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PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT FOR COUNSELORS. This Generation of Students Is the Future of Texas!. Overview. Presentation team: Patricia G. (Pat) Bubb, Executive Director, RGV LEAD Martha Gutierrez, P-16 Council Coordinator, RGV LEAD

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Professional development for counselors



This Generation of Students Is the Future of Texas!


  • Presentation team:

    • Patricia G. (Pat) Bubb, Executive Director, RGV LEAD

    • Martha Gutierrez, P-16 Council Coordinator,

      RGV LEAD

    • Dora Colvin, Director of Student Recruitment, TSTC Harlingen

Transition counseling
Transition Counseling

  • Transition Counseling Update:

    • What We’ve Done to Date

    • The Message We’re Conveying

    • Response in Our Region

  • Developed a presentation to use in individual districts.

  • Embedded the “Top 10 List” in a “passport” that can be shared with other councils.

  • Planning now for regional conference in December 2013.

Transition counseling major topics
Transition CounselingMajor Topics

Event will be at South Padre Island on December 12-13, 2013 (preconference for superintendents and school board members the afternoon of December 11)

Transition Counseling Sessions focused on 3 Critical Areas:

  • Programs of Study

  • Effective Advisement

  • Financial Aid

(One Session)

(One Session)

Counselors network connections
Counselors’ Network Connections

  • Counselors’ Network was created

    to address counselors’ needs,

    bringing together secondary and post-secondary counselors.

  • Most recent example of meeting expressed needs: presentation by Ruby Armstrong, LPC, about Garland ISD systems at meeting in May

    • Student scheduling using web-based resources

    • Management of the STAAR (State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness) assessment system

  • Network leaders also serve on regional P-16 leadership team.

Tstc counselor updates
TSTC Counselor Updates

  • Texas State Technical College Counselor Update

  • First held in 2008

  • The Counselor Update was implemented based on the need to:

    • promote TSTC programs

    • inform Rio Grande Valley high school counselors about TSTC opportunities available to their students

    • provide updates on admissions requirements

    • provide updates on new policies

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TSTC Counselor Updates

  • Next Annual Event – September 26, 2013

  • Target Audience – High School Counselors

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TSTC Counselor Updates

  • Details

    • Date: Annual Event in September

    • Time: 8:00 – 1:00 PM

    • Location: Texas State Technical College

      Approximately 100 high school counselors attend from across the Rio Grande Valley to learn about programs, policies and changes that will impact high school students transitioning to TSTC upon graduation.

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TSTC Counselor Updates

  • Save the Date Card – Mailed out & E-mailed in May of every year

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TSTC Counselor Updates

  • Invitation - Mailed out & E-mailed in August

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TSTC Counselor Updates

  • Every year, counselors have the opportunity to hear about Recruitment/Admissions, Financial Aid and College Updates.

  • In addition, they are exposed to TSTC programs and/or attend breakout sessions.

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TSTC Counselor Updates

  • Program Tours:

    • Agenda: 9:30 am – 11:15 am:

      • 9:30 am - 9:45 am Walk/Drive to programs

      • 9:45 am - 10:05 am Program tour #1

      • 10:05 am -10:20 am Transition

      • 10:20 am -10:40 am Program tour #2

      • 10:40 am – 10:55 am Transition

      • 10:55 am – 11:15 am Program tour #3

      • 11:15 am – 11:30 am Back to Cultural Arts Center

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TSTC Counselor Updates

  • Breakout Sessions:

    • Student Learning Program Presentation

    • TSTC Web 101

    • Event Planning 101

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TSTC Counselor Updates

  • Breakout Sessions:

    • Student Learning Program Presentation

      • Counselors had the opportunity to listen to TSTC Program Presentations

        • Computer Division

        • Engineering Division

        • Health Care Division

        • Industrial/Manufacturing Division

        • Education & Humanities Division

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TSTC Counselor Updates

  • Breakout Sessions:

    • TSTC Web 101

      • Counselors navigated

        • TSTC Website

        • Program’s Curriculum

        • Important Departments

        • WebAdvisor (a web interface that allows student to access information contained in the administrative database used by TSTC. It allows students to access their personal profile that is part of their official records at TSTC)

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TSTC Counselor Updates

  • Breakout Sessions:

    • Event Planning 101

      • Counselors learned event planning techniques to better plan and host events.

        • Event Planning on:

          • College and Career Fairs

          • Classroom Presentations

          • College Program Presentations

          • College Application Drives

          • Parent Nights

          • Financial Aid/Scholarship Nights

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TSTC Counselor Updates

  • Keynote Speakers:

    • 2008: Dr. Judith Loredo, THECB Assistant Commissioner, P-16 Initiatives

    • 2009: Dr. MacGregor Stephenson, Assistant Commissioner/THECB Academic Affairs & Research

    • 2010: TSTC Alumni Success Presentations

      • David Gonzalez – Tyco Flow Control

      • LeonelGutierrez – Texas State Technical College

      • Luciand Armando Regalado – Auto Collision Centers

      • Dr. Eunice Lerma – Corpus Christi ISD

  • 2011:TSTC Faculty Presentations

    • Randy Bauer – Health Care Division

    • Hugo Ortega – Industrial & Manufacturing Division

    • Dan Bodnar – Engineering Division

    • Dr. Edna Claus – Computer Division

  • 2012: Joel Stone, Chief Executive Officer of SpawGlass and TSTC Graduate

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    TSTC Counselor Updates

    • Counselor Items and Giveaways:

      • Each counselor receives a binder with TSTC literature.

      • Each counselor receives a giveaway.

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    TSTC Counselor Updates

    • Continental Breakfast

    • Lunch:

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    TSTC Counselor Updates

    • Counselor Update Benefits:

      • (A win-win for everyone)

      • Increase in college enrollment

      • Counselors become knowledgeable on TSTC programs and Admissions Process

      • High school students are provided with updated/accurate information from their counselors

      • G-Force members learn leadership and event skills

        Rio Grande Valley high school administrators have requested individual Counselor Updates for their schools to include elementary to high school counselors.

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    TSTC Counselor Updates

    TSTC G-Force Members

    During this event, the G-Force members have the opportunity to meet and interact with the counselors that they will be working with throughout the year.

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    TSTC Counselor Updates

    Thank you!

    Dora Colvin

    Director of Student Recruitment

    Texas State Technical College

    E-mail: [email protected]

    Phone: 956.364.4119

    Implications for other councils
    Implications for Other Councils

    • This P-16 Council’s regional initiatives showcased this year are all designed to meet identified needs.

    • We’ve shared about transition counseling because our students’ needs in this area are compelling and urgent!

    • TSTC’s annual Counselor Updates meet needs for the college, but meet counselors’ needs as well.

    • We hope what we have shared can be adapted by other Councils to meet needs in their regions.

    In conclusion
    In Conclusion