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The Utah College Advising Corps (UCAC) is a college access program founded on the idea that all high school students deserve equal opportunities to enter institutions of higher education. Established in August 2007 by a generous grant from the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation and operated by the Office of Engagement at the University of Utah, UCAC encourages Utah high school students to participate in the various higher education opportunities available to them through the state's nine colleges and universities and throughout the nation. UCAC's ultimate goal is to increase the number of underserved students that enroll in college.

More About The Utah College Advising Corps

UCAC College Access Advisers guide high school students through college entrance exam preparation, admissions procedures, and financial aid processes to ensure that all Utah students have access to higher education opportunities at the state's nine colleges and universities and beyond.

As recent college graduates, College Access Advisers have the unique ability to relate to students and to serve as both a role model and mentors. UCAC College Access Advisers believe that by giving more people access to higher education, UCAC not only benefits the lives of the students in the program, but has a widespread and lasting positive impact on the state as a whole.

 

Ben Danh, Ben Lomond High School

Ben Dahn

Ben has a bachelors degree in Sociology with a minor in Economics and a certificate in Diversity from the University of Utah. Ben is excited to be a college adviser because it’s an opportunity for him to be involved in academics, which he loves, helping and assisting people in their passions and dreams, as well as making an impact on improving equality among under-represented populations/minorities in higher education.   
 

 




Katie Tams, Bonneville High School 


Bio and picture coming soon! 

  
 


Hannah Elmer, Clearfield High School

HannahHannah graduated from Weber State University, where she majored in English and minored in History. She is excited to encourage students to change their lives by continuing their education after high school.
 
 
 
 
 
 

Ban Naes, Cottonwood High School 
BanBan received her Bachelor of Arts in English from Westminster College. She is so excited to be a college access adviser as a part of a larger support system for the students entering higher education and to give them the advice that she wished she had received before and during her college process.
 
 
 
 

Dyllen Cafferty, Crimson Cliffs High School  
DyllenDyllen recently graduated from Southern Utah University with his Bachelors of Art in Psychology and minored in Sociology. Currently, he is finishing his Masters of Public Administration. He is excited to be a college adviser because he wants to help students be proactive in their college future and create an exciting environment for the future of all students.
 
 
 
 
Collin Millerberg, Cyprus High School
CollinCollin graduated with a B.S. in Human Development & Family Studies and Psychology from the University of Utah. What excites him about stepping into the college access adviser role, is the opportunity to walk with students towards their goals and make a lasting positive impact.
 
 
 


Hailee Waldvogel, Desert Hills High School
HaileeHailee graduated with a bachelor's degree in Behavioral Science with an emphasis in Psychology.  She is excited to be a college adviser because she is passionate about advocating equal opportunities for everyone.
 
 
 
 


Ciera Elliott, Dixie High School
CieraCiera has a Bachelor of Science from the University of Utah where she studied Cognitive Psychology. She is originally from St. George and excited to be back working at her old high school. She is excited to be part of a program that can provide resources for getting into higher education!
 
 
 



Eliopa Mafua, East High School

OpaEliopa is a returning adviser to East High School. She received her Associates in Psychology from Salt Lake Community College. She transferred to the University of Utah where she received her Bachelor's in Psychology and a minor in International Studies. Eliopa joined the UCAC team because she knows what it feels like to be first-generation, low-income, and underrepresented. She wants the process for students to be much more smooth and successful.

 
 


Mariah Jones, Fremont High School

MariahMariah obtained her Bachelor's Degree at Weber State University and majored in Family Studies. Since graduating, she has worked at a high school and loves working with students and helping them succeed. She is excited to be a college adviser and help students prepare for the next phase of their lives!

 

 

 
 


Sofie Oldroyd, Granger High School

SofieSofie graduated from the University of Utah with a Bachelor's of Science in Psychology, a Bachelor's of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre, and a certificate in Criminology and Corrections. She is thrilled to be a college adviser and can act as a resource for students who feel lost on their path to achieving their goals.

 

 

 

 

Kaitlyn Dickson, Highland High School

KatieKaitlyn graduated from Humboldt State University with a degree BA in Child Development. She is passionate about higher education and is excited that as an adviser she is equipped to guide and support students towards their college goals and self-discovery journeys. 

 

 

 

 


Olivia Cordova, Hillcrest High School 

OliviaOlivia Cordova is from Salt Lake City she went to the University of Utah and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Sociology and a Certificate in Criminology. She is also a returning adviser and has previously worked at both Hillcrest High School and Olympus High School. Olivia is excited to be returning to UCAC because as a first-generation student, she understands the importance of higher education, and would like to continue helping others on their pathway to higher education.

