School Counselor Connection

March 2021

From your School Counselor Specialist & Post-Secondary Coordinator

There are many ways to describe the past year as we navigated unchartered waters. Every single one of us could describe what the past year has entailed and we could all have different stories, memories and emotions. The same can be said for our students. Author Damian Barr stated it perfectly with, "We are not all in the same boat. We are all in the same storm. Some are on super-yachts, Some have just the one oar." As many of you return to campus, remember this. We have changed over the past year. Our kids have changed over the past year. Our supports over the past year were not all the same even though we were all experiencing the pandemic. Thank you for all that you continue to do to support your students, families, and communities.

Please take time to read the suggested reading "Expanding support beyond the virtual classroom: Lessons and recommendations from school counselors during the COVID-19 crisis." The key findings and recommendations are great talking points with your administration as you develop, grow, and maintain your comprehensive school counseling program.

Please reach out if you need anything. We are here to support you. Our contact information is located at the end of this newsletter.

School Counselors' Institute - June 9-10, 2021

The School Counselors' Institute is a VIRTUAL two-day training specifically designed to meet the needs of school counselors in implementing a comprehensive school counseling program. We are very excited to bring the expertise of Trish Hatch and her team from Hatching Results to lead school counselors in this interactive and engaging professional development opportunity. School counselors will leave with the tools they need to promote and support the development and implementation of a comprehensive school counseling program that is data driven to meet the needs of all students. Topics will include: MTMDSS, Tier 1 implementation, Tier 2 implementation, data, college and career readiness, mental health, equity, and sharing data with stakeholders. Cost $140.

To register for the School Counselors' Institute, please visit our events listing.

AzSCA 2021 School Counseling Award Winners

Congratulations to the 2021 School Counseling Award Winners from AzSCA. Learn more about the winners on AzSCA's website at

ECAP Submission for SY20-21

There have not been any changes to the ECAP requirement or compliance submission for this school year. Schools still have to submit the following items:

  • A copy of the school-wide implementation action plan or calendar (action plans or calendars should include: What, Where, When, Who in order to present a clear picture of your ECAP process for ALL students).
  • A copy of a completed ECAP Plan from one student from the graduation class of 2021 with all identifying student information removed in order to be FERPA compliant).

Please refer to the official memo below that was sent to the person at your district who is in our ALEAT system. ALEAT is the online platform where your school or district submits these items.

These two monitoring documents need to be submitted to ALEAT by April 16, 2021.

Please click here to review a note about ECAP Moving Forward sent over the summer.

Please contact Amanda Nolasco with any ECAP questions at

Resources Hub

Check out these great resources to help you develop and grow your school counseling program. If you think you have a great lesson, form, activity, presentation, etc. please share with me at

School Counseling Action Plans - Trying to figure out what Tier 1 school counseling services should look like in your school? Check out these School Counseling Action Plans created by Pomona Unified School District. Remember, every district/school is different but these can provide an example of how one district organizes their school counseling program.

Recent Presentations - Check out these presentations from ADE.

School Counselor Connection PD & Collaboration

Join your ADE School Counselor Specialist & Post-Secondary Coordinator for monthly "Office Hours" to get updates and connect with other school counselors from around the state.

These virtual meetups are a chance for school counselors across Arizona to connect, share, and support each other during this new educational landscape. Join our monthly meetup and connect with your colleagues to learn and lead from wherever you are in our state!

Click on the button below to register for the spring dates.

Professional Development

Project EASEL: Empowering Arizona with Social Emotional Learning

Project EASEL: Empowering Arizona with Social Emotional Learning (formerly the AZ CCCTT project), sponsored by the Arizona Department of Education, provides free virtual trainings to educators, counselors, and others to increase students’ social emotional learning.

For registration information regarding Developing Students’ Competency free 90-minute Exploration Webinars, please click here.

Developing Students’ Competency Skills Topics:

    Thursday, April 8, 2021 @ 2:00 p.m.

    • Developing Students’ Self-Efficacy

    To view opportunities and access registration links, click here

    Join ADE as they continue to offer PD throughout the year via the IDEA conference (FREE):

    March 25, 2021 from 2:45–4:00 p.m.

