September 04, 2012
KNOXVILLE – The University of Tennessee launches its eight-stop statewide “Conferences for Counselors” tour on Sept. 5, offering almost 700 high school guidance counselors the opportunity to learn about topics affecting their college-bound students.
Counselors from Tennessee’s 408 high schools have been invited to attend information sessions led by representatives from UT’s three undergraduate campuses in Chattanooga, Knoxville and Martin.
“Conferences for Counselors is an example of our commitment to enhancing educational excellence,” said UT Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs and Student Success Katie High. “By working with counselors, we can better identify the needs of college-bound students and help ensure student success and workforce preparedness, which also are key goals of the governor.”
Information sessions will focus on the application process, academic program offerings, financial aid and new admissions requirements at each of UT’s campuses.
“Counselors play a fundamental role in helping high school students prepare for and transition to college,” said High.
A special session has been added this year on preparing students for the college experience. Campus representatives will be present at each session to explain programs available to ensure freshman success and retention.
"Last year’s conference gave me the contacts I needed to create smooth transitions from high school to college and opened my eyes to things that were happening at UT’s campuses,” said Yanci Williams, a counselor at Gatlinburg-Pittman High School. "I hope to come back this year because it was a lot of information for me as a new high school counselor.”
UT’s Conferences for Counselors tour begins on Sept. 5 and includes stops in:
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