Did you know that those who hold a bachelor’s degree make $1,000,000 more over their lifetime than someone with a high school diploma? That’s a lot of cash! The Wyoming College Advising Corps is here to make sure everyone has a chance to make the most out of their educational opportunities.
Our Mission Statement: To increase the number of students matriculating from schools with lower college attendance rates; particularly those students who are low income, underserved and first generation.
The Wyoming College Advising Corps (WyCAC) is made up recent college graduates or “near-peers,” as we call them, serving in high schools around Wyoming. Nick Severson is at Rock Springs; Katie Hartmann is at Cheyenne South; Ashlee Oslund is at Torrington, Southeast, and Lingle; Alex Edwards is at Pinedale and Big Piney; Katrina Hughes is at Sheridan; Lauren Perry is at Cody; Molly Sullivan is at Rawlins; Amy Covington is at Natrona and Kelly Walsh; and Feryne McSweeny is at Riverton.
The College Advising Corps was started with the specific purpose of increasing access to higher education for first generation and low income students. However, they offer their services to any student who wishes to know more about the college application process, needs help deciding on schools and majors, filling out scholarship application forms, and completing the FAFSA. The advisers work out of their assigned high schools, helping students, no matter their grade, in the college search and application process. Some Advisers are also assigned a Community College in Wyoming to help students transition from a two-year institution to a four-year college or University.
WyCAC is meant to alleviate the stress that comes along with applying for college, both for the student and the parent, as well as foster a college-going culture in the community as a whole. Choosing schools, deciding on majors, meeting application deadlines, filling out the FAFSA and generally preparing for the next chapter in their lives are all daunting tasks, particularly to those students whose parents are unfamiliar with the process. The Corps is here to help, create awareness, increase access and ensure that each student is given the opportunity to reach their full potential.
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