AzCAN wants to ensure all students receive assistance with planning for postsecondary education and that college access professionals have the knowledge and expertise to provide accurate information to students.

AzCAN’s College Access Professional (CAP) Training will help professionals develop an understanding of their role in developing a college-going mission for all students, particularly students in poverty or facing other barriers in postsecondary planning. All the courses are designed for anyone who provides direct service to students, no matter what their role may be. Cohorts of staff are encouraged to participate in the courses together as creating an action plan is a course component.

The curriculum includes readings, activities and online discussions, allowing professionals from all over the state of Arizona to interact and learn from each other. Each module takes approximately 4-6 weeks and 20 hours to complete, consisting of 1-2 hours per day. Participants who successfully complete a module are eligible for 20 continuing education units. Those who complete the three core modules become an Arizona College Access Professional.

CAP Training is provided in online modules, consisting of three core modules and three specialized modules:

  • Building A College-Going Culture for All Students (Core)
  • College, Career, And Academic Planning (Core)
  • Financial Aid and College Applications (Core)
  • College And Career Advising In The Middle Grades
  • College And Career Advising For Special Populations
  • Maximizing School Counselor Impact on Student Success: A Module for School Leaders
  • Advancing College & Career Readiness Through A Comprehensive School Counseling Program
  • Advanced Skills in Postsecondary Education and Career Advising

Check out our CAP Training Course Outline to learn more about these trainings and view the syllabuses. AzCAN can create courses upon request for 12 or more professionals. CAP Courses do not have to be taken in any specific order.

Thanks to our partnerships with Arizona GEAR UP and the Arizona Department of Education we now have FREE course offerings in 2021. This is a brand new opportunity with limited tickets so register today!

August 16 – September 17, 2021
ADE: College and Career Advising for Special Populations

October 4 – November 5, 2021
ADE: Financial Aid and College Applications (CORE)

November 15 – December 17, 2021
ADE: College, Career, and Academic Planning (CORE)

Arizona College Access Professionals

These leaders are prepared to help all students plan informed decisions about their education beyond high school. The Arizona College Access Professional designation involves 60 hours of coursework, discussion and action planning in three areas: creating a college-going culture; college and career planning; and financial aid and college applications.