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Georgia College Access Courses

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A Professional Learning Experience

Registration Fee for Courses 1-3 is $100
Registration Fee for Course 4 is $50

The Georgia College Access Courses (GCAC) were developed through the Southern Regional Education Board’s Go Alliance in cooperation with the College Access Challenge Grant (CACG) project.

These courses provide high quality, online professional learning for middle grade and high school counselors, graduation advisors, community counselors, and other post secondary counseling professionals. Post secondary enrollment practitioners will improve their effectiveness in working with all students to assist with enrollment in technical or trade schools, two (2) and four (4) year colleges and apply for financial aid.

Professional Learning will include strategies for advising all students – particularly first generation college bound students and disconnected youth seeking educational opportunities beyond high school.

Courses will be offered concurrently.

Culture Course (1) Building a College-Going Culture for All Students
Culture Course (1) Building a College-Going Culture for All Students
September 22, 2014 to November 14, 2014

Topics include: Role of the counselor in promoting career and academic planning, creating a college-going mission, understanding and working with diverse populations, and communicating a college-going mission.

Planning Course (2) College, Career, and Academic Planning
Planning Course (2) College, Career, and Academic Planning
­September 22, 2014 to November 14, 2014

Topics include: Engaging students in early career awareness and planning, using data to guide academic planning, helping students understand the importance of course selections and grades, and college/postsecondary choices.

Fiscal Course (3) Financial Aid and College Applications
Fiscal Course (3) Financial Aid and College Applications
­September 22, 2014 to November 14, 2014

Topics include: Guiding parents and students through the complexities of financial aid, assisting with the financial aid process, preparing for college admission tests, and college admissions-application process.

Middle Grades Course (4) College and Career Counseling in the Middle Grades
Middle Grades Course (4) College and Career Counseling in the Middle Grades
September 22, 2014 to November 14, 2014

Topics include: Developing strategies for creating college-going culture in the middle school grades, implementing Strategies to engage middle grades students in career planning and academic achievement, guiding students to identify courses neded to prepare for high school, careers, and college and building transition activities for parents and students to help students prepare for high school.

Registration Information

Register Online (secure server) (using a Visa, Mastercard, American Express or Discover card) at the link below.
Please note: Online registration is for individual registrations only. Please have your credit card ready.

Register online: Culture Course (1) Building a College-Going Culture for All Students
­September 22, 2014 to November 14, 2014
Fee $100
Register online: Planning Course (2) College, Career, and Academic Planning
­September 22, 2014 to November 14, 2014
Fee $100
Register online: Fiscal Course (3) Financial Aid and College Applications
­September 22, 2014 to November 14, 2014
Fee $100
Register online: Middle Grades Course (4) College and Career Counseling in the Middle Grades
­September 22, 2014 to November 14, 2014
Fee $50
PLU Information

4.0 CEUs (Continuing Education Units) also available for each course
Certificate will be sent upon successful completion of course

A Prior Approval Form and completion record for each module (see below) must be submitted before the class begins by faxing to 912-478-0306 or by mail to:
Judy Hendrix-Poole
Continuing Education
Georgia Southern University
PO Box 8124
Statesboro, GA 30460-8124

downloadDownload a Prior Approval Form.pdf
Professional Learning Program Completion Record
The Professional Learning Program Completion Record will become the participant’s “transcript” for the PLU credit they earn.

> Download Completion Record for-Course 1.pdf
> Download Completion Record for-Course 2.pdf
> Download Completion Record for-Course 3.pdf
> Download Completion Record for-Course 4.pdf

1. At the beginning of the course:
Each participant who is taking the course for PLU credit, must complete the top section titled Personnel Information on the Completion Record for Course 1, Course 2, Course 3 and Course 4 and return the form to Judy Hendrix-Poole.
You can either email the form to professionaltraining@georgiasouthern.edu or mail the form.
2. At the conclusion of the course:
For participants who successfully complete the course and its mastery verification, the instructor and the evaluator will sign in the spaces near the bottom of the form.

The signature as “Instructor” recognizes the individual’s participation in the course for the required 40 instructional hours, and the signature as “Evaluator” acknowledges that the participant successfully completed the items listed for mastery verification.

3.The signed Completion Record for Course 1, Course 2, Course 3 and Course 4 will be returned to the Certification Office along with each participant’s signed PLU Prior Approval Form.
4.The Completion Record for Course 1, Course 2, Course 3 and Course 4 will be signed by the certification official for Georgia Southern University. The original of that form will be mailed to each participant and a copy will be mailed to the indicated employing system.

Facilitators

September 22, 2014 to November 14, 2014

Culture Course: LaVerne Ware, Ph.D.
Counseling and Student Support Services Coordinator

Atlanta Public Schools

Atlanta, GA

Bio Brief: Ph.D. from Capella University in Human Services with a Specialization in Counseling Studies and holds a Masters and Specialist in Education, School Counseling. She was recognized as Georgia’s Region 3 Counselor of the Year 2003-2004; Fulton County Middle School Counselor of the Year, 2003-2004, Licensed Professional Counselor.

Planning Course: Julia S. Chibbaro, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Clinical and Professional Studies
University of West Georgia
Carrollton, GA

Bio Brief: Ph.D. in Counselor Education from the University of West Georgia.
Served as a school counselor at the middle school level for 8 years and high school counselor, Department of Juvenile Justice, for 6 years in South Carolina. Currently, she is researching and developing practical strategies that school counselors may use to improve their practices and the lives of students.

Fiscal Course: Kim Jackson-Allen, Ed.D.
School Guidance Counselor
Savannah-Chatham County Public Schools
Savannah, GA

Bio Brief: Ed.D. from South Carolina State University where she received a dual Specialist and doctorate in Educational Administration. Holds a Masters and Specialist degree in Counselor Education from Georgia Southern University. She realizes that students need effective decision-making skills that to enable them to become productive members of society.

Middle Grades Course: Teah Moore, Ph.D.
Program Coordinator
School Counselor Education
Fort Valley State University
Perry, GA

Bio Brief: Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Counseling from Idaho State University. She teaches the career-counseling course at Fort Valley State University, where she stresses the importance and role of career counseling in a person’s life to assist with ameliorating much of the frustration and uncertainty many people experience with their careers. She comes with practitioner experience, school experience, and human service experience resulting from serving families, and adolescents.

For Georgia College Access Courses Program Information Contact
Name Title Phone Email
Judy Hendrix-Poole Program Development Specialist 912.478.5993
Division of Continuing Education • PO Box 8124 Statesboro, GA 30458-8124 • 912.478.5555 • conted@georgiasouthern.edu