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Release Date: 2/10/2020
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Milford Mill Academy school counseling chair honored by College Board

Kenneth Berlett, Jr., one of only 8 school counselors in Maryland to be recognized

TOWSON, MD – Kenneth Berlett, Jr., school counseling chair at Milford Mill Academy, is one of only eight school counselors in Maryland to be honored by the 2020 College Board Counselor Recognition Program.

According to the College Board website, the recognition program is designed to honor innovative middle and high school counselors who are proven lifelong learners, collaborators, advocates, and data-driven professionals committed to student access and success.

"I nominated Ken for this College Board recognition," said Milford Mill Academy Principal Kyria L. Joseph, “because he went the extra mile to provide college and career opportunities for all seniors in BCPS."

“This honor," Berlett said, “speaks volumes to the collaborative efforts of my entire school counseling team and the shared vision of our principal, who has supported our efforts to secure community partnerships, increase family engagement, and provide equitable access to college and career opportunities."

Berlett, a Bel Air resident, has been school counseling chair at Milford Mill for five years. Three years ago, Milford Mill hosted the first HBCU College and Career Fair that was open to all BCPS students. Berlett was instrumental in organizing this annual event which provides college and career access. The 2019 fair attracted 1,000 students from 22 BCPS high schools who came to meet with representatives of 28 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (as well as military and corporate recruiters and various resource providers). Nineteen participating colleges offered approximately 1,300 instant admissions, and all 28 colleges offered an estimated $10 million in scholarships.

“We started this event to help close the gap for post-secondary education for our underrepresented populations," said Berlett. “Now the event attracts students of all races and helps students connect to military and career opportunities as well as higher education."

During the last four years, Milford Mill has almost doubled its graduating seniors’ 4-year college acceptance rate, which can be attributed, in part, to the HBCU fair.
Prior to his current role, Berlett taught history at Milford Mill. He has worked at the school for 14 years, his entire education career. While a teacher, Berlett helped launch the Advanced Placement program at the school. An Eastern Tech graduate who grew up in Rosedale, Berlett earned a bachelor’s degree at Salisbury University, master’s degree at Loyola University Maryland, and post-grad certificate at Johns Hopkins University.

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