About Us

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Our mission is to build a global student movement in thousands of communities across the world by placing well trained and highly influential parents as Certified Parent College Advisors (CPCAs) to empower students to define their life’s purpose/career path, break through their barriers, and prepare to enroll and complete some form of postsecondary education, specifically to be prepared to enter high skilled careers or trades.

Immediate Term

NAPCA’s Peer College Advising Program (NAPCA) exist to build a global student movement in high schools across the world to empower students to define their life’s purpose/career path, break through their barriers, and prepare to enroll and complete some form of postsecondary education, specifically to be prepared to enter high skilled careers or trades. In the immediate term, NAPCA’s cost-effective peer college advising program serves as a critical source of talented, highly influential, and committed high school and college student leaders, who are recruited and trained as a NAPCA Certified Peer College Advisor (CPCA). CPCAs will guide, support, and encourage students in thousands of high schools across the U.S. and around the world to explore their future college and career path, define their life’s purpose/career path, break through their barriers, and prepare to enroll and complete some form of postsecondary education, specifically to be prepared to enter high skilled careers or trades.

Over the Long Run

Over the long run, NAPCA will produce thousands of CPCA alumni who will have the talent, conviction, insight, and experience to effect the fundamental changes necessary to realize our vision of educational opportunity for all. Our hope is that many of our CPCA alumni will have the desire to work directly for change at every level of our education system, while also exerting pressure for positive change from outside the system. We look forward to seeing our CPCAs:

  • Serve as teachers, school counselors, college and career counselors, school principals, and district administrators.
  • Work to remediate the challenges of poverty by working in careers supporting economic development, public health, social services, and law.
  • Pioneering innovations in public service as social entrepreneurs.
  • Shaping our priorities and policies as advocates, policy advisers, elected officials, and influencers in other sectors.

Over the next 10 years, NAPCA expects to have over 60,000 well trained certified peer college advisors (high school and college student leaders) in thousands of high schools across the globe, directly serving at least 5 million students over the next decade on the path to opportunity.

CPCAs will be committed to working toward the day where all youth and teens in communities across the U.S. and around the world will have the opportunity to be prepared to successfully enter and complete some form of postsecondary education or career/technical training, specifically to be prepared to enter high skilled careers and/or trades.

NAPCA Vision 2025

By the year 2025, we want 60 percent of the American population to hold high-quality college degrees and/or postsecondary career/technical training certificates, licenses, and credentials. Our nation’s current rate of college attainment amongst the U.S. population is about 40 percent. Like the Lumina Foundation for Education and other organizations that share this vision, NAPCA is contributing in the effort of increasing the U.S. college attainment rate to 60 percent by 2025.

Why this Vision Matters

Postsecondary education is a prerequisite for opportunity and success in the U.S. Increasing the level of higher education attainment among America’s 21st century students is crucial to the health of the nation’s economy, communities, and its democracy. The workplace now requires higher-level skills. In fact, according to noted labor economist Anthony Carnevale, 7 out of 10 jobs in the U.S. will require some level of postsecondary education by 2018 (Carnevale, 2014). If we hope to improve postsecondary education completion rates, we must concentrate our efforts on preparing all students school-wide in every high school in America to enroll and complete some form of postsecondary education.

NAPCA serves all students in communities across the nation; but targets low income, first-generation, and underrepresented students, who aspire to prepare for, enroll in, and complete a high quality college degree or workforce relevant certificate or credential. NAPCA is committed to reaching and placing all students on track to breakthrough the academic and non-academic barriers to enter and complete some form of postsecondary education.

 

NAPCA serves all types of secondary schools, such as public, private, charter, boarding, and home schools. We also serve schools whose academic performance index (API) rank ranges from 1 being the lowest score through 10 being the highest score.  However, we target schools with historically low college going rates.

