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School works with UNC program to increase college enrollment of students in need

By Ashley McMillan, Assistant Director of Recruitment, Admissions & Financial Aid

On July 30, the UNC School of Social Work collaborated with the Health Affairs Pipeline Partnership Initiative to host a special information session for new members of the Carolina College Advising Corps (CCAC). The event included representatives from the Carolina Higher Education Opportunity Program and some of UNC’s health affairs programs, including Allied Health Sciences, the School of Nursing, the School of Public Health and the School of Social Work.

CCAC trains recent Carolina alumni to increase college-going rates for low-income, first-generation, and underrepresented students across North Carolina. Advisers help high school students plan their college searches, complete admissions and financial aid applications, and enroll at schools that will serve them well.

The event aims to equip the advisers with health affairs information to share with the 10,000 high school seniors they work with annually, as well as an opportunity to explore graduate school options after CCAC. Members were able to ask questions about the UNC Graduate School application process, learn about careers in each of the respective fields, and received a free GRE book.

“We enjoy the opportunity to meet these enthusiastic advisers each summer,”said Ashley McMillan, assistant director of recruitment, admissions, and financial aid at the School of Social Work. “They usually have interests and characteristics that are well-suited for the field of social work, and I love the opportunity to discuss how their passion for serving communities in need combines well with a career in social work.”

Learn more about CCAC.