SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – A measure lead by state Rep. Mary Edly-Allen, D-Libertyville, to help educate students regarding post-secondary options passed out of the Illinois House of Representatives with sweeping bipartisan support on Wednesday.
“As a former educator and mother, I understand the important role school counselors play in helping students explore educational and career opportunities after high school,” said Edly-Allen.
Edly-Allen’s House Bill 3652 asks that school counselors provide comprehensive discussions and information to students on all post-secondary options, including 4 year colleges and universities, community colleges and vocational schools.
“Providing mentorship to students as they plan their secondary education helps them make informed decisions and places them on a path to success.” Edly-Allen said.
“High school students need to be made aware of all career opportunities to include construction and manufacturing. Their counselor can help with this awareness,” said Pete Olson, President of the Lake County Building and Construction Trades Council.
“…we see firsthand the need for students to become aware of opportunities offered in non-traditional settings, such as apprenticeship sand internship.” said Robyn Safron, Sr. HR Manager, HydraForce
“School counselors are behind House Bill 3652 because it highlights the important work being done by school counselors statewide. It’s imperative that school counselors present all potential post-secondary pathways for a successful adult life. In alignment with the ASCA national model, school counselors should discuss all available postsecondary options,” said Matt Liberate, President elect IL Student Counsel Association