About the Professional Development Course

MCAN and the Southern Regional Education Board's Go Alliance Academy 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.  

For the 2019-2020 course MCAN will be coming to you! In the registration process you will have the opportunity to select your regional preference for two in-person sessions. We are hoping this reduces the time and cost of travel, making the course more accessible.  

Past and Current Participants

Thanks to generous support from The Kresge Foundation, MCAN has offered a training course for school counselors since 2013-14. To date, more than 600 Michigan school counselors have participated in the course. 

Follow the cohort map button to see a placement of our 20018-19 students!


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 launched 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 a seven-month hybrid course with two regional in-person sessions. The course enrolls 100-150 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. 

Regional In-Person Gatherings


  •  October 1: Kirtland College-Grayling Campus
  • October 3: Marquette-Alger RESA
  • October 8: Wayne RESA
  • October 9: Kent ISD, Educational Services Building
  • October 10: Livingston ESA


  • January 16: Livingston ESA
  • January 21: Kirtland College-Grayling Campus
  • January 22: Wayne RESA
  • January 23: Virtual Meeting for Upper Peninsula Cohort
  • January 29: Kent ISD, Educational Services Building

Dates and locations for the regional in-person sessions will be selected and communicated once the regions and regional assignments have been determined.


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 two regional in-person sessions.

State Continuing Education Clock Hours (SCECHs)

Since 2013-14 MCAN has awarded SCECHs for course completion. For the 2019-20 course year, we anticipate 60 SCECHs will be awarded to those individuals who complete the entire course, including participation in all in-person sessions. Those 60 hours will go towards the new school counselor recertification requirements providing 20 hours in career exploration and 40 hours in college preparation and selection.

Course Registration

The 2019-20 School Counselor Training Course is full! We would love for you to participate next year. We anticipate that sign-up for the 2020-21 cohorts will open in Spring 2020.


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

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

“This course is 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.”

“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."

“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.”


Questions should be directed to Jamie Jacobs, Deputy Director.