 

At most four-year public and private colleges and universities (such as University of California and University of Southern California), the majority of students attending these universities have attended the highest-performing high schools, those with an API Rank of 6-10. Although NAPCA serves students from all types of high schools, the program targets under-represented students that attend low performing schools with low college-going rates; some of which send fewer than 4% of their graduates to a four-year college/university.

 

With the help of NAPCA, our nation’s colleges and universities are able to better meet their diversity objective of serving traditionally underrepresented students.

The first High School NAPCA Chapter was established in Fall 2010 in the Rialto Unified School District. Chapters were recognized as the student organization for student leaders who are interested in increasing their school’s college enrollment rate and building and sustaining a strong college culture where all students are expected to complete some form of postsecondary education after high school.

The chapter program was implemented as a pilot study by a graduate student research team led by Aaron W. Smith from the University of Southern California Rossier School of Education from Fall 2010 through Spring 2013. The goal of the pilot study was to determine the feasibility of NAPCA’s student-run peer college advising program and identify the components that are most important to the facilitation of the student-run college and career readiness school-wide intervention. After evaluation of the program, NAPCA learned that the student-run peer college advising approach was successful at raising students’ college and career aspirations and helping students navigate the college application process. Additionally, the program evaluation revealed that the peer college advising approach provided students school-wide with the opportunity to have a meaningful relationship with at least one highly influential certified peer college advisor (CPCA) in addition to their professional school counselor, which helped meet the pressing demand for more one-on-one college advising than school counselors and college readiness programs could meet. CPCAs met with students in many different settings (i.e., college/career center, in classrooms during lunch, cafeteria/snack bar, athletic events, etc.), providing for a variety of opportunities and perhaps a more natural advisor/advisee relationship. Furthermore, research showed that by placing well trained certified peer college advisors in high schools as assistants to school counselors/college counselors, NAPCA will help improve the student-to-counselor ratio, which provides better access to college advising and preparation services for all students school-wide.

Currently the organization is made of up of ten regions including their respective districts; each under the supervision of Regional Directors and District Directors. Regional NAPCA administration function within the constitution of the International NAPCA Organization but may also create regional and district leadership structures, awards, and programs. Regional administration lead the membership and chapter operations of the region and are elected by NAPCA Board of Directors.   For more efficient administration, local peer college advising NAPCA Chapters are chartered through regional administration and assigned into one of our ten regions based on geographical location and density of population.

 

The 10 NAPCA regions include:

NAPCA West (AK, AZ, CA, HI, ID, NV, OR, UT, WA)

NAPCA Midwest (IA, NE, KS, MO (except St. Louis & Cape Girardeau), OK, CO, MT,WY)

NAPCA Central (WI, IL, IN, KY, St. Louis and Cape Girardeau, MO, MN, ND, SD)

NAPCA North Atlantic (MA, Eastern NY, Eastern PA, NJ, DE, CT, MD, DC, RI, ME, NH, VT)

NAPCA Southwest (AR, LA, NM, TX)

NAPCA Southeast (TN, AL, MS)

NAPCA South Atlantic (SC, GA, FL)

NAPCA Great Lakes (OH, WV, MI, Western PA, Western NY)

NAPCA Mid-Atlantic (VA, NC)

NAPCA International (All chapters located outside of the U.S.

We are working on this page, check back soon.

The NAPCA Foundation is dedicated to supporting NAPCA’s Mission and it’s core endeavors – peer college advising, teaching, service learning, and civic engagement – to help narrow the gaps in college advising, college readiness, college enrollment and college completion among America’s 21st century students.

The Foundation is governed by a Board of Trustees composed of volunteer and student leaders. In addition to fundraising for NAPCA, the Board’s mission is to serve as an advisory group for the NAPCA President & CEO and the National NAPCA organization as a whole. Additionally, the Board is committed to building NAPCA’s stature as one of the world’s preeminent nonprofit organizations dedicated exclusively to increasing 21st century students’ preparation to enroll in some form of postsecondary education and graduate with a high quality college degree or workforce relevant certificate and/or credential.

