CUNY launches advising program with New York public schools

The City University of New York and New York City Public Schools are launching an advising program for graduating high school students planning for college or careers.

Called CUNY College & Career Advising Fellows, the program has placed 10 full-time, in-person advisers in public high schools. It’s trying out an in-person-virtual hybrid with five more advisers.

The program aims to grow to 40 advisers in 30 high schools by the 2024-25 academic year. It’s supported by $5.2 million from Bloomberg Philanthropies.

“CUNY College & Career Advising Fellows will help simplify the college admissions process and ensure that students across the city have access to knowledgeable advisers,” the CUNY system’s chancellor, Félix Matos Rodríguez, said in a statement.

The College & Career Advising Fellows program is expected to boost college and career program enrollment by recruiting and training recent CUNY graduates for direct work with graduating New York City Public Schools students that will include guidance on things like college admissions, financial aid processes and matriculation into postsecondary learning, according to a release.

CUNY and New York City Public Schools have a history of collaboration that also includes a long-standing College & Career Bridge For All partnership.

“The CUNY College & Career Advising Fellows Program is a key initiative in this effort as it will support our students in finding their passion and purpose in a career, as well as help them navigate the college application process to achieve their goals,” said NYC Public Schools Chancellor David C. Banks.

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