Middle School Counselors should learn the ins and outs of college admissions. Just because we are not writing letters of recommendation to colleges, knowing what colleges are looking for, understanding financial aid, and understanding the different majors and career paths, are all important in helping middle school students and their parents prepare for the roads that forge ahead. As a former high school counselor, I know how important it is to have a strong middle school career. How well you do in middle school prepares you for classes you will take in high school. Classes in high school prepare you for college.
According to a recent Harris Poll survey, 92% of all 7th and 8th graders report that they plan to attend college, however less that half indicate that they know what classes to take in high school to get there.
As counselors, it is our duty to help students become career and college ready. Middle school is early to start picking out specific colleges, but it is not too early to learn about the different college choices and what it takes to get in. Why is that math class important? Why are writing skills important? What types of classed and skills should someone be good at if they are looking a career in business or computer science or the medical professions?
So how does one learn about college admissions if they are not a high school counselor? Not many middle school counselors would attend a CollegeBoard Fall Workshop on SATs or meet with an admission counselor as they are doing their high school visits. It might also be hard to attend other conferences that deal directly with the high school counselor and unjustified for districts to accrue the expense associated with these events.
Fortunately, we live in the age of technology. College Week Live is a great resource for high school and middle school counselors alike. They have webinars on a variety of topics. The next one is coming up on June 10 about STEM careers.
STEM Condition Report
College Week Live will broadcast its STEM Condition Report. In this report, they take a detailed look at the expressed and measured interest of students in STEM majors and occupations and align that data with their aptitudes in Science and Math. College Week Live have also developed a STEM categorization which helps parents, educators, STEM Councils, as well as business and industry leaders, focus on the strengths of current programs and initiatives.
In addition to this live webinar, they also have recorded past webinars that you can view at any time. Below you will find a listing of their on demand series.