Why School Counselor Training?

One of MCAN's strategic priorities is to provide professional development opportunities to those who work directly with students and families in the college-going process -- especially school counselors. We believe 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. However, in order for counselors to effectively lead the college access movement in their buildings, they must be formally trained as college advisers, postsecondary planners, and education advocates.

Thanks to generous support from The Kresge Foundation, MCAN has offered a training course for school counselors since 2013-14. To date, more than 690 Michigan school counselors have participated in the course.

Course Description

The 2020 Introduction to College and Career Advising Training course will run Aug. 20 – Dec. 10. The 18-week, virtual course will include five, online meetings that take place monthly. 

The Introduction to College and Career Advising Training course was developed for school counselors and will offer equity-centered counseling and advising practices that support student postsecondary exploration, planning, enrollment, and persistence. The course will explore the fundamentals of college and career advising while considering school and community-based systems, policies, and practices that contribute to equitable postsecondary attainment. The course will also look at virtual advising and consider how technology influences postsecondary outcomes. Additionally, the course will focus on specific approaches for supporting students who reside in low-income households, are first in their family to attend college, live with disabilities, and are from underserved populations. 

MCAN and San Diego State University are co-hosting the training, which will be facilitated by Dr. Laura Owen, school counselor educator and director of the Center for Equity and Postsecondary Attainment at San Diego State University.

Virtual Meeting Details

  • August 24: 10:00-11:00 AM - Course kick-off
  • September 17: 10:00-11:00 AM
  • October 15: 10:00-11:00 AM
  • November 19: 10:00-11:00 AM
  • December 10: 10:00-11:00 AM - Course wrap-up

Course Cost and Registration

Counselors who receive a seat in the course (available first-come, first-served) will receive a $250 scholarship to complete the course at no cost.

Register now!

State Continuing Education Clock Hours (SCECHs)

Since the 2013-14 course year, MCAN has awarded SCECHs for course completion. For the 2020 course year, we anticipate 30 SCECHs will be awarded to individuals who complete the entire course, including participation in all in-person sessions. Those 30 hours will go toward the new school counselor recertification requirements. 

Additional course to be launched in 2021 -- details coming soon!


Questions should be directed to Kelsea Combs, strategy assistant for high school innovation.