Feb. 5, 2008

NEBRASKA’S 900 SCHOOL COUNSELORS SPONSORING LOCAL SCHOOL EVENTS, ACTIVITIES THROUGH FEB. 8

Many of Nebraska’s school counselors will sponsor events and activities in local schools during National School Counseling Week, Feb. 4 – 8, to highlight their work with students.

“The focus of Nebraska School Counseling programs is to teach each student how to succeed in school and prepare for their future careers,” said Donna Vrbka, Nebraska Department of Education School Counseling Specialist.

Today, more than 900 Nebraska school counselors are working in Nebraska schools, teaching and guiding students through career awareness, exploration, planning and preparation. The Nebraska Career Education Model provides students relevance for enrolling in rigorous academics and motivates them to do well when they understand they are working to meet their own career goals. Nebraska school counselors make it possible for all students to develop a personal learning plan. Personal Learning Plans includes the students learning, earning and living goals and encourages students, parents and schools to work together to support and accomplish the students’ plans.

To learn more about events and activities planned, contact your local school counselor. Information about how Nebraska’s school counseling programs benefit students is available at: www.nde.state.ne.us/cared. You may also visit the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) website to learn more about today’s school counseling programs at: www.schoolcounselor.org.

The Nebraska School Counselor Association and the ASCA are jointly sponsoring National School Counseling Week during Feb. 4–8 to focus attention on the contributions of professional school counselors. National School Counseling Week highlights the impact that counselors can have in helping students achieve school success and plan for a career.

Professional school counselors are certified, experienced educators with a Master's Degree in guidance and counseling. The combination of their training and experience makes them an integral part of the total educational program.