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Veteran Counselor Writes New Book, Heads to White House Conference


Fall is a busy time of year for every college counselor, but for Patrick O’Connor, this college application season is a particular labor of love.

An associate dean of college counseling at Cranbrook Schools, O’Connor has just published his third book on college counseling.  College Counseling for School Counselors (Outskirts Press) offers step-by-step advice on how school counselors can build a quality college counseling program that will help every student on their caseload.

“School counselors have to meet the needs of an incredible number of students” said O’Connor, a resident of Birmingham, “and many of them have never had a course that trains them in college counseling.  This book not only shows them how to help students through the college exploration process, it shows them how to help hundreds of students at a time.”

Based on the college counseling course O’Connor has taught to counselors throughout the world, each chapter in the book concludes with exercises where counselors apply the ideas to their work with students.  A three-year calendar shows how to build a complete college counseling program in just 30 minutes a day.

“Caseloads are high, but students and families need answers to their college questions” said O’Connor, a past president of the National Association for College Admission Counseling.  “This book can help meet everyone’s needs.”

The publishing of the book comes just as O’Connor is preparing to attend a White House convening on college access.  Scheduled for November 2-4 at the University of North Florida, the goal of the convening is to dramatically increase the number of traditionally underserved students prepared for college and succeeding in postsecondary education.

”The White House initiatives have gone a long way to expand college opportunity for all students” said O’Connor, who has attended all three White House convenings. “Being able to shape public policy at the state and national level has been a real privilege.”

As a political science instructor at Oakland Community College, O’Connor requires all of his students to engage in field work that improves the federal government.  He sees his work with the White House convenings as leading by example.

“It isn’t easy for my students to go to school, work, and find time to do the field work, just like it isn’t easy for me to keep my life in balance.  It’s a challenging sacrifice, but one democracy demands, in this case, in the name of our children.  How can we say no?”