GCAC seeks to raise the rates of college enrollment
and completion among Georgia's first-generation-college
and low-income high school students.
GCAC provides support to high school students and their parents who require assistance with navigating the college admissions process by placing well-trained, recent college graduates as full-time college advisers in selected Georgia high schools to assist overworked guidance counselors by: • ensuring that students find institutions suitable for their individual academic profiles, career goals and personal circumstances • assisting students with testing, scholarship and admission applications, financial aid, and other matriculation processes and • fostering a college-going culture in the schools through innovative and motivational interventions.
Don't forget to join us TODAY for our GCAC info session! We recruit recent graduates who will serve in local high schools throughout the state to increase the number of low-income, first-generation, and underrepresented students who complete higher education. Let's chat over some pizza. Can't make this session? Be on the lookout for details on our upcoming webinar!
"Being a high school student that was destined to be a first-generation college student, I feel that I was uninformed of a lot of the opportunities and career paths colleges had to offer. It seemed to me that the only option was the seamless path that included a 4 year degree and a job that followed. This has really put in perspective the mindset that some of these students may be unaware that they are submerged in. As a result of my experience with this, I try to make sure that my students are aware of as many opportunities as possible regarding their future aspirations. I believe that everyone should know that they have the ability to carve their own path using the tools that are most efficient and useful for them."
Chynna Moore serves as a first-generation college adviser at Maynard Jackson High School where she is able to ensure her students have someone in their corner!
#cacfirstgen #celebratefirstgen @advisingcorps
"For me, first generation means so many things. As a first gen student it was my ability to believe that I was capable of higher ed. even if I was the first in my family to do so. As a first gen college graduate and high school college adviser it is the ability to empower my students with the tools and resources they need to achieve the same goal. For so many of us, it is an opportunity to break generational curses and achieve financial stability. I am a proud first gen!"
Kianna Harrison is a first-gen college adviser for Maynard Jackson High School. Here she is able to work with future first-gen students every day!
#celebratefirstgen #cacfirstgen @advisingcorps
"Being First-Gen means I was able to break a cycle and make a change. A quote I live by is 'change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we've been waiting for. We are the change that we seek' - Barack Obama. If I didn't see that a change needed to be made to open more doors for myself I would've never become a first generation grad. Breaking this cycle has allowed me to become more knowledgeable and grow as a person."
NiEsha James is a first-gen college adviser at Westide High School where she now propels future first-gen students to college to break the cycle!
#celebratefirstgen #cacfirstgen @advisingcorps @ Westside High School
Don't forget to join us this Monday for an info session on what it takes to be a college adviser! There will be pizza!
Serving in local high schools throughout the state, GCAC college advisers transform lives by leading low-income, first generation, and underrepresented students to college. College seniors, are you looking for a job after graduation that makes a difference and want to learn more? Join us at our info session next Monday!
"I advise because I believe in the power of education. I want my students to have the opportunity to learn, grow, transform, and be challenged the way I was in college."
First year advisers Aja Murray and Obianuju Okeke had the opportunity to attent the Embark Leadership Conference earlier this month! At our in-service training they were able to present and share the information they learned with our entire team.
During the IHE Homecoming Block Party, we were fortunate enough to have former advisers visit and share valuable knowledge with current advisers! Swipe to see representation of 2 generations of advisers at 4 of our schools! @ UGA Institute of Higher Education
College advisers Ms. Poirier and Ms. Jones are hard at work at Grady High School! They have already held 1:1 meetings with 94% of the senior class to discuss post-secondary education. During these 1:1 meetings they have also been able to encourage 20% of their students to complete the FAFSA within the first two weeks of the application opening! These are huge strides towards increasing the number of students who pursue and complete higher education!
We are excited to see IHE and GCAC alumni today at the Homecoming Block Party from 2-3:30pm at Meigs Hall! There will be swag and an ice cream bar from 4 Fat Cows!
We are excited to invite our GCAC alumni and friends of the program to the Institute of High Education's Homecoming Block Party this Friday! Meet our 2019-2020 GCAC advisers, catch up with former advisers, enjoy ice cream from 4 Fat Cows, and pick up some GCAC gear. Please RSVP here if you are able to attend. (https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSd-Zrn-hC1rLdMNKQ445PHqlA9ZXGDwbifZSVQDCqrMI_ViOw/viewform)
College adviser Courtni Reese introduced Paul Tough during his book talk on "The Years That Matter Most." Such a great conversation about higher education and social mobility! @ Cine Athens
We are excited to invite our GCAC alumni and friends of the program to the Institute of High Education's Homecoming Block Party! Meet our 2019-2020 GCAC advisers, catch up with former advisers, enjoy refreshments, and pick up some GCAC gear. Please RSVP here if you are able to attend. (https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSd-Zrn-hC1rLdMNKQ445PHqlA9ZXGDwbifZSVQDCqrMI_ViOw/viewform).
GCAC Alumi Spotlight!
Jose Fragoso served at Meadowcreek High School from 2018-2019, and is now pursuing a M.A. in Bilingual and Bicultural Childhood Education at Columbia University! We wish Jose the best of luck on his incredible journey!
Brionna is not only an amazing college adviser, but she is also part of a Research and Evaluation Fellowship Program with the national College Advising Corps where she is focused on optimizing data collection and management initiatives, and helping to uphold a data-driven culture within the Corps. As a first-generation college graduate herself, Brionna is passionate about equitable college access and transitional student support services.
