Counselors to Spend More Time Assisting with College Readiness
Fri, 24 Nov 2017 16:07:18 EST
School counselors must now dedicate 50 hours of the current 150-hour professional development requirement on coursework and program instruction to better assist students with college preparation and career selection under legislation signed November 8th by Governor Rick Snyder.
“Equipping students with the tools and resources they need to decide on a career path and finding the right avenue to get them there is critically important for long-term success,” Snyder said. “This bill helps school counselors better serve students by expanding the focus on the diverse career and educational options that are available.”
Early College Specialist for Alpena Public Schools said of the legislation, "College readiness is such an important focus that we need all of our staff to be prepared and focused on what happens after high school. Counselors are the tip of the spear in that process."
Career counseling includes, but is not limited to, exploration of military career options, professional trades, and other technical or occupational careers requiring post-secondary industry-specific credentials.