The fall 2018 newsletter highlights the outstanding work of the twenty-one GCAC college advisers who are increasing opportunites for 4,543 high school seniors this year. This adviser-produced newsletter is just one more way that GCAC college advisers leverage their time and skills to address issues of college access. Highlights are listed below.
Georgia College Advising Corps News
BEGINNING IN 2009 with four advisers, the Georgia College Advising Corps (GCAC)—an outreach program of the IHE—has grown to include twenty-one advisers embedded in sixteen high schools. The advisers assist students through the complex college admissions process to increase the number of matriculants from low-income, first-generation, or other historically underrepresented backgrounds.
In addition to being an IHE alumna, Yarbrah served for six years as program director for the Georgia College Advising Corps (GCAC), an outreach program of UGA's Institute of Higher Education.
In her new national role, she will support current programs in Georgia and South Carolina (including GCAC) and assist with the onboarding of new programs across the country. Yarbrah says, “My goal is to help programs increase their impact so they can help more underserved students achieve their dreams of attending and graduating from college.”
Robinson has served as the program coordinator of GCAC since May 2017, and over the past year, Robinson was instrumental in strengthening program recruitment, logistics and communications.
In her new role as director, Robinson oversees GCAC program development and evaluation, supervises the near-peer advisers, and coordinates with the participating high schools and other GCAC partners. She also assumes responsibility for grant writing, program promotion, fundraising and budget management.
The Georgia College Advising Corps (GCAC) — an outreach program of the University’s Institute of Higher Education — is a college access program that works to help low-income, first-generation and underrepresented students enter college. GCAC helps students find their way to college by placing well-trained recent college graduates in high schools to work one-on-one with students as they navigate the college admissions process, including researching college options, completing applications and applying for financial aid.
The work of IHE’s Georgia College Advising Corps in helping underserved students apply for college was noted in a recent entry on the Washington Post’s “Answer Sheet” blog. Local education activist Bertis Downs penned an opinion piece, posted on Oct. 29, citing “good ideas” that are proving effective in Athens public schools – among them the placing, through GCAC, of a recent college graduate in Clarke Central High School to advise and assist students in preparing for college.
The Georgia College Advising Corps met July 7-August 1 for training at UGA. The group participated in workshops at the Institute of Higher Education before a week of traveling the state to visit diverse college campuses.
This year’s advisers are Ashley Hollins, Tenisha Peterson, Chelsea Smith, Silki Modi, Melanie Harper, Andrea Green, Gianna Medina, Shayla McGlothan, Tanacia Lovence, Bri Hart, Jasman Ware, Shaquila Wise, Olivia Knight, Darnell Shelton. Amber Aucoin, Austin Lyke, Chris Farr, and Victor Onukwuli
The Georgia College Advising Corps–a college-access program sponsored by the Institute of Higher Education–continues to expand its reach and pile up impressive statistics in its efforts to assist low-income and underrepresented students get to college. In 2015-2016, GCAC will serve 14 high schools in six school districts with a total of 17,230 students.
“GCAC is a wonderful example of UGA giving back to the state and to schools and to underserved students in Georgia.”
The Georgia College Advising Corps (GCAC) has recently expanded to sixteen high schools in Georgia. Thanks to a generous commitment from The Robert Woodruff Foundation and other sponsors, funds will enable the GCAC to quadruple its presence in the state.
“Mr. Carty, I just want to go to college. My parents came to this country so I could go to college. It doesn’t matter where I go. I just want to go.”