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College Advising Corps HATCH

  • Elizabeth Kahn
  • Director of Learning Lab
  • 347-927-4393

Program Description

The national College Advising Corps recently created the innovative HATCH (Hybrid Advising Texas: College Horizons) program located at UT Austin. The new program is made possible by a GEAR UP grant provided by the Texas Education Agency.

Within this program, four former UT Advise TX advisers were selected via a nationwide search to serve the student bodies at Sinton High School and Mathis High School in Coastal Bend, Texas. Through this one-of-a-kind program, two advisers will be assigned to each high school with one serving freshmen and sophomores and the other serving juniors and seniors. Advisers will be stationed in Austin and will serve their students remotely via phone, video chat, text and email and will also travel to their respective high schools once a month to serve students in person.

The HATCH advisers will track all student interactions on the College Advising Corpsâ?? comprehensive GRACE (Getting Results And Creating Equity) database to determine the impact of the program on the schools, which were selected by the Texas Education Agency. They are rural low-income schools with growing college and career services. Through their partnership with the national College Advising Corps they will be able to reach more students and families with a comprehensive approach to postsecondary planning.

Services Provided

  • College admissions guidance and counseling
  • Community service/service hours
  • Financial aid advising/FAFSA completion
  • Other


Education Level and
Number of Students

  • High School: 1100
  • Middle School: 0
  • Elementary School: 0
  • Post-secondary: 0
  • Non-traditional: 0

Populations Served

  • Academically At-risk
  • Academically High-performing
  • ESL Students


  • Less than 25%

Colleges Attended
by Alumni

  • Coastal Bend College
  • Del Mar College
  • Texas A & M University-Corpus Christi
  • The University of Texas at Austin
  • University of Houston