New Hanover County Schools




New Hanover County Schools Partners with Nonprofit to Increase College-Career Readiness for Students


New Hanover County Schools (NHCS) has partnered with national nonprofit CFES Brilliant Pathways to increase students’ college and career readiness and build a community of support around school counselors and families to help more young people enroll in college and career-training programs after high school. NHCS is working with CFES Brilliant Pathways to increase college and career readiness support this school year at Eugene Ashley, John T. Hoggard, E.A. Laney, and New Hanover High Schools, and the Career Readiness Academy at Mosley PLC. 

“We want students to graduate well prepared for higher education and career training and knowing how to navigate the career path of their choice,” said NHCS Superintendent Dr. Charles Foust. “I encourage our educators, parents, and business community to participate in this effort to help more students enroll and learn how to pay for college and career-training programs.”

The first in a series of college and career readiness (CCR) advisor trainings for school counselors, other staff members, parents, and community partners will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 7 at 4 p.m. at Eugene Ashley High School, 555 Halyburton Memorial Pkwy, in Wilmington. CCR Advisor training is available to school counselors, teachers, administrators, other faculty and staff, coaches, parents, and community partners. Times for other training sessions are below:


  • Dec. 7 - Laney HS from 8:30-11am (Peer Mentor Training) 
  • Dec. 7 - New Hanover - Between 1:-3pm - (Peer Mentor Training)  
  • Dec 8 - Hoggard HS - Between 8:30-11am - (Peer Mentor Training)  
  • Dec 8 - Career Readiness Academy from 11:30-7pm (CCR Festival) 

*Peer mentor training is for high school seniors/junior students at the school.
*CCR Program kick-off is for educators, support staff, families, community and business leaders and coaches.

Participants who complete the training can receive a College and Career Readiness Advisor certification from the University of Vermont and educators may qualify for Continuing Teacher and Leader Effectiveness (CTLE) credit. 

For 30 years, CFES has worked closely with schools, colleges, and businesses in urban and rural areas to help students become college and career ready through college-career advisor training, mentoring, and equipping them with the Essential Skills ™, including perseverance, agility, goal setting, networking, teamwork, and leadership.

CFES Brilliant Pathways is a 501(c)(3) organization and an international nonprofit that has helped over 100,000 students become college and career ready through three Core Practices and programs that build Essential Skills ™ and college and career knowledge. Relying on research-driven methods and best practices, CFES has sent more than 90 percent of its students to college since 1991 and currently serves 25,000 students in 30 states and Ireland.