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.
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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
Katie Tams, Bonneville High School
Hannah Elmer, Clearfield High School
Ban Naes, Cottonwood High School
Dyllen Cafferty, Crimson Cliffs High School
Hailee Waldvogel, Desert Hills High School
Ciera Elliott, Dixie High School
Eliopa Mafua, East High School
Eliopa 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
Mariah 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
Kaitlyn Dickson, Highland High School
Olivia Cordova, Hillcrest High School
Sambat Kim, Hunter High School
Evelyn Gomez, Hurricane High School
Kyrie Burson, Kearns High School
Kyrie 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
Mary Blanchard, Mountain View High School
Devon Arellano, Ogden High School
Kennedy Hermansen, Orem High School
Kate Greuel, Payson High School
Jonny Weakley, Pine View High School
Laura Castillo, Provo High School
Alexis Taylor, Roy High School
Becca Anderson, Skyline High School
Hayley Milne, Snow Canyon High School
Eleanor Clay, Springville High School
Kevin Enriquez, Taylorsville High School
Kelly Prue, Timpview High School
Alicia Kelly, West High School
Aila Amer, West Jordan High School
Mackay Compton, Westlake High School
Mackay 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 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
Rachel 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
Cassandra'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
Dallyn 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 / WEBERTanner 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.