Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Michigan College Advising Corps share mission in Washington, D.C.

Advisers and staff from the Michigan College Advising Corps (MCAC) descended upon Washington, D.C., this week for a three-day conference, which brought together nearly 200 advisers from 15 partner institutions across the country.

MCAC is a new program at U-M that places recent graduates in high schools throughout Michigan to serve as college advisers. The program’s goal is to increase the number of low-income, first-generation and underrepresented students entering and completing higher education in the state of Michigan. This fall will mark the beginning of the MCAC's first school year with advisers in schools throughout Michigan.

The 2010-11 advisers from U-M’s Michigan College Advising Corps meet with Congressman Fred Upton to discuss the new program, which aims to increase the number of low-income, first-generation and underrepresented students entering and completing higher education in Michigan. Two members from this year's corps will be working in Upton's district. (Photo by Phil Rudd, U-M Washington Office)

While in Washington, MCAC advisers and staff heard from Melody Barnes, U-M alumna and director of the Domestic Policy Council; key Department of Education officials; members of Congress; and congressional staff. The U-M contingent also met with Congressman Fred Upton and staff from the Michigan congressional delegation on Tuesday (July 27) to discuss the new program, its mission and future efforts to grow the MCAC.

This week’s conference is part of the training leading up to placement in high schools this fall. In addition to training in Washington and Ann Arbor, advisers travel to higher education institutions throughout Michigan to help identify schools that would make compatible matches with their students. As advisers, these recent graduates will help foster a college-going atmosphere in their schools, and help students find scholarships, fill out financial aid forms and complete college applications.