Almost 40 high school counselors from across Iowa and Missouri converged at Indian Hills Thursday for a discussion on college preparation.
The discussion revolved around the vision for education in Iowa and how school counselors play a role in that vision. With an emphasis on Iowa Core in the classroom, it's the counselor's role to show students how the work they do in high school opens doors for post-secondary education.
In Iowa, that includes the option of community college, which play a vital role in preparing Iowa's youth for the next step in life.
"Our community colleges, they are responsive, they are business-connected, they understand what's happening in the marketplace and they're working hard to up-skill, not only students fresh out of school, but others in different phases of life to prepare them for the next phase of the Iowa economy," said Brad Buck, Director of the Iowa Department of Education. "So just a great advocate for community colleges and they work they do in Iowa."
Buck said the perfect opportunity to get students thinking about college and a career is eighth grade.
With the I Have a Plan Iowa program, eighth graders get career indicators to get them thinking about options after high school.