Professional Development

NJACAC is active in providing professional development experiences for all members and those interested in the college admissions profession. An annual spring conference includes numerous workshops on topics of current interest. In addition, each year a series of workshops are offered at various campuses around the state. Finally, the association offers a summer workshop experience for those relatively new to the profession or those who may wish a refresher in the “Basics of College Admissions.” NJACAC/NACAC is a registered provider with the N.J. Department of Education and all those who participate in workshops are eligible for certificates recognized by the NJDOE.

The NJACAC Professional Development Committee works to provide professional development programs for guidance and admission counselors. Mini-Institutes are half day programs hosted by our NJ colleges, universities and high schools on important college admission topics. Those in attendance will receive certification from NACAC/NJACAC as a Registered Provider with the New Jersey Department of Education.

We encourage our members to offer your school/campus as a workshop site. Members may develop a session from our list of topics or perhaps develop your own. This is a great way to help school counselors learn more about your institution. The Professional Development Committee will advertise your event on the NJACAC website and send emails to the general membership.

Feel free to contact us with your questions.

Professional development increases the effectiveness of our staffs and enhances the services we provide for students and their parents. We invite you to provide an important learning opportunity for the members of NJACAC and the college counseling community.

NJACAC Annual Conference

The 2018 Annual Conference will be held May 21-22, 2018  at the Golden Nugget in Atlantic City, NJ.  Visit this page for updated information throughout the year.

Basics of College Admissions Workshops

The Basics of College Admissions Workshop is a one-day professional development event designed for new (0-2 years experience) secondary school counselors, college admission professionals and graduate students studying towards careers in those fields. The Basics, held each summer on different college campuses throughout the state, includes both joint and separate higher education and secondary sessions. This program allows new professionals in the field to familiarize themselves with the basics of their profession prior to beginning the coming academic year.

Workshops & Programs

The NJACAC Professional Development Committee is hard at work cultivating exciting new workshops! If you are interested in presenting a professional development workshop, please do not hesitate to contact us.


NJACAC invites you to join our new mentorship program.

What is the NJACAC Mentorship Program?

The NJACAC Mentorship Program strives to connect NJACAC members new to the college counseling profession with those having worked in the field for some time. Becoming a mentor/mentee allows the participant to further engage with the NJACAC membership, forging new networking opportunities and professional relationships.

What does the relationship entail?

The relationship you develop with your mentor/mentee is entirely up to you! We recommend that you first connect with your mentor/mentee and get to know one another. Talk about your professional experiences that led you to college counseling; share your resumes; discuss your professional goals and interests. A mentee should feel comfortable reaching out to his/her mentor for assistance; a mentor should be excited about introducing mentees to other organization members. Once you get to know one another, meet prior to programming events or workshops and attend them together.

How do I sign up to become a mentor/mentee?

Please complete and return the NJACAC Mentorship Program Application. Applications are accepted all year long.

Who qualifies to be a mentor/mentee?

Any NJACAC member is welcome to participate in the mentorship program. We suggest that our mentors have at least 3 or more years experience in the college counseling profession. Mentees should have less than 3 years of experience in the profession and/or be new NJACAC members. All applicants must have a current NJACAC membership.

When should I expect to be matched with a mentor/mentee?

The Committee will meet multiple times during the academic year and will strive to match all interested members at each meeting. However, we may not be able to meet all match requests at each meeting and your application will be kept in the pool.

When should I expect to hear from my mentor/mentee?

The Committee will notify you by email when you have been matched with your mentor/mentee. A successful mentorship relationship requires active participation from both parties; feel free to take the initiative and connect with your mentor/mentee via email or with a phone call.