Finding Educational Consultants and Commercial Counseling Centers
Today’s youth are faced with many educational options after graduation from secondary school and the process for sorting through those options can be confusing.
Students and their families seek information and focus through the expertise, services and support of their school counselor. School counselors provide strategies, resources and assist students with the process of understanding their options based on the student’s interests, academic abilities and future aspirations.
For some students and their families, the college selection process is seen as so complex, and the increasing use of technology so daunting, that they feel additional assistance is warranted.
A number of students and their parents have turned to resources outside the school environment to aid them in their search for appropriate colleges and universities and admission counseling information. These resources may include educational consultants, commercial counseling centers or Internet counseling.
New services from outside the traditional school counselor model are available to students and families as they move through the college admission process. In this brochure the term “educational consultant” is used to describe both independent counselors and educational consultants.
The first step in deciding whether to seek outside services is to assess your individual needs and evaluate the resources available in your own school.
- Does your school have counselors who spend a significant amount of time counseling students through the college admission process?
- Have the school’s counselors received special training through regional or national workshops for college counseling?
- Is there a college/career center where you can have access to books, applications, computer programs, and other materials for individual resources?
If the answer to these questions is yes, you may not feel the need to seek additional assistance.
Reprinted with the permission of the National Association for College Admission Counseling. © 2008 National Association for College Admission Counseling.
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