College Coaching Corps

The College Coaching Corp program seeks to help more Michigan middle school and high school students pursue postsecondary educational opportunities, particularly those students that are located in communities with low socio-economic status and low adult educational attainment rates.

Eastern Michigan University college coaches are full-time (20 hours a week) graduate assistants from programs such as HESA (Higher Education Student Affairs) and Counseling. Their charge is to support students as they make the transition from high school to postsecondary education. College Coaching Corps GA’s will focus their efforts on low-income, first generation students, mentoring these students through the complex and costly steps toward college enrollment or other postsecondary education options.

The College Coaching Corps is both funded and co managed by several entities including:

MCAN (the Michigan College Access Network), Washtenaw Futures (our Local College Access Network), EMU’s Office of Academic Service – Learning with support from the Graduate School and the partnership school districts. All coaches are trained at the state MCAN office where they are provided a year-long action framework focused on increasing post secondary understanding, access and engagement. Activities include: College Application Week, FAFSA literacy, College Readiness, and College and Career Fairs.

College Coaching Schools and Coaches 2022-2023

  • Milan High School and Driya Whitt
  • Early College Alliance and Vasavi Shanthi


Recent graduates (Bachelor’s) will serve as AdviseMI AmeriCorps advisers in selected high schools across Michigan, particularly those that are located in communities with low college-going rates and low adult educational attainment rates.

View highlights of AdviseMI partnership with Eastern Michigan University.

AdviseMI Partner Schools and Advisers 2022-2023

  • Alicia Cooper: University Prep Academy
  • Mari Williams: Henry Ford Academy
  • Rekia James: Redford Union High School
  • Zoe Chrzan: University Prep Math and Science
  • More information on advisers available here.