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School officials bemoan lack of college tracking

To help get more students enrolled in college, Westside High qualified in 2010 for a full-time college adviser, whose position is paid for through the Georgia College Advising Corps, a partnership between the University of Georgia and the Watson-Brown Foundation. As one of only 16 corps advisers in the state, Brianna Hart’s full-time job at West­side is to help students find scholarships, apply to schools, and understand the transition into college life and more.

Before Hart came along, junior/senior guidance counselor Regina Thompson had to balance all the college advising on top of administrative paperwork, junior class scheduling, parent meetings and other daily guidance duties, making it almost impossible to follow through one-on-one with all seniors about college plans. Thompson said individual counseling is a key strategy to getting students into college because teens often need encouragement to take SAT tests early and more than once, to begin applying to colleges and backup colleges and to search for scholarships.

"It’s difficult because many students can’t see college from where they are in high school,” Thompson said.

Complete article by Tracy McManus on Saturday, May 9, 2015 (Augusta Chronicle)