MCAN to launch advanced training course for counselors

The Advanced Counselor Course will cover topics in college and career advising for special populations

March 2, 2017 - LANSING, Mich. – The Michigan College Access Network (MCAN) will launch an Advanced Counselor Course. The course, which covers advanced topics in college and career counseling, will kick-off on March 2 at the Kellogg Hotel & Convention Center.

The course, “College and Career Counseling for Special Populations Students,” is the first of three new courses that MCAN will launch in the next year. To participate in the advanced course, participants must have first completed MCAN’s foundational counselor course, the School Counselor Postsecondary Education Planning Training course offered by MCAN in partnership with the Go Alliance Academy. To date, 330 school counselors have completed the introductory course and 80 people are registered for the advanced training.

“This advanced course will build off of the enormous success of the initial counselor training course,” said Brandy Johnson, executive director, MCAN. “In our advanced course, participants will go beyond the basics and learn more about helping targeted populations such as students who have experienced foster care, migrant students, refugee students, students who have experienced homelessness, LGBTQ+ students and others.”

“Completing the first counselors course was instrumental to helping my students prepare for postsecondary education, I’m excited to take my knowledge to the next level” said Anissa Emery, school counselor at Oscoda High School. “I hope the advanced course amplifies my understanding about the special challenges that certain populations face while becoming college and career ready and how I can help my students navigate those obstacles.”

The course will be facilitated by Michigan experts in college advising and postsecondary planning and focuses on a variety of topics including understanding and identifying special populations, building support systems for special populations, and transitioning from high school to college.

For additional information about the Advanced Counselor Course and MCAN’s professional development strategy, please 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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