VISTAS Online is an innovative publication produced for ACA by Dr. Garry R. Walz and Dr. Jeanne C. Bleuer of Counseling Outfitters, LLC. Its purpose is to provide a means of capturing the ideas, information and experiences generated by the annual ACA Conference and selected ACA Division Conferences. Papers on a program or practice that has been validated through research or experience may also be submitted. This digital collection of peer-reviewed articles is authored by counselors, for counselors. VISTAS Online contains the full text of over 900 proprietary counseling articles published from 2004 to 2017.
School Counselors’ Support for First-Generation College Students
Donna J. Dockery
Professional school counselors are expected to play critical roles in ensuring all students receive the academic, psychosocial, and career preparation needed to meet the demands of a global, knowledge-based economy; one in which most jobs require some postsecondary education. School counselors should make every effort to provide preparation, encouragement, and support for students who have historically been denied access to higher educational opportunities, including first-generation college attendees. School counselors should strive to understand and remove barriers facing students and their families who have been historically underrepresented in colleges and universities (Reid & Moore, 2008).