Course to College AmeriCorps Program
Course to College AmeriCorps programs provide college-access and college–success assistance to high school students and college students in Iowa. Course to College AmeriCorps is made up of talented individuals who want to make a difference in the lives of today’s youth by helping them prepare for, enroll into and succeed in college.
Course to College – AmeriCorps College Success Coach
AmeriCorps members help students make the transition from high school to college. AmeriCorps members serve as College Success Coaches and provide direct assistance to college students and capacity building support to college admissions or student services departments. College Success AmeriCorps also supports Future Ready Iowa’s Last Dollar Scholarship program by ensuring scholarship recipients meet ongoing eligibility requirements.
As a college success coach, you will receive training on the FAFSA and the Last Dollar Scholarship program, as well as college-specific processes and supports. Equipped with this information, you serve as part of a student’s college information network with the goal of removing barriers that keep students from college success.
Course to College – AmeriCorps College Access Coach
In order for students to succeed in college, first they have to get there. Even with the best of intentions, many college-bound high school students get lost along the way. Course to College AmeriCorps builds upon Iowa College Aid’s high school-based college access program, Course to College by adding a direct-service component. In this program, AmeriCorps members serve as College Access Coaches and provide direct assistance to high school students and capacity building support to high school administration. College Access positions are ideal for those who want to work with youth in a secondary school setting as an educator or school counselor.
As a college access coach, you will receive training on the multiple college-going steps, such as completing a college application and FAFSA, sending high school transcripts and notifying a college of the decision to attend. Equipped with this information, you serve as part of a student’s college information network with the goal of removing barriers that keep students from entering college.
AmeriCorps Student Leader
Student Leaders will serve as peer mentors to assist students in their high schools to complete the necessary steps to enroll and attend college. Each Course to College partner school can nominate up to 2 students to serve their school. The student must be 17 or older to serve.
What Is AmeriCorps?
AmeriCorps engages more than 80,000 Americans in intensive service each year at more than 21,000 locations across the country, including nonprofits, schools, public agencies and community and faith-based groups. Since the program's founding in 1994, more than 1 million AmeriCorps members have contributed more than 1.2 billion hours in service across the United States, tackling pressing problems and mobilizing millions of volunteers.
Where Are They Now?
Course to College AmeriCorps members receive valuable work experience and professional development. Learn what previous Course to College AmeriCorps members have to say about their service with Course to College AmeriCorps and how it has contributed to their personal and professional growth.
- Learn more about Iowa College Aid's Course to College college access program.
- AmeriCorps: National and Community Service
- Learn more about Future Ready Iowa.
- Other Iowa AmeriCorps programs and service opportunities