MCAN celebrates National School Counseling Week

“School Counselors: Helping Students Realize Their Potential” will take place Feb. 6-10

Feb. 6, 2017 - LANSING, Mich. – The Michigan College Access Network (MCAN) will be joining counselors and educators across the country to celebrate National School Counseling Week. This event is sponsored by the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) and will be celebrated Feb. 6-10. The event, titled “School Counselors: Helping Students Realize their Potential,” recognizes and celebrates the critical role that school counselors play in the education process.

MCAN believes school counselors are poised to lead the charge in ensuring students are socially, academically, logistically, and financially prepared for postsecondary education. To support counselors  as they lead the college access movement in their buildings, MCAN provides professional development opportunities and scholarships. New this year, MCAN offers scholarship funding to school counselors to attend non-MCAN trainings and conferences to support their professional development.

Additionally, MCAN hosts the School Counselor Postsecondary Planning Training Course. This course combines online and in-person training over an eight month period and provides school counselors with additional professional development and experience to help students navigate the college going process. More than 300 counselors have completed the training in the last three years.

“MCAN recognizes the vital role counselors play in shaping the direction of students’ lives,” said Brandy Johnson, executive director, Michigan College Access Network. “School counselors’ influence is key in college preparation and ensuring that students graduate high school with a defined postsecondary education plan.”

National School Counseling Week brings public attention to the enormous and unique contributions that school counselors make within the education system and highlights the various ways that students directly benefit from the valuable assistance of school counselors.

For more information about National School Counseling Week visit and to learn more about the programs MCAN offers to support school counselors in Michigan, visit


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  


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