Professional Development Institute 2020-21

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

PDI connects high school counselors and college and career advisers to strategies, tools, resources and information so you can support student postsecondary planning. Join us!

  • Fridays at 10 AM
  • 60 -90 minutes
  • 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 for Spring 2021 Workshops!
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.

Jan. 29th – Career Pathways series with STEMSTL:  Healthcare

Feb. 5th – Financial Aid series with MASFAP: Interpreting Financial Aid Offer Letters

Feb 26th – Career Pathways series with STEMSTL: Information Technology & Gaming

Mar. 5th – Financial Aid series with MASFAP: Gap Funding and Scholarships: Helping Students and Families Understand their Bill

Mar. 12th – Match & Fit: Supporting Student Transfer Plans

Mar. 26th – Career Pathways series with STEMSTL: Trades and First Responders

April 2nd – Financial Aid series with MASFAP: Year in Review Roundtable: Financial Aid Officers Answer Your Questions About Financial Aid Packages

Apr. 9th – Match & Fit: Choosing College Virtually

April 23rd – Career Pathways series with STEMSTL:  Supply Chain Logistics and Transportation

St. Louis Graduates is pleased to partner with MASFAP on all financial aid workshops and with STEMSTL on all career pathways workshops!


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
Kate Polokonis, STEMSTL
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, My Scholarship Central
Danielle Washington, Wyman
Laura Winter, St. Louis Graduates