Michigan School Counselors Complete Inaugural Postsecondary Planning Training Course

Lansing, MI – August 22, 2014 – More than 70 Michigan high school counselors are returning to their schools this September armed with new strategies to help students navigate the college-going process. The Michigan College Access Network (MCAN) and Michigan Virtual University (MVU) launched the inaugural High School Counselor Postsecondary Planning Training Course last fall, where participating counselors completed an eight-month, hybrid professional development experience that focused on the college-going process.

The course included 12 sessions on topics around college access, including college affordability planning, admission processes, college and career assessments, and transition from high school graduation to college enrollment. The course was facilitated by Michigan experts in college advising and postsecondary planning.

“We are thrilled with the success of our first session of this course,” said Brandy Johnson, MCAN Executive Director. “More than 70 Michigan school counselors now know the ins and outs of college admissions and financial aid process.”

MCAN is leading the way nationally in the movement to train school counselors. In July, Johnson was invited to join “The White House Opportunity Agenda,” a task force led by First Lady Michelle Obama that focused on the vital role of school counselors in impacting students’ college and career readiness. Johnson also spoke at the White House’s higher education summit in July.

The second installment of the postsecondary planning training course begins this September and is already over capacity, with more than 100 counselors registered. “The demand is definitely there, and MCAN is committed to ensuring all school counselors in Michigan are qualified to advise students on their college pathways,” said Johnson.

The course was designed collaboratively with support and expertise from Michigan Association for College Admissions Counseling (MACAC), Michigan Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (MACRAO), counselor educators from Michigan universities, Michigan Department of Education (MDE), Michigan Department of Treasury – Student Scholarships and Grants Division (SSG), Michigan School Counselor Association (MSCA), the Michigan Student Financial Aid Association (MSFAA), and the Southern Regional Education Board – Go Alliance.  Funding for this course was made possible through generous support from The Kresge Foundation.

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