Professional Development

The Professional Development Committee brings together College Admission and High School Counselors from across the State of Indiana. The committee offers support and professional development for members in the following areas:

  • Mentoring
  • Monthly Webinars
  • NEW COUNSELOR INSTITUTE (to replace Summer Institute): 


    The Professional Development Committee (PDC) of INACAC is thrilled to announce a reimagined, virtual version of our “New Counselor Institute,” formerly known as “Summer Institute.” This monthly webinar series for new professionals—both from the high school and college sides-- will begin in August of 2020 and will culminate ​with attendees and faculty presenters coming together at INACAC Conference in February of 2021. This virtual series will focus on a number of topics pertaining to college admissions that are appropriate for new high school and college professionals with zero to two years of experience in the field. ​Best part, they can join any time based upon hiring date as all sessions will be recorded. Registration, payment details ​and our New Counselor Institute schedule are forthcoming​. ​​Please plan to join us for this exciting new opportunity!

    If you are interested in serving as ​a faculty presenter​ for New Counselor Institute, please email Even if you can't participate, we encourage you to support your new colleagues by allowing them to join us for this professional development opportunity! 

  • Counselor Updates:

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, all Counselor Update events scheduled for August and September 2020 have been canceled. The Professional Development Committee is working hard to recreate free programming opportunities for High School Counselors virtually by exploring online resources, platforms, and services to assist and update INACAC membership for Admissions and High School professionals!

  • Middle Management:

INACAC partners with IL ACAC to offer members an opportunity to attend Middle Management Institute hosted in IL. Participants will be exposed to enrollment management strategies as well as have the opportunity to meet a variety of admission professionals in management roles. Sessions will include a leadership style assessment, better understanding self-awareness, and strategies on “managing up,” just to name a few. The curriculum for this program is based on NACAC’s Admissions Middle Management Institute and is designed for professionals who aspire to or who have been recently promoted to middle management.

Questions about or interest in joining the Professional Development Committee: 
Email Nicole Martinez at or Kelly Meyer at



Indiana Cultural Opportunity Network (ICON)


The INACAC IAS ICON program is designed to educate Admissions and School Counseling professionals in areas of student equity, access, and success. 

Participants will gain a better knowledge of student needs and barriers to higher education within Indiana and beyond.

Participation Requirement: 

Cohort Members would commit to attending all the monthly meetings whether on campus or virtual. They are also expected to attend the Transitions and INACAC Conference. Members will also be “observers” on Inclusion, Access, and Success (IAS) Conference Calls and will be provided with readings between each meeting to strengthen their knowledge of inclusion, access, and equity in the scope of higher education.

Other Requirements:
1+ years of admissions or school counseling experience at either the secondary or higher education level.
INACAC or other Affiliate Membership
Approval from office leadership

Additional Benefits:

Cohort members will receive guidance and training to seek funding to attend National Conferences Guiding The Way to Inclusion and the National ACAC Conference


01-30-19 Transferring to Transfers

12-19-19  LGBTQ+ Students and Admission in 2020.  Panelists:  Courtney Johnson & Ryan Collins.  Watch Recording here.

09-12-19  NACAC Conference 101:  What You Need To Know.  Panelists;  Billy Sarge, Emily Carnall.

08-19-19  Teamwork makes the dream work:  Getting involved in your affilliate.  Panelists:  Lani Johnston, Ja'Niah Downing

07-23-19  C'mon Man.  Panelists:  Johnnie Johnson, Chris Reeves.  Watch Recording here.

05-13-19  Assets and Challenges of Rural Students Applying to and Enrolling in College.  Panelist:  Dr. Andrew Moe

04-09-19  Professionalism and Recruitment Ethics.  Panelists:  Allie Kerns, Nancy Gibson, Mona Bowe, Chris Reeves.  Watch Recording Here

03-14-19  Transitions for Youth:  Homelessness and College Access / Success.  Panelists:  Michael Kendall, Susan Tharpe, Karen Bush, Tonya Monnier

02-12-19  Financial Aid 101.  Panelists:  Adam Dilulio - OASFAA President-Elect, Financial Aid Director Tri-C West.  Watch Recording Here

01-24-19  Equity and Inclusion:  Access for First Generation and Students of Color.  Panelist:  Johnnie Johnson.  Watch Recording Here

Indiana Association for College Admission Counseling
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