LARAEC Faculty, Counselor, and Staff Resources

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Onboarding, Counseling, and Transitions Resources

Orientation, Onboarding, and Education Plans

Starting students off on the right foot can lead to increased engagement, persistence, and completions. Hear from some of our colleagues about how they conduct orientations and onboarding. 

Mira Costa College and Poway Adult School     Share strategies for using welcome videos and early outreach to engage new students. 

LARAEC Counseling APT members share their remote orientation and registration strategies. 

Counseling, Motivation, and Persistence

As our Counseling Action Planning Team continues to collect resources for advising staff, they will post here. For 2022-25 increasing engagement, retention, persistence of our adult student are priorities.  Here are some articles with great ideas. 

12 Key Strategies to Improve Student Retention 

What Adult Learners Say You Can Do to Support Their Success


Bridge the Gap with Dual Enrollment

Dual enrollment programs allow adult school students working on their high school diploma or equivalency to take classes at California community colleges at the same time tuition free (some fees may apply). Some college classes may count for both high school and college. 

In 2021, CAEP contracted a study to examine the lessons and opportunities of implementing adult dual enrollment in California. This study examines many of the active or emerging programs across the state.  

2022 CAEP Adult Dual Enrollment and SB554 Brief

In LACCD, West LA College offers dual-enrollment for adult education students

Click here for details and forms 

Building a College Going Campus Culture

Building a college-going culture takes participation from all staff and faculty.  A college-going culture can help students see that post-secondary education (including career training) is an avenue for creating a future that inspires them. Transitions to college don’t happen by just providing access to information and a process of registration; transitions to college happen when all students see the real possibility of attending and being successful. Sometimes the hardest part of transitions is helping students develop a college-identity and the belief that they can do it! 

Below are some resources and simple ways to help create a college-going culture on your campus: 

Simple Ways to Create College-Going Culture

Creating a College-Going Culture Guide from the College Board

College Talk 

College Conversations– Incorporating college into discussions and writings


The Connection Between Persistence and College/Career Planning

Research shows that incorporating career development skills and career planning increases retention, persistence, commitment to school, academic success, and educational self-efficacy. The more we can connect school as an access to life goals the more likely we are to have students enroll, stay through completion, and transition to what’s next. 

Read some key findings from research in this area. 

Financial Aid Resources for Staff

Want to know what's on the FAFSA?

We found some helpful resources on the FAFSA website. These resources let you look at the questions that are included in the FAFSA. There is also a DEMO site that gives you sample login names and passwords so you can see what it looks like from the students side. 

PowerPoint Slides with snap shots of all FAFSA questions

Link to Demo logins

FAFSA Support Page 

Hosting a Cash for College Event at Your School

Students and families can attend FREE Cash for College workshops across California for help completing the FAFSA, CADAA, and Chafee Applications.

Find an event near you

Host your own event

Resources for Dreamers and Undocumented Students

The California Dream Act allows undocumented students to receive certain types of financial aid.  Look at the FAQs below to see if your students qualify. 

Financial Aid FAQs for undocumented students

California Student Aid Commission

CSAC offers in-person and online training to counselors and advisors that support students transitioning to college.  Check out one of their free workshops offered all over California.  

Annual Financial Aid Training Workshops

Training from CSAC including CalGrant 101

Subscribe to CSAC Updates

LACCD Federal School Codes

ALL Federal School Codes

LARAEC Student College Resource Page

The LARAEC student college resource page contains links and contacts to all LACCD colleges and local CSUs. It also has student oriented videos related to financial aid and college registration, along with other resources.  

To visit the student college page click here 

Connecting Students with Support Services

A big part of student persistence is ensuring studenst have their basic need met. It is challenging to make school a priority when personal challenges demand attention. The student support resource page includes a variety of  contacts for students. 

Click here for a list of Los Angeles Area referral agencies and Check out the student support page for more links.