The Appalachian College Advising Corps does accept applicants who graduated from institutions other than Appalachian State University, as long as the applicant's home institution does not have a College Advising Corps program located on its campus. Priority in applications is given to Appalachian State graduates.
If you are interested in learning more, please complete the College Adviser Interest Form.
College Adviser Interest Meetings
- Wednesday, February 2
- 12-1 PM
- New River Room (Rm 100), Plemmons Student Union
- Thursday, February 10
- 12-1 PM and 5-6 PM
- Virtual meetings via Zoom, click here to join
- Tuesday, February 15
- 12-1 PM
- Watauga River Room (Rm 102), Plemmons Student Union
- Thursday, February 24
- 3-4 PM
- Virtual meeting via Zoom, click here to join
- Wednesday, February 23
- 11 AM-2 PM
- Grandfather Mountain Ballroom, Plemmons Student Union
The Appalachian College Advising Corps seeks to hire recent graduates from Appalachian State University to serve as college advisers in high-need high schools throughout western North Carolina. As members of a national movement, Appalachian State University College Advising Corps college advisers will help students in rural, underserved Appalachian communities realize their dreams of achieving postsecondary education.
College advisers will report to program staff and to an on-site liaison in their respective high school placement sites.
- Competitive compensation
- AmeriCorps Member Benefits
- Annual Education Award (can be used to pay student loans or graduate school expenses)
- Loan deferment during the term of service
- Professional Development Opportunities
- Comprehensive health benefits
Schedule and Length of Service
Advisers will work regular, full-time hours during the school year. Moderate evening and weekend commitment is expected. Training begins in the month of July and advisers begin service in their assigned school in August. Advisers typically serve for two years.
- Earned a bachelor’s degree or higher within 2 years of application.
- Ability to work well with diverse populations
- Strong desire to serve humbly
- Be willing to relocate to their assigned communities
- Strong interest in learning and professional growth
- High level of professionalism in all communications and interactions
- Experience working with high school aged youth
- Experience managing large projects and working in teams
- Background in community service
- Leadership experience
The College Advising Corps has found that the characteristics of successful advisers include approachability, independence, professionalism, persistence, graciousness, and proactivity. These characteristics support an adviser with developing the following skills for success in the role:
- Interpersonal Skills: Advisers must be able to collaborate effectively with others to achieve goals and connect with people from all backgrounds.
- Organization Skills: Advisers must be able to meet deadlines, plan events, and keep track of data and records.
- Communication Skills: Advisers must have the ability to speak persuasively and tactfully, write professionally, and create multi-media texts such as flyers, presentations, and websites.
- Problem-solving Skills: Advisers must be able to surmount challenges and solve problems creatively, ethically, and diplomatically as they help students navigate the college admissions process.
Advisers develop leadership, work, and life skills as they interact with K-12, higher education, and community-based organizations, developing knowledge and forging connections that will benefit them in their next step, whether that is a career or graduate school.