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School Counseling Graduate Program Receives $10K Grant
Date: August 7, 2013
The Michigan College Access Network (MCAN) in partnership with the Kresge Foundation recently announced that Grand Valley State University (GVSU) was awarded a School Counselor Graduate Program Planning Grant of $10,000 to enhance its current school counseling program. MCAN recognizes that professional school counselors are uniquely positioned to build a school’s college-going culture and systematically prepare all students for postsecondary education, especially students from low-income families and those who are first in their family to go to college.
These initiatives compliment and support GVSU’s admission efforts to attract and retain these important student groups. “We are confident that this partnership reflects our commitment to preparing the most highly qualified school counselor candidates who have the skills needed to ensure college access for all students," commented Shawn Bultsma, program coordinator and assistant professor in school counseling.
In order to build and sustain a vibrant economy and strong communities based on a highly educated population, MCAN works to ensure everyone in Michigan has the opportunity to access and succeed in postsecondary education. MCAN’s goal is to increase the proportion of Michigan residents with college degrees and postsecondary credentials to 60% by the year 2025. This grant will allow GVSU school counseling faculty, led by Bultsma, to align current school counselor preparation curriculum with the Eight Components of College and Career Readiness as articulated by The College Board National Office for School Counselor Advocacy.
An anticipated outcome of this planning grant is that GVSU graduates of the school counseling program will be better prepared to lead the charge in ensuring that all students are socially, academically, informationally, and financially prepared for postsecondary education.