All Advisers undergo an intensive training program each summer to prepare them to identify and assist potential college students. Advisers spend a few weeks training locally in Lancaster County and one week training with the national branch of the College Advising Corps.
As part of the rigorous training course, Advisers participate in information sessions touching all aspects of college preparation. From learning about the college admissions process, to attending financial aid workshops, Advisers become familiar with the processes of post-secondary institutions. Advisers also complete training exercises in educational psychology and learn how to work with parents as well as school administration.
It is important to note that PCAC promotes a wide variety of post-secondary opportunities. During training, Advisers visit traditional four-year colleges as well as two year technological and trade schools. They visit both public and private institutions and community colleges. Because Advisers make this variety of visits, they gain a broad understanding of just how many opportunities are available to students.
Advisers also become familiar with such web-based programs like College Board, Career Cruising, FAFSA, Educational Planner, and NCAA Clearinghouse.