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UVA Selects Recent Grads to Boost High School Students Toward College
Those who have just finished their own college experiences are some of the best to guide slightly younger peers to higher education.
Seniors Make College Decisions
This past Friday was an exciting day for all Northumberland High School Seniors. Decision Day, a day that high school seniors look forward to because it is the day they announce where they have chosen to attend college. This year’s decision day at NHS was an unique celebration for its’ graduating senior class thanks to Nia Wilson, who works for Virginia College Advising Corporation, and the Northumberland Guidance department. They planned a wonderful morning celebration that consisted of a large buffet style breakfast, raffle prizes, and free t-shirts for all the seniors. The seniors were excited to spending some time together as the class of 2016 as they sat together and enjoyed large fluffy pancakes, juicy fruit, and a variety of drinks.
MHS Class of 2016 Is Preparing For College
To celebrate National Decision Day, the Martinsville High School Class of 2016 received words of wisdom — along with some prizes and pizza — at a Wednesday event at the high school.
The event was organized by Colin Williams, a college adviser at the high school who is part of the Virginia College Advising Corps. The event celebrates the seniors for finalizing their post-secondary decisions, whether they intend to go to a two- or four-year school, join the military or enter the workforce.
Opening The Door To College
Nicole Hurd (Grad ’02) was attending UVA as a religious studies graduate student when she began to immerse herself in the letters of St. Katharine Drexel.
A Philadelphia socialite turned education pioneer, Drexel forsook a family fortune to become a nun and a missionary. In 1891 she founded the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament, which opened more than 200 schools during her lifetime. “She was canonized while I was writing about her,” Nicole Hurd says. “She wrote these incredibly beautiful tracts about lighting the spark in people, making sure people have opportunity and pathways to education.”
Alternatives to Teach for America
Teach For America has an average acceptance rate of less than 15%, the majority of the applicants from Ivy league schools…tough odds for the majority of young people. The good news is there are plenty of other ways to work to address the education disparity.
Virginia College Advising Corps Lights the Path to Higher Education
In 2005, the University of Virginia launched the Virginia College Advising Corps (then called the College Guide Program), seeking to narrow the growing college access gap for low-income, first-generation and under-represented students. As it marks its 10th anniversary this year, the corps is also celebrating a new wave of growth in Charlottesville and beyond.
An AmeriCorps-affiliated program, the College Advising Corps trains recent U.Va. graduates to offer “near-peer” college advising support to high school students and help them apply to a wide range of higher education institutions. Each adviser is placed in a different Virginia community, where they work full-time at the local high school for two years. Their salaries are paid through a combination of AmeriCorps grants and funds from private donors.