The fall semester is upon us and 21 advisers in the UT Austin chapter of the Advise TX College Advising Corps are more than ready to help underserved high school students tackle the college application process and select a college where they can thrive.
Throughout the month of August, the group of recent college graduates participated in a comprehensive training program to gain the knowledge and skills necessary for guiding students in their assigned high schools into the college pipeline. Training included visits to colleges and universities throughout the state, professional development seminars, speaker events and more.
Below are a few highlights from the four-week training session.
On Aug. 7, Raymund Paredes, UT Austin alumnus and Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) commissioner, gave a warm welcome and shared his vision for the THECB and its role related to the college-going mission of the Advise TX College Advising Corps during the statewide meeting at Texas A&M University. Advisers from all four chapters were present, totaling 112 in attendance. Chapters include UT Austin, Texas A&M University, Texas Christian University and Trinity University.
On Aug. 8, Dr. Jerel Booker, UT Austin alumnus and THECB assistant commissioner, joined the advisers for lunch to discuss the THECB’s efforts in creating a college-going culture in Texas schools. Advise TX College Advising Corps is sponsored by THECB, the national College Advising Corps and other funding sources.
On Aug. 16, UT Austin alumnus and U.S. Congressman Lloyd Doggett (D-Austin) discussed the state of our nation’s education system, emphasizing the importance of the advisers’ work in Texas schools. After discussing his efforts in improving access to higher education, he encouraged the advisers to ask questions about the issues they face while serving their students.
Visit the Advise TX website to learn more about the program and how it is helping low-income and first-generation students in five regions of Texas enter the college pipeline.