 

  


Sambat Kim, Hunter High School

SambatSambat is a second-year adviser at Hunter High School as well as Hunter High School alumnus. He graduated from the University of Utah with a bachelor’s degree in International Studies and minor in Communication. He is thrilled to go back to Hunter High to continue helping students and give back to his community.
 
 
 
 


Evelyn Gomez, Hurricane High School
EvelynEvelyn graduated from Dixie State University with a bachelors degree in Criminal Justice.  She is excited to be a college access adviser because she wants to give back all of the resources that she was given on her path to higher education. 
 

 

 

 


Kyrie Burson, Kearns High School 

KyrieKyrie is returning to UCAC for a second year at Kearns High! She graduated from the University of Utah with her Bachelor's degree in Film & Media  Arts. She joined the College Advising Corps because she wants students to know that they can access higher education no matter what.

 

 

 

 


Kaitlin Andrews, Layton High School

KaitlinKaitlin earned her bachelor’s degree from Utah State University in Communication Studies. She is excited to be a college adviser because the transition to college is such a crucial time, and she believes that everyone deserves a fighting chance to reach their full potential.

 

 

 

  

Mary Blanchard, Mountain View High School

MaryMary graduated from BYU with a degree in Broadcast Journalism. She is so excited to work at Mountain View High School because the inclusive culture at MVHS is unmatched. Mary loves being a Bruin!  

 

 

 

 



Devon Arellano, Ogden High School

DevonDevon received his Bachelor’s Degree from Weber State University with a Major in Political Science. He chose to join the Utah College Advising Corps because it allows him the opportunity to help others attain their goals while navigating the process of higher education.
 
 
 
 
 

Kennedy Hermansen, Orem High School
KennedyKennedy is excited to be a college adviser because she is passionate about higher education and the many new possibilities it brings! Kennedy is thrilled to help these students and all students access higher education and the many options available to them!  
 
 
 


Kate Greuel, Payson High School
KateKate graduated from Colorado State University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Human Development and Family Studies and a minor in Spanish. She is very grateful for the support she received and is excited to offer that same support to high school students as a College Access Adviser!



 


Jonny Weakley, Pine View High School
JonnyJonny received his bachelor’s degree in Psychology at Dixie State University. He is thrilled to work closely with students who seek the desire to continue learning and move forward towards their dreams and aspirations.
 
 
 
 


Laura Castillo, Provo High School
LauraLaura attended California State University, Northridge, where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology. She is very excited to be in Utah and to have been given the opportunity to be a college adviser. Being a college adviser means she gets to help our future leaders find their way on their educational journey.
 
 
 


Alexis Taylor, Roy High School
AlexisAlexis earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Southern Utah University where she studied English Creative and Technical Writing with a minor in Dance Performance. She is excited to be a college adviser because she is passionate about education and knows that sometimes it can seem a daunting task to go to college.
 
 
 
 


Becca Anderson, Skyline High School
BeccaBecca graduated from Dixie State University in Communication Studies. She is so excited to help students reach their educational goals and find their potential. She loved her college experience and all the opportunities it gave her to learn and grow in new ways. She is hoping to help students discover their opportunities and how to take advantage of them.
 
 
 


Hayley Milne, Snow Canyon High School
HayleyHayley earned her bachelor’s degree in dance from Southern Utah University. She is excited for the opportunity to have a positive impact on high school students as they plan for their futures.
 
 
 
 
 

Eleanor Clay, Springville High School 
EleanorEleanor earned her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from BYU-Idaho. She is currently studying Educational Leadership with Southeastern Oklahoma State University. She is excited to be a college adviser because her college experience taught her how to think in new and more complex ways.
 
 
 
 

Kevin Enriquez, Taylorsville High School 
KevinKevin is a second-year adviser returning to Taylorsville High School. He graduated from the University of Utah with a bachelors in Sociology with a Criminology Certificate. He is excited to work with underrepresented students of color and to guide all students who need help in achieving what they set their goals to be.
 
 
 


Kelly Prue, Timpview High School
KellyKelly received her B.S. in Psychology from Brigham Young University. She is excited to join UCAC because she knows how a little help in the right direction can make a huge difference.  
 
 
 
 
 

Nikolett Button, Water Canyon High School
NikoletteNikolett graduated from Southern Utah University with a bachelor’s degree in Family Life & Human Development. As a recent college graduate, she knows what an exciting yet intimidating time this can be for young adults. She is honored to have been chosen for this journey with such a great group of kids at Water Canyon High School.
 
