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SREB’s College and Career Counseling Initiative (CCCI) is a nationallyrecognized program that supports school counselors who work with low-income and “first-in-the-family” college students. CCCI provides professional development modules for middle grades and high school GEAR UP staff, school counselors, administrators, and teachers. This session will provide an overview of the research used to build the training and the key content covered by the training, and how the program can be customized, scaled, and sustained statewide. Arizona, Oklahoma and North Carolina representatives will demonstrate how the curriculum can build a sustainable college-going culture and practice in GEAR UP schools.

Speakers: Alice Anne Bailey, Ph.D., Director, Go Alliance, Southern Regional Education Board, Atlanta, GA; Lorri Thomas, Oklahoma GEAR UP Professional Development Coordinator, Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education, Oklahoma City, OK; Carol Cutler White, ABD, Ph.D., State Director, GEAR UP NC, The University of North Carolina General Administration, Chapel Hill, NC; Teena Olszewski, Executive Director, Arizona GEAR UP, Northern Arizona University, Phoenix, AZ