    The Iron is HOT: Using UDL in the Virtual Classroom

    Presented by Paula Kluth

    It’s undoubtedly important to teach in ways that honor learning differences and to structure lessons that are engaging, varied, and appropriately challenging. However, in this era focused on universal design for all, it is also critical to explore the underlying habits of mind related to “teaching them all.” This presentation centers on big ideas related to teaching and learning. The presenter, Paula Kluth, will discuss the role of “teaching up” and presuming both competence and complexity. She will explore the need to focus on student strengths, passions, and interests. She will also talk about the need to design lessons that are responsive and dynamic. This presentation will contain video clips, classroom stories, examples, and illustrations. It will provide both points of reflection and practical strategies. More importantly, it will feature ideas to help all teachers better respond to the diversity that exists in their classrooms every single day.

    You can register by selecting sessions listed above or please visit the IDEA Conference web page:

    • The Professional sessions will take place on Thursday afternoons from 2:45–4:00 p.m.
    • Youth and Family sessions will take place on Tuesday afternoons from 4:00–5:00 p.m.
    • Participants must register 48 hours in advance to guarantee needed accommodations.

    If you have questions, please email the conference inbox.

    2021 ASU Social Embeddedness Network Conference

    Cash For Class: A Partnership to Increase Postsecondary Education Access

    This year, the free virtual conference will take place on March 24-26, 2021. This annual conference serves as a space for recognizing, highlighting and inspiring unique collaborations between community partners and universities. Join us on Day 2 at noon for Cash For Class: A Partnership to Increase Postsecondary Education Access to learn how Impact Maker convenes leaders and champions who want to tackle Arizona’s most pressing issues, including education. During the pandemic, partners came together to ensure students and parents continue to be supported in the federal financial aid process.

    When: Thursday, March 25, 2021 | 12-12:45 p.m.


    AzCAN Webinars: FAFSA Resources

    Throughout this spring and fall, AzCAN and the Arizona Commission for Postsecondary Education will host a series of FREE webinars around FAFSA completion. Dates and topics are below. All webinars take place from 2:00 - 3:00 PM. Click on the button below for full webinar descriptions plus a link to register.

    April 6, 2021

    • After the FAFSA/Verification

    August 31, 2021

    • Before the FAFSA/FSA ID/Q&A All Things FAFSA

    September 21, 2021

    • FAFSA 101: The Basics

    September 29, 2021

    • Arizona FAFSA Challenge

    October 26, 2021

    • FAFSA 201: Advanced Topics

    November 16, 2021

    • After the FAFSA/Verification

    CAP Classes 2021 - FREE

    The Arizona Department of Education is pleased to announce a partnership with the Arizona College Access Network (AzCAN) to provide FREE online College Access Professional (CAP) trainings in 2021.

    AzCAN’s CAP Training will help professionals develop an understanding of their role in developing a college-going mission for all students, particularly students in poverty or facing other barriers in postsecondary planning. These modules are designed for anyone who provides direct service to students including but not limited to school counselors, teachers, administrators, paraprofessionals, social workers, and librarians.

    We would also like to recognize Arizona GEAR Up for their partnership as well to this project.

    Why Occupational Therapy? - FREE Webinar - Join Alejandra Arroyo, a third-year Occupational Therapy (OT) student here in Arizona completing her capstone project. Part of her capstone project is working with the Arizona Occupational Therapy Association to increase awareness of the field of OT with an equitable and inclusive lens.

    Learn more about the profession and how you as school counselors can support your students for a career in OT.

    • FREE virtual event. All are welcome!
    • Will be offered 3 different days/times for your convenience
      • Tuesday, March 30th, 9-10am
      • Wednesday, March 31st, 12-1pm
      • Thursday, April 1st, 6-7pm
    • RSVP HERE or here-

    If you have any questions, contact Alejandra at

    Girls Who Code - FREE Summer Immersion Program (SIP)

    What is SIP?

    • SIP is a free 2-week virtual introductory computer science program with staggered rounds throughout the summer for students to explore HTML, CSS and Javascript, and also interact with industry leaders like AT&T, Goldman Sachs, SnapChat, and Disney. There will also be a self-paced option to participate at any time in the summer if they need more flexibility in their schedule!
    • Participation is 100% free, and we provide need-based stipends of up to $300 and tech support for those who qualify.


