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Jul. 9, 2015

RAMP Camp
NYSSCA
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. For additional information, contact RAMPCAMP@NYSSCA.org.



July 23, 2015
8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Sponsored by NYSSCA
Hosted by: Shenendehowa Central School District
Shenendehowa High School East
970 Route 146
Clifton Park, N.Y.


Register online here
Complete flyer with registration form here.

Learn more about RAMP.

Learn More about our 'Camp Counselor', Dr, Brett Zyromski.

The RAMP designation is based on "The ASCA National Model: A Framework for School Counseling Programs," third edition.

Questions? Email RAMPCAMP@NYSSCA.ORG.
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