Third Year of Successful School Counselor Training Program Brings 150 Students and Course Updates

Postsecondary Counselor Course Continues Streak of Excellence with over 200 Trained Counselors to Date

Sept. 24, 2015 - Lansing, Mich.− More than 130 Michigan school counselors will be returning to their schools this September armed with new strategies to help students navigate the college-going process, thanks to the School Counselor Postsecondary Training Course offered by Michigan College Access Network and Michigan Virtual University.

More than 200 counselors have been trained since the program began in fall 2013 to give participating school counselors an eight-month, hybrid, professional development experience focused on the college-going process. A new group of 150 school counselors began their course on Sept. 24.

The curriculum has been fully updated this year for school counselors and also includes a pilot geared at supporting direct service providers who are not school counselors. School Counselors who complete the course will be able to more readily provide support to students and families on college and career advising.

“We’re ecstatic about the success we’ve had so far, which has allowed us to train and place hundreds of school counselors who are making a difference in helping Michigan students get to college,” said Brandy Johnson, MCAN executive director. “The demand is definitely there and MCAN is committed to ensuring all school counselors in Michigan are prepared to advise students on their college pathways.”

The course includes 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. This session, the course is taught by six facilitators − five school counselors and one associate professor.

Enrollment in the course is based entirely on nominations from a community member, administrator or higher education professional. If the nominated individual is accepted, he or she is provided with an $800 scholarship to participate in the course.

The course was designed collaboratively with support and expertise from Michigan Association for College Admissions Counseling, Michigan Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers, counselor educators from Michigan universities, Michigan Department of Education, Michigan Department of Treasury – Student Scholarships and Grants Division , Michigan School Counselor Association, the Michigan Student Financial Aid Association, and the Southern Regional Education Board – Go Alliance.  

Funding for this course was made possible through generous support from The Kresge Foundation.


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. Michigan has recently experienced a modest increase in our college attainment rate -- from 37.4 percent of 25-to-64-year-olds possessing at least an associate’s degree, to 38.4 percent. However, Michigan’s rate still lags behind the national average of 40 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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