    • Applicants must be current 9-11th grade students (rising sophomores, juniors, or seniors) who identify as female, non-binary, or gender non-conforming.
    • Participants can be beginners or already have some computer science experience.

    Here is a blurb that you can copy and paste to share with your current 9-11th graders:

    Don’t miss your chance to join Girls Who Code’s free Summer Immersion Program for current 9-11th grade girls and non-binary students! Girls Who Code welcomes all eligible students to apply for their introductory coding program, and strongly encourages applicants who are historically underrepresented in tech including Black, Latinx, and low-income students.

    Check out this flyer to learn more, or join an upcoming Girls Who Code webinar here.

    Fill out the quick application here before the deadline on March 19th!

    Junior Achievement of Arizona - Please share with your teachers!

    On March 26, JAAZ is launching JA Inspire Virtual, a new interactive, virtual and on-demand career readiness and exploration program. The virtual expo will be available to students and teachers through June 25. Thousands of Arizona middle and high school students will have access to this program where they can explore careers, industries and companies. They will have the opportunity to research over 70 of Arizona’s top employers representing many different career fields! While exploring the career booths, students can download career information, watch videos, and ask questions during our “Ask the Expert” sessions.

    To get started, teachers need to submit the school registration form. JAAZ staff will coordinate with the teacher all logistics, materials for in class curriculum, etc.

    They would like to invite your students to participate in Junior Achievement’s JA Inspire free virtual career development fair that goes live on Friday, March 26th and is available on demand through June 25th. Middle and high students have the opportunity to research over 70 of Arizona’s top employers representing many different career fields! While exploring the career booths, students can download career information, watch videos, and ask questions during ther “Ask the Expert” sessions.

    This two-part program is being implemented around the country to help young students develop work readiness skills and conduct career exploration prior to graduation. It includes:

    1. Two 60-minute lessons, preparatory and reflection, conducted in-class or remotely.

    2. The virtual career exploration fair which goes live on Friday, March 26th and is available on-demand for 90 days.

    Please access the JA Inspire Virtual information here to register or learn more about how you can bring this exciting, free, enrichment program to your school. JA looks forward to partnering with you to inspire your students to succeed in their futures!

    2021 RECHARGE Conference

    The annual Arizona State University RECHARGE conference provides a no-cost platform for American Indian students in grades 7-12 to invest in their education, future and community. The Virtual event includes engaging activities and inspiring presentations, including topics on culture and identity, college readiness, financial aid and scholarships, college majors, and specialized ASU campus resources.

    Open to all 7th-12th grade students

    To register, visit:

    Arizona Youth Leadership Forum (AZYLF)

    It's that time of year again! We are thrilled to announce that registration is now open for the eighth annual Arizona Youth Leadership Forum (AZYLF). This innovative, multi-day conference, is held in multiple regions of Arizona each summer, and the deadline to apply is April 16, 2021.

    During AZYLF, Delegates participate in a dynamic experience that focuses on self-discovery, leadership development, career exploration, effective advocacy, and empowerment through heightened awareness of disability history and culture. Through Person Centered Planning, Delegates are assisted in developing a Personal Leadership Plan which includes specific action items they choose to address as they navigate their futures. Delegates become a catalyst for their peers in informing the Arizona State Plan for Independent Living, and receive ongoing connection and peer support through the thriving AZYLI Alumni Association, after graduating from AZYLF.

    This year, AZYLF Regional Conferences will be held online via Zoom, where Delegates can participate from the safety and comfort of their own homes. Individualized accommodations will be celebrated and honored, and a variety of avenues for self-expression and interaction will be embedded throughout AZYLF.

    Below are the AZYLF Conferences listed by Regional Locations. All Arizona counties are represented in one of the regions, and you are asked to apply for the regional conference for the county in which you reside.

    Regional Location


    Counties in Region


    June 7-12, 2021

    Gila, Maricopa, Pinal


    June 14-20,2021

    Cochise, Graham, Greenlee, Pima, Santa Cruz


    June 21-27, 2021

    Mohave, Yavapai


    June 21-27, 2021

    Apache, Coconino, Navajo


    July 10-15, 2021

    LaPaz, Yuma

    To be eligible for selection as a Delegate to Arizona Youth Leadership Forum, youth must:

    • Identify as having a disability;
    • Be in high school, or be a young adult under the age of 30;
    • Wish to increase personal leadership, self-reliance, and self-advocacy skills;
    • Aim to interact kindly with peers and elder role models;
    • Live in Arizona

    AZYLF is intended to serve youth who have a variety of disabilities and diversities. Therefore, Arizona youth who are in high school, those who have recently graduated, or those who are young adults experiencing transition, are encouraged to apply and will receive selection consideration.

