Advising Programs

Published: 2/8/2017 9:11 AM

This page brings together three aspects of advising that may provide new insight into the role student support services can play in ensuring that students reach proficiency.  Guidance and resources are provided on 1) developing effective advising programs through the integrated use of the ILP, 2) integrating Career Pathways advising into counseling services, and 3) promoting equitable student access to courses and programs. 


Click on the image below to access an interactive and printable diagnostic tool, which can help identify areas for improvement, and provides resources for further study.

Advising Programs
Advising plays an important role as we continue to work towards our goal of every child in the Commonwealth graduating college and career ready.  Current research on advising /mentoring programs has shown that a well- developed, comprehensive program can also serve to reduce dropout rates, raise graduation rates and help pave the way for students to seek post-secondary pursuits after high school (Schanfield, 2010; Hodges, 2010).

National research shows that education reform is moving towards smaller learning communities, more student-centered school experiences, more personalized programs with support services and increased intellectual rigor. 

Career Pathways
Pursuit of a Career Pathway sometimes helps students to re-engage in school and gain confidence in themselves. A Career Pathway is a coherent, articulated sequence of rigorous academic and career/technical courses, starting in high school and leading to a credential(s) recognized by potential employers as an indication the individual is ready for entry level employment. Credentials may include: an industry recognized certificate, an associate degree, baccalaureate degree and beyond, and/or licensure. The teaching, counseling, and assessment that support career pathways are also designed to focus students toward career goals beyond graduation.

The CCR Analysis Tree is a flow chart that can help determine whether a student has met the requirements to be College and/or Career-Ready.  

The CCR Calculator allows school personnel to track the College and Career Ready status of individual students.

Video: Collaborating for College and Career Readiness Success
Counselor, Amanda Bills, and CTE Director, Bridgett Kilburn, discuss the importance of collaboration between Franklin-Simpson High School and the Simpson Co. Career/Tech School to ensure all their students graduate college and/or career ready.  They stress how vital it is for the counselor and the career/tech director to communicate and work together in order to ensure students are placed in the appropriate Career Pathways and complete the requirements for that pathway.  Ms. Bills and Ms. Kilburn review the process they use for helping kids choose a career pathway and discuss how they ensure students meet the necessary requirements for successful completion of the pathway courses. Click on the image below to view the video. Total time 4:50.

Video: Communicating Career Pathways to Students
Counselor, Amanda Bills, and CTE Director, Bridgett Kilburn, discuss the secret to Franklin-Simpson High Schools CCR success.  They explain how communication with students, starting their 9th grade year, is key to ensuring students know what pathways are available to them, the requirements for completing those pathways successfully, and how they help students keep their schedules organized to ensure all pathway requirements are fulfilled, if possible, by their senior year. Click on the image below to view the video. Total time 3:36.

Equitable Access 
The U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights (OCR), requires that all school districts that receive federal funding comply with U.S. Department of Education regulations.  Equitable access provisions ensure that the school district provides access to all programs and activities for all protected classes (race, national origin, sex or disability).

Equitable access to all programs and activities encourages participation and engagement of the student which leads to novice reduction. The advising process can help dispel myths around certain programs and alleviate problems with disproportionate enrollment in career pathway courses and opportunities such as access to technology and extracurricular or co-curricular activities.

April Pieper
Office of Teaching and Learning
Division of Learning Services
300 Sower Blvd., 5th Floor
Frankfort, KY 40601
(502) 564-4970
Fax (502) 564-6470