Program Model

Program Model

College Advising Corps adviseesAppalachian College Advising Corps places well-trained, recent college graduates to serve as full-time college advisers in high schools throughout western North Carolina. Advisers work to foster a college-going culture within the schools they serve. They collaborate with administrators, support staff, and teachers to support students as they plan out their next steps after graduation.


Appalachian College Advising Corps advisers work to help students plan, prepare, apply, and pay for their post-secondary opportunities. Through working with the school's support staff on ACT/SAT support, FAFSA assistance, college applications, and scholarships our advisers become experts on college access.

Appalachian College Advising Corps defines college as any post-secondary pathway after graduation. Our advisers understand that many options are available to our students as they graduate, including bachelor degree and associate degree programs, and certificates, diplomas, and apprenticeship programs. We want to support students to find and achieve the best post-graduation pathway and opportunity that prepares students for success in their future careers.

Building Post-Secondary Plans

College advisers support students as they plan what they hope to do after they graduate high school. We work to support students in finding their own best pathway. Advisers help students identify postsecondary programs that are connected to their long-term plans and career goals and where our students can succeed. Then, they support students in identifying postsecondary programs that are a good match for their academic  profile and a good fit for their financial and personal needs and interests. We want to help all students complete this sentence: "After high school, I want to engage in postsecondary learning at ______to learn how to ________ so that I might have the opportunity to _______ in my home community."

Adviser Services

  • Academic and extracurricular planning
  • Application support, including essays and balanced list-making
  • FAFSA, CSS Profile, and scholarship completion support
  • Admissions and financial aid award comparison and best-fit decision- making
  • Admissions and financial aid workshops
  • Group activities about college and life skills
  • Connections to postsecondary resources and opportunities
  • Standardized test preparation and registration
  • Family events

Near-Peer Model

Our advisers can connect to the students they serve through their own lived experiences. All of our advisers are recent college graduates and are closer in age, or and "near-peer," to the students they serve. Many of our advisers are first-generation college students, students from backgrounds underrepresented in college, and/or from western North Carolina. Our advisers can share current, real-world college knowledge with the students they serve.

Where we serve

Our work is built on strong partnerships, including those with Appalachian State University, College Advising Corps, AmeriCorps and VolunteerNC, and the schools and communities where our advisers serve.

School Partners

  • Alexander County, Alexander Central High School
  • Alleghany County, Alleghany High School
  • Ashe County, Ashe County High School and Ashe Early College
  • Avery County, Avery County High School and Marjorie Williams Academy
  • Buncombe County, Erwin High School
  • Burke County, Freedom High School
  • Catawba County, St. Stephens High School
  • Cherokee County, Andrews High School and Hiwassee Dam High School
  • Clay County, Hayesville High School
  • Cleveland County, Cleveland County
  • Graham County, Robbinsville High School
  • Henderson County, North Henderson High School
  • Jackson County, Smoky Mountain High School
  • Macon County, Franklin High School
  • Madison County, Madison High School
  • McDowell County, McDowell High School
  • Mitchell County, Mitchell High School
  • Rutherford County, R-S Central High School
  • Swain County, Swain County High School
  • Transylvania County, Brevard High School
  • Wilkes County, Wilkes Central High School
  • Watauga County, Watauga High School
  • Yancey County, Mountain Heritage High School