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PROGRAM ADMINISTRATOR - COLLEGE PREP: Access And Equity For Students

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Dennie is a program administrator for college readiness in the San Francisco Unified school district. He spends his typical day working with school administrators, teachers and counselors to evaluate the students' college readiness. This is done via two programs in San Francisco - Plan Ahead and AVID. Dennie became interested in preparing students for college because of his passion for access and equity among students.

Degree: Counseling and Guidance - Education Leadership and Management
Job Title: Program Administrator for College Readiness
Employer: SFUSD

Job Summary: Educational, Guidance, School, and Vocational Counselors

Job Description

School counselors help students develop social skills and succeed in school. Career counselors assist people with the process of making career decisions by helping them choose a career or educational program.

On-the-Job Training

None

Additional Info

School counselors must have a state-issued credential to practice. This credential can be called a certification, a license, or an endorsement, depending on the state. Most states require a criminal background check as part of the credentialing process.

Certification Requirement
Required by the American School Counselors Association.

Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
National Statistic Change Location
Confirm
$30,000 - $90,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
15 to 25 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Full-time
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Office, Indoor
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Patience, Problem solving skills, Written communication skills, Verbal communication skills, People skills, Empathy

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m='15560'>the</span> <span m='15650'>reason</span> <span m='15990'>why</span> <span m='16180'>it's</span> <span m='16360'>not</span> <span m='16530'>the</span> <span m='16610'>same</span> <span m='16940'>is</span> <span m='17050'>because</span> <span m='17930'>much</span> <span m='18140'>of</span> <span m='18230'>what</span> <span m='18370'>I</span> <span m='18460'>do</span> <span m='18740'>really</span> <span m='19010'>focuses</span> <span m='20290'>on</span> <span m='20470'>student</span> <span m='20840'>learning.</span> <span m='21600'>And</span> <span m='21980'>what</span> <span m='22150'>that</span> <span m='22310'>looks</span> <span m='22590'>like</span> <span m='22870'>is</span> <span m='23540'>working</span> <span m='23970'>collaboratively</span> <span m='24770'>with</span> <span m='24970'>administrators,</span> <span m='26010'>counselors,</span> <span m='26990'>and</span> <span m='27180'>teachers</span> <span m='28150'>to</span> <span m='28910'>assess</span> <span m='29650'>and</span> <span m='29800'>evaluate</span> <span m='30760'>the</span> <span m='31800'>college</span> <span m='32200'>readiness</span> <span m='32930'>that</span> <span m='33170'>students</span> <span m='33700'>are</span> <span m='33940'>achieving</span> <span m='34900'>in</span> <span m='35410'>the</span> <span m='35500'>particular</span> <span m='36450'>programs</span> <span m='36710'>that</span> <span m='36970'>I</span> <span m='37100'>supervise.</span> </p><p><span m='38390'>The</span> <span m='38500'>first</span> <span m='38790'>program</span> <span m='39080'>that</span> <span m='39200'>I</span> <span m='39290'>supervise</span> <span m='39675'>is</span> <span m='40060'>the</span> <span m='40220'>Plan</span> <span m='40520'>Ahead</span> <span m='41000'>program,</span> <span m='41550'>which</span> <span m='41760'>fulfills</span> <span m='42220'>the</span> <span m='42790'>graduation</span> <span m='43380'>requirement</span> <span m='43960'>for</span> <span m='44100'>college</span> <span m='44470'>readiness--</span> <span m='44880'>or</span> <span m='45140'>excuse</span> <span m='45360'>me,</span> <span m='45540'>the</span> <span m='46390'>graduation</span> <span m='46870'>requirement</span> <span m='47270'>for</span> <span m='47730'>college</span> <span m='48110'>and</span> <span m='48210'>career</span> <span m='49200'>here</span> <span m='49400'>in</span> <span m='49540'>San</span> <span m='49810'>Francisco.</span> <span m='50480'>And</span> <span m='50670'>then</span> <span m='50780'>the</span> <span m='50860'>second</span> <span m='51220'>program</span> <span m='51630'>that</span> <span m='51800'>I</span> <span m='51940'>also</span> <span m='52500'>support</span> <span m='53030'>is</span> <span m='53260'>the</span> <span m='53470'>AVID</span> <span m='53760'>program,</span> <span m='54180'>which</span> <span m='54400'>is</span> <span m='54530'>the</span> <span m='55030'>Advancement</span> <span m='55560'>Via</span> <span m='55760'>Individual</span> <span m='56260'>Determination.