College access mentoring requires specific skills and knowledge that are rarely, if ever, formally taught.  The Ayers Institute College Access Project (CAP) is a series of courses that provide innovative professional learning tool for any college access professional.  Our goal is to build a cohort of college access leaders across the state of Tennessee, equipped with the tools to be agents of change in their schools and communities.

This strand equips participants with the knowledge and tools needed to make sound ethical decisions when considering a variety of potential situations as they work with young people on college access and success. Course material includes information on adopting a coaching mindset and guarding against personal bias in order to establish a transformational relationship with students, upholding confidentiality, applying legal and professional considerations to interactions, and promoting equity.

This strand equips participants with the knowledge and tools needed to deepen the college-going culture within their school or organization. Course material includes information on establishing a baseline and goals using quantitative and qualitative data, involving internal and external stakeholders in college-going culture, and sustaining and growing college-going culture over the long term, including overcoming barriers that may arise.