    Applicants who do not have internet access may call: 602-425-5135, for assistance with completing their application.


    AZYLF is facilitated by Diverse Ability Incorporated, in partnership with the AZYLI Alumni Association, and is funded in part by Arizona Rehabilitation Services Administration, and Arizona Statewide Independent Living Council.

    CTE Advise Project

    The CTE Advise Project provides free access to online advising software aimed at helping students learn about different career paths including those in nontraditional fields. This is offered as part of a study which will look at how these tools impact student choice in career and technical education pathways.


    The work is funded by the U.S. Dept of Ed’s Institute of Education Sciences. The aim is to help students explore different career paths -- including and especially those in nontraditional fields. Partner districts get free use of 2 different tools, and at the end get to learn whether the tools are quantifiably effective and a good investment for the future. Overall, partners get:

    · FREE access to online advising software

    · Ongoing support to learn how your efforts impact equity

    · Student success featured in a national, U.S. DOE funded study

    · Stipends (per school) as a thank you for their time

    MDRC is in the planning phases for the 2021-2022 year of the project and looking for district partners.

    What to do next

    If you think there’s appetite for your schools to access to these tools (and get some clarity about what role they can play), send 15-30 min windows of times to Hannah Dalporto ( to set up a meeting for more information.

    Note: This study is not affiliated with ADE. We are sharing for those who might be interested in this opportunity.

    Hard Hat Design Contest

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    Arizona Registrar of Contractors (AZ ROC) is inviting all Arizona high school students to participate in the 2021 AZ ROC Hard Hat Design Competition, an art contest to design a commemorative hard hat that AZ ROC awards to individuals in the State of Arizona who demonstrate a commitment to promoting integrity within the construction science technology professions.

    This is a great opportunity for students to showcase their artistic abilities and for the selected winner to have their art displayed on a treasured keepsake.

    Contact Us

    For questions about the contest please contact either Jessie Winter, Public Information Liaison at or Breanna Bang, Public Information Liaison, at

    Pandemic Support - Free Counseling Services

    Valle Del Sol currently has a limited time grant through SAMHSA that allow us to offer FREE therapy and psychiatric services for those experiencing any emotional health concerns or stressors related to the COVID-19 Pandemic. They wanted to specifically share that this is available to school staff.

    How do you get connected:

    The School Staff interested can fill out their own VDS Referral Form attached and select the check box “teacher referral”

    • This Referral Form can then be sent to and we will reach out to get your started.
    • A School’s Staff Referral and Service Enrollment will be kept confidential.

    Please do not hesitate to reach out for any questions regarding this grant or how to connect your staff.

    Second, they are currently offering a Creative Self-Care for Teachers Workshop to provide a supportive space for teachers to prioritize self-care. They partner directly with Childsplay, a Professional Theater Company to develop a workshop series for educators specifically! Creative Self-Care for Teachers is a 5 session, “support group” style Virtual workshop. These sessions focus on Teacher Wellness, Self-Care Strategies, Practicing Mindfulness, Playfulness, Connection Building and Finding Moments of Joy in the day-to-day. Ultimately, this series is centered on providing a “calm” space for teachers.” There is a cost to this workshop, but there are opportunities for grant coverage.

    They acknowledge that the current circumstances are impacting educators both professionally and personally and ultimately affecting emotional health. Please reach out to them if you feel that your school would benefit or you would like more information!

    Please see flyers below for information on the programs mentioned above.

    Pandemic Support - Free Counseling Services

    Resilient AZ Crisis Counseling Program

    Assists individuals recovering from the psychological effects of the coronavirus pandemic, through outreach, emotional support, and educational services. All services are free and confidential. For individual/family services, 480.736.4978 or email, and for group services contact 480.694.4436 or email

    The program is federally funded through FEMA and SAMHSA, with the goal of providing emotional support, education, and outreach to Arizonans dealing with the psychological impact of the pandemic.

