Calling all careers advisors: workshops on US education opportunities



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EducationUSA, the U.S. Embassy New Zealand and local Careers and Transition Education Association (CATE) chapters are thrilled to offer careers practitioners a free full-day professional development workshop on American universities and the admissions process.

CareersAvailable in Auckland, Hamilton, Wellington and Christchurch in early April, the workshops will be facilitated by Education Matters Director Rebecca Zeigler Mano, who has nearly two decades of experience in advising students and schools around the world on U.S. higher education opportunities. New Zealand-based EducationUSA advisors will also be available to answer questions.

“We are so excited about having someone of Rebecca’s caliber visit New Zealand. Admission to U.S. universities can be a complex process and for Kiwi careers advisors to have the opportunity to access detailed information from such an expert is a huge benefit,” says Katie Sleeman, U.S. Embassy Education Advisor.

Suitable for careers practitioners at a secondary school level with limited or extensive knowledge of higher education in America, the program will cover the opportunities available for students, as well as the American education system, admissions processes and other commonly queried topics like standardized testing and finding financial assistance.

“Attendees will have the opportunity to have their individual questions answered as well as learn an enormous amount about the way the process relates to the students that they are advising,” Katie added.

Spaces are limited to one attendee per school. To secure a ticket, please visit:

Monday 3 April, Christchurch:

Tuesday 4 April, Wellington:

Wednesday 5 April, Waikato:

Thursday 6 April, Auckland:




U.S.-NZ Youth Council 2017 seeks inspiring young people

Applications are now open for the U.S.-New Zealand Youth Council – a program for youth between the ages of 18-25 that gathers future leaders to raise awareness of and develop stronger ties between the U.S. and New Zealand, highlighting mutual economic, social, and policy benefits that arise from our countries’ close partnership.

Created by the U.S. Embassy in New Zealand in 2010, the Youth Council forms part of a network of similar groups in more than 60 cities around the world.  It aims to give youth the necessary tools to take on leadership roles, and gives members unique experiences and skills for their future careers.

The program offers a range of benefits to inspiring young people, and is open to New Zealand, Samoa, the Cook Islands, Niue, and/or Tokelau youth.

Professional development workshops provide hands-on training and networking, and grant/seed funding opportunities offer the chance for Council member’s public service projects and social enterprise ideas to address local needs - and benefit their communities, region and country. 

Successful applicants to the Youth Council also become part of a close national network of young leaders and contacts, will connect at conferences, attend unique educational and national events, and have access to world-leading subject matter experts.

If you are, or know a young person that may be eligible, applications remain open until Friday March 31, 2017 at 5pm.  Applications can be made and further information is available at:

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