The National College Advising Corps at Brown University (NCAC), housed within the Swearer Center, seeks to increase the number of low-income, first-generation college and underrepresented students who enter and complete higher education. We accomplish this by providing college application and financial aid guidance to students and their families, while fostering a culture of college attendance and higher education in Rhode Island’s urban communities.
Twelve College Advisors work full-time in urban public high schools across Rhode Island to increase college awareness, preparation, and enrollment of disadvantaged students. College Advisors are recent college graduates who are also full-time AmeriCorps members. See 2013-14 College Advisor Application below for information on how to apply for these positions.
Brown undergraduates also contribute to the program as Access Scholars who support the work of the College Advisors. Access Scholars work on individual and group SAT preparation, essay writing, and financial aid programming. Access Scholars also participate in training, bi-weekly seminars, and other Swearer Center activities that combine student learning outcomes with thoughtful community engagement opportunities. Access Scholars gain in-depth academic and hands-on experience of college access issues nationally and locally, and are eligible for an AmeriCorps scholarship and work-study stipend.
The College Advising Corps is funded by Serve Rhode Island and the van Beuren Charitable Foundation. For more information, please visit the National College Advising Corps website, or contact the CAC Program Manager, Ralph Johnson.
2013-14 College Advisor Application
The College Advisor Position is a full-time AmeriCorps position. College Advisors are placed at partner schools to serve students and carry out the mission and goals of NCAC as described above.
The College Advisor Position will begin with pre-service training as early as the last full week in July 2013. The position runs through June 30, 2014. Please note that positions are contingent upon funding. Compensation will include a taxable living allowance, an education award, and health insurance.
Round 1 applications are due by February 11, 2013. Interviews for compelling applicants will be scheduled during the week of February 18, 2013 and hiring decisions will be made prior to the round 2 application deadline.
Round 2 applications are due by April 8, 2013. Interviews for compelling applicants will be scheduled during the week of April 15, 2013 and hiring decisions will be made in early May.
See below to download files with full job description and qualifications as well as application instructions and materials.
2013-14 Access Scholar Application
The Access Scholar Program is a minimum-time AmeriCorps position open to students at Brown University. Access Scholars serve within the College Advising Corps to support the work of the full-time College Advisors and carry out the mission and goals of the National College Advising Corps, as described above.
Access Scholars serve in a variety of roles, depending on their interests and on program needs. Typically Access Scholars can expect to work directly with one or more College Advisors at our partner schools, or to work with CAC partners such as the Swearer Center's high school education programs and the Rhode Island Urban Debate League.
The position runs the length of the school year, including two weeks during winter break. Applicants must commit to being on campus for both semesters of the academic year. Please note that the position is contingent on funding. Compensation includes a stipend and an education award.
Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, but strong preference will be given to applications received by 12 PM EST on Friday, March 22nd.
See below to download the complete program description and application.
In the News
- "It's Decision Day at Alvarez High School" (April 2013, Brown.edu)
- "Making a Difference" (NBC Nightly News): Part 1, and Part 2
- "Local AmeriCorps Volunteers Take the Pledge" (Oct 2012, WPRI)
- "College Guides and Providence students celebrate future plans" (May 2011, Brown.edu)