Taking Pride in Our Partners: College Advising Corps
Taking Pride in Our Partners: College Advising CorpsThe College Board
We at the College Board are always glad when the vital work of our friends and partners to increase educational access and opportunity is widely recognized. Consequently, we were very happy to see Nicole Hurd, founder and CEO of College Advising Corps (CAC), interviewed on Charlie Rose last month. Hurd appeared on the popular PBS talk show to discuss the importance of higher education advising for low-income, first-generation, and underrepresented students, and how her organization is making a difference.
How CAC works: Recent college graduates are trained as college advisers and placed in U.S. high schools to work alongside school counselors to provide free, near-peer college advising to high-need students as they navigate the college planning and application process.
In order to reach more students, CAC is adding digital advising to the mix by participating in Bloomberg Philanthropies’ CollegePoint virtual advising initiative — a free program supported by the College Board. CAC is one of several nonprofit organizations that provide trained advisers to be matched with high-achieving, low- or moderate-income students who choose to participate in the program. These advisers supplement but do not replace the critical role of school counselors by communicating with advisees via phone, email, text message, and video chat. This makes it easy for students to get help with the college planning and application process anytime, anywhere.
In 2007, two years after Hurd launched the College Guide program that was to become College Advising Corps, the program received a grant from the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation — also a College Board partner. To date, CAC has served more than 543,000 students in 14 states in both urban and rural communities.