Where new counselors can go to learn about college admissions

We’ve heard from many of our high school counseling friends that their graduate degree programs didn’t cover any material about college admissions.  Once they started working in a high school setting, they got their college advising knowledge by teaching themselves, asking colleagues, and learning as they went, all of which can make for a long and challenging learning curve.

If you’re a new high school counselor (or about to become one), or if you’d just like some additional training, the National Association for College Admissions Counseling (NACAC) has two upcoming programs you might be interested in. 

Critical Components: Mastering the College Admission Process
May 29-June 1 2012
Nashville, TN

The price is $300, but for grad students, it’s just $150.  All the information is here

College Counseling Boot Camp
Tuesday, May 29, 2012
8:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Nashville, TN

This one-day program is free.   All the information is here.

I’m not involved with either of these programs and neither is Collegewise (in fact, we’ve been thinking about doing something like this ourselves).  But NACAC is a good organization and these workshops could really help the right counselors do an even better job for their kids.


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    As a private college counselor and a member of NACAC, I think the more information high school counselors have about the college admissions process, the better. I know that graduate courses do not provide much information on the college counseling profession. Even though I have worked in this area for more than twenty years, I still continue to visit colleges and attend seminars and conferences for professional development. There is plenty to learn and it changes on a pretty regular basis.