Our mission is to “close the college and career aspirations – attainment gap” by placing well trained and highly influential high school and college student leaders as Certified Peer College Advisors (CPCAs) in high schools across the world 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.
Definition. College and Career Aspirations – Attainment Gap: The distance between a student’s stated college and career aspirations and the realization of completing some form of postsecondary education, specifically to be prepared to enter high skilled careers or trades.
Working toward the day where all youth and teens in communities across the U.S. and internationally 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.
Empowering students and parents in communities across the globe to:
- Explore their future college and career paths,
- Find their life’s purpose/career path,
- Recondition their mindset for success,
- Break through the barriers to academic and career success (i.e., The fear of failure, success, and the unknown including mental, social, emotional, and cultural barriers),
- Enroll and complete a regionally accredited two- or four-year college degree and/or career and technical training certificate or licensure program, and
- Walk with hope and purpose while taking ownership of their future education and career goals.
College Readiness: NAPCA students are better prepared for college than non-NAPCA students at specific schools served by NAPCA, surpassing students when it comes to “a-g” coursework and entrance exam completion, four year college eligibility, college enrollment, college persistence, and college completion.
Coursework: NAPCA students are three times more likely to complete the “a-g” courses required for college admission as their non-NAPCA counterparts: 91% compared to 30%.
College Enrollment: 98% of NAPCA students attend college the first year after high school graduation.
College Success: The college persistence rates of NAPCA alumni are equal to or better than their campus counterparts who did not participate in NAPCA.
Explore Our Programs
Peer College Advising Chapter Program
NAPCA recruits, trains, and places highly influential high school and college student leaders across the globe to serve as Certiﬁed Peer College Advisors (CPCAs) in their community through active NAPCA Peer College Advising Chapters (NAPCA Chapters) at partner high schools.
The CPCA® Certiﬁcation provides the public with the assurance that student leaders with the CPCA designation completed extensive training and are held to the highest ethical and educational standards of peer college advising.
Start A NAPCA Chapter
Having an active NAPCA Chapter is a great addition to any high school in communities across the globe. Founding a chapter of NAPCA is an exciting venture for students who accept the challenge of starting a new organization on campus. There are many benefits in starting a student run organization, including building students leadership skills, communication skills, and gaining valuable experience that is very much like starting a business.
To be recognized by the NAPCA Board of Directors as an ofﬁcial NAPCA High School Chapter, new chapters must follow and complete four simple steps to start an active NAPCA High School Chapter at your school.
Become A Certiﬁed Peer College Advisor (CPCA®)
Certiﬁed Peer College Advisors (CPCAs) are high school and college student leaders who are recruited and trained to assist professional school counselors and college counselors. CPCAs are supervised and monitored by professional college counselors and school counselors.
CPCAs work with middle and high school students from all backgrounds (including students with disabilities) to build their college and career aspirations. They also help their peers navigate through the complex processes of applying to, securing ﬁnancial aid/scholarships, and enrolling into a regionally accredited two- or four-year college or career/technical training certiﬁcate or licensure program, speciﬁcally to be prepared to enter high skilled careers or trades.
CPCA® Training & Certiﬁcation Program
NAPCA trains thousands of student leaders each year across the globe to become a Certiﬁed Peer College Advisor (CPCA) in their community through classroom and online training. In order to become a CPCA, students are required to attend the CPCA training and certiﬁcation program, where aspiring CPCAs will complete a total of 100 hours of CPCA classroom training and 40 hours of supervised ﬁeldwork.
In order to complete the 140 hour CPCA training and certiﬁcation program, NAPCA offers a 3 week summer intensive CPCA training and certiﬁcation program (June through August) for student leaders aspiring to become a Certiﬁed Peer College Advisor.