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.
Monica Perez, Cottonwood High School
Monica Perez received her bachelor's degree from the University of Utah in Health Promotion & Education. She believes in the importance of youth empowerment and mentorship and wants to help students achievetheir academicand career goals. As a first-generation student, Monica knowsthe importance of reducing barriers for marginalized students so that they can see college or a vocational trade as a tangible reality.
Joana Acevedo, Granger High School
Héctor Robles, Highland High School
Olivia Cordova, Hillcrest High School
Sambat Kim, Hunter High School
Mandy received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Utah in both Ethnic Studies and Family, Community, and Human Development, with a minor in Psychology. She is currently obtaining her Master’s degree in School Counseling at the University of Utah. Planning and preparing for the future allows for an easier transition out of high school and thus, Mandy is excited to assist students to achieve their career goals with careful and intentional planning.
Jonny 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.
Jonny Weakley, Pine View High School
Adilene received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology with a minor in Chicana/o studies at the University of Utah. Adileneis very passionate about mentoring and educating the youth. She understands that transferring from high school to college/universitycan be challenging, which why she would like to support and guide students on their journey to a post-secondary education
Nicole Batt, Executive Director
Nicole Batt is the Assistant Dean of the Office of Engagement and Executive 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, Director
Rachel is the 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.
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
Washington County School District: Pine View