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 2020–2021

  • Milan High School and Alex Pattenaude
  • Early College Alliance and Desmine Robinson
  • WISD/My Brother's Keeper and Anthony Irvin


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 2019-2020 highlights of AdviseMI partnership with Eastern Michigan University.

AdviseMI Partner Schools and Advisers 2020-2021

  • Redford Union High School and Deja Clemons
  • Addison High School and Nathan Shavalia
  • Port Huron High School and Brandon Wardlow
  • More information on advisers available here.

The Office of Government and Community Relations, Admissions and the associate provost support the match funding for this initiative.