The goal of CAC is to increase low-income, first generation, and underrepresented students entering and completing higher education. Using recent college graduates, CAC looks to encourage students to pursue post-secondary education and assist students as they look to navigate the college admissions process.
CAC was established in 2004 by Nicole Hurd, a professor at the University of Virginia. After having great success in rural Virginia high schools, the program expanded and now encompasses all parts of the country, reaching fourteen states with partner institutions including: University of California-Berkeley, University of Missouri-Columbia, University of Michigan, and University of Texas. CAC's national headquarters are located at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
The consortium of Dickinson College, Franklin & Marshall College, Gettysburg College, and Millersville University makes up the Keystone Region of CAC.
In total, 320 CAC College Advisers currently serve over 110,000 students nationwide.
The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation was created to help students with exceptional promise reach their full academic potential through education. For this reason, the JKC Foundation looks to create educational opportunities through scholarship programs to reach high-achieving, lower income students.
JKC Foundation has made a pledge to prevent a lack of financial resources from deterring a student from reaching their full academic potential.
AmeriCorps funds local and national organizations committed to addressing critical community needs through service in the fields of education, public safety, health, and the environment.