College Advising Corps
The CAC places well-trained, college graduates from institutions of higher education as full-time advisers in under-resourced high schools to support students as they navigate the complex processes of college admission and matriculation.
These "near peer" advisers collaborate with teachers and administrators to tie college-going into the life of a school, devise creative approaches to reach and connect with students, and most importantly, open the eyes of students and their families to the possibility of college.
Equally important, advisers supplement, not replace, existing high school counseling staff, thereby reaching more students. The goal is to increase the rates of college enrollment and completion among low-income, first-generation college and underrepresented high school students.
College Adviser Position
The college adviser position is a full-time, two-year position. College advisers are placed at partner high schools in both rural and urban settings, including Mecklenburg County, to serve students and carry out the mission and goals of the CAC to help students apply for college admission and for financial aid.
The position of college adviser requires tact, diplomacy, and a strong commitment to service. Successful advisers demonstrate the ability to collaborate creatively and effectively with others in order to solve problems and reach goals. Successful advisers also demonstrate excellent organizational and communication skills, including the ability to listen carefully and to write and speak persuasively. The position requires a bachelor's degree from Davidson College, preferably earned within the last year.
College Advising Corps advisers will report to the program director and to an on-site facilitator in each of the schools they serve. Advisers will be expected to live within the service area and to involve themselves in the surrounding communities.
Information about the 2022-2023 position coming soon.
Adviser training will begins in late June/early July and runs for approximately four weeks, with advisers living on Davidson's campus (if campus is open for summer programs) and provided room and board during this time. If health guidance does not allow campus living during training, it will be conducted remotely. Advisers will be paid during the training period, and will enter their respective schools full-time in early- to mid-August. All adviser appointments are made assuming funding is available and approved.
The College Advising Corps is administered through the Center for Civic Engagement. For more information, contact Mary Alice Katon at firstname.lastname@example.org or 704-280-7580.