This summer, the Missouri College Advising Corps (MCAC) will be opening the College Connections Center (C3) at the MCC-Penn Valley campus. C3 is a no-cost service for Kansas City metro area students transitioning from high school to college.
When most high school students graduate, they have every intention of attending college. But something happens between spring graduation and fall enrollment that causes them to postpone or discontinue their education altogether. This phenomenon, called “summer melt,” can affect up to 40% of high school graduates. Most often, financial reasons cause students to rethink their college decision.
C3 workers will help students and their families overcome these barriers to ensure they reach their postsecondary plans. Their services will include:
- Figuring out financial aid, where to live, and how to get to college.
- Accessing online enrollment and course registration systems to ensure the student is enrolled in courses.
- Completing the admissions process to attend college in fall.
- Completing necessary paperwork to ensure the student is ready for college enrollment in fall.
- Accessing summer transition and enrichment programs if space is still available.
- Answering questions regarding college about which students are uncertain.
At C3, they will be able to meet with experienced guidance counselors and college access coaches, financial aid officers from area colleges and universities, and representatives of colleges and universities most commonly attended by KC metro students.
C3 will be open June 2-Aug. 1. Hours of operation will be:
Mon-Fri, 10 a.m.–3 p.m.
Wed, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. and 5–7 p.m.
Sat, 11 a.m.–2 p.m.
Students from both Kansas and Missouri are welcome.
Interested in being a C3 volunteer? Contact Victor Bradford, College Transition and Retention Coach, firstname.lastname@example.org.
MCAC is a part of the National College Advising Corps, an organization that seeks to bring talented, enthusiastic college advisers to every community that wants them and to every student who needs them. Through a nationwide consortium of colleges and universities, the corps aims to increase the number of low-income, first-generation-college, and underrepresented students entering and completing higher education. By placing recent graduates of partner institutions as college advisers in high schools, our programs work in communities across the country to provide the advising and encouragement that students need to navigate college admissions.