Last year, our advisers at North Atlanta High School met with 95% of the senior class to discuss post-secondary plans and support college access. This year, Ms. Cawley and Ms. Murray are working hard to ensure their students are prepared for what comes next! Our amazing advisers in action, hosting a College Essay Workshop Lunch and Learn!
GCAC Alumni Spotlight!
Jennifer Harris served at Benjamin E. Mays High School from 2017-2019, and is now pursuing a dual degree at the University of Georgia in Professional School Counseling M.Ed/Ed.S.! Jennifer was also awarded an assistantship through UGA's Career Center! We wish her the best of luck on her journey!
A huge thank you to Dr. Erin Ciarimboli and Courtni Reese for sharing their knowledge about working with un(der)documented students at our combined college adviser training in Atlanta with the Georgia State University CAC!
We are so proud of our college advisers working hard to meet 1-on-1 with every senior! This is a great opportunity to build relationships and help students achieve their goals!
During their years of service, GCAC advisers develop skills that impact the trajectory of their lives. Damisi Fawole served at Henry W. Grady High School from 2017-2019, and is now studying Leadership and Organizational Performance at Vanderbilt Univeristy! We wish her the best of luck on her journey!
#GCACAlumniSpotlight #collegeaccess #vanderbilt
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The Institute of Higher Education at the University of Georgia welcomes the newest cohort of college advisers! Wish them good luck as they work to make college more accessible for Georgia students!
Today marks the final day of service for our 2018-2019 college advisers. We could not be more proud of these passionate college access leaders! Thank you for your service this year!
We're grateful to be a "bright spot" in Learn4Life's annual report on the state of education in Atlanta!
See the full report here: https://l4lmetroatlanta.org/…/L4L-2019-Annual-Report-FINAL.…
GCAC is celebrating ten years of college access success! We are excited to share this article about our work from UGA Today.
Group helps guide seniors at underserved schools through college admissions process.
Support GCAC during #GeorgiaGivingWeek! We believe every student deserves the opportunity to attend and complete post-secondary education, and we give them a hand. Visit givingweek.uga.edu, and select Georgia College Advising Corps as the fund designation.
Applications are still open for 2019-2020 adviser positions in Augusta and metro Atlanta. Share this post with someone you think would be a great role model and adviser!
Congratulations to Drew Charter School's Christopher McCrary, who has been accepted to over 20 colleges and awarded over $1 million in scholarships. GCAC college adviser Abby Mason celebrated with all graduating students during today's senior walk, a tradition in which elementary school doors are decorated to display the post-secondary plans of each senior.
GCAC adviser Brionna Johnson collaborated with the Georgia Student Finance Commission and University of Georgia Office of Student Financial Aid to host the fourth FAFSA night of the year at Clarke Central High School. Read about her work "advocating for aid" in Clarke County: http://tinyurl.com/yyv7d9x4
Be sure to join our GCAC Recruitment Webinar TONIGHT at 8:00!!! https://buff.ly/2EnEhxy
Can't make our GCAC info session in person? No worries - join us for our recruitment webinar on 2/25 at 8:00 pm instead! https://buff.ly/2EnEhxy
Looking for a post-graduation job where you can change lives? Hungry for pizza and want to learn more? Join our GCAC Recruitment Info Session at the Atlanta University Center (AUC) Robert W. Woodruff Library in Rm. 303 on 2/27 at 6:00 pm. Atlanta University Center Robert W. Woodruff Library Clark Atlanta University Spelman College-Official Site Morehouse College OLAS Georgia Tech Institute Diversity Emory Black Student Union Georgia Tech African American Student Union
GCAC college advisers Damisi Fawole and Glenda Dowdy presented a session “The 411 on 1:1’s” at the National College Advising Corps annual Forum in New York City. Their interactive session provided strategies to navigate college access obstacles faced by low-income, first-generation college, and historically underrepresented students.
GCAC college advisers Jennifer Harris, Jasmine Moorman, and Taylor Thomas presented a poster on best practices for FAFSA promotion and completion at the National College Advising Corps annual Forum in New York City. Participants received solutions to common FAFSA completion challenges.
Ready to change lives? It's not too late to apply to serve as a GCAC college adviser! Apply here: https://www.ugajobsearch.com/postings/60206
Are you looking for a job that matters? Apply to be a GCAC college adviser today at https://buff.ly/2TFLw90!!! Priority application deadline February 10th.
Applications to serve as a college adviser with GCAC are open! Priority application deadline = 2/10.
Congratulations to our very own Jennifer Harris for being nominated for a Peter and Laurie Grauer Award. She has made an amazing impact at Mays High School in Atlanta. 🐶🐾❤️
Check out our adviser-produced newsletter to learn more about our work in schools across Georgia. http://ihe.uga.edu/uploads/main/GCACFallNewsletterFINAL.pdf
Spread the word! Here’s the link to apply. https://www.ugajobsearch.com/postings/60206
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"Without my college adviser, I don’t think I’d be going to college. Ms. Reese has inspired me."
Take a look at a day in the life of our Georgia College Advising Corps and Georgia State University advisers in this post from Learn4Life Atlanta: http://ow.ly/nWTi30nheIp
If you know a self-motivated, service-minded, enthusiastic young person who will be graduating in 2019, share this with him or her! The priority deadline to submit applications to work as a GCAC college adviser is February 10!
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