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IECA's educational Webinar Series will focus on the issues affectingIndependent Educational Consultants and allied admission professionals. IECA's monthly webinars will provide professional development covering admission issues in college, secondary school, and therapeutic placements, as well as learning disabilities and broad adolescent issues including depression, anxiety, and more.

Our webinars are designed to meet the needs of Independent Educational Consultants and we believe many school-based counselors will find the topics equally compelling, as well as admission representatives, school administrators, and program and private therapists. The presenters are chosen for their expertise and experience as online instructors. Webinars will be offered live on the second Tuesday of each month at 12:00 noon EST, 9:00 a.m. PST. All sessions will last one hour, including a question and answer segment with the presenter. In addition, IECA will archive all webinars, which will then be available for one year. Those who register for the live broadcast, or for an archived segment, will be able to view the presentation up to three times over the course of the year. For more details, check our webinar FAQs.

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2015 Webinars

January 13: Legalized & Decriminalized Pot: The Impact on College and School Campuses

Colorado and Washington states decriminalized the use and sale of marijuana. Other states may follow. How does this change affect students? How does it affect Independent Educational Consultants? How do we as IECs keep up with legal and social changes? Does this one require changes in our practice parameters or our school recommendations? Should you question a student’s motives when a CO or WA college is on their list? This webinar, a reprise of the successful panel held last year at the IECA conference in Indianapolis, is made up of IECs as well as knowledgeable college and school personnel.

Carl Johnson, Executive Director of Campus Life at the University of Denver
Carl attended the University of Tennessee and received a bachelor’s degree in Communication and a master’s degree in Leadership Studies. He began his career in student affairs as a Hall Director for first year men’s residence hall, and then worked as the Coordinator of Greek Life at the University of South Carolina.He has been at the University of Denver since 2001.

Kila McCann, Director of Admission and Financial Aid, Fountain Valley School, Colorado Springs
Kila previously served as director of boarding and international students and head of house at Darlington School in Rome, Georgia. She also worked at St. Lawrence College in Kingston, Ontario, Canada as a recruitment/enrollment officer, and at Fulford Academy in Brockville, Ontario, Canada as a placement officer and student counselor.

Dave Herz, Founder and CEO, Vive, a Mentorship, Parent Coaching & Counseling, and therapeutic mentoring program in Boulder, CO
Dave earned an M.A. in Education from the University of Colorado, Boulder, is a certified psychotherapist, and has worked with kids and families as a teacher, counselor, therapist, mentor, and coach for more than 20 years. Dave’s passion is to help young people find the courage and inspiration to move toward responsible, productive, joyful young adulthood, while helping parents engage this process with less pain and more hope.

Andrew Bryan, IECA member, college success coach, Boise, Idaho
Andrew Bryan is the founder and director of Emerge. He has worked with adolescents and young adults and their parents since 1989. He has an expertise in coaching and mentoring young adults and working with individual learning styles and the wide array of educational and vocational options available to both students who have faced emotional or behavioral challenges and those who learn differently. Andrew has been interviewed and quoted nationally on education related topics.

Steve Antonoff, IECA member, Denver, Colorado
Dr. Antonoff has been in private practice as an IEC for almost 30 years. He is former Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid and Dean of Students at the University of Denver. He was instrumental in the founding of the IECA Summer Training Institute. He was the recipient of the IECA Professional Achievement Award in 2014. Steve is the author of College Match: A Blueprint for Choosing the Best School for You! and The College Finder. He speaks to parent, student, and educational consultant groups nationally. He teaches Principles of Educational Consulting and Independent Educational Consulting Practicum in the certificate program in educational consulting at UC Irvine Extension.

February 10: Service Academy Admissions and ROTC Scholarships

The Service Academies and ROTC programs are the main gateway to becoming an officer in the U.S. Military. Both grant full tuition scholarships for students to obtain a bachelor’s degree. There is a lot of information about these programs on government websites, blogs and posting boards. The process to obtain these scholarships can sometimes be difficult to find and is often confusing. In this webinar, a West Point graduate and former Army ROTC Professor of Military Science will provide a helpful overview of these programs. Follow his advice and your client could be the next recipient of a Service Academy appointment or an ROTC scholarship!

Lieutenant Colonel Robert Kirkland (U.S. Army, Retired) was one of the few officers ever to command two separate Army ROTC programs--Claremont McKenna College from 2006 to 2009 and the University of Southern California from 2010 to 2013. He was selected as Army ROTC instructor of the year as well as the best Professor of Military Science in his Brigade in 2009. Lt. Col. Kirkland is a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy, West Point and also has earned an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh. He served over 25 years on active duty. Lt. Col. Kirkland is the author of the book, “The Insider’s Guide to the Army ROTC Scholarship for High School Students and Their Parents.”

March 10: Financial Aid for American Citizens Abroad

Not all U.S. citizens who are living abroad and anxious to attend university in the U.S. have families on hefty expat packages or fancy cars in the garage. Although not officially international students, they may still face the challenges of presenting lesser-known qualifications from a national school, curriculum, and language. They also typically lack access to in-state tuition at public colleges and universities and are ineligible for many of the scholarships offered regionally within the U.S. In this webinar, we'll present information from both sides of the desk about who these students are, why colleges want them on their campuses, why they sometimes fall through the cracks, and what resources and policies are in place to help them reach their goal. The webinar is based on a panel session held at OACAC in July 2014.

Marilyn Stelzner, IECA associate member and a member of OACAC since 2009, lives and works as an independent educational consultant in Switzerland. Her clients include U.S. citizens and non-citizens who attend international, private, and local state-run schools. While investigating financial aid options for a U.S./Swiss dual national student eager to return to the U.S. for college, she became aware of both the dearth of financial aid information tailored to U.S. citizens living abroad and the combination of challenges they face.

The list of webinars will be regularly updated.