Online professional development modules

Washington College Access Network (WCAN) provides online professional development modules for anyone who works in the college access field. These modules offer information and tools to create a college-going culture in your organization and better assist students with postsecondary planning. This professional training will help you develop an understanding of your role in designing a college-going mission for all students, particularly students experiencing poverty or facing other barriers in their postsecondary planning.

The curriculum includes readings, activities and online discussion. Each module takes approximately 6 weeks and 20 hours to complete. Participants who successfully complete a module are eligible for 30 continuing education units (CEUs).

Need more information before you register? Email info@wcan.org to get your questions answered!

Upcoming classes

Building a College Going Culture in the Middle Grades

Dates: TBD
Cost: $140
Clock hours available

Developed for practicing professional school counselors, pre-service school counselors, college access professionals, and all education professionals who advise students on their postsecondary aspirations, this module includes six sessions that address the skills and knowledge required to help middle grade students prepare for college and careers. Participants build knowledge and skills in several areas, including: how to create a college-going culture, the value and affordability of postsecondary education, career exploration, how to use data to support student success, transitions from elementary to middle and middle to high school, academic planning, and how to help students develop academic mindsets and skills for college and career success. Participants will engage in constructive discussions in an online learning community with their colleagues and complete practical, hands-on activities throughout the course.

Building a College Going Culture for all Students

Dates: January 9-February 26
Cost: $140
Clock hours available

Developed for practicing professional school counselors, pre-service school counselors, college access professionals, and all education professionals who advise students on their postsecondary aspirations, this module includes four sessions designed to help participants increase the postsecondary success of the students they serve, particularly those in poverty and students who face barriers to postsecondary planning. The online sessions help participants develop approaches for communicating with and working with high-poverty students and diverse populations to remove barriers to their aspirations and achievement. The term “college” is used throughout this module to refer to any postsecondary education or training at a Pell-eligible educational institution beyond the high school level, including those that offer apprenticeship programs, certificates, and associate and/or bachelor degree programs.

College Counseling for Special Populations Students

Dates: January 9-March 12
Cost: $140
Clock hours available

This online module was developed for practicing professional school counselors, pre-service school counselors and college access professionals, and is appropriate for all education professionals who advise students on their postsecondary aspirations. It includes six sessions addressing the skills and knowledge required to help special-population students (students with disabilities, homeless youth, foster youth, LGBTQ youth, and migrant, immigrant and refugee youth) prepare for college and careers. Participants will build knowledge and skills in several areas, including: understanding and identifying special populations, building support systems, planning for school, maintaining records, exploring the college application and financial aid processes, and helping students successfully transition into education after high school. Participants will engage in constructive discussions in a learning community with their colleagues and complete practical, hands-on activities throughout the course.

Register for upcoming classes

Thank you for your interest in our College and Career Readiness online courses!
Email info@wcan.org to register for a course. A team member will confirm course availability and confirm payment via the attached order form.

Any questions on the online courses? You can contact us anytime via email at info@wcan.org or call us Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 3:00 pm 1-877-655-4097 ext. 8