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August 2016
Status: Expired
Check-In Time: 9:00 AM
Start Time: 9:30 AM
End Time: 11:30 AM
Location 1: Sout Central Service Cooperative - Room: Staff Conf
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N. Mankato, MN
Contact: Glenn Morris Telephone: (507) 389-5106 Fax: (507) 389-1772
Description: The South Central Perkins Consortium is gearing up to plan for an exciting new initiative, this year’s pilot for a 9th-grade Career Exploration Program. This program will include multiple encounters by students and their teacher and support persons, to experience a hand-on activity and overview of technical college programs in each of 6 career fields, AND, to receive “saturated” guidance, including a parental component. Whew! A tall order, but only one component of our need to support counselors in their guidance for all students, grades 9-12, to be college and career ready.

The Perkins grant does have some funding set aside to support the advisement activity as part of this initiative, which may include need to develop materials or a presentation/video, etc. But more importantly, leadership from MACAC, the Minnesota Association for College Admission Counseling, shares in our excitement for this initiative, and has developed resource to provide training to high school counselors as part of their own “Road Show” initiative. Wow—we’re all on fire here…

In order to meet YOUR needs for counseling this next year, in your local program and in consideration of the 9th-Grade Exploration program, representatives from MACAC would like to invite a few interested counselors to the table on August 18th, from 9:30—11:30 a.m. here at South Central Service Cooperative, to serve as a Steering Committee to shape an agenda for delivering training to area counselors.

I am still excited by last year’s growing of a Community of Practice (CoP) for Counselors, including regional WorkForce partners, and look forward to this year’s first meeting on September 27th. One consideration for a “Road Show” event could be to meet in the afternoon following the CoP, in that many of will likely already be in attendance. I also imagine that discussion will include the new Career Exploration program: What should it look like? What guidance components can be included to assure that all students,
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