Nursing Pathways CNA to LPN Walkway Academic Counselor - Mount Wachusett Community College
Mount Wachusett Community College
Location: Gardner, Massachusetts
Internal Number: 169207
Location: Gardner, MA Category: Professional (Staff Member) Posted On: Wed Oct 25 2023 Job Description:
General Statement of Duties:
Under the general direction of the Director of Advising and Student Success, the CNA to LPN Walkway Counselor services as the initial/primary point of contact for student's intending on pursing the CNA to LPN Walkway. The Walkway Counselor assists students in all phases of the enrollment life cycle from point of initial advising (post-admission) through completion (graduation) of LPN certificate, by providing academic advising services to students in person, and via college resources such as phone, email, text, and video chat, as scheduled or as walk-in meetings. The counselor will work in collaboration with the Advising, Career, and Transfer (ACT) Office, utilizing best practice standards in the support of student retention and success.
The counselor will work in person with students pursuing MWCC CNA training that have an intention to enroll in the CNA to LPN Walkway. These students may include those pursuing CNA training through the traditional credit-bearing option, the early college/dual enrollment pathways at local area high schools as well as those training through MWCC Division of Lifelong Learning and MWCC Allied Health degree/certificate program of study.
Use the developmental advising/mentoring/coaching approach and employ proactive, sustained, and strengths-based strategies to ensure the success of a cohort of students enrolled in the CNA to LPN Walkway program designed to increase persistence through completion and/or transfer;
Perform new, transfer, and readmitted student intake advising and assist students with educational planning including, but not limited to: academic, career, and transfer resources of the College;
Create a success plan for each student, schedule regular meetings to track academic progress, and ensure access to support services;
Foster linkages between academic and student support programs/services to build a holistic network that provides options, referrals, and alternative solutions for students facing adversity or challenges. Collaborate with campus and community-based resources to provide responsive wrap-around services for students;
Establish meaningful relationships with students focused on academic and personal success (inside and outside of the classroom) while creating a welcoming and inclusive environment where every student feels they have an opportunity to set and reach their individual goals;
Serve as the primary point of contact for students in the CNA to LPN Walkway program. As the point of contact, the CNA to LPN Walkway Counselor will connect students with MWCC supports and facilitate solution-focused conversations focused on helping students overcome academic and life obstacles/challenges;
Lead programs and activities designed to cultivate academic self-confidence, community engagement, 21st century life skills, self-advocacy, and a sense of participatory involvement on all aspects of campus and academic life.
Create, implement, and facilitate (or encourage attendance in) workshops and events for the CNA to LPN Walkway student cohort on a variety of topics including academic skills, career exploration, financial literacy, leadership development, and student life activities;
Actively participate in College enrollment strategies;
Identify risk factors and appropriate interventions with an emphasis on student strengths, retention, and persistence. Address and diffuse situations of conflict and crisis while making appropriate referrals. Collaborate with other departments to ensure minimal disruption to student success;
Work with advising partners in Early College Academy, MWCC Division of Lifelong Learning to build a strong cohort of students within the CNA to LPN Walkway program that instills a culture of success, confidence, self-advocacy, and positive identity;
In partnership with ACT, participate in enrollment events (such as Enrollment Express, Accepted Student Registration Days and Open House), orientation and other college-wide efforts to enhance the student experience;
Assist students directly in the transition into college. Support students in their understanding of Blackboard, course delivery and modality, faculty expectations, time management, academic support, financial aid, course registration, etc.
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Master's degree in Education, Counseling, Psychology or closely related field;
Three (3) years experience and/or training involving college admissions, academic advisement, career development, or program/project management; or
An equivalent combination of education, training, and experience.
Reliable transportation (Travel to other campuses is required)
Experience work with community college, early college and/or adult learner populations;
Applicants who do not meet the qualifications as stated above are encouraged to put in writing precisely how their background and experience have prepared them with the equivalent combination of education, training and experience required for the responsibilities of this position.
(PSM) **** Actual Salary determined by education, experience, and any applicable grant limitations per the collective bargaining agreement. Applicants should be aware it is unlikely the salary will be at or near the top of the range.
Employee Status: Full Time Grant Funded- Grant end date 6/30/2025 Benefits: Yes Hours per Week: 37.5 * Monday - Friday 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.. Employees required to work two days 10 a.m.- 6 p.m.
Number of Weeks: 52
Mount Wachusett Community College is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ethnicity, gender, disability, religion, age, veteran status, genetic information, gender identity or sexual orientation in its programs and activities as required by Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and other applicable statutes and college policies. The College prohibits sexual harassment, including sexual violence. Inquiries or complaints concerning discrimination, harassment, retaliation or sexual violence shall be referred to the College's Affirmative Action and/or Title IX Coordinator, the Massachusetts Commission against Discrimination, the Equal Employment Opportunities Commission or the United States Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights.
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The college is committed to attracting the best faculty and staff for our students, regardless of race, color, religious creed, age, physical or mental disability, sex, national origin or ancestry, marital status, sexual orientation, genetic information or veteran status. About the College Mount Wachusett Community College is an accredited, public two-year institution serving 29 cities and towns in North Central ...Massachusetts. The picturesque269-acre main campus is located in Gardner, Massachusetts; satellite sites are located in Leominster, Fitchburg, and Devens. The college offers over 45 associate degree and certificate programs, as well as adult basic education and high school equivalency programs, education and training for business and industry, and noncredit professional and personal enrichment programs. MWCC is on the forefront of state and national civic engagement and service learning initiatives and is nationally recognized as a veteran- friendly school. 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In addition, we offer a tuition remission program which provides education benefits at Massachusetts state colleges, community colleges, and University of Massachusetts Colleges for full-time employees, their spouses and dependent children. Education and lifelong learning are valued here. Additionally, sabbatical opportunities and other professional development opportunities are possible. About the regionMount Wachusett Community College is located a few hours from the stunning beaches of the Cape Cod National Seashore, an hour's drive from the cultural attractions and big city lights of Boston, and forty-minutes from the county seat of Worcester, with museums, a thriving restaurant scene, and excellent amenities. A wide variety of state and national parks, including the Appalachian Trail, the White Mountains, the Berkshires and the Green Mountains are all a day-trip away. The best that New England has to offer is here: quaint villages, bustling cities, and beautiful vistas. 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