President's Welcome


Hello and welcome to the PACAC new and improved PACAC Website! The Pennsylvania Association for College Admission Counseling is an outstanding volunteer organization that provides support, education, and professional development to those who help students to seek postsecondary opportunities as well as supporting students and families directly.


It is an honor and privilege to serve as the President of PACAC for 2020-21 year, especially at a time where there is a strong desire and need for leadership in the midst of so many changes, not only in the world of education, but the world at large. Our association has long been involved in providing timely guidance and direction for those in the counseling community, local and national leaders who have influence on access and policy, and students who are doing their best to navigate their college search journey.

This year you will see PACAC doing even more, not only in those arenas, but in others that demand our attention. A perfect example of this involves our plans to address the issues and challenges that come with diversity, equity, and inclusion, often referred to as DEI. If current events have taught us anything over the last few months it is that a lot of work needs to be done in our society around cultural competency, implicit bias, micro-aggression, etc. that plague our society. Those issues if we are not careful can bleed into the work we do and adversely impact our colleagues, communities, students, and professional reputations. That is why you will find PACAC providing extensive training and resources throughout this year and beyond related to diversity, equity, and inclusion work.

Another thing that PACAC has long been known for is our penchant for developing great leaders. The willingness of our members to get involved close to home, throughout the state, and across the country is well established. If you would like to get involved in the work we do, take a look at our committees and let us know where your interests lie. From the seasoned veteran to the brand new counselor on the job we need your voice, your energy, and your perspectives.

Here are a few programs and events that we are eagerly awaiting for this upcoming year:

  • 58th Annual Conference June 27-29, 2021, Kalahari Resort, Poconos
  • Keystone Virtual College Exploration Program – October 1-November 5, 2020
  • Promoting Inclusivity & Equity Lunch & Learn Monthly Series - Third Tuesday every month 1pm to 2:30 pm
  • PACAC Connects Web Series – First Thursday every month from 10am to 11:30am
  • Camp College (to prepare students for their college search journey)
  • College Access Forum in May

 Our 1200 members make us the strong and thriving organization that we are. We look forward to continuing to offer opportunities for personal and professional growth as well as lasting relationships with colleagues from all types of institutions and organizations that are committed to the same work. If you are not a member, please consider joining here.

On behalf of the Presidential Stream, Executive Committee, and our membership we are happy that you found us and hope to see and hear from you soon. If you have any questions please feel free to contact us.

Sincerely,

Jeremy Branch
[email protected]


 
Jeremy Branch 
President