Professional Development


PNACAC Sponsored Events

PNACAC Town Hall Meetings
  • Tuesday, April 17th, 2018: 12:00-2:00pm – Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma, WA
  • Monday, April 30th, 2018: 8:00-10:00am – Boise State University, Boise, ID

PNACAC Summer College Tour

We are pleased to announce the opening of our Summer College Tour!  PNACAC looks forward to welcoming you to the following campuses:

  • Eastern Washington University
  • Whitworth University
  • Gonzaga University
  • Washington State University, Pullman
  • University of Idaho
  • Whitman College
  • Eastern Oregon University
  • Boise State University
  • The College of Idaho
Tour Dates: June 17 - 22, 2018
Fee: $400 PNACAC Members
  $450 Non-Members
Cancellation Deadline: June 1 (minus $30 processing fee)


We require at least 20 counselors by May 1 in order to conduct the tour.  If we do not reach capacity, we reserve the right to cancel the tour and refund registration fees.  If we cancel, we are not responsible for reimbursing travel costs.

Tour Fee includes:

  • College-provided accommodations. Most, if not all rooms will be double occupancy. Each room will provide linens, pillows, and towels. All campuses provide bathrooms that are shared by the other people on that floor and/or wing. You will have to walk to and from your bathroom/shower. Generally, the residence halls we use do not provide wi-fi in the sleeping rooms. You will have access to wi-fi in other parts of the residence hall or other buildings on campus.
  • Most meals
  • Charter bus transportation during the tour

Tour will start in Spokane, Washington and will end in Boise, Idaho.

Participants will need to arrive to Spokane International Airport by 3:30pm on June 17 and plan departure for no earlier than 6:00pm on June 22 from Boise Airport.

Please contact Melea Tejedas, PNACAC Professional Development Chair, at, with questions.


Register for the 2018 Summer Tour


2018 NACAC Guiding the Way to Inclusion

The Pacific Northwest Association for College Admission Counseling is pleased to offer a scholarship opportunity to our members to attend the NACAC Guiding the Way to Inclusion Conference in Washington, D.C. Guiding the Way to Inclusion (GWI) is a three-day professional development workshop designed for college admission professionals that work with diverse ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds. The scholarship is for professionals with 0-5 years experience. This year's conference will be in Washington, D.C. July 29 - August 1, 2018. 

GWI offers enrollment and admission professionals an opportunity to explore issues pertaining to campus diversity and multicultural recruitment. The workshop promotes in-depth understanding of college enrollment processes, as well as personal and professional growth.  Read more on the GWI FAQ Sheet.

Applications due by April 20, 2018. Applicants will be notified by May 10th if they have received this scholarship. All applicants must be PNACAC members. This scholarship will cover:

  • Conference registration fee for NACAC member.
  • If your institution is not a member, your institution will have to pay the $100 additional non-member rate.
  • Half the cost of transportation and half the cost of hotel accommodations.
  • Not included: Meals and other associated costs such as ground transportation, tips, etc.
Apply for the GWI Scholarship Today!

NACAC Sponsored Professional Development

NACAC Conference

NACAC E-Learning Center

Grants for College Signing Day | Reach Higher is giving away $100,000 in microgrants to help public school educators organize Signing Day events for their schools.

May 17 | 2 p.m. ET | Webinar: Tips & Tricks for Managing Millennials from Millennial Leaders | Discuss the millennial work ethic and learn how to better support millennials in the workforce.

Sept. 12 | 2 p.m. ET | Webinar: FAFSA Updates | Learn what to expect when your students file for federal financial aid this fall.


Other Professional Development Opportunities

College Board Free Webinars (ongoing)

All webinars can be viewed on-demand and are CEU eligible. They are a great source of updates and information on the AP Program, the CSS Profile, and the SAT.

Inside Higher Ed Webcasts (ongoing)
Free webcasts discussing the findings of IHE surveys of key higher ed professionals as well as webcasts inspired by a series of booklets on key higher education topics.

Webinar: New Strategies to Navigate International Enrollments

  • Date: Thursday, May 10, 2-3 PM ET
  • Cost: Free | Register Now
  • Description: For American colleges and universities, international students play crucial roles. They give American students exposure to cultures and perspectives unavailable to many in the United States. They boost the talent pool, particularly in math and science programs. And on a more practical side, they provide tuition revenue on which many institutions depend. Today, recruiting international students is more complicated than ever, as colleges must navigate the changing political environment and the global competition for talent. This webcast will outline where U.S. colleges stand, the challenges they face, and some strategies being used with success. Inside Higher Ed editors Scott Jaschik and Doug Lederman will lead a lively discussion on these topics May 10, 2018.
Webinar: How Colleges are Tackling Affordability
  • Date: Tuesday, May 15, 2018, 2:00 ET
  • Cost: Free | Register Now
  • Description: Few issues concern students, tuition-paying parents and politicians as much as affordability. Rising debt levels scare off many who would benefit from a higher education. Parents from low-income and middle-income families – fear that opportunities are out of reach. College administrators must address these concerns – but also pay the bills that are (in part) paid by tuition revenue. Some states are making bold promises about free tuition, while others are moving to embrace radical shifts in structure that could limit expenses. In private higher education, the options vary widely – and differ by the wealth and competitiveness of the colleges. And amid all the discussion of colleges’ big economic decisions, many experts say that student decisions – whatever college they opt to attend – play a key role. So efforts to help students make wise decisions about debt and to graduate on time have become more crucial. This webcast will explore how these issues are playing out in public and private higher education.

Webinar: Professional Development: Opportunities and Challenges for Higher Education

  • Date: Thursday, May 17, 2018, 2:00 ET
  • Cost: Free | Register Now
  • Description: As many colleges seek to attract older, working adults as students, professional development offerings have become key. Whether enrolling in degree, certificate or neither, whether online or in person, this adult market is becoming crucial. This webcast will explore the opportunities and challenges for higher education. We will address the following topics and more: Why this market matters so much The range of programs colleges are creating and how they differ from those of the past. The intense competition in the space and the challenges that creates for colleges. Examples of successful efforts. Inside Higher Ed editors will lead a lively discussion on these topics


University of Denver, Denver, CO July 25-27, 2018
Join the first annual Camp RMACAC for College Admissions Counselors. This three-day workshop is designed to provide practical experience for admission professionals with five or fewer years' experience. The program provides training in relevant basic skills and discussion of pertinent issues and situations encountered in the admission profession. Participants will attend presentations, engage in case studies, work within small-group settings and participate in mock-situation settings.


2018 New Jersey ACAC Summer College Bus Tour
For school or college counselors who want to learn more about some of New Jersey's colleges. Please note they get many more applicants than spots available - so if you don't make it on this year's tour - don't fret - there will be future opportunities!
July 8-July 11, 2018

New England Summer Institute Program 
Geared toward new College & Secondary School Counselors (less than two years).
Providence College, Providence, RI
July 23-26, 2018

New England Advanced Secondary School Counselor Summer Institute
Geared toward counselors with at least 5 years experience. 
Roger Williams University, Bristol, RI
July 16-18, 2018

15th Annual Summer Institute hosted by Potomac & Chesapeake ACAC
University of Richmond Richmond, VA
July 9-10 with tours on July 11, 2018