College Advising Corps Places Counselors in High-Need Schools

College Advising Corps

Today, in first lady Michelle Obama’s final speech, she recognized Terri Tchorzynski, the American School Counselor Association’s 2017 School Counselor of the Year.

ASCA has been working with Obama through her Reach Higher initiative, which encourages high school students to study hard, graduate, and pursue higher education. The recognition ceremony, which Obama initiated last year, acknowledges high school counselors who have demonstrated leadership.

College Advising Corps

Though not affiliated with ASCA, College Advising Corps is a program of AmeriCorps, the nation’s service program in which more than 75,000 Americans engage in intensive service each year at nonprofits, public agencies, and faith-based groups across the country.

College Advising Corps partners with about 25 colleges and places highly trained college graduates—69% of whom are people of color, 32% are black—as full-time advisers in high-need schools for two years.

I spoke with Shatera Davis, a College Advising Corps adviser in a St. Louis high school, by way of e-mail.

Why were you interested in applying to the Corps?

I was interested in the Corps because although I loved my counselor in high school, she was overwhelmed with helping my entire senior class research colleges, not to mention the other components of going to college and making a final decision. …read more      

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