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Virtual High School Counseling

Indiana Connections Career Academy’s full-time licensed virtual school counselors are dedicated to helping students reach their full potential, assisting with:

  • Academic goal setting, scheduling, and planning
  • Personal and social development
  • Career advising that goes beyond traditional academic counseling, from counselors with expertise in career counseling who will support students in career exploration and related skills
  • College and vocational or trade school planning
  • Internships, externships, and other workforce partnerships

Helping Students Succeed

With master’s degrees and specialized training in developmental and educational psychology, our online school counselors help students address the personal, social, and academic issues that can affect their success in school and in life.

At Indiana Connections Career Academy (INCC), our virtual school counseling program is built on relationships, so our counselors are readily accessible to students and families—online, in person, and by phone. With the additional support of our national Connections Academy office and its collaborative network of school counselors across the United States, our counselors bring both individual attention and national expertise to our students and families.

Preparing Students for College and Career

Beyond their daily counseling activities, our school counselors offer services designed to help high school students prepare for college and career with:

  • Personal learning plans that include information and planning tools focused on careers
  • Real-world experiences for seniors through internships, externships, and other work partnerships
  • One-on-one counseling with seniors to provide resources and assistance with postsecondary planning, including career options, vocational training, and selecting the right college
  • Interactive online LiveLesson® sessions connecting families across the country with real-time information on financial aid and scholarships, college/trade school application processes, entrance requirements, and more
  • College test preparation courses for the SAT examinations
Dawn Mitchell

Meet Dawn Mitchell

Counseling Services, Last Names A-K
Phone: 317-835-9816

Dawn Mitchell is a school counselor at Indiana Career Connections Academy (INCC). Ms. Mitchell started at INCC in July 2018. She previously worked in a brick-and-mortar school for nineteen years and has been impressed by the virtual school experience and the ease with which students and parents can schedule individualized time with staff, communicating by phone, live online sessions or WebMail.

Ms. Mitchell says, “I became an educator because I had some very caring, creative educators who offered challenges that fed my thirst for learning. My admiration for those teachers evolved into a passion to become an educator myself so that I could give my own students that same feeling of success. As a school counselor at INCC, I can offer support to students from across the state who have a variety of personal and academic needs.

The students at INCC have been fantastic! They are encouraged by the flexible nature of the program, and their caretakers are able to be more involved in their student’s education. This team approach benefits everyone involved.

The best part of my job is getting to know my students. Many have incredible talents and unique situations, and I am very proud to be a part of a program that recognizes the value in personalizing education to fit students’ unique needs. INCC helps prepare students for a bright future because so much of our world is now in a virtual setting. Our students are becoming more advanced in their computer skills, learning to prepare and transfer documents, following an online student planner, attending LiveLesson® sessions—all things they will likely experience in their future job or college experience. Our career-focused courses give students insight into a variety of fields in order to help them make an informed decision regarding their future. They also benefit from a flexible schedule that allows them to pursue additional training, hobbies, events, or employment opportunities.”


  • Bachelor of arts in chemistry, Indiana State University
  • Bachelor of science in science education, Indiana State University
  • Masters in school counseling, Indiana State University

Ashley Pesa

Counseling Services, Last Names L-Z
Phone: 812-200-6272

April Coughlin

Student Engagement & Family Services
Phone: 317-401-9292