NAPCA Foundation Re-Opens the NAPCA Peer College Advising Training and Certification Program Summer 2017 in Los Angeles, CA.

NAPCA Peer College Advising Chapter Program is Accepting Applications from High School Student Leaders to Become a Certified Peer College Advisor in their School or Community.

NAPCA Peer College Advising Chapter Program is Accepting Applications from High School Student Leaders to Start a NAPCA Chapter at their School.

Thank you for your interest in working for NAPCA. To provide our students with the best possible experience, it is imperative we hire the very best staff. As an employee, you will have the opportunity to contribute to the creation of a supportive, structured, and safe community that caters to the academic, social and emotional needs of our students. As you peruse our website, we think you will become as excited as we are about working for our students and programs! Here are just a few of the many reasons to join us:

  • Be a positive influence in the lives of young people
  • Get a wide variety of leadership and classroom experience
  • Work with colleagues and students from all around the country and the world
  • Contribute to a creative and challenging academic environment
  • Facilitate unique course offerings in a variety of content areas
  • Grow your own potential as an educator or youth leader

To join the NAPCA Team, fill out the Employment Interest Online Form. If you have any questions, please email the NAPCA Office of Human Resources at hr@napcaonline.org.

On behalf of the directors, management, staff and students of the National Association of Peer College Advisors or better known as NAPCA, I would like to take this opportunity to welcome you to our new and improved official website.

 

I am pleased you have decided to take an interest in learning about NAPCA. I encourage you to get to know us and please use our website to explore who we are, our Mission, and all of the programs and services we offer.

 

Our updated website reflects the character of NAPCA, bold and youthful, but with the maturity of a responsible and seasoned organization. It will serve as our main communication tool with future and returning students, future and active members, certified peer college advisors (CPCA’s), parents, alumni, donors, educators and counselors, secondary schools and colleges, and community and faith based organizations. The site will incorporate social networking tools such as Facebook and Twitter as we work to find new ways to communicate with our target audience.

 

Thank you for visiting our improved website. I invite you to “like” us on Facebook.

 

Best,

Dr. Aaron W. Smith

President & CEO

Our mission is to build a global student movement in thousands of high schools across the world by placing well trained and highly influential high school and college student leaders as Certified Peer College Advisors (CPCAs) to empower their peers to define their life’s purpose/career path, break through their barriers, and prepare to enroll and complete some form of postsecondary education, specifically to be prepared to enter high skilled careers or trades.

Immediate Term

NAPCA’s Peer College Advising Program (NAPCA) exist to build a global student movement in high schools across the world to empower students to define their life’s purpose/career path, break through their barriers, and prepare to enroll and complete some form of postsecondary education, specifically to be prepared to enter high skilled careers or trades. In the immediate term, NAPCA’s cost-effective peer college advising program serves as a critical source of talented, highly influential, and committed high school and college student leaders, who are recruited and trained as a NAPCA Certified Peer College Advisor (CPCA). CPCAs will guide, support, and encourage students in thousands of high schools across the U.S. and around the world to explore their future college and career path, define their life’s purpose/career path, break through their barriers, and prepare to enroll and complete some form of postsecondary education, specifically to be prepared to enter high skilled careers or trades.

Over the Long Run

Over the long run, NAPCA will produce thousands of CPCA alumni who will have the talent, conviction, insight, and experience to effect the fundamental changes necessary to realize our vision of educational opportunity for all. Our hope is that many of our CPCA alumni will have the desire to work directly for change at every level of our education system, while also exerting pressure for positive change from outside the system. We look forward to seeing our CPCAs:

  • Serve as teachers, school counselors, college and career counselors, school principals, and district administrators.
  • Work to remediate the challenges of poverty by working in careers supporting economic development, public health, social services, and law.
  • Pioneering innovations in public service as social entrepreneurs.
  • Shaping our priorities and policies as advocates, policy advisers, elected officials, and influencers in other sectors.

