In 2019, a partnership was developed between the College Advising Corps (CAC) and the University of California, Santa Barbara’s (UCSB’s) Office of Education Partnerships (OEP). This partnership was fostered by the UC Office of the President and UC Berkeley’s Destination College Advising Corps (DCAC) program. As of fall 2019, the UCSB Pathways to College program has transitioned into the UCSB DCAC.
The UCSB College Advising Corps has adopted the UC Berkeley DCAC program model and is working with a cohort of UCSB’s Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement (UCSB MESA) students at our school sites throughout Santa Barbara and Ventura counties. In our initial year, the UCSB DCAC program has placed a college adviser in five school sites across three school districts where we have a UCSB MESA program.
DCAC aims to increase college access and preparation for low-income, first-generation and underrepresented high school students by providing college preparation workshops for students and families and one-on-one advising opportunities. Students are connected with a highly trained, recent college graduate who is placed at their school site full-time as a College Adviser Fellow.
College Adviser Fellows
A secondary DCAC objective is to cultivate our College Adviser Fellows and prepare them to be leaders in education. The DCAC College Adviser Fellows were first-generation college students themselves and obtained their bachelor’s degree within two years of beginning with the program. They can participate in the DCAC service and training program for a maximum of two years.
DCAC’s purpose is to ensure all students are prepared to apply to college and have the opportunity to attend college and are aware of all the post-secondary education options available to them.
College Adviser Development and Support
Our college advisers and their professional development, are crucial to the success of the program. We strive to provide them with quality training and professional development throughout their two years with our program. Our expectation is that they will obtain career positions in the education field or attend a graduate program following their time with DCAC.
Collaboration and Partnership
DCAC collaborates and partners with school sites, districts, community based organizations and college preparation programs to support students effectively. Our DCAC program interfaces closely with our MESA program to provide more college preparation opportunities to our MESA students.
Individual Student Advising
DCAC College Adviser Fellows work with a cohort of 150 high school students that enroll in the program at each of our school sites. All enrolled MESA students at a DCAC school site are automatically part of the UCSB DCAC program. DCAC College Adviser Fellows provide intensive and on-going college advising and college preparation support to their cohorts in the following areas:
Whole School Support
DCAC College Adviser Fellows support our school sites to increase their college enrollment rates and financial aid application submissions, develop their college-going culture, and serve as a resource for all students attending the school site. Some activities DCAC provides are:
College Adviser Fellow Professional Development
Our College Adviser Fellows receive extensive professional development. They must complete an intensive 4-week College Advising Institute (CAI) in August to prepare them to support students throughout the academic year. In addition, they receive continued training and development throughout the academic year. Personal development topics focus on:
In 2007, the National College Advising Corps (CAC) was founded and began with ten university chapters. UC Berkeley’s Center for Educational Partnerships (CEP) launched the Destination College Advising Corps (DCAC) as one of those ten founding CAC chapters. They began with two high schools and grew to six by their second year. Today, the UC Berkeley DCAC has 55 full-time College Adviser Fellows in four counties throughout northern California (Alameda, Contra Costa, Santa Clara and Solano). UC Santa Barbara’s DCAC is the fourth CAC chapter to begin in California and the third UC campus, which has begun with five school sites in three school districts.
Santa Barbara County
Carpinteria High School
Adolfo Camarillo High School
Oxnard High School
Rio Mesa High School
Santa Paula High School
College Adviser - Carpinteria High School
Leslie received a Psychology bachelor’s degree from California State University, Channel Islands. Her future career goal is to become a high school guidance counselor.
Leslie advises because... “I want to be the change I see in the world and because knowledge is power and college is a reality for everyone."
College Adviser - Adolfo Camarillo High School
Arturo received a bachelor’s degree in Biology from California State University, Channel Islands. His future career goal is to obtain a masters or doctorate degree in Neuroscience.
Arturo advises because... “We need more STEM majors in this world.”
College Adviser - Oxnard High School
Oscar received a Sociology bachelor’s degree from California State University, Channel Islands. His future career goal is to become a high school Sociology teacher, case worker for the homeless or and academic adviser.
Oscar advises because... “It is important to guide the future working members of our society towards a field of study that will enable them to self-actualize."
College Adviser - Rio Mesa High School
Javier received a bachelor’s degree in Portuguese Studies and Latin American & Iberian Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara. His future career goal is to obtain a doctorate degree in Education and eventually have a leadership role at a university or college preparation program.
Javier advises because... “I believe it is my turn to provide the same opportunities that have been provided to me throughout my academic career. My success has not only been a product of my hard work, but also of those academic advisers who influenced me to become a well-rounded individual."
College Adviser - Santa Paula High School
Liliana received a Psychology bachelor’s degree from California State University, Monterey Bay. Her future career goal is to obtain a graduate degree in Child Psychology or School Psychology.
Liliana advises because... “Education is important and everyone should have the opportunity and support to pursue it."
First-generation college and/or low-income students are eligible to enroll in the DCAC cohort at one of our school sites. For more information, please contact the DCAC College Adviser at your school site.
Partnerships or Program Questions
If you are interested in partnering with the UCSB DCAC program, having the DCAC program at your high school, or becoming a DCAC College Adviser Fellow, please contact the K-12 Programs Director.
DCAC Regional Manager
Micaela Morgan, Ph.D.
K-12 Programs Director
(DCAC Program Director)