Too many students in Appalachia do not consider attending college despite their potential. Too many students in our rural public schools say they plan to apply to college but never do. Fewer adults in western North Carolina earn college degrees than the national average. We believe that education has the power to transform lives, and that every student in Appalachia deserves the opportunity to attain a college degree.  

 Individual advising for students fosters real results. Students who received support from a College Advising Corps Adviser were 30% more likely to apply to college.The Appalachian College Advising Corps, established in 2019 through a partnership with Appalachian State University, is hiring recent Appalachian graduates to help first-generation, underrepresented, and low-income students get to and succeed in college and beyond. Serve with us!

About Us

About Us

College Advising Corps works in high schools across the country to increase the number of low-income, first generation college, and underrepresented students who enter and complete higher education.

What We Do

What We Do

Appalachian Advising Corps serves high school students throughout western North Carolina and helps to make a path to postsecondary success for the students we serve.

Our Advisers

Our Advisers

Appalachian College Advising Corps recruits and trains recent graduates to serve as advisers in partner schools throughout western North Carolina. Our advisers serve as near-peer mentors to high school students.

Perspectives

Expand Yosef: Exploring the 2019 College Advising Corps Summit Through the Eyes of an Appalachian Adviser
Feb 21, 2020

The news that the annual CAC Summit Conference would be held in Boston, Massachusetts in early December drew excitement from me the moment I heard it.

Life as an Adviser: Lila Battles Inequity in Education in a Rural Appalachian Community
Feb 14, 2020

The best day of my elementary school career was when I won a raffle and my prize was not candy, not ice cream, but getting to intern in the main office for the day. I was enamored with the hustle and bustle of phones ringing, parents walking through the door, and mail to file. I got to see first-hand the hard work that goes into supporting a school, and this love of education has stuck with me ever since. 

Life as an Adviser: Zack Writes about Empowering Students Outside the Classroom
Feb 7, 2020

Truth be told- I lucked into this position. Once I completed my undergraduate degree at Appalachian State, I was at a loss. I had just spent the last four years of my life working towards something that I wasn’t even sure I wanted to do anymore. My degree is in History, Secondary Education, and while I loved working with students, I felt that maybe teaching wasn’t the career for me. 

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