Description

College and Career Advising Mini-courses are a new training format MCAN is offering beginning fall 2022. From Exploring Postsecondary Match and Fit to Career Development for the 21st Century Workforce and The FAFSA Step by Step, each course allows participants to join a group of peers for online discussions, see best practices in action, gain knowledge, and access and create resources to incorporate immediately. The mini-courses were designed by college access experts from across the country and will directly guide participants on how to support more students on the path to postsecondary education, especially low-income students, first-generation college-going students, and students of color.

There will be two mini-courses offered per month. Each mini-course is four weeks long with a mandatory live virtual meeting every week. DO NOT register for a course if you will not be able to attend on the scheduled day and time. Each class is made up of four sessions with an estimated total workload of 16 hours, which is reflected in the awarding of SCECHs. This breaks down to four hours of work per week, including the live meetings. Individual course details, including topic, meeting times, and SCECHs, are included below.

MCAN is offering these mini-courses in partnership with Education Forward Arizona and Go Alliance. Each mini-course will be facilitated by a Michigan school counselor.

State Continuing Education Clock Hours (SCECHs)

For fall 2022 mini-courses, we anticipate offering 16 SCECHs per course in college prep and selection or career exploration (view course-specific information below). SCECHs will be awarded to individuals who complete the entire course, including participation in all live virtual sessions. Reduced SCECHs for partial completion will not be awarded.

Registration and Course Cost

Registration for the fall 2022 section of this course is now open! These courses are open to all school counselors, college and career advisers, and educators. However, a limited number of seats are available and priority consideration will be granted to school counselors. Remaining seats will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis; additional names will be placed on a waiting list. Registrants who secure a seat will receive a scholarship to access the courses at no cost.



2022 COURSE OFFERINGS

September

College Going Culture
Live meetings: Tuesdays at 10 a.m. ET
Anticipated 16 SCECHs in college preparation and selection

  • Week 1: The Importance of Equity Frameworks
  • Week 2: What is a College-going Culture?
  • Week 3: Assess your College-going Culture
  • Week 4: Improving your Schoolwide College-going Culture

Postsecondary Exploration, Match, and Fit
Live meetings: Thursdays at 1 p.m. ET
Anticipated 16 SCECHs in college preparation and selection

  • Week 1: Types of Colleges
  • Week 2: College Exploration
  • Week 3: Making Match and Fit Decisions
  • Week 4: Helping Students Avoid Undermatch

October

Career Development for the 21st Century Workforce
Live meetings: Wednesdays at 2 p.m. ET
Anticipated 16 SCECHs in career exploration

  • Week 1: The Current Workforce Landscape
  • Week 2: The Competencies Employers Want
  • Week 3: Career Awareness and Development
  • Week 4: Career and Postsecondary Planning

Supporting Students through the Application Process
Live meetings: Thursdays at 10 a.m. ET
Anticipated 16 SCECHs in college preparation and selection

  • Week 1: Understanding the College Admissions Office
  • Week 2: The College Application Process
  • Week 3: Personal Statements and Resumes
  • Week 4: Letters of Recommendation

November

FAFSA I: Introduction to FAFSA
Live meetings: Tuesdays at 1 p.m. ET
Anticipated 16 SCECHs in college preparation and selection

  • Week 1: Understanding Students and Families in Special Circumstances
  • Week 2: The Types of Financial Aid
  • Week 3: Determining Financial Need: Cost of Attendance and Expected Family Contribution
  • Week 4: Financial Aid Forms and Formulas: The FAFSA and the CSS Profile

FAFSA III: The FAFSA Step by Step
Live meetings: Wednesdays at 10 a.m. ET
Anticipated 16 SCECHs in college preparation and selection

  • Week 1: The Critical Role of the FAFSA
  • Week 2: Getting Started: Gathering Materials, the FSA ID, and the IRS Data Retrieval Tool
  • Week 3: The FAFSA Step by Step
  • Week 4: Completing the FAFSA with Students and Families in Special Circumstances