Six Phoenix Union Counselors Complete the College Access Professional (CAP) Training program

Posted by Community Relations on 12/9/2015

Six Phoenix Union counselors have completed the College Access Professional (CAP) Training program, designed to develop the knowledge and skills necessary to help Arizona students succeed beyond high school. They are among the first class of 26 to complete the training in Arizona. To earn the title of Arizona College Access Professional, counselors completed 60 hours of coursework in three focus areas: creating a college-going culture, college, career and academic planning; and financial aid and college applications. 

Counselors Antonette Jones and Jennifer Prensal, Cesar Chavez; Laura Serna, North; Brenda Powell, Camelback and Samir Rand, Maryvale and Ellen Spinner, South Mountain, are now college access professionals. 

The program is provided by Arizona College Access Network (AzCAN), an organization of college access professionals and programs dedicated to post high school success for all Arizonans, especially low-income, first-generation students. Franklin Police and Fire counselor Dr. Tom Nerini is one of the CAP Training instructors and has been instrumental in getting this program off the ground, according to Linda Jensen, the Director of the Arizona College Access Network, AzCAN.  

“These practitioners who earned this designation have demonstrated a remarkable commitment to their craft and to the students they serve. We recommend the training for all counselors, educators, administrators and community-based college access providers to increase Arizona’s postsecondary completion rates,” Jensen said.