    As part of that goal they are offering monthly workshops and groups through the end of May 2021. Workshops include: Tips to Handle Pandemic Stress, Surviving Grief, and Mindfulness.

    While calendar events are open to the community, they are also available to provide services directly to specific groups.

    Please see the flyers below on April events.

    FAFSA Best Practices Webinar - Phoenix College Preparatory Academy

    Join the AZ FAFSA Challenge and AzCAN as they feature Phoenix College Preparatory Academy as the February 2021- Most Innovative Player! Learn all about their high school's FAFSA completion efforts and initiatives that have created a college-going culture on their campus. Phoenix College Preparatory Academy will share how they engage and assist their current students, alumni, and community with completing the FAFSA.

    ICYMI - Sunnyslope High School FAFSA Best Practices Webinar

    In case you missed it, last month, Sunnyslope High School shared their FAFSA best practices that have boosted their FAFSA completion rates! The webinar provides their innovative FAFSA efforts, timelines, and handouts that they use to encourage their seniors to complete the FAFSA.

    Tri University

    Don't miss these great events! For more information and to register visit
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    ASU - TRIO Student Support Services

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    Support students succeed in their college experience and beyond! The TRIO Student Support Services (SSS) Programs are federally-funded college programs, administered through the Department of Education, and are designed to motivate and support first generation, low-income, and students with disabilities. TRIO services are tailored to meet students where they are to ensure they achieve a Bachelor’s Degree. Services include:

    • Access to a supportive community of other first generation, low-income, and students with disabilities.
    • One on One coaching from TRIO advisors
    • Exclusive access to TRIO computer labs on campus with free printing
    • One on one academic tutoring in a wide range of topics
    • Workshops and opportunities to participate in other cultural events and activities

    There are 17 TRIO SSS Programs spread across Arizona and can be found at Arizona State University (ASU), Central Arizona College, Coconino Community College, Northern Arizona Community College, Pima Community College, Cochise College, The University of Arizona, Arizona Western College, Yavapai College, Gateway Community College, and South Mountain Community College.

    If you or the student’s you support are interested in learning more about the TRIO Program, please visit: or

    TRIO Programs provide a home away from home for students navigating higher education!

    ASU/NAU/UA -Admissions Support

    Do you or your students have questions about the admissions or FAFSA process? Here are quick links to get support from ASU, NAU and UA.


    We know touring college campuses has been a challenge over the past year. To answer this challenge, Arizona State University has partnered with Amazon Prime to create a way for your students to “tour” campus and see what ASU is like on their new show – The College Tour. On ASU's episode, your students will get the most comprehensive college tour of ASU we’ve ever created. They’ll meet real ASU students who share, in their own words, their ASU experiences. From life on our campuses, academics and undergraduate research, to athletics and clubs, they’ll see the many sides of ASU that await them. The visual imagery of the campuses is combined with amazing and inspiring student stories.

    Students, Families and you can watch the ASU episode along with individual student segments at:, Amazon Prime and Roku.

    We are also happy to partner around ways to use the feature in your schools.


    Counselors, students, and parents can connect with their Admission Officers for any questions, concerns, requests, or for 1:1 appointments at:

    Admitted students, their parents, and counselors can also check out how to complete next steps of enrollment at:

    Students and families can watch a virtual campus visit presentation and take a virtual tour of campus at:

    Virtual Discover NAU Events:

    Explore life as a Lumberjack – virtually – at our signature Discover NAU events. These virtual events bring together college-bound students and their families for an engaging and interactive look at NAU’s outstanding academic programs and student services. Virtual Discover NAU events include:

    • Need to know admissions information
    • A Q&A panel with current students
    • Details on how to connect with us virtually after the event, including how to schedule an appointment with an admissions team member

    Virtual Discover NAU events take place on the following dates and times:

    • Saturday, April 10th (11am MST, Arizona time)

    Students and families can register for a DNAU event here:

    Or by calling 928-523-5511

    Arizona Information Sessions:

    In an effort to keep our Lumberjack community healthy, all Spring 2021 information session events will continue to be virtual! Join us for one of the following info sessions for students and families from specific areas around Arizona:

