Educator Tips


  • Encourage students to plan early for college or training by taking the right courses.
  • Make students aware the importance of setting goals to graduating.
  • Encourage students to meet with their counselor and set a goal for college or training.
  • Help students investigate different paths as they prepare for higher learning.
  • Teach budgeting skills so that students are prepared for paying the cost of college or training.
  • Encourage real life experiences like getting a part time job or volunteering in the community.
  • Give positive feedback and direct students towards the resources available to them to plan for
    college or training.
  • Remind students about applications deadlines.
  • Reinforce that ALL students should explore, plan, and prepare for one of the multitude of
  • postsecondary opportunities.


  • Talk to your students about graduating on time. For undergraduate students, this is typically at least 15 credits a semester to finish a certificate in 1 year, an Associate’s degree in 2 years, or a Bachelor’s degree in 4 years.
  • Encourage your students to meet with an advisor early to map out a timely degree completion plan.
  • Explain to your students that staying on track will save them money and increase their odds of graduating.
  • Encourage students to explore careers and starting salaries associated with their intended major as early as possible.
  • Encourage students to take advantage of the career resource center.
  • Be informed about available resources, and direct students to them:
    • Tutoring support
    • Career Resource Center
    • Clubs & activities
    • Specialized support for students with disabilities, from specific cultural backgrounds, or in specific majors