More and More PUHSD Counselors Are Earning The Arizona College Access Network Professional Certificate

Posted by Communications on 1/10/2018

Helping more students enroll in college and receive financial aid is a major goal of Phoenix Union, and its counselors play a huge role in that effort.  Some of our counselors are getting some professional development in that area, by earning the Arizona College Access Network Professional Certificate.     The Arizona College Access Network (AzCAN) recently announced that Phoenix Union had three individuals who earned certification. These leaders are now better prepared to help all students plan for their future beyond high school and make informed decisions about postsecondary education. The certificate involves 60 hours of coursework, discussion and action planning in three areas: creating a college-going culture; college and career planning; and financial aid and college applications. This year, the three represent different roles within their school communities.  Carl Hayden, counselor Anna Villareal, Betty Fairfax economics teacher, Adrian Lamos and Betty Fairfax senior office assistant Danielle Yanez.

 This is the first time in three years that Phoenix Union had College Access Professional certification earned by employees other than counselors.  But it is testimony that the information is valuable for any educator who works with students and their post-secondary planning.  Phoenix Union has had 18 educators earn the certification in the three years of the program, including ten counselors last year.


The Arizona training is based on a national model, tailored to fit Arizona’s educational needs.  It is intended to work as part of a community-wide effort where school counselors work hand in hand with community-based organizations.  


AzCAN, a program of College Success Arizona, is a network of college access professionals, and programs dedicated to post high school success for all Arizonans, especially low-income, first-generation students.