Becoming a MCAC Adviser

MCAC advisers commit to a year of service beginning early July through June, the following year. These appointments include a mandatory four-week residential training session on the U-M campus and one week at the National College Advising Corps training program. Advisers receive a $1,200 training stipend over the summer. Advisers are expected to live in the community in which they are assigned in order to become fully enmeshed in the fabric of their community. Upon successful completion of the first school year commitment and at the discretion of MCAC, advisers may choose to commit to one additional school year of service to MCAC.

Impact of MCAC

  • Increase the college-going rate at each partner high school
  • Increase the college completion rate of partner high school graduates
  • Expand the range of colleges and universities to which students apply and in which they enroll
  • Help principals, counselors, and teachers foster a college-going culture

What Does An MCAC Adviser Do?

  • Provide one-on-one, near-peer mentoring to students
  • Facilitate workshops: importance of college, financial literacy, ACT preparation, college-planning timeline, etc.
  • Plan and coordinate campus visits to colleges all over the state
  • Host college fairs
  • Provide academic advising
  • Administer ACT preparation
  • Assist students with college applications and scholarship search/application
  • FAFSA completion assistance
  • Advocate for students
  • Enage parents to share college information and provide financial aid workshops
  • Link students with academic support services at their post-secondary institution
  • Establish productive working relationships with principals, counselors, and teachers in assigned high school
  • Assist in the assessment and long-term sustainability of the program

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, with a graduation date no earlier than May 2016
  • Proven ability to work effectively with youth including those from diverse backgrounds, as well as the ability to work collaboratively as part of a team
  • Previous experience demonstrating strong leadership abilities, the ability to influence others in a positive manner to achieve goals, and effectively communicating ideas and generating support for ideas are a must
  • Ability to work independently and analytically, exercise discretion and good judgment
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills; proficient computer skills
  • Ability to manage multiple projects; strong planning and organizational skills
  • Demonstrate program development and management experience
  • High energy, creativity, ability to assume responsibility; take initiative and develop new programs
  • Successfully pass Federal and State background screening

Benefits

  • Advisers are AmeriCorps members
    • Joining AmeriCorps is a way to put your idealism into action. As an AmeriCorps member, you can help make the world a better place: help children learn, protect the environment, or bring needed services to a low-income community
    • AmeriCorps is a real-life education and work experience wrapped into one. As a member, you will learn teamwork, leadership, responsibility and other essential skills that will help you for the rest of your life. And you will gain the personal satisfaction of taking on challenges and seeing results.
    • Most AmeriCorps members receive student loan deferment, and training, and may receive a living allowance and limited health benefit options. After you complete your term of service, you will also receive a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award of $5,770 to help pay for college, graduate school, or vocational training or to repay student loans.
  • Health Insurance is provided through The Corps Network at no cost to the adviser if not already covered by an alternative plan
  • Advisers will receive on-going professional development opportunities at the community, state, and national level
  • Advisers will become connected with a multitude of colleges and universities across the state and nation allowing networking opportunities for graduate school admissions
  • Advisers will receive intensive training in all aspects of college access, including admissions, financial aid, housing, academic advising, etc.
  • Advisers will gain professional skills in many areas to build resumes for future career planning, including but not limited to building professional relationships, networking with various partners, communication, time management, event planning, promotion and advertising, data tracking, grant writing, etc.

Compensation

First Year Second Year
Service Stipend $23,700 $25,000
Summer Training Award $1,200 $1,200
Education Award $5,770 $5,770
TOTAL $30,670 $32,970

How to Apply

Applications for the 2017-2018 school year will open January 1, 2017. Find the application on the right above.


For more information about the Michigan College Advising Corps, please contact:

Mollie Bush
Acting MCAC Program Director
734-763-1861
mobu@umich.edu