Student Support & Programs

College Access Partnerships strives to promote access to higher education, and students are at the center of what we do each and every day across Western North Carolina. Our students have access to a variety of programming opportunities to help them succeed along their educational pathways.

College Advising Corps

College Advising Corps recruits and trains recent graduates to serve as advisers in partner schools throughout Western North Carolina.

Upward Bound

Upward Bound provides academic support to high school students so they may complete high school, enroll in college, and successfully obtain a college degree.


GEAR UP is a federally funded college access program designed to increase the number of students who are prepared to enter and succeed in postsecondary education immediately after high school.

On Ramp Appalachia

On Ramp Appalachia aims to promote increased access to postsecondary education and workforce development particularly for students in rural areas, helping students who do not have college and career plans to identify their pathway to college and careers, and increasing college graduation rates

Young Eisner Scholars (YES)

YES-Appalachia works with students from schools in Ashe and Watauga counties of North Carolina, supporting their Scholars in achieving their dream postsecondary goals.