The Georgia College Advising Corps (GCAC) seeks service-minded recent graduates to lead low income, first-generation, and underrepresented students to college. We look for individuals from diverse backgrounds who are friendly, self-motivated, and passionate about our mission.
College advisers work alongside counseling staff in underserved public high schools throughout the state of Georgia. They assist students with navigating the college admissions process. This includes helping each student identify potential colleges, complete college applications, identify
financial aid and scholarship opportunities and complete forms and applications, prepare and register for college entrance examinations, and make informed postsecondary plans.
GCAC college advisers are members of the College Advising Corps and AmeriCorps servicemembers.
Advisers work regular, full-time hours during the school year, following the high school/site
supervisor’s schedule. Advisers will begin service in their assigned schools in August 2021 following summer training during the month of July, and work until May 31, 2022.
Advisers should have a strong desire to serve and they should be able to work well with diverse populations.
- Work with high school juniors and seniors, providing them with information on the college admissions process, financing college, registering for and taking ACT/SAT exams, and completing college applications
- Assist students with finding scholarship resources
- Complete all GCAC reports and projects as assigned. Track, using the College Advising Corps Student GRACE web-based system, all student interactions
- Work with the site liaison at the assigned high school, with the understanding that your official supervisor is the Program Director of the Georgia College Advising Corps
- Host college fairs and information sessions regarding college admission and financial aid.
- Conduct outreach to high school sophomores and freshmen to build interest and enthusiasm toward college. When possible, participate in extracurricular activities in the school/community in an effort to build relationships with students and parents.
To be successful in the role of college adviser, the following skills are necessary:
- Interpersonal Skills: Ability to collaborate effectively with others to achieve goals.
- Organization Skills: Ability to meet deadlines, plan events, and keep track of data and records.
- Communication Skills: Ability to speak persuasively and tactfully, write professionally, and create multi-media texts such as flyers, presentations, and websites.
- Problem-solving Skills: Ability to surmount challenges and solve problems creatively, ethically, and diplomatically as they help students navigate the college admissions process.