Guidance for Indiana HS guidance counselors

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — According to the National Institute of Educational Statistics survey, 90 percent of Indiana school guidance counselors admit they do not have the information to assure students succeed after graduation.

The Indiana Youth Institute is holding the Post-secondary Counseling Institute for counselors to learn about what options kids have besides attending a four-year university.

Three counselors from the Lafayette School Corporation met Wednesday to receive scholarships from Huntington Bank to pay for their trip to Indianapolis. Indiana Youth Institute’s CEO Bill Stanczykiewicz spoke to the counselors about what to expect at the conference.

Sunnyside Intermediate School counselor Sam Patacsil said it is never too early for students to prepare for adulthood.

“Once you leave Sunnyside Intermediate, or you leave middle school and start high school, things start to count,” Patacsil said. “That’s how you lay the path for your future. If you take the right classes in junior high, you’ll take the right classes in high school. You’ll be prepared for something after school.”

Tecumseh Junior High student success coordinator Dewayne Moffitt said the conference will give him a chance to learn something new.

“I think that we are always learning. No matter what job you have, you are always trying to improve yourself for that job and learn skills to get kids to do that is important,” Moffitt said.

School corporations from around the state are attending the conference. Huntington Bank is also sponsoring counselors from Greenwood, Ind. and Alexandria, Ind.

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