Well into the spring semester, many college seniors are looking for their next opportunity. The Georgia College Advising Corps is actively recruiting for open college adviser positions which will begin July 2022.
Four months into “FAFSA season,” Georgia College Advising Corps (GCAC) college advisers work hard to motivate and support seniors to submit their financial aid forms. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is critical for college enrollment and is the gateway for federal and state grants, work-study, and federally backed student loans. According to the Department of Education, 34.4% of seniors at GCAC schools have submitted the FAFSA, putting us more than 2 percentage points above the Georgia average of 31.3%.
The University of Georgia’s College Advising Corps is proud to announce our program’s expansion into the Newton County school system in Covington, GA. With support from the Newton County School District, we are placing three new college advisers at Alcovy High School, Eastside High School, and Newton High School to begin their service in mid-January 2022. GCAC now has 24 advisers serving 20 high schools across the state of Georgia.
As summer transitions to autumn, the excitement of going back to school is palpable for students, families, school staff, and the advisers of the Georgia College Advising Corps (GCAC). On August 2nd, GCAC advisers entered their school sites, ready to assist students and families at seventeen high schools across Georgia with navigating post-secondary applications.
After completing her first year as a Master’s student at the Institute, Brionna Johnson is continuing her graduate assistant duties with the Georgia College Advising Corps (GCAC) into the summer as a training coordinator. She is excited to work with the advisers this summer, especially after engaging with her coursework this past semester.
The adage that "a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step" might feel very real to high school students preparing for their path to college, particularly navigating the college admission process and financial aid applications. The anxiety and uncertainty of how to begin can make that first step difficult or insurmountable without a guide.
Brook Thompson joined IHE on July 1 as the director of the Georgia College Advising Corps. She brings wide experience with college access programs, recruitment and retention among diverse populations, and school-college-community networks.
Jessica Robinson, director of the Georgia College Advising Corps (GCAC), received the Data Driven Program Director Award from the College Advising Corps (CAC). The announcement came during the organization's national leadership retreat. The award recognizes Jessica's emphasis on tracking actionable data and using it to achieve sustained results.
Georgia College Advising Corps (GCAC) advisers Delisha Hodo and Brionna Johnson were presented the 2019 Peter and Laurie Grauer True North award on December 10 at the national College Advising Corps’ (CAC) annual Summit, held this year in Boston. Laurie Grauer, chairman of Bloomberg L.P. and CAC founding board chair, along with CAC founder and CEO Nicole Hurd, presented the awards.
Yarbrah Peeples (Ph.D. 2012) is the new Senior Regional Director, East for the national College Advising Corps (CAC). She will be guiding and supporting initiatives that expand CAC’s reach and also deepen its impact across eight states in the Southeast and Northeast.
Yarbrah will provide leadership and support to the four eastern regional directors, cultivating relationships with key stakeholders and senior university leaders, and identifying and advancing new opportunities for expansion.
The Georgia College Advising Corps celebrated its tenth anniversary with a special luncheon and networking activities for current and former advisers, friends and staff of the program on May 29. The event kicked off with a welcome from interim provost and GCAC founder, Libby Morris. Dr. Morris closed her remarks by thanking the advisers and complimenting their efforts, "I am proud that our program has reached so many young people, opening for them doors of educational opportunity."
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.
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.
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