Career & College Impact of School Counselors


Misti Ruthven, Colorado Department of Education; Paula Gumina and Eve Pugh, Colorado Department of Higher Education

From policies to programs, Colorado school counselors have assisted in leading the career and college conversation from a state-based grant program to counseling standards and FAFSA completion. This high-level discussion shared Colorado’s strategies for aligning systems and reinforcing collaboration. Presenters demonstrated how other states could borrow and customize from the college access and success tools created by the Colorado Departments of Education and Higher Education, such as the FAFSA completion tool (which is free to all states) as well as the Colorado counseling standards.

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