College Advising Corps works to increase the number of first-generation college going, low-income, and/or underrepresented students who apply, enter, and complete college. We do this by placing recent college graduates from one of our partner universities as full-time college advisers in some of America’s underserved high schools. College Advising Corps believes that every student deserves the opportunity to enter and complete higher education.
The University of Arizona is partnering with College Advising Corps to be the first to offer the innovative program in the state of Arizona. The pilot has partnered with four local school districts (Amphitheater, Flowing Wells, Sunnyside and Tucson) to place college advisers in five high schools (Amphitheater, Cholla Magnet, Flowing Wells, Rincon, and Sunnyside). The advisers work to complement and build upon the school's existing college going culture by engaging in:
1 on 1 Meetings with Students - It is crucial to the success of the program to have one to one interactions with students. We believe in giving each student the time and attention needed to start their college enrollment process.
Classroom Presentations - One of the program's goals is to reach as many students as possible. This goal is partly accomplished by going to different classrooms at all grade levels to let them know about college opportunities. College Advisers conduct these presentations all year long and make them as interactive as possible in order to maximize student's engagement.
Workshops - Advisors host numerous programs that allow for students to complete college applications, the FAFSA, scholarship applications, and next steps for enrollment in the college of their choice.
Campus Visits and Tours - A great part of the decision to attend a university comes from being able to set foot on that campus. Advisers host campus tours around the state to expose students to a variety of college environments.
Parent Programs - Parents can be a driving force behind their student's decision to attend college and that is why there is a strong emphasis on outreach to parents. Families are invited to informational nights, financial aid workshops and college events. College Advisers also meet with parents individually in order to assess their specific needs and situations.
To learn more about the College Advising Corps, please visit the national website at http://advisingcorps.org/
For more information, please contact Catalina Carlos.