WA Develops Standards for Often-Overlooked College Counselors

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Counselors play an integral role in helping and guiding students, and can even prevent them dropping out. This year, standards will finally be developed for Washington’s community and technical college counselors.

Last year, lawmakers approved a task force for this purpose, which held its second meeting this week.

Earl Martin, a counselor at Everett Community College and task force member, says community and technical colleges grew out of the K-12 system. However, while K-12 developed best practices for counselors, Martin says these colleges have not.

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