Established in 2022, College Advising Corps at the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) is a collaboration between UTEP, The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, AmeriCorps, and Region 19 Independent School Districts. The UTEP program is a hybrid advising model (a combination of in-school and virtual advising) and consists of eight hybrid near-peer college advisers who support 16 high schools across El Paso County. The purpose of the UTEP College Advising Corps program is to increase college and career readiness, post-secondary enrollment, and post-secondary persistence. Hybrid advisers use best practices to ensure that 9-12th graders and their families have the information necessary to explore the full range of postsecondary options and are also responsible for recording and tracking student engagement milestones leading to college enrollment.
College Advising Corps has given me the opportunity to serve high school students and impact their lives meaningfully. At the end of each work day, I am left feeling satisfied knowing that I helped change a student's future.Karen Bermudez, Hybrid Adviser