College Advising Corps (CAC): Connecting Students to College Success
College Advising Corps (CAC): Connecting Students to College SuccessBridget Hsi-Hwei Lo, Associate Director, Direct Marketing, The College Board
The first time that Joseph met with his college adviser, Brandon Smalls, he had a clear goal in mind: attend Texas State University and become a veterinarian.
Smalls is a first-year college adviser with Trinity University College Advising Corps (TUCAC) and serves Sam Houston High School within San Antonio’s Independent School District. Joseph is a senior at Sam Houston High School and will be both a first-generation high school graduate and college student. When Joseph received his October SAT score, he was frustrated because he didn't hit the benchmark for his dream school and was concerned about his admission odds. After discussing his goals with Brandon, Joseph studied for the SAT using Official SAT Practice on Khan Academy and increased his SAT score from 830 to 1140. He was recently admitted to Texas State University and credits Brandon’s encouragement and support as an important factor of his college readiness.
"What I always tell others about Brandon or another college adviser is that you should go to them, because they can relate to you," said Joseph. "You can have conversations with them about anything."
College Advising Corps (CAC) works to increase the number of low-income, first-generation college, and underrepresented high school students who enter and complete their higher education. And through the partnership with College Board, the CAC advisers receive training and encourage students to study with the Official SAT Practice on Khan Academy and apply to and enroll in a match college.
Chenelle Turner, the Lead Counselor at Sam Houston High School, also commends the great work and importance of CAC. "Having college advisers on our campus has made a huge impact for our students. This is my sixth year with this particular [TUCAC] advising corps, and they make the world different," Turner says.
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