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Iowa Online School Counselors

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

  • Academic goal setting, scheduling, and planning
  • Personal and social development
  • Career planning
  • College planning

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 IACA, our online 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 from our national Connections Academy office and its collaborative network of school counselors across the United States, our counselors bring individual attention, guidance, and national expertise to our students and families.

Preparing Students for College and Career

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

  • Personal learning plans focusing on postgraduation goals
  • Interactive online LiveLesson® sessions connecting Connections Academy families across the country with real-time information on financial aid and scholarships, college application processes, entrance requirements, and more
  • College test preparation courses for the SAT examinations
  • One-on-one counseling with seniors to provide resources and assistance with postsecondary planning, including career options, vocational training, and selecting the right college

Meet Craig Fredin

Manager of Counseling Services

Craig Fredin is the manager of counseling services at Iowa Connections Academy (IACA). Mr. Fredin joined the school in 2019 and had been teaching in a traditional school setting for 38 years. He got into education because his dad was a teacher, principal, and superintendent.

Mr. Fredin says “Connections Academy® gives students an opportunity to earn their high school diploma, gain confidence in their abilities to succeed, and also provides a wide range of classes so they can explore different opportunities available after graduation.

“Iowa Connections Academy’s online program plays into the technological strengths of most students. It also allows students who may have physical, emotional, or social difficulties to be successful in school. My favorite part of the job is working from home without the politics and chaos that are present in many traditional schools. The students at Connections Academy can focus more on their education without many of the social distractions present in a traditional school setting.”


  • Bachelor’s degree in English Education/Coaching, Iowa State University
  • Master’s degree in School Counseling, Drake University
  • School Administration Certification, Northwest Missouri State University