MCAN's 2018-19 Counselor Course Now Open

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Registration is now open for the Michigan College Access Network's 2018-19 School Counselor Postsecondary Planning Training course.

Thanks to generous support from The Kresge Foundation, the training course will be offered for a sixth consecutive year. Co-hosted by the Michigan College Access Network and the Southern Regional Education Board's Go Alliance Academy, the course was collaboratively designed with support and expertise from the following organizations:

  • Michigan Association for College Admissions Counseling
  • Michigan Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officer
  • Counselor educators from Michigan universities
  • Michigan Department of Education
  • Michigan Department of Treasury - Student Scholarship and Grants
  • Michigan Student Financial Aid Association

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 on the college-going process -- especially school counselors. MCAN believes that 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.

Course Details

The School Counselor Postsecondary Planning Training course will begin in late September 2018 and run to April 2019. It will be a seven month hybrid online/in-person course with three, in-person gatherings in Lansing that take place on October 4, January 24, and March 11. Details are as follows:

  • Course participants will receive a scholarship, valued at $800, to cover all costs of the course with the exception of travel to and from the three, in-person events.
  • The online components will involve readings, activities, research, and engagement in discussion board posts.
  • The course includes 12 sessions on topics spanning the college and career readiness space.
  • The course will be facilitated by Michigan experts in college advising and postsecondary planning.
  • After successful completion of the full course, each participant will be certified by the Michigan College
  • Access Network as a College Adviser and Postsecondary Planner.

  • It's anticipated that 65 SCECHs will be available for full course completion.


A limited number of seats are available and seats will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Once the course is full, additional names will be placed on a waiting list. Click here to register.


If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Domonique Clemons, MCAN program assistant, via email at, or by calling (517) 316-1713.