</span> <span m='57190'>And</span> <span m='57310'>that</span> <span m='57500'>program</span> <span m='57960'>is</span> <span m='58180'>a</span> <span m='58290'>middle</span> <span m='58600'>school</span> <span m='58970'>through</span> <span m='59170'>high</span> <span m='59340'>school</span> <span m='59630'>program</span> <span m='60570'>here</span> <span m='60770'>in</span> <span m='60840'>San</span> <span m='61000'>Francisco.</span> </p><p><span m='62100'>So</span> <span m='62550'>on</span> <span m='62670'>a</span> <span m='62730'>daily</span> <span m='63000'>basis</span> <span m='63430'>what</span> <span m='64620'>support</span> <span m='65080'>would</span> <span m='65220'>consist</span> <span m='65680'>of,</span> <span m='66500'>could</span> <span m='66660'>consist</span> <span m='67050'>of</span> <span m='67140'>coaching</span> <span m='67850'>teachers,</span> <span m='69340'>coaching</span> <span m='69930'>students,</span> <span m='71240'>coaching</span> <span m='71820'>tutors,</span> <span m='73090'>working</span> <span m='73450'>with</span> <span m='73630'>administrators</span> <span m='74510'>to</span> <span m='75110'>align</span> <span m='75710'>the</span> <span m='75820'>work</span> <span m='76170'>that</span> <span m='76690'>Plan</span> <span m='77070'>Ahead</span> <span m='77330'>and</span> <span m='77470'>AVID</span> <span m='77800'>is</span> <span m='77960'>doing</span> <span m='78450'>with</span> <span m='78920'>their</span> <span m='79200'>strategic</span> <span m='79810'>plans</span> <span m='80210'>and</span> <span m='80390'>visions</span> <span m='80910'>for</span> <span m='81640'>college</span> <span m='82010'>and</span> <span m='82110'>career</span> <span m='82400'>readiness</span> <span m='82820'>at</span> <span m='82920'>their</span> <span m='83040'>school</span> <span m='83360'>sites.</span> </p><p><span m='84660'>It</span> <span m='84800'>also</span> <span m='85080'>includes</span> <span m='85620'>lots</span> <span m='85880'>of</span> <span m='85960'>professional</span> <span m='86470'>development.</span> <span m='87360'>So</span> <span m='87550'>professional</span> <span m='88120'>development</span> <span m='88720'>being</span> <span m='88910'>facilitated</span> <span m='89630'>by</span> <span m='89780'>our</span> <span m='89930'>department</span> <span m='90640'>for</span> <span m='90840'>teachers,</span> <span m='91700'>counselors,</span> <span m='92510'>as</span> <span m='92680'>well</span> <span m='92860'>as</span> <span m='93010'>tutors.</span> <span m='94500'>A</span> <span m='94630'>day</span> <span m='94800'>to</span> <span m='94910'>day</span> <span m='95330'>job</span> <span m='96130'>also</span> <span m='96510'>consists</span> <span m='96880'>of</span> <span m='97250'>looking</span> <span m='97610'>at</span> <span m='97760'>how</span> <span m='98050'>we</span> <span m='98190'>are</span> <span m='98270'>going</span> <span m='98450'>to</span> <span m='98570'>refine</span> <span m='99000'>the</span> <span m='99110'>curriculum</span> <span m='99640'>that</span> <span m='99800'>we</span> <span m='99910'>currently</span> <span m='100320'>offer</span> <span m='100680'>our</span> <span m='100780'>students</span> <span m='101650'>as</span> <span m='101850'>well</span> <span m='102130'>as</span> <span m='102450'>being</span> <span m='102740'>involved</span> <span m='103160'>in</span> <span m='103230'>my</span> <span m='103360'>own</span> <span m='103590'>personal</span> <span m='104050'>and</span> <span m='104130'>professional</span> <span m='104660'>development.</span> </p><p><span m='106210'>I</span> <span m='106380'>didn't</span> <span m='106710'>start</span> <span m='107000'>in</span> <span m='107120'>education.</span> <span m='107790'>I</span> <span m='107850'>started</span> <span m='108250'>in</span> <span m='108390'>finance.</span> <span m='109170'>I</span> <span m='109280'>wasn't</span> <span m='109570'>necessarily</span> <span m='110320'>passionate.</span> <span m='112030'>While</span> <span m='112210'>I</span> <span m='112300'>was</span> <span m='112510'>passionate,</span> <span m='112960'>I</span> <span m='112990'>wasn't</span> <span m='113300'>really</span> <span m='113510'>happy</span> <span m='113880'>about</span> <span m='114120'>what</span> <span m='114250'>I</span> <span m='114320'>was</span> <span m='114500'>doing.</span> <span m='115170'>So</span> <span m='115340'>I</span> <span m='115440'>transitioned</span> <span m='116250'>into</span> <span m='116610'>education.</span> <span m='117850'>Started</span> <span m='118230'>out</span> <span m='118400'>as</span> <span m='118570'>a</span> <span m='118660'>tutor</span> <span m='119600'>and</span> <span m='119810'>then</span> <span m='120010'>obtained</span> <span m='120340'>my</span> <span m='120450'>master's</span> <span m='121010'>in</span> <span m='121120'>school</span> <span m='121500'>counseling</span> <span m='122020'>and</span> <span m='122120'>marriage</span> <span m='122410'>and</span> <span m='122540'>family</span> <span m='122870'>therapy.