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Marcia Hanlon has been a Licensed Clinical Social Worker for more than 25 years and has spent most of her professional career in colleges, most recently as Director of College Readiness and Completion at the Associated Colleges of Illinois (ACI) in Chicago, where she managed a mentoring program for incoming freshmen that involved 150 students at seven campuses throughout Illinois.

Before joining the Associated Colleges of Illinois, she was Director of Counseling at Aurora University in Aurora, Illinois, for eight years. As an administrator and as a psychotherapist, she built a student support program that aided hundreds of students through personal crises, as well as critical decisions about college persistence and career goals.

She began her career in colleges as an Assistant Sports Information Director. She also has taught classes as an adjunct professor, was an advisor to a student “theme” residence house and served on various faculty-staff policy committees at two universities. In private practice, she has focused on career/college advising, first working with AT&T and Lucent Technologies employees making career transitions.

Her years of experience have led to an expertise in students trying to navigate through college: choosing a college or creating an academic/career plan toward graduation, establishing goals, dropping out or transferring. She has presented workshops and speeches at several national conferences for higher education professionals on supporting first-generation college students (students whose parents did not attend college and therefore are not always able to assist in how a college system works).

A graduate of the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, she completed her Master’s in Social Work from Loyola University in Chicago and the College Counseling Certificate from the University of California-Los Angeles. She is a member of the American College Counseling Association and the National Association of Social Workers.

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