Kansas State College Advising Corps
The Kansas State College Advising Corps program is a solution for Greater Kansas City's workforce development. Housed at K-State Olathe and supported by a grant from the Kauffman Foundation, it is a "best fit" college advising model that helps low-income, first-generation college and underrepresented high school students navigate the complex issues associated with selecting and entering a university of their choice.
The pilot year will serve six high schools from the Shawnee Mission School District, the Olathe School District and the Turner School District. These districts have a significant population of students who qualify for free and reduced lunch, or the districts are forecasted to have a significant ethnic and income shift. More than 10,000 students enrolled in the six partner high schools will be direct beneficiaries of this program.
The need for this program stems from a shifting workforce development landscape. According to the Mid-American Regional Council, 34 percent of adults over age 25 in the Kansas City region have at least a bachelor's degree. In the last 10 years, 40 percent of new jobs created in the Kansas City region required a bachelor's degree.
Simultaneous to this evolving workforce landscape is the changing demographics of the U.S. and Greater Kansas City. The U.S. Census Bureau projects a significant shift in demographics. By 2050, the bureau projects that black, Hispanic and Asian populations will comprise half of the U.S. population, while the number of white households is projected to decrease. Individuals in these diverse groups are often first-generation college students and unfamiliar with the application and scholarship processes needed to enter higher education.
Kansas State University is pleased to serve as the host university for this program as we work together to increase the potential of the Greater Kansas City area.