Professional Development Institute 2020-21

The Professional Development Institute (PDI) is virtual in 2020-21!

All workshops are 60 minutes (unless otherwise noted) and focus on providing training, access to tools and resources, and connection to a professional network for high school counselors, college and career advisers, and youth-serving non-profit professionals. This year PDI is open to college access professionals serving students across Missouri and southern Illinois.

Participation is free thanks to support from the Norman J. Stupp Foundation, Commerce Bank trustee.

Registration is now open! Click on the topic to register. Zoom details will be e-mailed the week of the workshop. Registration closes at Noon the day before each workshop.

Friday, October 23, 10 AM to 11:30 AM –Career Pathways: Advising Strategies to Connect Students to Labor Market Needs with AIA St. Louis, Ranken Technical College and Gateway Global

Just added! Friday, October 30, 10 AM to 11:30 AM – Admissions Updates from multiple colleges

Friday, November 6, 10 AM – Match & Fit: Navigating the HBCU Landscape with Arthur Grimes of Normandy High School and Iris Tabb or Harris-Stowe State University

Friday, November 20, 10 AM – Financial Aid & Student Support Resources: MDHEWD, MOCAN, My Scholarship Central with MASFAP

Friday, December 4, 10 AM –Supporting Undocumented Youth¬†with Felipe Martinez of The Scholarship Foundation of St. Louis

St. Louis Graduates is pleased to partner with MASFAP on all financial aid workshops this year.


Looking for materials from past workshops? You’ll find them here.


Thank you to the St. Louis Graduates¬†Professional Development Committee for planning this year’s workshops!

Beth Bender, Chair, Associate Superintendent for College and Career Readiness, St. Louis Public Schools

Michael Boulanger, Pattonville High School
Marvin Bullard, Higher Education Consortium
Michelene Carbol, EducationPlus
Melissa Findley, Missouri Scholarship & Loan Foundation
Monica Fleisher, Washington University
Mary Giunta, Affton High School
Andi Harpring, Nine Network
Katy Jane Johnson, University City High School
Michelle Luraschi, Pattonville High School
Ashley June Moore, Washington University College Advising Corps
Amber Mitchell, Ritenour High School
Gabrielle Ray Robinson, Missouri College Advising Corps
Desiree Speed, St. Louis Public Schools
Teresa Steinkamp, The Scholarship Foundation of St. Louis
Khadija Tejan, St. Louis Public Schools
Dawn Towles-Richards, Missouri Dept. of Elementary & Secondary Education
Kaitlyn Venta, Scholarship Central
Danielle Washington, Wyman
Laura Winter, St. Louis Graduates