</span> <span m='123850'>Quickly</span> <span m='124380'>transitioned</span> <span m='125120'>into</span> <span m='125630'>obtaining</span> <span m='126180'>my</span> <span m='126330'>administrative</span> <span m='126930'>credential</span> <span m='127500'>after</span> <span m='128009'>eight</span> <span m='128259'>years</span> <span m='128580'>as</span> <span m='128770'>a</span> <span m='129509'>counselor.</span> <span m='130500'>And</span> <span m='131440'>currently</span> <span m='131820'>finishing</span> <span m='132090'>up</span> <span m='132360'>my</span> <span m='132500'>doctorate</span> <span m='133040'>in</span> <span m='133170'>education</span> <span m='133710'>leadership</span> <span m='134170'>and</span> <span m='134260'>management.</span> </p><p><span m='135130'>So</span> <span m='136060'>the</span> <span m='136460'>main</span> <span m='136700'>motivator</span> <span m='137210'>for</span> <span m='137620'>me</span> <span m='137790'>taking</span> <span m='138100'>on</span> <span m='138210'>this</span> <span m='138410'>job</span> <span m='138710'>was</span> <span m='139000'>my</span> <span m='139580'>passion</span> <span m='140070'>for</span> <span m='140670'>access</span> <span m='141110'>and</span> <span m='141240'>equity</span> <span m='141720'>among</span> <span m='141960'>student</span> <span m='142390'>learners.</span> <span m='143690'>What</span> <span m='143970'>I</span> <span m='144050'>wish</span> <span m='144420'>I</span> <span m='144540'>knew</span> <span m='145560'>was</span> <span m='146870'>who</span> <span m='147200'>I knew.</span> <span m='148620'>Because</span> <span m='150240'>many</span> <span m='150730'>of</span> <span m='151060'>the</span> <span m='151220'>people</span> <span m='152050'>that</span> <span m='153280'>I</span> <span m='153450'>actually</span> <span m='155320'>knew</span> <span m='156270'>didn't</span> <span m='156600'>have</span> <span m='157330'>college</span> <span m='157740'>degrees.</span> <span m='158820'>They</span> <span m='158950'>weren't</span> <span m='159320'>professionals</span> <span m='160230'>in</span> <span m='160420'>the</span> <span m='161240'>industries</span> <span m='162170'>that</span> <span m='162300'>I</span> <span m='162420'>actually</span> <span m='163410'>wanted</span> <span m='163840'>to</span> <span m='163920'>be</span> <span m='164060'>apart</span> <span m='164480'>of.</span> <span m='165640'>So</span> <span m='166110'>one</span> <span m='166740'>of</span> <span m='166810'>the</span> <span m='166920'>things</span> <span m='167300'>that</span> <span m='167410'>actually</span> <span m='168240'>I</span> <span m='169310'>began</span> <span m='169880'>to</span> <span m='170060'>learn</span> <span m='170440'>from</span> <span m='171270'>is</span> <span m='172660'>getting</span> <span m='173580'>involved</span> <span m='174210'>with</span> <span m='174620'>organizations</span> <span m='176000'>and</span> <span m='176210'>people</span> <span m='176910'>that</span> <span m='177210'>really</span> <span m='177520'>had</span> <span m='178200'>not</span> <span m='178370'>just</span> <span m='178610'>my</span> <span m='178730'>best</span> <span m='179050'>interests</span> <span m='179470'>in</span> <span m='179560'>mind,</span> <span m='180060'>but</span> <span m='180320'>also</span> <span m='181120'>wanted</span> <span m='181490'>to</span> <span m='181580'>provide</span> <span m='182130'>me</span> <span m='182875'>with</span> <span m='183200'>specific</span> <span m='183760'>guidance.</span> </p><p><span m='185810'>So</span> <span m='186060'>in</span> <span m='186240'>terms</span> <span m='186590'>of</span> <span m='187630'>what</span> <span m='187950'>I</span> <span m='188020'>would</span> <span m='188210'>have</span> <span m='188340'>done</span> <span m='188580'>differently</span> <span m='189410'>was</span> <span m='190620'>I</span> <span m='190710'>would</span> <span m='190860'>have</span> <span m='191010'>probably</span> <span m='192910'>sooner</span> <span m='193300'>than</span> <span m='193490'>later</span> <span m='194540'>aligned</span> <span m='195000'>myself</span> <span m='195810'>with</span> <span m='196220'>specific</span> <span m='196850'>individuals</span> <span m='197980'>that</span> <span m='199310'>were</span> <span m='199550'>able</span> <span m='199860'>to</span> <span m='199960'>provide</span> <span m='200390'>me</span> <span m='200830'>a</span> <span m='200920'>better</span> <span m='201210'>path</span> <span m='201830'>to</span> <span m='202400'>college</span> <span m='203390'>and</span> <span m='203840'>getting</span> <span m='204100'>there</span> <span m='204270'>sooner</span> <span m='204870'>than</span> <span m='205250'>when</span> <span m='205390'>I</span> <span m='205480'>did</span> <span m='205880'>in</span> <span m='205970'>the</span> 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