Over the next 10 years, NAPCA expects to have over 60,000 well trained certified peer college advisors (high school and college student leaders) in thousands of high schools across the globe, directly serving at least 5 million students over the next decade on the path to opportunity.

CPCAs will be committed to working toward the day where all youth and teens in communities across the U.S. and around the world will have the opportunity to be prepared to successfully enter and complete some form of postsecondary education or career/technical training, specifically to be prepared to enter high skilled careers and/or trades.

NAPCA Vision 2025

By the year 2025, we want 60 percent of the American population to hold high-quality college degrees and/or postsecondary career/technical training certificates, licenses, and credentials. Our nation’s current rate of college attainment amongst the U.S. population is about 40 percent. Like the Lumina Foundation for Education and other organizations that share this vision, NAPCA is contributing in the effort of increasing the U.S. college attainment rate to 60 percent by 2025.

Why this Vision Matters

Postsecondary education is a prerequisite for opportunity and success in the U.S. Increasing the level of higher education attainment among America’s 21st century students is crucial to the health of the nation’s economy, communities, and its democracy. The workplace now requires higher-level skills. In fact, according to noted labor economist Anthony Carnevale, 7 out of 10 jobs in the U.S. will require some level of postsecondary education by 2018 (Carnevale, 2014). If we hope to improve postsecondary education completion rates, we must concentrate our efforts on preparing all students school-wide in every high school in America to enroll and complete some form of postsecondary education.

NAPCA serves all students in communities across the nation; but targets low income, first-generation, and underrepresented students, who aspire to prepare for, enroll in, and complete a high quality college degree or workforce relevant certificate or credential. NAPCA is committed to reaching and placing all students on track to breakthrough the academic and non-academic barriers to enter and complete some form of postsecondary education.

 

NAPCA serves all types of secondary schools, such as public, private, charter, boarding, and home schools. We also serve schools whose academic performance index (API) rank ranges from 1 being the lowest score through 10 being the highest score.  However, we target schools with historically low college going rates.

 

At most four-year public and private colleges and universities (such as University of California and University of Southern California), the majority of students attending these universities have attended the highest-performing high schools, those with an API Rank of 6-10. Although NAPCA serves students from all types of high schools, the program targets under-represented students that attend low performing schools with low college-going rates; some of which send fewer than 4% of their graduates to a four-year college/university.

 

With the help of NAPCA, our nation’s colleges and universities are able to better meet their diversity objective of serving traditionally underrepresented students.

The first High School NAPCA Chapter was established in Fall 2010 in the Rialto Unified School District. Chapters were recognized as the student organization for student leaders who are interested in increasing their school’s college enrollment rate and building and sustaining a strong college culture where all students are expected to complete some form of postsecondary education after high school.

The chapter program was implemented as a pilot study by a graduate student research team led by Aaron W. Smith from the University of Southern California Rossier School of Education from Fall 2010 through Spring 2013. The goal of the pilot study was to determine the feasibility of NAPCA’s student-run peer college advising program and identify the components that are most important to the facilitation of the student-run college and career readiness school-wide intervention. After evaluation of the program, NAPCA learned that the student-run peer college advising approach was successful at raising students’ college and career aspirations and helping students navigate the college application process. Additionally, the program evaluation revealed that the peer college advising approach provided students school-wide with the opportunity to have a meaningful relationship with at least one highly influential certified peer college advisor (CPCA) in addition to their professional school counselor, which helped meet the pressing demand for more one-on-one college advising than school counselors and college readiness programs could meet. CPCAs met with students in many different settings (i.e., college/career center, in classrooms during lunch, cafeteria/snack bar, athletic events, etc.), providing for a variety of opportunities and perhaps a more natural advisor/advisee relationship. Furthermore, research showed that by placing well trained certified peer college advisors in high schools as assistants to school counselors/college counselors, NAPCA will help improve the student-to-counselor ratio, which provides better access to college advising and preparation services for all students school-wide.

