Kansas State College Advising Corps
Kansas State College Advising Corps (KSCAC) is a "best-fit" college advising model that helps low-income, first-generation and underrepresented high school students navigate the complex issues associated with selecting and entering a university of their choice. KSCAC places recent college graduates in high schools full time to encourage Kansas students to explore and attain their postsecondary options.
Piloted in summer 2016, KSCAC serves 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.
Interested in becoming a College Adviser?
Kansas State College Advising Corps is an opportunity to help others make great life choices. Recent college graduates are a perfect fit for a near-peer college adviser position in Wyandotte or Johnson county high schools.
Throughout the two-year term, advisers work alongside counseling staff to mentor first-generation, low-income and underrepresented Kansas City-area students, helping students achieve a successful college experience by providing advice in the planning, admissions, and financial aid processes.
This opportunity is perfect for those interested in education, service or graduate school. Advisers gain professional experience in a full-time position while establishing a nationwide network of connections.
2016 and 2017 graduates from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.
In addition to an annual living allowance and health care benefits, advisers may receive assistance with student loans or future educational expenses.
To apply, please send a letter of interest, current resume and contact information for three professional references to the KSCAC Program Director. Screening of applications is ongoing and will continue until the positions are filled.
Read the detailed position description for more information. Questions may be directed to the KSCAC Program Director.