In Michigan, new rules for guidance counselors are taking effect, specifically regarding the content of the 150 hours of professional development training that counselors must take to renew their license.

New legislation was signed last week by Governor Rick Snyder that mandates that at least 25 of the 150 hours of training focus on improving college preparation and selection, and another 25 must cover career counseling.

“Equipping students with the tools and resources they need to decide on a career path and finding the right avenue to get there is critically important for long-term success,” Snyder said. “This bill helps school counselors better serve students by expanding the focus on the diverse career and educational options that are available.”

The new rules apply to counselors who renew their high school guidance counselor credential two years after the law takes effect in January 2018. T

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“These requirements will boost the proficiency and skills counselors need to continue making a difference in the lives of students and helps ensure a bright future for Michigan,” said Brandy Johnson, executive director of Michigan College Access Network. “It takes a network of support to guide students through the college-going process and we know counselors are an important piece of that puzzle.”

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