Are We Saying Yes Enough? Advising with Impact at College Board Forum
Are We Saying Yes Enough? Advising with Impact at College Board ForumAndrew Elwell, Director, Communications
"I believe in you."
Those are four critical words that can help a student push through on their journey to college, according to Nicole Hurd, Founder and CEO of College Advising Corps. In a conversation at the College Board’s Forum, Hurd, alongside College Board President and CEO David Coleman and Congressman Joaquin Castro, discussed how to partner with school counselors to help every student succeed.
Hurd started College Advising Corps to build upon the great work school counselors do every day to advance students along the opportunity pathway. They place well-trained, recent college graduates as full-time college advisers in high schools across the country. Making sure students reach the critical milestones research shows will get them to successfully matriculate is a priority for the organization. Activities like applying to 3-5 match colleges and completing the FAFSA have become key metrics that College Advising Corps uses to evaluate their work.
“It’s about personalized, thoughtful advising that gets students to a place where they are going to succeed,” Hurd said. “How can we hold a young person’s hand and pull them through that door of opportunity?”
Castro, who has supported school counselors through his policy work and public service, cited the importance of an infrastructure that guides students to college.
“There are important things that happen inside the school, but outside the classroom,” Castro said.
When asked how Forum audience members could help support school counselors and get more of their students to college, Hurd in turn posed a question: Are we saying yes enough? She challenged attendees to say yes to those who come to us asking for help.
To close out the plenary, Coleman announced that the College Board and College Advising Corps will bestow an annual award to a school counselor who “blows us away” with their dedication and commitment to the students in their care.
Myliss Parker, Director of Advanced Academics at Los Fresnos Consolidated Independent School District in Texas, was the first recipient of this honor. A fierce advocate for getting her students into higher education, she has focused much of her work on addressing summer melt.
“I’m extremely humbled by this honor,” Parker said. “God has blessed me to work with wonderful, wonderful students, but even more the young people that have been sent to my district [through College Advising Corps].”