The Equity-Focused Career Development and Postsecondary Transitions course is designed for professional school counselors and pre-service school counselors, career advisors, and educators. In this course, participants will acquire the skills and knowledge needed to address equity and access issues in career development and help students prepare for postsecondary education and careers.

Topics include overview of career theory; diversity, equity, and inclusion in career advising; identifying the key elements of a model career development curriculum; connecting postsecondary planning to career and workforce development goals; engaging students and families intentionally in postsecondary decisions; and maximizing students' success in the postsecondary attainment process.

The fall 2023 Equity-Focused Career Development and Postsecondary Transitions course will run late August through early December. The course will require independent online work and five one-hour online meetings, which take place monthly.

Equity-Focused Career Development and Postsecondary Transitions course comprises five modules each with specific deliverables. Registrants should anticipate spending a total of 30 hours on this course over the span of the semester, which is reflected in the awarding of SCECHs. Five hours will be spent in the monthly meetings, and the remaining 25 hours will be spent doing independent online coursework between meetings. This breaks down to about 6 hours a month.

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

State Continuing Education Clock Hours (SCECHs)

For the fall 2023 course, we anticipate 20 SCECHs in career exploration and 10 SCECHs in college preparation will be awarded to individuals who complete the full course, including participation in all virtual sessions (either live or recorded). Reduced SCECHs for partial completion will not be awarded.

Registration and Course Cost

This course is open to all school counselors, college and career advisers, and educators. Currently serving AmeriCorps members are not eligible to register. 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. Registrants who secure a seat will be awarded a $250 scholarship to access the course at no cost. This scholarship will be paid directly to the institution.

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