Currently the organization is made of up of ten regions including their respective districts; each under the supervision of Regional Directors and District Directors. Regional NAPCA administration function within the constitution of the International NAPCA Organization but may also create regional and district leadership structures, awards, and programs. Regional administration lead the membership and chapter operations of the region and are elected by NAPCA Board of Directors.   For more efficient administration, local peer college advising NAPCA Chapters are chartered through regional administration and assigned into one of our ten regions based on geographical location and density of population.

 

The 10 NAPCA regions include:

NAPCA West (AK, AZ, CA, HI, ID, NV, OR, UT, WA)

NAPCA Midwest (IA, NE, KS, MO (except St. Louis & Cape Girardeau), OK, CO, MT,WY)

NAPCA Central (WI, IL, IN, KY, St. Louis and Cape Girardeau, MO, MN, ND, SD)

NAPCA North Atlantic (MA, Eastern NY, Eastern PA, NJ, DE, CT, MD, DC, RI, ME, NH, VT)

NAPCA Southwest (AR, LA, NM, TX)

NAPCA Southeast (TN, AL, MS)

NAPCA South Atlantic (SC, GA, FL)

NAPCA Great Lakes (OH, WV, MI, Western PA, Western NY)

NAPCA Mid-Atlantic (VA, NC)

NAPCA International (All chapters located outside of the U.S.

We are working on this page, check back soon.

The NAPCA Foundation is dedicated to supporting NAPCA’s Mission and it’s core endeavors – peer college advising, teaching, service learning, and civic engagement – to help narrow the gaps in college advising, college readiness, college enrollment and college completion among America’s 21st century students.

The Foundation is governed by a Board of Trustees composed of volunteer and student leaders. In addition to fundraising for NAPCA, the Board’s mission is to serve as an advisory group for the NAPCA President & CEO and the National NAPCA organization as a whole. Additionally, the Board is committed to building NAPCA’s stature as one of the world’s preeminent nonprofit organizations dedicated exclusively to increasing 21st century students’ preparation to enroll in some form of postsecondary education and graduate with a high quality college degree or workforce relevant certificate and/or credential.

NAPCA Foundation Re-Opens the NAPCA Peer College Advising Training and Certification Program Summer 2017 in Los Angeles, CA.

NAPCA Peer College Advising Chapter Program is Accepting Applications from High School Student Leaders to Become a Certified Peer College Advisor in their School or Community.

NAPCA Peer College Advising Chapter Program is Accepting Applications from High School Student Leaders to Start a NAPCA Chapter at their School.

Thank you for your interest in working for NAPCA. To provide our students with the best possible experience, it is imperative we hire the very best staff. As an employee, you will have the opportunity to contribute to the creation of a supportive, structured, and safe community that caters to the academic, social and emotional needs of our students. As you peruse our website, we think you will become as excited as we are about working for our students and programs! Here are just a few of the many reasons to join us:

  • Be a positive influence in the lives of young people
  • Get a wide variety of leadership and classroom experience
  • Work with colleagues and students from all around the country and the world
  • Contribute to a creative and challenging academic environment
  • Facilitate unique course offerings in a variety of content areas
  • Grow your own potential as an educator or youth leader

On behalf of the directors, management, staff and students of the National Association of Peer College Advisors or better known as NAPCA, I would like to take this opportunity to welcome you to our new and improved official website.

 

I am pleased you have decided to take an interest in learning about NAPCA. I encourage you to get to know us and please use our website to explore who we are, our Mission, and all of the programs and services we offer.

 

Our updated website reflects the character of NAPCA, bold and youthful, but with the maturity of a responsible and seasoned organization. It will serve as our main communication tool with future and returning students, future and active members, certified peer college advisors (CPCA’s), parents, alumni, donors, educators and counselors, secondary schools and colleges, and community and faith based organizations. The site will incorporate social networking tools such as Facebook and Twitter as we work to find new ways to communicate with our target audience.

 

Thank you for visiting our improved website. I invite you to “like” us on Facebook.

 

Best,

Dr. Aaron W. Smith

President & CEO