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House Bill 4552 would amend Section 1233 of the Revised School Code to add a requirement that Middle and High School counselors either complete coursework regarding the college preparation and selection process and career counseling within a certain timeframe, or have at least three years' experience counseling grades 6-12 and be proficient in college preparation and career counseling.
The bill would take effect 90 days after it is enacted. Within three years following that date, or the date an individual was initially assigned to work in that role, whichever is later, that individual must either (1) have completed a 45-hour course covering counseling about the college preparation and selection process and a separate 30-hour course covering career counseling; or (2) have at least three years' experience counseling in grades 6-12 and have demonstrated proficiency in counseling about the college preparation and selection process and career counseling.
If an individual does not meet one of these requirements, the board of a school district or of an intermediate school district would be prohibited from allowing that individual to serve as a counselor. "Demonstrated proficiency" would be determined by the state Department of Education based on standards developed by the Michigan College Access Network and approved by the department.
The state superintendent of public instruction would promulgate or modify rules as necessary to implement the coursework and proficiency requirement. For purposes of this requirement, "career counseling" would include, but would not be limited to, exploration of the skilled trades, as well as other careers and pathways that lead to industry credentials awarded in recognition of an individual's attainment of measurable technical or occupational skills necessary to obtain employment or advance within an occupation.