Michigan High School Counselor Invited to White House Event

“Reach Higher” event will host top high school counselors from across the country

Jan. 5, 2017 - Lansing, MI – Michigan school counselor Terri Tchrozynski has been selected to attend First Lady Michelle Obama’s School Counselor of the Year event on January 6. The Calhoun Area Career Center counselor from Battle Creek, Michigan has earned national recognition for her dedication to improving college and career readiness in her community.

“I’m thrilled to be invited to attend the School Counselor of the Year event at the White House,” said Tchrozynski. “It takes a network of crucial advocates to increase access to postsecondary education.  Education is key to properly equipping students with the tools needed to succeed in a knowledge-based economy.”

The third annual “School Counselor of the Year” program will recognize the nation’s top school counselors and will serve as the last educational event held at the White House under the Obama administration. This event will celebrate the important role school counselors have in helping increase postsecondary attainment nationwide. School counselors assist in the planning and development of college and career readiness strategies unique to each student. On average, postsecondary degrees provide students with the potential to earn more income over their lifetime.

The event is part of the First Lady, Michelle Obama, and the U.S. Department of Education’s “Reach Higher Initiative.” This initiative focuses on the importance of education in four key areas: college affordability, college exposure, academic planning and the role of school counselors.

The Michigan College Access Network (MCAN) supports counselors across Michigan and has created a new scholarship program as well as MCAN’s School Counselor Postsecondary Planning Training Course. The course combines online and in-person training over an eight-month period for school counselors and more than 300 counselors have participated in the last three years.

“Terri’s dedication to postsecondary attainment has greatly impacted the students in her community,” said Brandy Johnson, executive director of Michigan College Access Network. “School counselors are a fundamental aspect of helping students understand how to navigate the college-going process.”

MCAN has actively participated in recent “Reach Higher” events. In early December, MCAN’s Deputy Director for Partnerships and Advocacy, Sarah Anthony, and other Michigan education leaders presented at the “Reach Higher White House Convening.”

Watch the event live in your schools, campuses or communities at https://www.whitehouse.gov/live or follow on social media with #ReachHigher and #BetterMakeRoom.

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About Michigan College Access Network

As the leader in the state’s college access movement, MCAN’s mission is to increase Michigan’s college readiness, participation and completion rates, particularly among low-income students, first-generation college going students, and students of color. For the sixth year in a row, Michigan’s postsecondary educational attainment rate has increased -- from 35.7 percent of 25-to-64-year-olds possessing at least an associate degree in 2008, to 39.3 percent in 2014. Additionally, it is estimated another 4 percent of Michiganders have a high-quality certificate, bringing Michigan’s official attainment rate to 43.3 percent. It is MCAN’s goal to increase Michigan’s postsecondary educational attainment rate to 60 percent by the year 2025. For more information, visit micollegeaccess.org.  

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Sarah Anthony
Deputy Director for Partnerships and Advocacy
Email: Sarah(a)micollegeaccess.org
Cell: 313-355-4078

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