and complete college entrance exams and search for two- or four-year colleges that match their future education and career goals and fit their financial, social, and cultural needs. College CPCAs work to tie college-going into the life of a high school, devise creative approaches to reach and connect with high school students, and most importantly, open the eyes of students and their families to the possibility of using college or postsecondary career or technical training to be prepared to enter and succeed in high skilled careers or trades.

College-Going Teams Co-Led by College CPCAs

College CPCAs co-lead a college-going team of 20 high school students (CPCA to student ratio is 1:10) that they are accountable to and work with each student in their college-going team to ensure they complete the critical steps to enroll in some form of postsecondary education. College CPCAs use a high-touch method, giving each student in their “college-going team” 18 – 36 hours of one-on-one peer college advising throughout the nine month school year. Furthermore, College CPCAs organize monthly college visits to help students experience different types of regionally accredited higher education institutions and identify what type of setting works best for them.

Four-Year University Transfer Teams Co-Led by College CPCAs

College CPCAs co-lead a four-year university transfer team of 20 community college/two-year college students (CPCA to student ratio is 1:10) that they are accountable to and work with each student in their four-year university transfer team to ensure they complete the critical steps to successfully transfer from a two-year college to a regionally accredited four-year college or university. College CPCAs use a high-touch method, giving each student in their “four-year university transfer team” 18 – 36 hours of one-on-one peer college advising throughout the nine month school year. Furthermore, college CPCAs organize monthly college visits to help students experience different types of regionally accredited higher education institutions and identify what type of setting works best for them.

How to Apply

In order to become a College Certified Peer College Advisor (CPCA), you must follow and complete the steps outlined in the College CPCA Guidebook. If you have questions about becoming a CPCA, please contact the NAPCA Headquarters at 310-361-8585 or email us at Support@NAPCAonline.org.