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African American Students’ Career and College Readiness

The Journey Unraveled

Edited by Jennifer R. Curry and M. Ann Shillingford - Contributions by Brandee Appling; Elizabeth Auguste; Christopher T. Belser; Tristen Bergholtz; Eric M. Brown; S. Kent Butler; Ashley Churblock; Jennifer Riedl Cross; Tracy L. Cross; Jennifer R. Curry; Jessica Exkano; Andrea Dawn Frazier; Michael T. Garrett; Pamela N. Harris; Dana C. Hart; Natoya Haskins; Nicole R. Hill; D’Jalon J. Jackson; Shandricka E. Jackson; J. Richelle Joe; Brian Kooyman; Michele Lopez; Berlisha Morton; M. Ann Shillingford; Lauren Treacy; Linwood Vereen; Amy E. Williams and Cyrus R. Williams III

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African American Students’ Career and College Readiness: The Journey Unraveled explores the historical, legal, and socio-political issues of education affecting African American students and their career and college readiness. Each chapter has been written based on the authors’ experience and passion for the success of students in the African American population. Some of the chapters will appear to be written in a more conversational and idiomatic tone, whereas others are presented in a more erudite format. Each chapter, however, presents a contextual portrayal of the contemporary, and often dysfunctional, pattern of society’s approach to supporting this population. Contributors also present progressive paradigms for future achievements.
Through the pages of this book, readers will understand and hopefully appreciate what can be done to promote positive college bound self-efficacy, procurement of resources in the high school to college transition, exposure and access to college possibilities, and implications for practice in school counseling, education leadership, and higher education.
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Lexington Books
Pages: 382Size: 6 x 9
978-1-4985-0686-1 • Hardback • October 2015 • $100.00 • (£70.00)
978-1-4985-0688-5 • Paperback • April 2017 • $49.99 • (£32.95)
978-1-4985-0687-8 • eBook • October 2015 • $99.99 • (£70.00)
Jennifer R. Curry is associate dean for Programs and Services and associate professor in the counselor education program at Louisiana State University.

M. Ann Shillingford is assistant professor of counselor education at the College of William & Mary.
Jennifer R. Curry
Jennifer R. Curry & Shandricka E. Jackson
Berlisha Morton & Dana Hart
Tristen Bergholtz
Andrea Dawn Frazier, Jennifer Reidl Cross, & Tracy Cross
D’Jalon Jackson
Sharon DeFur & Elizabeth Auguste
M. Ann Shillingford-Butler, Brian Kooyman, & S. Kent Butler
Ashley Churbock & Lauren Treacy
Cyrus Williams, Michael Garrett, & Eric M. Brown
Pamela Harris & Richelle Joe
Natoya Haskins & Brandee Appling
Jessica Exkano
Christopher T. Belser
Linwood Vereen, Nicole R. Hill, & Michelle Lopez
Chapter 16: Navigating Higher Education Through a Wellness Approach, M. Ann Shillingford & Amy Williams
This book provides a comprehensive discussion of the issues undergirding African American students’ vocational and collegiate success. The chapter authors cite current scholarship in the areas of STEM, special education, and educational policy to critically analyze the environmental influences affecting these students’ career readiness and offer evidence-based solutions for school personnel and policy-makers. A must for school counselors, in particular.
Cirecie A. West-Olatunji, Xavier University of Louisiana


At last someone has addressed the issue of African American youth’s career and college preparation in a comprehensive manner. This volume does an excellent job of addressing why career and college preparation is necessary; especially in light of the barriers African American youth face. What is more, the text provides numerous resources and interventions to support African American youth. This book is a must have for counselors and educators.
Carlos P. Hipolito-Delgado, University of Colorado Denver


The contributors (editors included) of the 16 essays in this collection are in the field of counseling or preparing to enter it. They write about problems that can make it difficult for African American students to make the transition from high school to college—problems related to cultural development, course choice, financial literacy, and wellness support. In the lead essay, Curry notes that pervasive disadvantages for African American high school students include poor support for counselling to direct them to colleges and inadequately rigorous courses in programs leading to college entrance. An interesting comparison arises from two essays that describe the experiences of African American students at, respectively, historically black colleges/universities and predominately white institutions. . . .Summing Up: Recommended. Graduate students, researchers, professionals.
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