Counselor PD Law

on Thursday, 25 January 2018 15:09.

Public Act 151 (Counselor PD Law) Frequently Asked Questions

Public Act 151 (also known as HB 4181) amends the Revised School Code (MCL 380.1233) to direct that 50 of the 150 required professional development hours for counselors must be dedicated to college preparation and career counseling. The law states that there will be a two-year transition and implementation time before the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) will require the course work as part of renewing credentials. 

What are the requirements?

The new law states that 50 of the already required 150 professional development hours must go toward the following areas:

  • College preparation and selection process - 25 hours
  • Career counseling - 20 hours
  • Military career options - 5 hours

Counselor credentials will need to be re-certified every five years.

When will the new requirements take effect?  

There is a two-year transition for the new requirements to go into effect. All counselors renewing their credentials after February 6, 2020 will be affected by the change.

When will we know what professional development counts for these new requirements?  

The Michigan Department of Education will be working with stakeholders and key statewide partners to create standards to approve courses that will cover the topics of this new law.

The department has until July 1, 2018 to create the new standards and guidelines.

Will courses be counted retroactively?

It is unknown if the MDE will allow any previous professional development activities to be counted retroactively towards the new requirements. More information should be available after the July deadline.

Will MCAN Postsecondary Planning Courses count towards this requirement?

Again, it is not currently known what courses will be approved by the MDE. It is our hope that the MCAN School Counselor Postsecondary planning training courses will be approved as fulfilling the new requirements either in full, or in part. 


MCAN will continue to keep the field updated with information about the new requirements as it becomes available. Individuals should also reach out the Michigan Department of Education or stay in contact with their professional organizations such as MACAC for more information.


MCAN Membership

on Thursday, 28 September 2017 14:40.



Membership Overview

Membership with the Michigan College Access Network is free of charge! It is designed to formally connect individuals and organizations with Michigan's college access movement. We simply ask that members do the following:
  • Take the Goal 2025 pledge and commit to our movement to increase the percentage of Michigan residents with degrees or postsecondary certificates to 60 percent by the year 2025; and 
  • Keep their contact information up-to-date by annually updating their membership profile.


Membership Levels 

Individual Membership

For those individuals who are interested in being formally connected to Michigan’s college access movement. This membership level may be ideal for:

  • School personnel (school counselors, principals, teachers, school board members)
  • College advisors
  • Practitioners
  • Consultants/Researchers
  • Faculty/staff
  • Local College Access Networks (coordinators and leadership team members)
  • Individuals committed to increased postsecondary educational attainment

Organizational Membership

For organizations interested in being formally connected to Michigan’s college access movement. This membership level may be ideal for:

  • Higher education institutions
  • K-12 education institutions  
  • Education-focused and/or youth-serving nonprofits
  • Education-related professional associations
  • Campus-based educational outreach programs
  • State or local government agencies
  • State or local chambers of commerce or other business alliances
  • National foundations & organizations
  • Statewide foundations & organizations
  • Local College Access Networks 


Membership Benefits

  • Access to MCAN grant opportunities
  • Access to advanced content, resources, and information aimed toward professionals in the college access field
  • Listing on MCAN’s website
  • Reduced registration rate for MCAN's annual conference
  • Complimentary headshot at MCAN Annual Conference
  • Expert consultation from MCAN staff for grant assistance, program development, and speaking engagements
  • Use of MCAN logo 

Join Now

By joining MCAN, you are helping Michigan reach the Big Goal of 60% degree attainment by the year 2025!

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If you have questions about membership with MCAN, contact Director of External Engagement Christopher Tremblay, by sending an email to Christopher(a)micollegeaccess.org. 

Office of Sponsored Programs Assistant - Grand Valley State University

on Thursday, 24 August 2017 11:54.

Our central grants-and-contracts office seeks a dynamic, experienced, high-energy administrative professional to manage office operations and supervise student workers in support of the Director of the Office of Sponsored Programs and three grants-and-contracts specialists on our beautiful Allendale campus. We’re looking for a take-charge individual who enjoys working with a diverse range of people, driving positive change, and learning new skills. The successful candidate will have immediate opportunities to contribute substantially to the OSP’s strategic efforts in process improvement, outreach, training, and more.

Additional information and application instructions can be found in the position description.

FAFSA Applications Increase During Michigan College Month

on Monday, 21 November 2016 12:43.

Students take an active role in applying for financial aid

Nov. 21, 2016 - LANSING, Mich. – Michigan College Month ended with a record number of Free Applications for Student Aid (FAFSA). Special efforts to reach every graduating senior and encourage them to submit at least one college application, apply for at least one college scholarship and complete the FAFSA resulted in a 48 percent increase compared to the filing season in January, 2016. Thanks to hundreds of high school counselors, college advisers, college representatives and volunteers, a total of 19,198 FAFSAs were filed in Michigan during the month of October and this trend continued nationwide. 

The FAFSA is a free application that helps students determine their eligibility for financial aid. The FAFSA helps students who may not understand how to locate financial resources. The form determines the amount of money a family is expected to contribute to the price of attending a postsecondary institution. This is used by the federal government, colleges, and universities to determine what financial aid should be offered each student as grants or loans. Filing the FAFSA is considered a leading indicator of whether students will pursue college.

“We hope the dramatic jump in FAFSA applications in Michigan opens the door for a larger number of students to pursue higher education,” said Brandy Johnson, Michigan College Access Network (MCAN) Executive Director. “Michigan College Month offers continuity by having students approach the college-going process as a whole instead of separate efforts. I’m proud of the outcome of Michigan College Month and the united effort from local high schools to help seniors pursue successful careers.”

Governor Rick Snyder proclaimed October “Michigan College Month” and hundreds of high schools across the state participated by hosting concurrent college application and financial aid campaigns.  Special efforts were made to encourage participation from minority and low-income students and students who would be the first in their family to attend college.

“I’m grateful to Gov. Snyder for his leadership and believe these efforts have encouraged more students think of themselves as college material. Hopefully in the coming months we continue to move the needle forward,” said Johnson.


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 micollegeaccess.org.  


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Sarah Anthony
Deputy Director for Partnerships and Advocacy
Cell: 313-355-4078
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on Tuesday, 13 September 2016 14:56.

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