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McKinney will train high school counselors in China

Tricia McKinney, associate director of international enrollment, will share her expertise with high school counselors in China as a participant in EducationUSA China’s inaugural High School Counselor Training program to be held in Chengdu, China on Sept. 21-22.

McKinney will join with a select group of college enrollment experts from across the U.S. in training Chinese high school counselors on the most up-to-date information about studying in the U.S. so that they can professionally guide their students in applying for admission. Training topics include the application process, essay writing, recommendation letter writing, transcripts, school profile writing, financial aid, student visa application, and pre-departure preparation, among others.

“I feel very honored to be selected as a trainer in this role,” McKinney said. “This opportunity is important for the continuation of international relations between universities in the U.S. and high schools in China. I am looking forward to educating my colleagues on the many wonderful types of universities, including Salve Regina, which our country hosts. My hope is that after this training, guidance counselors will consider all types of schools and learn what it means to find the right fit for their students.”

At Salve Regina, McKinney works with international students on admissions, yield and retention. This year, she has been asked to present at both regional and international conferences on international recruitment/admissions. Additionally, she will be published in Carnegie Communications AC&U Magazine on the topic of international financial aid. She also serves on the Sub-Committee of Membership at OACAC (Overseas Association for College Admission Counseling) until 2017.

McKinney, who earned a master’s degree in education from Northeastern University and a bachelor’s degree from Valdosta State University, has been working in enrollment management since 2008. In addition to many years of constituent outreach and public service, she worked for large research institutions such as Northeastern University in Boston and small institutions such as Andrew College in Cuthbert, Ga.

Based in the Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, EducationUSA China serves all of mainland China by offering online and mobile advising to Chinese students and their parents through their website, through Chinese social media, and through outreach programs coordinated with each of the U.S. Consulates.