Waynesville High School has announced that it has been selected to participate in the Missouri Postsecondary Advising Initiative, a statewide effort to place trained advisors into high schools, alongside current school counselors, to provide students with individualized college and career support. Dr. Brian Henry, Waynesville Superintendent of Schools, says, “This is a great opportunity to have one individual who is solely dedicated to helping ensure our high school students are on the path to success. The college application process can be time-consuming and especially so for first-generation college students; this position will be able to dedicate more time to assist students who want to go to college.” Schools were selected based on school and community needs, COVID impact in the community, and geography. Additional schools will be added over time. Selected high schools will now hire dedicated college and career advisors ahead of the 2022-2023 school year. These advisors will support students’ postsecondary pursuits by developing and implementing individualized plans for postsecondary education and training, identifying opportunities to secure financial aid, including completing the FAFSA, supporting students as they work to enroll in college, earn a workplace credential, and/or enlist in the armed services, and coaching students through the transition from high school to lifelong success.