New advising programs focus on freshmen. Goal is for first year students to take 15 units a term.
Schools can serve as a hub for an entire community after a disaster, experts say.
More isolation and depression anticipated as students return to mostly online courses.
Schools with more counselors report higher graduation rates, more students going to college.
Eric Blanco, president of the state school counseling association, urges students to prepare early for college and keep options open.