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Set : Wednesday Webinars Archive

2019-20 Webinars

October 2

Financial Aid updates, Washington College Grant, and the 12th Year Campaign (youtube)

December 4

High School and Beyond Plan updates -- HB 1599 (youtube)

February 5

National School Counselor Week Resources

May 1

Supporting students through transitions 


2018-19 Webinars

October 3 - Financial Aid Updates to the FAFSA & WASFA and Residency Standards (90 min) (youtube)

November 7 - After High School Application Process (youtube)

December 5 - Mental Health & Social/Emotional Resources (youtube)

January 16 - Systemic Supports for Elementary and Middle School Counselors (youtube)

February 6 - The High School and Beyond Plan (youtube)

March 6 - Dual Credit (youtube)

April 17 - College Signing Day and Transitions (youtube)

2017-18 Webinars 

October 4 - Webinar #1 Financial Aid Updates/GET 529/12th Year Campaign (youtube)

This webinar will review the financial aid applications in Washington and provide some updates for the 2018-19 financial aid season.

November 1 - Webinar #2 (OSPI) High School & Beyond Planning (youtube)

With the passage of HB 2224 there are new requirements for the High School & Beyond Plan that begin in 2017-2018. These new requirements are connected to the state assessments to prepare students with an intentional plan to graduate with a meaningful postsecondary path. At this webinar the new requirements will be discussed, with tools to make tracking this graduation requirement more efficient.

January 17 - K-12 Career and College Readiness: Focus on Younger Grades (youtube)

The college search process doesn’t have to start at the high school level. This webinar will explore how counselors in Elementary School are starting to prepare students early.

February 7 - The College Bound Repledge Campaign (youtube)

The College Bound scholarship allows income-eligible students to apply in middle school. However, many students reach high school and may need to be re-enganged with the scholarship. The Washington College Access Network (WCAN) has a repledge campaign designed to encourage College Bound students to remember the College Bound Pledge and encourage their success. 

March 7 - Serving Special Populations (youtube)

This webinar will address how to support students from underserved populations such as first-generation, homeless, LGBTQ, and others in their college search and application process.

April 18 - Four-Year College Admission and CADR Updates (youtube)

This webinar will address the updates and changes to the CADRs from the WSAC, OSPI, and admissions perspective.



Wednesday Webinars

Webinar #1 Financial Aid Updates (youtube)

In the first webinar you will learn more about changes to the 2017-2018 FAFSA and WASFA, and the resources available through the 12th Year Campaign. We will also discuss the FAFSA Completion Portal, a WSAC tool that allows schools to view their students' FAFSA completion status. 

 Webinar #2 College Bound Scholarship Repledge (youtube)

 The transition from middle to high school can be challenging, especially for low-income and underrepresented youth. The College Bound Re-pledge campaign, championed and led by the Washington College Access Network, is an opportunity to re-engage College Bound Scholarship ninth grade students in high school and remind them of their commitment. This campaign provides a platform to talk to students around the scholarship’s commitment while also connecting behavior, attendance, and class performance to the larger goal of high school completion, postsecondary enrollment, and a successful career.

 Webinar #3 - Implementing the 24-Credit Career- and College-Ready Diploma (youtube)

This webinar will address the 24-Credit Career- and College-Ready Diploma and Personalized Pathways high school requirement for students. 

 Webinar #4 - Dual Credit Updates  (youtube)

All secondary school counselors are encouraged to sign up for this WSAC-OSPI Dual Credit webinar. During this hour, we will cover a wide variety of topics, including new information about the purpose of dual credit; differences between dual credit, credit equivalencies, 2-for-1 courses and cross-crediting; the types of dual credit and challenges/benefits of each; hot topics such as funding issues, co-delivery and transcripting/coding; legislation updates; and updated resources.  There will be time for specific questions at the end of the webinar.

Webinar # 5 - Developing Postsecondary Pathways (youtube)

This webinar discusses ways to help students develop their pathway to postsecondary enrollment from K-12. It will also explore the options have available to them, and prepare them for their college and career plans.

Webinar # 6 - Financial Aid 201 (youtube)

This webinar will explore a more in depth discussion about the financial aid applications (FAFSA and WASFA), process, and awards for you to assist your students. Come learn more about the resources that the 12th Year Campaign can provide to your school's students while they are in the Financial Aid process.

Webinar # 7 - Summer Melt (youtube)

The window of time after graduation and the start of a student’s first year of college can be crucial to their success, summer melt describes the students who don’t make it to their postsecondary institutions. This webinar will explore how summer melt occurs, and strategies and resources to help intervene and prevent this for your students. 

Webinar # 8 - College Savings and the GET Program (youtube)

This webinar will explore a more in depth discussion about the financial aid applications (FAFSA and WASFA), process, and awards for you to assist your students. Come learn more about the resources that the 12th Year Campaign can provide to your school's students while they are in the Financial Aid process.





#6 Dual Credit

May 18, 2016 (pdf) (wmv) (mp4)

Noreen Light—Associate Director of Academic Affairs & Policy at WSAC
Dixie Grunenfelder, Director of Secondary Education at OSPI
Danise Ackelson, Supervisor of Guidance and Counseling at OSPI

  • Differences between dual-credit programs. 
  • Co-delivery of dual-credit courses. 
  • Coding dual-credit courses on student transcripts. 
  • Grants to help fund dual-credit program elements, including test fees and tuition.

#5 Financial Aid 201—Reviewing Financial Award Letters and Cost of Attendance 

April 20, 2016 (pdf) (wmv) (mp4)

Steve Thorndill—Associate Director for Training & Compliance, Student Financial Aid Division at WSAC

  • Review and interpret financial aid award letters that students may now be receiving for 2016-17 academic year enrollment. 
  • Determine each institution’s cost of attendance.
  • Compare how different colleges award gift aid (grants, scholarships and waivers), loans, and work study. 

#4 Washington State Learning Standards and Assessments

March 16, 2016 (pdf) (wmv) (mp4)

Aira Jackson—Literacy/English Language Arts Director at OSPI
Randy Spaulding—Director for Academic Affairs and Policy at WSAC
Bill Moore—Director for K-12 Partnerships and Core to College Alignment at SBCTC

  • Resources to communicate with students on their Smarter Balanced scores.
  • College placement agreements.
  • Bridge to College transition courses

#3 Minimum College Admissions Standards

February 10, 2016 (pdf) (wmv) (mp4

Noreen Light – Associate Director of Academic Affairs & Policy at WSAC

  • Overview of the minimum college admissions standards, which are the required criteria for admission into four-year public colleges and universities in Washington State. 
  • Updates to the new 2016 policy. 
  • Resources to share with students.

#2 Financial Aid 101

January 20, 2016 (pdf) (wmv) (mp4)

Sarah Weiss—Assistant Director for College Access & Support at WSAC 

  • Updates on FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) and WASFA (Washington Application for State Financial Aid)
  • Free resources available to use with students on financial aid applications.

#1 Ready, Set, Grad

December 9, 2016 (wmv) (mp4)

Sarah Weiss—Assistant Director for College Access & Support at WSAC 

  • Overview of WSAC's outreach website for students and families,, and how to find info about:
    • Washington’s 12th Year Campaign.
    • FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) completion initiative.
  • Demo of the dual-credit lookup tool.

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