The Michigan Department of Education (MDE) is currently drafting professional development standards for school counselors and is looking for employer input in the process.
Under a bill signed into law (HB 4181) in 2017 that focused on closing the skills gap and college readiness, school counselors will now be required to have training in college advising and career counseling.
The law requires certain stakeholders, including employers, to be included in drafting the new professional development standards for school counselors. MDE is seeking the Michigan Chamber’s help in identifying volunteers to participate in this process, so please let us know if you are interested.
Individuals serving on the workgroup will be asked to share their area of expertise in respective fields to assist with the development of school counselor standards that meet the following criteria:
- 25 hours of college selection and preparation
- 25 hours of career counseling with a focus on business, industry and military options
Input from all parties will be valuable because the goal is to produce standards that increase the skill and knowledge of school counselors which, in turn, benefit students and employers.
If you are interested, please contact Wendy Block at (517) 927-5135 or firstname.lastname@example.org.