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9/23/2011 - Jackson, Miss.

Workshops across Mississippi will provide school counselors with the targeted data and information they need to advise students as they prepare for the next steps in their lives. Representatives from the Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning and the Mississippi Community College Board will work in conjunction with ACT to provide information to counselors during ACT's 2011 College and Career Readiness Workshops.

"Counselors play an important role in helping students make good decisions for the future," said Dr. Hank M. Bounds, Commissioner of Higher Education. "These workshops will provide counselors with data, information and tools to help students prepare to invest in themselves by pursuing higher education."

The workshops will provide school counselors with an excellent opportunity to learn of the latest ACT updates and how Mississippi's students are performing on the ACT. In addition, ACT will provide information on measuring college and career readiness and how having and using good data leads to timely intervention that can make all the difference.

"In today's global economy, more importance is being placed on higher education than ever before," said Dr. Eric Clark, Executive Director of the Mississippi Community College Board. "These workshops will provide the valuable information counselors need as they help high school students move on to a community college or university. All of Mississippi will benefit from this."

The representatives from the Institutions of Higher Learning and Mississippi Community College Board will conduct informational sessions at six of the eight workshops about various updates and initiatives in their respective educational sectors.

The topics that will be discussed include IHL 2012 Admission Requirements; Financial Aid; Dual Enrollment; Academic Common Market; Virtual High School; Graduation Requirements; Virtual Community/Junior College; Available Resources and other on-going initiatives and activities. The forum is structured to provide time for open dialogue with counselors and other school leaders.

The Workshop dates include:

10/12/2011RaymondHinds Community College
10/19/2011MeridianMeridian Community College
10/20/2011HattiesburgUniversity of Southern Mississippi
10/21/2011GulfportMS Gulf Coast Community College- Jefferson Davis
10/25/2011SouthavenDeSoto Civic Center
10/26/2011BoonevilleNortheast Mississippi Community College
10/27/2011StarkvilleMississippi State University
10/28/2011MoorheadMississippi Delta Community College

Counselors interested in participating may register at www.act.org/ccrw.

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