Professional Development


PNACAC Sponsored Events

PNACAC Summer College Tour

We are pleased to announce the opening of our Summer College Tour!  PNACAC looks forward to welcoming you to the following campuses:

  • Eastern Washington University
  • Whitworth University
  • Gonzaga University
  • Washington State University, Pullman
  • University of Idaho
  • Whitman College
  • Eastern Oregon University
  • Boise State University
  • The College of Idaho
Tour Dates: June 17 - 22, 2018
Fee: $400 PNACAC Members
  $450 Non-Members
Cancellation Deadline: June 1 (minus $30 processing fee)


We require at least 20 counselors by May 1 in order to conduct the tour.  If we do not reach capacity, we reserve the right to cancel the tour and refund registration fees.  If we cancel, we are not responsible for reimbursing travel costs.

Tour will start in Spokane, Washington and will end in Boise, Idaho.

Participants will need to arrive to Spokane International Airport by 3:30pm on June 17 and plan departure for no earlier than 6:00pm on June 22 from Boise Airport.

Please contact Melea Tejedas, PNACAC Professional Development Chair, at, with questions.


Register for the 2018 Summer Tour


2018 NACAC Guiding the Way to Inclusion

The Pacific Northwest Association for College Admission Counseling is pleased to offer a scholarship opportunity to our members to attend the NACAC Guiding the Way to Inclusion Conference in Washington, D.C. Guiding the Way to Inclusion (GWI) is a three-day professional development workshop designed for college admission professionals that work with diverse ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds. The scholarship is for professionals with 0-5 years experience. This year's conference will be in Washington, D.C. July 29 - August 1, 2018. 

GWI offers enrollment and admission professionals an opportunity to explore issues pertaining to campus diversity and multicultural recruitment. The workshop promotes in-depth understanding of college enrollment processes, as well as personal and professional growth.  Read more on the GWI FAQ Sheet.

Applications due by April 20, 2018. Applicants will be notified by May 10th if they have received this scholarship. All applicants must be PNACAC members. This scholarship will cover:

  • Conference registration fee for NACAC member.
  • If your institution is not a member, your institution will have to pay the $100 additional non-member rate.
  • Half the cost of transportation and half the cost of hotel accommodations.
  • Not included: Meals and other associated costs such as ground transportation, tips, etc.
Apply for the GWI Scholarship Today!

NACAC Sponsored Professional Development

NACAC Conference

NACAC E-Learning Center

Grants for College Signing Day | Reach Higher is giving away $100,000 in microgrants to help public school educators organize Signing Day events for their schools.

April 26 | 4:30 p.m. PT | Cultivating Relationships Around the Desk | Emerging Admission Professionals Session - Los Angeles National College Fair | Discuss how to build and maintain relationships with college and school counselors.

May 17 | 2 p.m. ET | Webinar: Tips & Tricks for Managing Millennials from Millennial Leaders | Discuss the millennial work ethic and learn how to better support millennials in the workforce.

Sept. 12 | 2 p.m. ET | Webinar: FAFSA Updates | Learn what to expect when your students file for federal financial aid this fall.


Other Professional Development Opportunities

All webinars can be viewed on-demand and are CEU eligible. They are a great source of updates and information on the AP Program, the CSS Profile, and the SAT.
Webinar: Inclusion and Access to Higher Education for Displaced and Vulnerable Persons
Date: May 1, 2:00pm ET - 3:00pm ET
Cost: Free
Description: AACRAO is hosting a live webinar that highlights the domestic and global initiatives that are being implemented to support students’ quest for inclusion and access to higher education. Discover the issues faced by displaced persons through the lens of actual student experiences; learn about AACRAO’s partnership with UC Davis on the Article 26 Backpack™, a right-to-education tool; and familiarize yourself with the steps that institutions and student-led movements are taking to support these vulnerable populations. In particular, the Article 26 Backpack project offers great hope for displaced persons who normally struggle to keep hold of their vital documents (refugees, people displaced by natural disasters, etc.).
Webinar: Common Mistakes when Filling Out the FAFSA® Form
Date: Thursday, April 26, 4-5 p.m. ET
Cost: Free
Description: For students and parents: We will discuss how to avoid common mistakes when filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form. We will provide tips and information to help with filling out the FAFSA form. Hosted by Federal Student Aid, an office of the US Department of Education. 
Webinar: FAFSA Completion Data by High School Demo
Date: Thursday, April 26, 4-5 p.m. ET
Cost: Free
Description: For college access professionals: Federal Student Aid provides current data about FAFSA submissions and completions at public and private high schools and public school districts. Join us for an overview of the data and a demonstration on how to access and use the data. Hosted by Federal Student Aid, an office of the US Department of Education. 
Webinar: New Strategies to Navigate International Enrollments
Date: Thursday, May 10, 2-3 PM ET
Cost: Free
Description: For American colleges and universities, international students play crucial roles. They give American students exposure to cultures and perspectives unavailable to many in the United States. They boost the talent pool, particularly in math and science programs. And on a more practical side, they provide tuition revenue on which many institutions depend. Today, recruiting international students is more complicated than ever, as colleges must navigate the changing political environment and the global competition for talent. This webcast will outline where U.S. colleges stand, the challenges they face, and some strategies being used with success. Inside Higher Ed editors Scott Jaschik and Doug Lederman will lead a lively discussion on these topics May 10, 2018.
University of Denver, Denver, CO
July 25-27, 2018
Join the first annual Camp RMACAC for College Admissions Counselors. This three-day workshop is designed to provide practical experience for admission professionals with five or fewer years' experience. The program provides training in relevant basic skills and discussion of pertinent issues and situations encountered in the admission profession. Participants will attend presentations, engage in case studies, work within small-group settings and participate in mock-situation settings.
Geared toward new College & Secondary School Counselors (less than two years).
Providence College, Providence, RI
July 23-26, 2018
Geared toward counselors with at least 5 years experience. 
Roger Williams University, Bristol, RI
July 16-18, 2018
15th Annual Summer Institute hosted by Potomac & Chesapeake ACAC
University of Richmond Richmond, VA
July 9-10 with tours on July 11, 2018