The fall semester is upon us and 22 advisers in the UT Austin chapter of the Advise TX College Advising Corps are busily working at their assigned high schools to help underserved students tackle the college application process and select a college where they can thrive.
In preparation for their work in high schools, last month, the group of recent college graduates participated in a comprehensive four-week training program, which included a number of activities, to gain the knowledge and skills necessary for guiding the students in their assigned 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 August 5th, Dr. Jerel Booker, UT Austin alumnus and THECB assistant commissioner of College Readiness and Success, joined the advisers for lunch to discuss the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board’s (THECB) 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. 9th, State Representative Eddie Rodriguez, a UT School of Law alumnus, joined the advisers for lunch to discuss the state of higher education in Texas, emphasizing the importance of the advisers’ work in Texas schools.
On August 12th, advisers attended the Advise TX statewide meeting at Texas Christian University, where they met advisers from the other three Advise TX programs at Texas A&M University, TCU and Trinity University. During the meeting, advisers had the opportunity to hear from College Advising Corps Founder and CEO Dr. Nicole Hurd.
On August 21ist, in the midst of a campus presentation at Paul Quinn College in Dallas, advisers got a surprise visit from College President Dr. Michael J. Sorrell, Esq.
On August 14th, advisers travelled to Hutto High School to assist seniors in the college-going process. They took a moment to pose in front of the infamous Hutto Hippo. Hutto High School is the only high school in Texas with a hippopotamus as its mascot.
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.