Carolina College Advising Corps expands to Dare County

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Carolina College Advising Corps expands to Dare County

 

A community investment in education will help more than 1,500 students go to college

 

(Chapel Hill, N.C.—July 1, 2015) – The Carolina College Advising Corps, based in the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at UNC-Chapel Hill, will expand to Dare County for the 2015-2016 year. The Corps aims to help low-income, first-generation and under-represented students attend college by placing UNC-Chapel Hill graduates in selected high schools across the state.

 

“We are so excited to serve high school students in Dare County,” said Yolanda Keith, Director of the Carolina College Advising Corps. “Now talented students will have the benefit of college advising and support, which will help them plan for a future beyond high school. This expansion would not be possible without the investment made by local leaders. They recognize the vital link between education and long-term prosperity.”

 

Seth Rose, a 2015 graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill, will serve Dare County’s three high schools: Cape Hatteras Secondary School of Coastal Studies, First Flight High and Manteo High School. Advisers such as Seth help students apply for scholarships and need-based aid. Schools served by the Corps experience a 10-11 percent increase in the college-going rate.

 

Nationally, first-generation college students enroll in college at a lower rate—often because of difficulty navigating systems and lack of awareness about opportunities. Less than 50 percent of low-income students admitted to a post-secondary institution end up enrolling, and less than one in 12 graduate. It is expected that nearly 60 percent of North Carolina jobs will require a college degree by 2018.

 

Carolina College advisers foster a college-going culture by placing advisers who are close in age and circumstance to the students they serve. Advisers help students identify and apply to post-secondary programs that will best serve them, both academically and socially, to increase success and retention once they enroll. For 2015-16, 44 advisers will serve 62 high schools in 24 counties. Launched in 2007, the Carolina Corps is a constituent program in the national College Advising Corps.

 

The following organizations contributed funds to support the expansion: Dare County Boat Builders Foundation; Outer Banks Community Foundation; Joe Lamb Jr. & Associates; North Banks Rotary Club; and Midgett Insurance Agency. Numerous individuals, including several members of the Dare County Board of Education, also contributed through personal donations.

 

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About the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the nation’s first public university, is a global higher education leader known for innovative teaching, research and public service. A member of the prestigious Association of American Universities, Carolina regularly ranks as the best value for academic quality in U.S. public higher education. Now in its third century, the University offers 78 bachelor’s, 112 master’s, 68 doctorate and seven professional degree programs through 14 schools and the College of Arts and Sciences. Every day, faculty, staff and students shape their teaching, research and public service to meet North Carolina’s most pressing needs in all 100 counties. Carolina’s 304,000-plus alumni live in all 50 states and 150 countries, and more than 159,000 live in North Carolina.

 

For an interview with Dare County leaders, please contact: Sharon Perry Sullivan at (252) 480-8888, ext. 1931.

 

UNC Admissions and Carolina College Advising Corps contacts: Ashley Memory (919) 843-2531, or Yolanda Keith (919) 843-7286

 

Communications and Public Affairs Contact: Helen Buchanan, (919) 445-8555, helenb@unc.edu