|Jul. 2, 2015|
There is still time to register and hold your space!!
DID YOU KNOW ... RAMP Camp is NOT just for schools ready to apply for the designation of Recognized ASCA Model Program. If you just want to learn more about the ASCA National Model, RAMP Camp is for you! Come kick-start your school counselor program development.
Need a hotel for RAMP Camp?
NYSSCA has reserved rooms at a special price right next door to Shenendenhowa High School. To reserve a room at the $159 reduced price, call the Hilton Garden Inn of Clifton Park at 518-371-7777 and use code NYS. Reservations may be canceled up to 48 hours before the date of arrival. For additional information, contact RAMPCAMP@NYSSCA.org.
NYSSCA Annual Conference 2015 — Save the date
New York State School Counselor Association Annual Conference 2015
"School Counselors: Advocating Access for All!"
The Sagamore Resort, on Lake George, Bolton Landing, NY
Nov. 20-21, 2015
Participant online registration here.
Exhibitor online registration here.More
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