[CCGP Info] College and Career Readiness Certificate for school counselors

Tsosie-Jensen, Lillian Lillian.Tsosie-Jensen at schools.utah.gov
Thu Jun 18 16:27:56 MDT 2015


Greetings All,

Thanks for your patience in getting this information to you.

This email is to inform you of HB195 http://le.utah.gov/~2015/bills/hbillenr/HB0198.pdf College and Career Readiness Certificate for school counselors.

This certificate is OPTIONAL for school counselors. Please read through the information below and the attachments provided. You can also find this information on our website at: http://schools.utah.gov/CTE/ccgp/Readiness.aspx

Please read all the information carefully. School counselors will fill out the application and submit the application to their district leader of school counselors, as the application needs to be sent by the district (LEA). This year’s deadline is coming up fast: June 30th. I understand this is a short window of time, however the rule doesn’t officially go into effect until July 1. At the same time, we must have a cohort ready to go asap.

Ahéhee' (thanks)

Lillian Tsosie-Jensen
Utah State Office of Education
Comprehensive Counseling and Guidance Program Specialist
801-538-7962 Office

College and Career Readiness Certificate

Overview

HB198 creates the Strengthening College and Career Readiness Program, a grant program for local education agencies, to improve students' college and career readiness through enhancing the skill level of school counselors to provide college and career counseling; and directs the State Board of Education to: develop a certificate for school counselors that certifies that a school counselor is highly skilled at providing college and career counseling; award grants to local education agencies, on a competitive basis, for payment of course fees for courses required to earn the certificate; creates the Strengthening College and Career Readiness Program, a grant program for local education agencies, to improve students' college and career readiness through enhancing the skill level of school counselors to provide college and career counseling; and directs the State Board of Education to: develop a certificate for school counselors that certifies that a school counselor is highly skilled at providing college and career counseling; award grants to local education agencies, on a competitive basis, for payment of course fees for courses required to earn the certificate; HB198 creates the Strengthening College and Career Readiness Program, a grant program for local education agencies, to improve students' college and career readiness through enhancing the skill level of school counselors to provide college and career counseling. The bill directs the Utah State Office of Education (USOE) to develop a certificate for school counselors that certifies that a school counselor is highly skilled at providing college and career counseling. The funding from this bill awards grants to local education agencies (LEAs), on a competitive basis, for payment of course fees for coursework toward the certificate.



The Utah State Office of Education (USOE) will collaborate with Utah Board of Regents, educational entities, and business/industry partners to create a certificate program for working school counselors to increase their competencies in college and career readiness counseling. This certificate program is comprised of three components (see below).

Component One

4 modules through USU or U of U

Component Two

USOE professional development

Component Three

USOE will develop this module with partners in business and industry


Legislative funding provides implementation of the College and Career Readiness Certificate program for 600 practicing school counselors. Qualifying districts and charters will apply to cover the cost of counselors’ coursework. If participants do not complete Component One of the certificate within the assigned cohort, the participants themselves or the district will need to reimburse for the cost of the coursework.



Background for Component One

Through the College Access Challenge Grant Program (CACG), University of Utah and Utah State University developed a customized curriculum based on the Southern Regional Educational Board (SREB) College and Career Initiative modules, which have since been infused into Utah’s pre-service training programs at both universities. These four customized modules are Component One of the College and Career Readiness Certificate.



Background for Component Two

Over the last three years, the USOE has updated professional development for school counseling programs called Basic Training Essentials to focus on program changes and updates around college and career readiness. An advisory group will review the latest version of this training for additional updates in Career Literacy. This professional development will become Component Two of the College and Career Readiness Certificate.



Background for Component Three

This component will be developed in the fall of 2015 by the USOE with an advisory group of individuals from business and industry. Once developed, Component Three will be housed in UEN for all to access.

 Information Sheet (attachment)

Application for Certificate Program Coursework

School counselors will apply through their LEAs. As outlined in the bill, priority will be given to applicants who meet the following criteria:

·         The school where the school counselor is housed has an approved Comprehensive Counseling and Guidance Program.

·         The school meets the school counselor-to-student ratio of 1:350, according to Board Rule R277-462.

·         The school counselor is licensed as a school counselor according to Board Rule R277-506.

Application for the certificate program due June 30th (attachment)

Completion of Coursework

Participants would be required to submit an action plan for implementation in schools after completion of certificate coursework.

Completing all three components of the certificate program will enhance school counselors’ work toward helping students achieve their college and career readiness goals.

Application for Adding to Licensing

After completing all three components, school counselors will need to complete the application for adding the certificate to their license. Application for adding the certificate to licensing coming soon.



Ahéhee' (thanks)

Lillian Tsosie-Jensen
Utah State Office of Education
Comprehensive Counseling and Guidance Program Specialist
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250 East 500 South
Salt Lake City, UT 84114-4200
801-538-7962 Office
801-538-7868 Fax

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