Kansas State College Advising Corps
The Kansas State College Advising Corps is a program within K-State's Office of Student Success, and aims to increase the number of first-generation, low-income and underrepresented high school students entering and completing higher education.
KSCAC hires recent college graduates to serve as college advisers full-time in select high schools in either Wyandotte or Johnson counties. The college adviser assists by providing guidance and encouragement needed for the students to navigate the college admissions and financial aid processes.
The need for this program stems from a shifting workforce development landscape. According to the Mid-American Regional Council, 34% of adults over the age of 25 in the Kansas City region have at least a bachelor's degree. In the last 10 years, 40% of new jobs created in the Kansas City region require a bachelor's degree.
Simultaneous to this evolving workforce landscape is the changing demographics of the U.S. and Greater Kansas City, in which historically, many children in these increasingly represented populations do not pursue a higher education.