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About Pennsylvania College Advising Corps 

The Pennsylvania College Advising Corps (PCAC) is a branch of the national division of the College Advising Corps. PCAC places recent college graduates as full-time advisers in  underserved, rural high schools across Pennsylvania. PCAC 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 2016 - 2017 school year, twenty-five PCAC Advisers are serving twenty-five high schools and networks in the counties of Adams, Blair, Bucks, Centre, Chester, Dauphin, Delaware, Franklin, Huntingdon, Lancaster,  Luzerne, Montgomery, Philadelphia, and York. PCAC works with partnering high schools to elevate matriculation rates identified as below the Pennsylvania state average. Advisers meet with students individually, in groups, and in classroom settings, 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 assist both students and families in completing college applications, financial aid forms, essays, and letters of recommendation.

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Why We Need PCAC Advisers

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The primary focus of the Pennsylvania College Advising Corps is to increase matriculation rates in Pennsylvania's lower income, rural high schools. To achieve this, Advisers identify a variety of post-secondary options to fit specific needs for students. These post-secondary options range from traditional four-year colleges, to community colleges, to two-year trade and technical schools.

In a recent study, the U.S. Department of Education found that 90% of today's fastest growing jobs require some form of post-secondary education. For this reason, PCAC believes it is invaluable to expose students to the wealth of post-secondary education available. 

 College Advisers provide students with both individual and group information sessions. During these meetings, Advisers will help explore the best path to reach a career of interest.

Considering the National Center for Educational Studies (NCES) identified a ratio of 488:1 students to guidance counselors in America today, having College Advisers serve in high schools is vital for matriculation success. Because of this staggering ratio, often guidance counselors are unable to spend the necessary time that first generation college students require.

The same study by the NCES found that the average student spends only 20 minutes per year talking to his or her counselor. For this reason, PCAC Advisers will have the availability to spend more time with individual students and focus on their specific need as they work through the admissions process.  

Our Mission 

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The College Advising Corps is an evidence-based, data-driven, high-impact program that seeks to bring talented, enthusiastic advisers to every community that wants them and to every student who needs them.

The College Advising Corps aims to increase the number of low-income, first-generation college, and underrepresented students entering and completing higher education.