The Pennsylania College Advising Corps (PCAC) is a component of the national division of the College Advising Corps. PCAC is composed of recent college graduates who enter underserved, rural high schools in Pennsylvania to work full-time as College Advisers. This program is a consortium of Dickinson College, Franklin & Marshall College, Gettysburg College, and Millersville University.
The mission of the College Advising Corps is to identify and assist students to make the transition from high school to a post-secondary institution. The Advisers focus on low-income, first generation students.
For the 2013 - 2014 school year, ten PCAC College Advisers entered twelve high schools in Adams, Centre, Franklin, Huntingdon, and Lancaster Counties. Our staff works with cooperating high schools to raise matriculation rates that have been identified as below the Pennsylvania state average. In order to raise these rates, Advisers meet with students individually and in groups, assisting students in exploring possible options after high school and enabling them to achieve their goals.
Advisers assist students with scholarship and financial aid opportunities and help to communicate these options with families. Advisers also assist both students and parents in completing college applications, including financial aid forms, essays, and letters of recommendation.