    Maricopa & Pinal Counties

    Sunday, March 21, 2021• 2 p.m. (AZ Time)
    Click Here to Join

    Maricopa & Pinal Counties

    Sunday, April 11, 2021• 2 p.m. (AZ Time)
    Click Here to Join

    Maricopa & Pinal Counties

    Thursday, April 22, 2021• 6 p.m. (AZ Time)
    Click Here to Join

    All AZ Counties except Maricopa & Pinal

    Saturday, March 20, 2021 • 2 p.m. (AZ Time)
    Click Here to Join

    All AZ Counties except Maricopa & Pinal

    Sunday, April 18, 2021 • 2 p.m. (AZ Time)
    Click Here to Join

    All AZ Counties except Maricopa & Pinal

    Tuesday, April 20, 2021 • 6 p.m. (AZ Time)
    Click Here to Join

    Spanish Information Sessions:

    Saturday, March 27, 2021 • 2 p.m. (AZ Time)
    Click Here to Join

    Wednesday, April 28, 2021 • 7 p.m. (AZ Time)
    Click Here to Join


    • To find “their person” – the Admission rep working with their school (student or counselors!) - Who is my Recruiter?
    • To schedule a 1:1 meeting with an Admission Counselor, on demand, Monday – Friday, 8am – 5pm - Virtual Admissions Office Hour Meetings
    • Of course, counselors, administrators, students or families can always reach out my way! Dan Kellish – Associate Director, Arizona Recruitment –

    College Application/FAFSA/Scholarship/Postsecondary Assistance

    We have many community partners around Arizona that are committed to collaborating with schools to assist with the college enrollment process including support with college, FAFSA, and scholarship applications. Check out these virtual opportunities below for your students.

    FAFSA Completion Resources from Impact Maker

    Bringing together best practices from across the country, “Increasing FAFSA Completion in Arizona” provides a playbook for teachers and counselors. Download the playbook here. Awareness is a critical component of any FAFSA strategy – download this FAFSA Communications Toolkit, which can be used to promote FAFSA completion and college and career-readiness events. To extend support for your students, engaging businesses may be part of your strategy – download the corporate playbook, which provides resources for businesses to support FAFSA completion. Attend a free webinar on Feb. 4 to learn how other businesses, including Bank of America, Duncan Family Farms and the Phoenix Suns have implemented a community engagement strategy around FAFSA completion.

    Impact Maker, an initiative of Valley Leadership, connecting leaders and community champions to tackle Arizona’s most pressing issues, including education. Learn more here.

    FAFSA Drive-In Events - Northern Arizona

    Please share this information with your students and families.
    College Connect
    Career Readiness Workshop Series

    Making a Resume: Info Session - Wednesday, March 24th 1:00 - 2:00 pm

    Interview Preparation and Speaking to Employers - Wednesday April 7th 1:00 - 2:00 pm

    Register at

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    NACRC - Northern Arizona College Resource Center

    Career Chats: When I Grow Up

    In this series, see an interview with a current professional and current college student in the physical therapy field. Thank you to the Northern Arizona College Resource Center for this series! Check out the video at Please share with your students, teachers, and communities.


    March DACA Scholarships:

    March Scholarships:

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    Virtual Advising - AzCAN

    AzCAN has an AmeriCorps program that consists of virtual college advisers who are current college students. These advisers are working with high school students (100% free to schools) from all over the state. Contact information is below if you would like more information.

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    College Depot

    Designed for first-generation, college college-bound high school seniors, GRIT provides participating students with an enhanced, more connected type of advising. GRIT students will be assigned an advisor to provide direct, virtual support to create a personalized senior college plan as their junior year wraps up. Their advisor will then work with them periodically during the summer and throughout their senior year to make sure they have the support needed to start college after graduating high school. Class of 2022 students can enroll at

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    Do you students interested in ACT Test Prep to get ready for the exam this spring? ACT skill focus areas will include: pacing, test question familiarity and strategies in English, reading math and science, understanding content and discovering how high scores unlock possibilities for merit scholarships. The entire online test prep program last six weeks. Register for this orientation session to enroll into the six week program and get a walk through of how it works. For current juniors graduating in 2022. Enroll at
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    Wild Out Counselor Wednesdays

    Stay connected with the community and register for the upcoming Wild Out Counselor Wednesday workshops.

