MTEC School Counselors Celebrate During National School Counseling Week, Feb. 1–5, 2021
National School Counseling Week 2021, ‘School Counselors: All in for All Students,’ sponsored by the American School Counselor Association (ASCA), will be celebrated from Feb. 1–5, 2021, to focus public attention on the unique contribution of school counselors within U.S. school systems and how students are different as a result of what school counselors do. National School Counseling Week highlights the tremendous impact school counselors can have in helping students achieve school success and plan for a career.
The special week honoring school counselors provides recognition for school counselors who “implement comprehensive school counseling programs, a vital part of the educational process for all students as they meet the challenges of the 21st century,” according to Greg Dausch, Monongalia County Technical Education Center (MTEC) Principal, Director.
“MTEC school counselors, Mrs. Lezlie Lough and Ms. Angela Copeland, are actively engaged in helping students examine their abilities, strengths, interests and talents,” says Principal Dausch. “The combination of their training and experience makes them an integral part of the educational programs here at MTEC and we wanted to take this opportunity to thank them for their hard work and dedication to our students.”
As part of its celebration for National School Counseling Week, students in MTEC’s High School Medical Assisting Program will be writing virtual thank you cards and creating appreciation videos to highlight the various ways the MTEC school counselors have helped them.
“Mrs. Lough and Ms. Copeland are a vital part of my student’s success at MTEC and beyond,” says Beth Roberts, High School Medical Assisting Instructor. “They work with my students in a variety of areas and help to prepare them for post-secondary education following graduation. They play an important role in helping our students realize their potential and set healthy, optimistic goals for themselves and their future careers.”
“Due to the pandemic, my senior year has been filled with many unique challenges,” says Alisha Tate, senior MTEC High School Medical Assisting student. “Mrs. Lough and Ms.Copeland have helped alleviate some of those stressors by assisting me with college preparation. Mrs. Lough helped me with the complicated process of completing the FAFSA and scholarship applications, while Ms. Copeland assisted me with enrollment in an English 101 college course to eliminate it from my freshman nursing schedule.”