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Would college be an option our CollegeCommunityCareer (CCC) students in the Title I schools we serve?  Perhaps, but for the most part, unless you are in the top 10% in Texas (guaranteed admission to a Texas Public University in Texas), most of our students would end up taking an hourly job after high school graduation with no aspirations of attending  college.

CollegeCommunityCareer was founded to address the dire need to increase college success among low-income students in the greater Houston area.  CollegeCommunityCareer fosters a college-going culture with low income, first generation high school students and families.  CCC prepares students for admission to and graduation from a four year university based on these four foundational principals: college success, leadership development, civic engagement and career discovery. Our vision is to have employable civically-minded, college graduates.

Our high school program—which begins in grade 10 and continues through senior year—helps low-income students navigate the complex processes of college research and selection, financing, and acceptance, and once they are enrolled, we continue to support them four more years until they get their bachelors degree.

Apr 26, 2016

Would college be an option our CollegeCommunityCareer (CCC) students in the Title I schools we serve?  Perhaps, but for the most part, unless you are in the top 10% in Texas (guaranteed admission...

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College Advising Corps advisers visit the Thomas Jefferson Memorial in Washington, DC. This year, 532 advisers have been placed in 531 high schools across the nation, where they are serving more than 160,000 students.

Did you know that, on average, students spend less than 20 minutes per year with their school counselor? Nationally, the student-to-counselor ratio is over 450 to 1, which means that many students aren’t getting the guidance and support they need to prepare for and apply to college. This is especially true among America’s highest need students, who often receive the least assistance navigating the complex college admissions and financial aid processes. College Advising Corps works in high schools throughout the nation to increase the number of low-income, first-generation college and underrepresented high school students who enter and complete higher education. To do this, we place well-trained, recent college graduates from 24 partner institutions of higher education as full-time college advisers in our nation’s high schools. In the 2015­2016 school year, 532 advisers have been placed in 531 high schools and are serving more than 160,000 students. Our advisers are close in age and background to the students they serve – this year, more than 70 percent of advisers are low-income, first-generation college and/or underrepresented themselves – which means they can connect with students in ways that others often cannot.

Apr 26, 2016
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By Max Finberg

Reblogged from the Huffington Post

Five years ago, my hometown of Margaretville in Upstate New York was flooded. Record rain from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee resulted in severe damage in the Delaware River and Schoharie Creek basins and throughout the Catskill Mountains. Our small main street was inundated with five feet of water. Plastic-wrapped hay bales looked like marshmallows in a torrent of hot chocolate. Our only grocery store was destroyed.

As a region that was already struggling economically, this was particularly devastating.

The community responded by creating, Schoharie Area Long Term (SALT) disaster recovery coalition, formed just down the road where my friend’s fifth generation farm was flooded. SALT is comprised of government agencies, businesses, faith-based organizations, and other nonprofit community organizations. Their role is to provide resources for healing and recovery.

Enter AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America). With the help of a team of 5 AmeriCorps VISTA members, SALT has been able to expand their capacity to conduct needs assessments, develop partnerships, and increase communications. One of the key tenants of AmeriCorps VISTA is working with community members to address local issues around poverty.

Apr 22, 2016

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