The First Lady of the United States has called on school counselors to help achieve the goal of more college graduates in this country than any other country in the world by the year 2020. As was the case in the late 1950's in response to Sputnik, recognition of the importance of school counseling to address the needs of the country, Mrs. Obama currently acknowledges that this goal will help more of our students reach their potential. Whether a student gets more training in college, vocational training, or the military, it is critical to get training beyond high school to succeed in any field. This initiative is called Reach Higher and calls on school counselors to address the needs of all students through post-secondary planning.
In response to First Lady Michelle Obama's initiative to help all students reach higher, I have decided to add this blog page to my website. As school begins, I plan to post advice from both professionals and former students. Each of our public universities in Michigan will be asked to respond to the following questions:
1. Describe your institution and what type of student is the best fit.
2. What are your admission requirements?
3. Why is post-secondary training important?
4. As the parent of a middle school student, what steps can I take now to help my child succeed in the future?
Former students will be asked:
1. What do you wish you had known before going to college
2. What advice would you give your middle school self?
Current teachers and staff will be asked to write about the university they attended and how that experience contributed to their present career and growth.
My goal is two-fold:
1. To create awareness about colleges in Michigan among Whitehall Middle School students
2. To provide information about admissions and programs that make each college unique.
I will post blogs on colleges and college advice beginning in September.
Below, you can see the First Lady's remarks from the American School Counseling Association conference in its entirety.