About MSU College Advising Corps
MSU College Advising Corps (MSUCAC) is a program filled with opportunities for recent college grads! MSUCAC places recent MSU graduates in high schools throughout the state of Michigan to serve alongside counselors and other college access organizations. These near-peer college advisers assist high school students and their families with college searches, essay writing, SAT/ACT prep, college applications, FAFSA completion, scholarship searches, college visits, and successfully transitioning to post-secondary education, including four-year or two-year institutions and trade or technical schools.
MSU College Advising Corps was launched in the fall of 2011 as a public service program to address the widening gap in college access for low-income, first-generation, and under-represented students.
Our mission is to increase the number of students entering and completing higher education by helping them successfully navigate through the college enrollment process.
Trisha Caldwell | Program Director
Trisha Caldwell has eleven years of experience working in the higher education setting with an underlying focus on student success in various roles within MSU. Prior to MSU College Advising Corps, Trish was the Assistant Director of Student Affairs within the College of Social Science where she was part of a collaborative effort to develop a success program to assist students in alleviating academic and social barriers to obtaining a degree. Trish’s career has also included time as a Complex Director within the Department of Residence Life and as an Academic Adviser within MSU’s College of Engineering. Trish earned a Master of Arts in Student Affairs Administration and a Bachelor of Science in Lyman Briggs Biological Sciences from Michigan State University.
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Pam Kuffer | Program Assistant
Pam Kuffer has more than 20 years of experience managing day to day office operations and providing executive level support to management and colleagues. Prior to joining the MSUCAC team, Pam led the office operations for a local orthopedic distributor where she handled all logistics, payroll and planned numerous client and staff events. She’s held various positions on local Parent Teacher Organizations (PTO) and was a scout leader for both Girl and Boy scouts. Pam began her career as a kindergarten teacher in the Houghton Lake Public Schools and continued to work with children as a preschool teacher at The Peoples Church in East Lansing. Pam has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Western Michigan University .
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Carrie Lewis | Associate Program Coordinator
Carrie Lewis brings considerable college admissions experience to MSUCAC, having spent five years as an Admissions Counselor and Assistant Director of Admissions at Alma College prior to joining the MSUCAC team. She has seen firsthand the difference college advisers make in their schools and communities through their efforts with students and communications with admissions counselors. Through Carrie’s time in admissions, she developed a passion for college access and helping students navigate the unfamiliar college search and financial aid processes. Carrie holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Alma College with a minor in writing.
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Miguel Torres | Associate Program Coordinator
Miguel Torres has over ten years of experience working with migrant and seasonal farmworkers in the State of Michigan to provide first-generation students with the necessary tools they need to pursue post-secondary education. Prior to MSU College Advising Corps, Miguel worked as an MSU High School Equivalency Program (MSU-HEP) Recruitment & Placement Coordinator who successfully motivated students to obtain their GED and provided continual support to help each student work towards achieving their educational goals. As a first generation migrant farmworker, he has been able to connect with a diverse population and has used his hardships to inspire others. He is an MSU alumnus, CAMP Scholar, and Kellogg Foundation Community Leadership Network Fellow. Miguel has a Masters of Public Administration in Non-Profit Leadership from Western Michigan University and a Bachelor of Science in Family Community Services from Michigan State University with a cognate in youth leadership and management.
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