College Access & Success AmeriCorps

Overview

College Access & Success AmeriCorps builds on Iowa College Aid’s high school-based college access program, Course to College. The Program also supports the Future Ready Iowa Last-Dollar Scholarship by ensuring scholarship recipients meet ongoing eligibility requirements while in college.

College Coach

AmeriCorps members serve as College Coaches and provide both virtual and in-person assistance to high school and college students, and capacity building support to high school and college administration. These talented individuals make a difference in the lives of today’s youth by helping them prepare for, enroll in, and succeed in college.

College coaches receive training on college-going steps, such as completing a college application and FAFSA; financial aid, including the Last-Dollar Scholarship; sending high school transcripts and notifying a college of the decision to attend. Coaches work with both K-12 districts and community college districts throughout Iowa. 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 and succeeding in college.

22-23 College Coach Positions - recruitment for 22-23 College Coaches will begin in March, 2022. Eligibility requirements include, but are not limited to:

  • Be at least 17 years of age at the commencement of service (August, 2022)
  • Have a high school diploma or its equivalent, or be in the process of obtaining one
  • Be a citizen or a national or lawful permanent resident alien of the United States
  • Have a college degree or certification, or be a current college student

If you meet the above eligibility requirements and are interested in learning more, please contact Keyli Keifer at keyli.keifer@iowa.gov.

AmeriCorps Student Leader

Student Leaders 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 two students to serve their school. The student must be 17 or older to serve. 

The nomination cycle for 22-23 student leaders will begin in April, 2022. Please contact Keyli Keifer with questions. Please contact Keyli Keifer with questions.

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?

AmeriCorps members receive valuable work experience and professional development. Learn what previous AmeriCorps members have to say about their service and how it has contributed to their personal and professional growth.

Where Are They Now?

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