Year after year, this event provides an excellent networking opportunity for those new to the profession and is a great source for learning new tips and “secrets of the trade.”  






The Ride - June 2018 - Southeast Iowa!

This free, three-day bus tour provides a door-to-door, first-hand look at college campuses and what each school offers students. Each year the RIDE's region of travel changes, taking counselors to a variety of colleges in a specific region for tours, hands-on learning, meals and even overnights in residence halls! 


Imagine Grant through NACAC

School counselors are eligible to apply for Imagine Grants through the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC), our parent organization. These grants offer financial support to individuals who assist students in the transition to college. They are intended to provide assistance to individuals who might otherwise be unable to participate in professional development opportunities or implement a new innovative program.

Projects and programs funded by an Imagine Grant should serve as a role model to the profession. Grant funds may be used for:

• Membership dues for either NACAC or affiliate membership.
• Registration, travel, lodging, and other conference fees related to attendance at NACAC and affiliate professional development programs including annual conferences.
• Expenses associated with the development and implementation of special projects such as design, printing and postage as well as for event expenses such as food, venue rental and audio-visual equipment and transportation.

Online application   -  Deadline to apply is December 1, 2017

Professional Development Grant for Public Secondary Counselors

This grant is awarded to a public professional school counselor, or counselors, to attend a national or local professional development conference of their choice in a given year. After applying for this grant, and if selected, a secondary school counselor may receive the opportunity to attend either the Iowa Spring Conference (May 2017, Altoona, IA), NACAC's Critical Components Conference (May 2017), or the annual NACAC National Conference (Sept. 2017, Boston, MA). Recipients will be notified by mid-April 2017.

Grant Application 

“I attended the Midwest ACAC conference in Minneapolis last May. What a tremendous opportunity for learning and networking! I have continually shared what I learned with colleagues, students and parents. I am grateful for the Iowa ACAC grant for providing me this experience I would not otherwise have had.”

Tricia Christiansen
School Counselor
Hampton-Dumont High School

Lend a Hand!

Would you like to be involved with one of our committees? We welcome members who want to be more involved and assist with the mission of Iowa ACAC. Simply submit the Lend a Hand form and the appropriate committee chair will contact you!

Questions about Iowa ACAC's Professional Development opportunities?  Contact Iowa ACAC Professional Development Chairperson Sauvik Goswami.

Professional Development Committee

Sauvik Goswami, Chair, University of Iowa 
Sabrina Tapps-Fee, University of Iowa
Kristin Chapman, Iowa State University 
Erick Danielson, Iowa College Access Network
Ryan Puhrmann, Mount Mercy University
Haley Best, St. Ambrose University  
Marissa King, University of Iowa
Marissa Simplot, University of Iowa  
Peter Fegley, Mount Mercy University
Alex Christenson, Coe College
Shelby Webb, Briar Cliff University
Ryan Barbauld, Iowa State University