Michigan State University College Advising Corps

An opportunity to collaborate in an effort to support high school youth with career exploration and workforce preparation skills.

Michigan State University Alumni are helping young people build their future. “The mission of the MSU College Advising Corps (MSUCAC) is to provide guidance to low-income, first generation and underrepresented students by helping them successfully navigate through the college enrollment process.”

MSUCAC is a partnership between MSU, AmeriCorps and the National College Advising Corps. This initiative is also linked to national, Michigan, local college access networks and the Michigan school districts that are hosting advisers. For the 2013-2014 school year, 24 advisers will serve students in 34 Michigan high schools located in targeted urban and rural communities. Advisors predominantly serve youth who are first in their family to pursue post-secondary education. They help youth complete and connect the process, and resources, necessary to be successful with whatever post-secondary opportunity they choose.

As a part of advisers’ month-long preparation, three educators of the career exploration and workforce preparation Work Group for Michigan State University Extension  recently assisted with their training and served on a panel of experts for the advisers serving in rural communities. In addition, they shared a wealth of 4-H Youth Development resources and ideas for advisers, their work group linkers and MSU Extension to connect across Michigan in support of helping youth succeed.

Advisers have been encouraged to contact their local 4-H Program Coordinator once they are settled into their community to touch base and let our staff know that they are working locally with youth. There may also be opportunities for MSUCAC Advisers to serve as guests speakers for 4-H.

Watch for more information regarding placement of MSUCAC Advisers later this summer.

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