The Destination College Advising Corps began in 2019 as a partnership developed between the College Advising Corps (CAC) and UC Santa Barbara's Office of Education Partnerships (OEP). The UCSB College Advising Corps adopted the UC Berkeley DCAC program model and engages a cohort of UCSB's Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement (UCSB MESA) students at the school site.
DCAC aims to increase college access and preparation for low-income, first-generation and underrepresented high school students. DCAC’s purpose is to ensure all students are prepared to apply to college, have the opportunity to attend college, and are aware of all the post-secondary education options available to them. Students are connected with a highly trained, recent college graduate who is placed at their school site full-time as a College Adviser Fellow.
College Adviser Fellows
The DCAC College Adviser Fellows are first-generation college students who have obtained their bachelor’s degree within two years of beginning their fellowship. Participation in the DCAC service and training program is for a maximum of two years and aims to prepare the College Adviser Fellows to be leaders in education.
For high school students interested in participating in the program, here is what you can expect:
- Intensive academic advising and college planning
- Development of an Individualized Academic Plan (IAP) utilizing the UC Transcript Evaluation Service (TES)
- Financial aid and scholarship application assistance
- College application assistance
- Student leadership development
- College campus visits
- SAT/ACT registration assistance