School Counselor Training

School Counselor Postsecondary Planning Training Course


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Past and Current Participants
Congratulations to the graduates of the 2015-16 cohort! More than 130 Michigan high school counselors will be returning to their schools this September armed with new strategies to help students navigate the college-going process. The Michigan College Access Network and Michigan Virtual University launched the inaugural School Counselor Postsecondary Planning Training Course fall 2013-14, where participating counselors completed an eight-month, hybrid professional development experience that focused on the college-going process. Read more.


About the Professional Development Course

The Michigan College Access Network and Michigan Virtual University are co-hosting a training course in postsecondary planning for Michigan school counselors. 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, Michigan School Counselor Association, and the Michigan Student Financial Aid Association.  


We believe that school counselors are poised to lead the charge in ensuring students are socially, academically, logistically, and financially prepared for postsecondary education. Counselors are uniquely positioned to change the postsecondary trajectories for all students. In order for counselors to effectively lead the college access movement in their buildings, however, they must be formally trained as college advisers, postsecondary planners, and education advocates.


Our work in this area has been largely informed by the 2011 and 2012 National Survey of School Counselors published by the National Office for School Counselor Advocacy. NOSCA recommended that states provide counselors with pre-service and in-service training that aligns counselors' work to the college and career readiness outcomes of their students. Inspired to act based on this data, as well as feedback from the counselors within our LCANs, MCAN is launching a counselor training project with a focus on college access, the School Counselor Postsecondary Planning Training course.

Course Details

The School Counselor Postsecondary Planning Training course is an eight-month hybrid course with three in-person gatherings in Lansing. The course enrolls a maximum of 150 school counselors over an academic year. The online components will involve readings, activities, research, and engagement in discussion board posts. The course includes 12 sessions on topics spanning the college access and postsecondary planning space. Topics include college affordability planning, college admission processes, college and career assessments, academic planning for college readiness, college aspirations, enrichment and extracurricular engagement, and transition from high school graduation to college enrollment. The course will be facilitated by Michigan experts in college advising and postsecondary planning. 

In-Person Gatherings in Lansing
  • Monday, September 26, 2016
  • Thursday, December 1, 2016
  • Tuesday, April 25, 2017

button course syllabus

Course Cost

Counselors who receive a seat in the course (available first-come first-serve) will receive an $800 scholarship to complete the course at no cost. The only cost to be covered by the participant is personal travel to and from three in-person sessions in Lansing.


State Continuing Education Clock Hours

MCAN kicked off the School Counselor Postsecodary Planning Training Course in Fall 2013. We were able to award 60 SCECHs to those individuals who completed the entire course. In order to be awarded clock hours for the course, students must complete all online and in-person components. For the 2016-17 course year, we will award 60 SCECHs to those individuals who complete the entire course.


Course Registration

Registration for the 2017-18 cohort will open in April 2017. Registration will be open until the course is full at which point we will begin collecting names for the waiting list. A limited number of seats are available and seats will be filled on a first-come first-serve basis. 



 Here’s a sampling of the feedback we’ve received from 2013-14 graduates of the course:

“I truly enjoyed the course and would highly recommend it to others”

“This course if full of great resources. Along with the resources were great ideas for implementing them, in addition to hearing how they were being implemented by others.”

“This course required me to think about how we were doing things and then utilize the resources to plan for a better way to build our counseling program. It left me with specific goals and timelines for implementing.”

Here is what a few counselors had to say about the 2014-15 course kick-off:

“Thank you for showing respect for school counselors by providing us the opportunity to network and obtain pertinent information to share with students and staff.”

“Good networking stuff. At the tail-end of my career, I wish I could have had this opportunity years ago.”

“I am actually looking forward to the homework! It’s been a long time since I said that. Please thank the folks that fund this. I am so excited to have this great opportunity. It was great and I felt valued and pampered all at the same time! Thanks again.”



Contact Jamie Jacobs via email at Jamie(a), or call 517-316-1713.

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