Become a College Completion Coach
We know how challenging it can be to navigate the college experience while also trying to balance personal responsibilities. Having a support network to assist along the way is a key component to increasing student persistence and success. Through the new College Completion Corps program, MCAN will place 20 AmeriCorps members on community college campuses across the state to serve as a resource and champion for students.
Completion Coaches not only have the opportunity to support students through their college journey but will also gain experience working in a college setting, enhance their professional network and serve as a change agent within the community. Upon successful completion of the service year, members will receive an AmeriCorps Education Award, which can be used to pay educational expenses at eligible post-secondary institutions or to repay qualified student loans.
We are currently accepting applications for the 2020-2021 program year. Join today to be part of the first team of coaches who will help launch this important new initiative!
What is the College Completion Corps?
As a Completion Coach, each full-time member serves a campus-defined cohort of 100-150 students who are first-generation, low-income and/or students of color, with a focus on college persistence and completion.
What will I do as a coach?
Coaches advocate for students and foster connections, integrate into the campus support structure and engage in data-informed monitoring to direct their outreach.
Together, coaches and students will:
- Create a completion plan that will outline a strategy for FAFSA completion
- Identify a student's support team
- Structure a schedule for class attendance and coursework submission
- Define a plan for course selection and registration for future semesters
It is estimated that Completion Coaches will engage with each student for 16 hours over the course of the academic year. These interactions will include 1:1 meetings to advance on benchmarks and address challenges that arise; group activities and meetings to boost sense of belonging and self-efficacy; and technology-based interaction (text, email and phone) to build focus on dates and deadlines.
Click here to learn more and apply!