 

 
Libbey Hanson, Weber High School
LibbeyLibbey earned her Bachelor's degree in English Literature from Utah State University. She chose to join the Utah College Advising Corps because she wants to help students realize their potential. 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Alicia Kelly, West High School
AliciaAlicia graduated with a Bachelor’s of Arts in Psychology and Education from the University of Colorado at Boulder and is currently working toward her Master’s of Science in Curriculum and Instruction from Western Governors University. She chose to join the Utah College Advising Corps because she is ardent on continuing to support all students with care and empowerment.
 
 
 

Aila Amer, West Jordan High School
AilaAila received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Utah in Communications and Political Science. She is very excited to be a college adviser because she can share her college experiences and motivate students. 
 
 
 
 
 



Mackay Compton, Westlake High School

MackayMackay graduated with her degree in Communications from Utah Valley University. She is thrilled to be a college access adviser because she is passionate about education and the positive influence and ample opportunities it brings to an individual.

 

Nicole Batt, Director

Nicole

Nicole Batt is the Director of the Office of Engagement and Director of the Utah College Advising Corps. As a first-generation college student, Nicole completed both her B.S. in Communication and a Masters in Public Administration at the University of Utah, and is currently working on her Ph.D. in Political Science. 

 

 

 

Rachel Everitt, Associate Director & Regional Coordinator for SALT LAKE CITY 

RachelRachel is the Associate Director for the Utah College Advising Corps. Rachel is a first generation college graduate who earned her B.S. in Social Science and Secondary Education at Westminster College and her Masters of Public Administration from the University of Utah.  

 

 

 

Cassandra Fa’amuli REGIONAL COORDINATOR FOR Utah County

SandraCassandra's career in education started at the elementary level as an after-school program assistant. After earning her bachelor’s degree in education from Brigham Young University-Hawaii, she moved into various roles at the intermediate and high school level. She most recently worked with underrepresented populations as an outreach admissions counselor for Utah Valley University. She is excited to now be the regional coordinator at Utah Valley University overseeing the college access advisors in Utah County.

 

 

 

Dallyn Hallows, Regional Coordinator for Washington County

DallynDallyn Hallows is a Regional Coordinator for the Utah College Advising Corps. As a first-generation college student, Dallyn graduated from Brigham Young University with her BS in Family and Consumer Sciences Education. Shortly after, she became a college access advisor at Pine View High School for the Utah College Advising Corps and served in that role for three years. In addition to being a college access advisor she taught Personal Finance 1750, a concurrent enrollment class through Dixie State University. Dallyn is passionate about helping bridge the gap that exists for first-generation, low-income, and underrepresented students and helping students find their best fit for post-secondary education. Dallyn is thrilled for the opportunity to help expand this program across the state and continue this work in a new capacity as the regional coordinator in Washington County.

TANNER TELFORD, REGIONAL COORDINATOR FOR OGDEN / DAVIS / WEBER

TannerTanner Telford is a Regional Coordinator for the Utah College Advising Corps. Tanner completed his BA in English Education at Weber State University in 2018, where he graduated as valedictorian from the College of Arts and Humanities. He then continued to earn his M.Sc. at the University of Oxford in 2019 as a Phi Kappa Phi national fellow. A first-generation, low-income student himself, his graduate research and dissertation has concerned the factors impacting the higher education considerations of these student populations within Utah. Having taught, coached, and volunteered across the Davis, Weber, and Ogden school districts, Tanner is excited to help the program expand in these regions and to assist students in achieving their educational goals.

Salt Lake City School District: East, West, Highland
Granite School District: Granger, Cyprus, Hunter, Kearns, Taylorsville, Cottonwood, Skyline 
Jordan School District: West Jordan
Canyons School District: Hillcrest
Weber School District: Fremont, Weber, Roy, Bonneville
Davis School District: Clearfield, Layton
Ogden School District: Ben Lomond, Ogden
Alpine School District: Mountain View, Orem, West Lake
Provo School District: Timpview, Provo
Nebo School District: Springville, Payson
Washington County School District: Pine View, Dixie, Desert Hills, Snow Canyon, Crimson, Hurricane, Water Canyon.

The Utah College Advising Corps (UCAC) is a college access program founded on the idea that all high school students deserve equal opportunities to enter institutions of higher education. Established in August 2007 by a generous grant from the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation and operated by the Office of Engagement at the University of Utah, UCAC encourages Utah high school students to participate in the various higher education opportunities available to them through the state's nine colleges and universities and throughout the nation. UCAC's ultimate goal is to increase the number of underserved students that enroll in college.

 

 

Last Updated: 12/3/19