The Clinton High School counseling department was again recognized with the American School Counselor Association’s RAMP award, the ASCA announced earlier this week. CHS professional school counselors previously received the honor in 2007, when they became the first Iowa high school counseling department to do so.

RAMP stands for “Recognized ASCA Model Program.” CHS School Counselor Amanda Sievers said the department was chosen for consistently maintaining high standards in core focuses set by ASCA. She said counselors work to ensure a student’s physical and mental well-being, in addition to preparing them for college or careers.

“(ASCA) recognizes our program as being a modern program that addresses all components of our national standards,” Sievers said. “Basically, the award (means) that we are a modern program in meeting those (benchmarks).”

Sievers said that CHS counselors help students in many different ways. The majority of student interaction comes from one-on-one work sessions, she said, where the counselor can help address personal or academic issues.

Some small group work is also utilized, and Sievers said counselors will also teach classes as necessary.

“Ultimately, it’s just to make sure all of our students are college, career (and community) ready,” Sievers said.

The counseling department will be recognized during a ceremony June 25 in Minneapolis, along with five other counseling departments that will be receiving the award as well. Conrad Keibler, Suzanne Schrader, Amanda Steines and Sievers will all be honored for establishing an outstanding school counseling program.

“This year’s RAMP honorees have shown their commitment to students and the school counseling profession,” said Alan Burkard, ASCA president, in a statement. “This designation distinguishes these schools and encourages school counselors nationwide to continue to strive for success.”

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