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


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 virtually from 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM and open for registration August 10, 2020.

Fall Dates

October 20, 2020; 9:00 - 12:00

October 21, 2020; 9:00 - 12:00

October 22, 2020; 9:00 - 12:00


College Access-Educator Training

High school educators 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. 

.5 to 1.0 CEUs will be available for this virtual PD series depending on the number of events attended. A minimum of 5 event attendance required for CEUs.

All webinars will be 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM. Registration is now open and will close the Friday before the webinar.

Topics Tuesday Webinar Series

August 11: Building A College List

August 18: Honors Colleges

September 8: College Applications

September 15: MS Office of Student Financial Aid Updates

October 6: (Part 1) Scholarship Procedures at IHL Universities

October 13: (Part 2) Scholarship Procedures at IHL Universities

October 20: Counseling Cultural Competencies

November 10: Selective College Admissions

November 17: Financial Aid 101

December 8: Counselor Recommendation Letters


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. 

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

Registration will open August 3 and close the Monday the week of training.

Virtual FAFSA Training

September 17, 2020; 1:00 - 3:00 PM

September 22, 2020; 9:00 - 11:00 AM

September 23, 2020; 1:00 - 3:00 PM

September 24, 2020; 1:00 -3:00 PM

FAFSA & MAAPP 21-22 Updates

September 29, 2020, 10:00 - 11:00 AM

September 30, 2020, 1:00 - 2:00 PM


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 virtually August 4, 2020 from 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM. Registration will open July 15, 2020.