Toni Marie O'Daniel

Toni Marie O'Daniel

College & Scholarship Manager, Hmong College Prep Academy (MN)

I hold a BA in Business/Clothing & Textiles from the University of St. Thomas, MN and a Certificate in College Counseling from UCLA, CA. Before HCPA, I worked at two private schools in the twin cities area for over fifteen years in the college counseling office. In 2015 I started working at the Hmong College Prep Academy as the College and Scholarship Manager which changed my life. Our community puts on one of the largest individual College Fairs in Minnesota as well as one of the Largest FAFSA nights for our senior families.

As a member of IECA, MACAC and NACAC I have wonderful contacts with other college counselors throughout the United States and Canada which allows me opportunities to present on different topics to the counseling community. Working closely with other college counselors and IEC’s throughout the country has given me extensive understanding with different colleges and universities. Working with students and parents is the best part of my job. In 2020 I was awarded one of the 2020 Counselors that Changes Lives by CTCL. And the MACAC Student Service Award. HCPA has given me the opportunity to work with students who sometimes don’t realize the opportunities that are available to them and allows me the privilege to watch them grow to their true potential. I am truly blessed to work with such amazing young men and women.

Fun Fact: I drive a F350 Dully Crew Cab and have 4 grandchildren.

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  • Hmong American Students in College Admissions: Disaggregating Asian America

    Of all the ethnicities that make up the demographic category Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI), few face as many challenges in college admissions and retention as the Hmong. Hmong teenagers have the highest dropout rate among all AAPI groups--as high as 40% according to some estimates. 38% of the Hmong population have not completed high school. Nine out of every ten Hmong girls quit school. This panel will share some successes and challenges experienced by Hmong American students. It will also provide practical advice about supporting them in outreach, admissions, and retention, as well as teach greater cultural competence.

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