    Wed., April 7, 11:00-12:00: How to Host a College Signing Day Event

    Register here:

    Wed., May 5, 11:00-12:00: Utilizing Arizona’s College Access Centers to Combat Summer Melt

    Register here:

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    RMACAC - Rocky Mountain Association for College Admission Counseling

    Superconference 2021

    Come one, come all! Step right up and get ready to take your place among the fantastic at Superconference 2021. Prepare to be dazzled by dynamic speakers, empowered by your professional peers, and enlivened by the energy of others! Join us April 11-13, 2021, three days only, for what is sure to be an event not soon to be forgotten.

    The event will be entirely virtual, and costs just $150. Prepare to join us to make Superconference 2021 “The Greatest Conference on Earth.” #BigTopConference

    RMACAC Student Scholarship

    We are excited to once again offer two (2) $1,000 scholarships to students in each of our member states; Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming, for a total of $10,000 in award monies. We have tried to keep this application and supplementary materials as concise and simple as possible. Interested students must be nominated by a current paid member of RMACAC by the date of the close of the application (March 19, 2021).

    Full details can be found on the RMACAC Student Scholarship Application.

    Spring College Fair

    We are excited to announce that RMACAC will be partnering with StriveScan to host two virtual fairs this spring!

    Virtual Fair Dates

    Thursday, April 22, 2021
    5:00 - 7:45 PM (Mountain Daylight Time)


    Monday, April 26, 2021
    5:00 - 7:45 PM (Mountain Daylight Time)

    For more information and to register for fairs please visit RMCAC Spring 2021 College Fairs


    Embrey Riddle Aeronautical University

    The USAF offers several types of scholarships for High School seniors that your students might be interested in. Information about the scholarships can be found here: High School Scholarship Types | High School Students | U.S. Air Force ROTC (

    Of significance, if your students are interested in these scholarships, it pays to apply as early as possible (1 July), because doing so allows them to be reviewed by multiple boards and have more than one chance to receive a scholarship.

    If you have any questions about what AFROTC is like at our college, we’ve created a virtual recruitment briefing on YouTube that typically answers many questions people have:

    If you have questions, please contact Charles L. Ruddek, Capt, USAF at or 928-777-3873.

    ACTEAZ - Association for Career and Technical Education Arizona

    The 2021 ACTEAZ awards and student scholarship applications are now online! Applications must be submitted by April 5, 2021.

    Career Guidance Award

    This award recognizes school counselors and career development professionals who have demonstrated commitment to connecting students with opportunities for success, shown innovation in career exploration and development, and have advocated for CTE as a viable option for all students.

    All candidates must be employed as school counselors and/or career development professionals at the time of initial nominations. Candidates must be members of ACTEAZ for three years for consideration at the state level.

    Student Scholarship

    Scholarship Information:

    The ACTEAZ Scholarship is non-renewable (meaning this scholarship is a one-time award).

    • The scholarship will be payable to the educational institution identified by the applicant.
    • The scholarship amount can range from $500.00 – $2,500.00 based upon the available funds and the number of scholarships the committee agrees to award.


    To be eligible to receive an ACTEAZ Scholarship you must:

    • Be an Arizona graduating senior who is enrolled in a recognized Career and Technical Education program at a high school (from Funding Priority List)
    • Be an Arizona student who is enrolled in a recognized Career and Technical Education program at the post-secondary level (may include CTE Teacher Preparation Program)
    • Be nominated by a current ACTEAZ member (ACTEAZ Members may nominate a maximum of two students)
    • Have not previously been awarded a Scholarship by ACTEAZ

    Selection Criteria:

    Scholarship recipients will be selected using the following areas of criteria:

    • CTE Involvement
    • School and Community Involvement
    • Essay Responses
    • Nominating Letter

    ACTEAZ Summer Conference 2021

    BREAKING NEWS!!! Arizona CTE Summer Conference Going Virtual This Year

    The Association for Career Technical Education of Arizona and the Arizona Department of Education invites you to participate in our Virtual Summer Conference "Maintaining Balance and Moving Forward," July 19-22, 2021. This conference is open to Administrators, Counselors, Teachers and Industry Partners. We are currently updating the website and more information will be coming out shortly.

    ACT Counselor Newsletter

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