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Photo of September MCAC SessionThe Missouri College Advising Corps is a statewide college access program. MCAC began in fall 2008. The Missouri College Advising Corps (MCAC;, headquartered at the University of Missouri (MU), is in its seventh program year. MCAC hires recent college graduates of University of Missouri System institutions, intensively trains them in college-going processes, and places them as full-time, near-peer college advisers in 37 partner high schools across Missouri. MCAC started in 2008, with advisers serving in seven high schools and has grown to 41 college advisers serving 33,991 high school students in 37 schools in 27 schools districts in three majors cities and 12 counties across Missouri. MCAC’s’ mission is: Empowering Missouri Students to Go to College and Succeed.

Recognizing the need of school counselors and other access advisers for continued and up-to-date professional development focused on college aspirations, planning, access, and retention, MCAC – with funding from the H&R Block Foundation – launched a year-long professional development series last year focused on college planning and access. During this second year of professional development opportunities, a session is being offered quarterly.

The program is designed to:

      1. Provide low-cost, ongoing, and current professional development opportunities focused on college planning and access.

      2. Attract national speakers to Kansas City to raise awareness of college access issues and research-based solutions from across the country.

      3. Bring together and create networks among individuals and groups in the greater Kansas City area who are working in the college planning and access space so that we may learn from and with one another.

      4. Share entrepreneurial best practices being used to bolster college aspirations and enrollment.

Each session will include a presentation as well as sharing of best practices around the focus of the session. All sessions will be interactive. 

Sessions are open to everyone! Sign up for one, all, or as many individual sessions as you like. Participants will receive a certificate of completion for each session attended and a unique certificate for having participated in all sessions.

All sessions will be held at Metropolitan Community College-Penn Valley, Education Center Room 19 (3201 Southwest Trafficway, Kansas City, MO 64111-2764).

As each session nears, there will be more detailed information posted about it and the presenters.

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