National School Counseling Week is Underway; MCAN Supports Our School Counselors!

This week, Feb. 6-10, we celebrate National School Counseling Week. The effort, which is sponsored by the American School Counselor Association, will focus public attention on the special contributions of counselors within the U.S. school systems.

Michigan College Access Network is thrilled to join in this celebration of school counselors. We believe that school counselors are well poised to lead the charge in ensuring students are socially, academically, logistically and financially prepare for postsecondary education. To all of the hard-working school counselors out there, we see you! There are many resources available to help promote National School Counseling Week. We also encourage you to review the following opportunities available throughout the year from MCAN:

School Counselor Postsecondary Planning Training Course
The Michigan College Access Network and Michigan Virtual University co-host an annual training course in postsecondary planning for Michigan school counselors. Participating counselors complete an eight-month, professional development course that focuses on the college-going process and combines web-based and in-person instruction. Counselors accepted into the course will receive an $800 scholarship to complete the course at no cost, with the exception of personal travel to and from three, in-person sessions in Lansing. Registration for the 2017-18 cohort will open in April 2017. Learn more.

College Access Professional Development Scholarships
MCAN now provides scholarship funding to school counselors to attend non-MCAN trainings and conferences to support their professional development. This funding opportunity helps ensure school counselors are able to assist all students in the development of their postsecondary education plans with the most relevant and up-to-date information available. Scholarships are available on a rolling basis until allocated funding is depleted within the fiscal year, which begins October 1 annually. Learn more.

MCAN Annual Conference
On March 13-14, MCAN will host its seventh annual conference, Champion for Opportunity: Prioritizing Michigan's College Attainment. More than 400 community leaders, educators and college access professionals will gather in Lansing for the event. The conference theme will emphasize the importance of prioritizing college attainment in Michigan in order to advocate for our students' success and embrace our role as champions for college attainment strategies. School counselors are welcome and encouraged to attend! Register now

College Access Awards
Each year, during the annual conference, MCAN honors the organizations and individuals whose efforts go above and beyond to improve postsecondary attainment. The College Access Awards features eight award categories that recognize individuals and organizations that have had a tremendous impact on increasing college readiness, participation, and completion in Michigan, particularly among low-income and first-generation students and students of color. School counselors figure prominently in the awards program. In particular, the Chief Mate Award honors an individual school counselor or counseling program that has made “significant strides in advancing the college readiness and enrollment supports and services to students…” The Steward Award recognizes an individual or organization that has dramatically contributed to “increasing the skills, talent, and knowledge of college access professionals” – such as school counselors and advisers.

This National School Counseling Week, remember that MCAN supports and applauds the work of school counselors! We encourage participation in National School Counseling Week activities, to draw attention to this important work. Be sure to download the free resources, including a social media toolkit, sample morning announcements, sample press release, photo challenge signs, and much more! Show your support on Twitter by using the hashtag #NSCW17.

Author: Jamie Jacobs, director of capacity building 

Posted Feb. 7, 2017

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