College & Career Readiness Training

As a part of the Mississippi Diploma endorsement options, the College and Career Readiness course will be a required course for the class of 2021-2022. Registration is now open for high schools wishing to learning more at training about how to implement the College and Career Readiness Course in 2020-2021. 

The course does not require a specific teacher endorsement; however, high schools are encouraged to send at least one teacher and one counselor to a training.

A draft copy of the College and Career Readiness curriculum is located on the MDE Secondary Education webpage, online at

Please direct additional questions concerning the College and Career Readiness Course to Heather Morrison at

These training sessions will be held virtually. Please select which date you would like to attend below to complete the registration form.

June 1, 2020; 9:00 - 12:00

June 2, 2020; 9:00 - 12:00

June 3, 2020; 9:00 - 12:00

June 4, 2020; 9:00 - 12:00


Training Educators for the ACT

Are you ready to prepare your students for ACT success? Register for training to teach your students basic fundamentals like time management, how to eliminate answers, and all of the best tips and strategies for all subjects. This session will allow educators to share top resources and study material with your students to ensure they are equipped to score their best. All ACT Training sessions will take place from 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM and .5 CEU units will be available.

Future ACT Training dates will be announced at a later date.


Counselor Training

High school counselors wear many hats with college counseling being an important role for your students. Learn how to help your students as they engage with the college search process. Learn about the college timeline starting in the 9th grade and ways to support your seniors with Application Days, FAFSA Days, and Signing Days. Get updates on federal and state financial aid. Learn how to use federal and state data to 1) identify students early who may qualify for scholarships and grants such as the HELP grant and 2) to assure all your students are meeting federal and state deadlines. Other topics might include NCAA Clearinghouse Information, finding the right college fit, undermatching or selective college admissions. 

All trainings will be held 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM and .5 CEU units will be available.

Future Counselor Training dates will be announced at a later date.


FAFSA Trainings

To become a FAFSA volunteer or to assist your students, this workshop is designed to provide training for one-on-one FAFSA completion. Learn how to avoid common errors on the FAFSA such as understanding dependency status, household size, and whose income to use. This five-hour training qualifies for CEU credits. 

There will be .5 CEU units available for completing the training.

If you would like to request on-site FAFSA training on your campus, for your district or school staff, or community contact Kierstan Dufour (

Future FAFSA Trainings will be announced at a later date.


Admissions Counselor Summit

This event is designed to provide college admissions staff information on issues of college access: entry, financial aid, and college planning. Participants will attend presentations, mock-situation settings and work within small-group settings. Summit faculty include seasoned college access and counseling professionals with backgrounds in admissions from a variety of post-secondary institutions.

The Admissions Counselor Summit will take place in Jackson, MS on August 4, 2020 from 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM. There will be a welcome reception on the evening of August 3. Registration for the event will open June 1, 2020.

August 4, 2020 Registration