Professional Development Opportunities

Throughout the academic year, the Center for College Planning (CCP) offers a variety of school counselor trainings. To register for a training, please call 888.7.GRADUATE, x119 or click here.

School Counselor Workshops

College 101

Are you a new school counselor? Join us for College 101: A Workshop for the New School Counselor. This workshop offers counselors a behind-the-scenes look at the college admissions and selection process. Topics include the campus visit, the college essay, letters of recommendation, the college interview, and the student athlete. Seasoned school counselors and expert college admissions professionals join us for a lively panel discussion. Lunch is provided.

Financial Aid Workshop

Join us for our Financial Aid Workshop for School Counselors. This workshop provides both the experienced guidance director and even the newest school counselor with a comprehensive and understandable overview of financial aid. From 9 to 11 a.m., we invite new school counselors to join us for an introduction to financial aid where we will cover types of financial aid, forms to file, scholarship opportunities, special circumstances, and general funding options. At 11 a.m., we invite experienced counselors to join us for updates within the student loan industry, including new initiatives for October 2016 – Early FAFSA and “Prior Prior Year”. After lunch, a representative from the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation joins us to discuss the various scholarship programs offered through the Foundation. Lunch is provided.

Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) Training

The Test of Essential Academic Skills, or TEAS, is a multiple choice assessment in reading, math, science and English and language usage which is used as part of the admissions process by Nursing and Allied Health schools nationwide. Experts from college nursing programs in New Hampshire will speak to the use of the TEAS test in their admission process and what school counselors need to know to advise their students interested in these programs. Learn when and where students can take the exam, how students can prepare themselves for the test, how often they can repeat the exam, what colleges are looking for and more in this two hour workshop.

Khan Academy/College Board Free SAT Test Prep

As the College Board transitions to a new SAT in the Spring of 2016, bring your tablet or laptop and join staff from the College Board as they present the Khan Academy’s free test preparation website. Learn how to help your students access this training and see how the training will help students prepare for the test. This training will be offered during the 2016-2017 academic year.

College for Students With Learning Differences and Youth-In-Transition

Join a panel of college disability services staff as they discuss how students with IEP/504 accommodations in high school can successful transition to college. A second panel of experts share how to assist youth-in-transition (unaccompanied/homeless and foster youth) on their path to college. Learn strategies and tips to help students effectively transition.

North Country School Counselor Training

K-12 school counselors from across the North Country are invited to join colleagues for our annual training day, held at White Mountains Community College. This training will be held Friday, May 26, 2017 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Middle School Counselor Workshop

If you are a middle school counselor, you won't want to miss our Workshop for Middle School Counselors. During this session, we review our downloadable curriculum created for middle school counselors to present at your school. We will also introduce our early awareness website,, and review our Early College Planning evening presentation for parents.

Understanding the Financial Aid Award Letter

With the May 1st National Candidate Reply date looming, join us as we explore the world of financial aid award letters. We will decipher actual financial aid awards received by New Hampshire students and provide school counselors solid tools and resources to help your students and families make good decisions when choosing a college.

High School Counselor Intern Training

Preparing to become a high school counselor? This workshop is for you! During this session we will cover the fundamentals of the college admission process, from applications to interviews to standardized testing. We then address the basics of financial aid by covering the types of financial aid, forms to file, scholarship opportunities, special circumstances, and funding options.

College Planning for the High School Equivalency Student

In this session, we will explore how to support students receiving their high school equivalency certificate on their path to college. We will highlight the admissions and financial aid processes, share best practices, and hear from admissions staff from the Community College System of New Hampshire and the University System of New Hampshire.