Ep 27: Low-Income Student Success with April Bell of NCCEP

Welcome to another episode of the YesCollege podcast! This week, we’re covering a crucial topic… college success for students with low-income backgrounds. Joining Scott to explore this topic is April Bell, the Director of Constituent Relations for the National Council for Community and Education Partnerships (NCCEP).

NCCEP is a national non-profit, non-partisan organization working to increase access to higher education for economically disadvantaged students. So, it goes without saying that April has some really unique insight on the subject. Whether you’re a student from a low-income background, or just someone looking to learn more about how to help low-income students find success in higher ed… this episode has many great tidbits!

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Ep 26: Sociology Programs with Dr. Patricia Maloney

We’re back with another edition of the YesCollege podcast, and this week we’re covering Sociology programs! Scott was able to chat with Dr. Patricia Maloney, assistant professor in the Texas Tech department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work or SASW.

Dr. Maloney offered up fantastic insight on the field of sociology, including the educational and professional paths sociology students often follow. Plus she had excellent tips and advice for anyone considering getting a degree in the field!

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Ep 25: Forensic Science Programs with Dr. Lori Wilson

After covering some other great higher education topics in the last few weeks, it’s time to get back to degree programs! This week, we cover the fascinating world of forensic science. Scott is joined by Dr. Lori Wilson, Professor of Chemistry and the Director of the Forensic Science program at Eastern Kentucky University.

Forensic science is all about the applications of scientific principles and techniques to criminal justice issues… especially as it relates to the collection, examination, and analysis of physical evidence. If you’ve ever been curious about the careers and educational path of people who use science to help solve crimes, you’re going to love this episode.

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Ep 24: College Success with Kyle Winey of HACKiversity

Enrolling in a college or university, getting good grades, graduating, and receiving a job offer in your field of choice should be what any student is working towards. This episode of the YesCollege Podcast is all about how to achieve those goals and be considered a “college success story.” Our guest who helps Scott break this all down is Kyle Winey, author of HACKiversity a book all about achieving more with less effort in college.

Kyle had a rude awakening when he thought he’d done everything right but found himself stuck at the tail end of his college career. Meanwhile, one of his Fraternity brothers (who he’d always thought of as a bit of a slacker had a job offer all lined up). The lessons he learned from that, and his insight into what it takes to succeed in college these days are invaluable to any student!

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Ep 23: Student Housing with Doug Brown of COCM

It’s time for a new episode of the YesCollege Podcast! The topic this week is one that is so important for students to consider… student housing. Scott was joined by Doug Brown, CEO of Capstone On-Campus Management, or COCM. COCM provides student housing management and consulting services for non-profit owners (universities) – the majority of which are located directly on campuses.

Doug has spent a lot of time helping universities manage and improve their on-campus housing, and so has great advice for students evaluating their options. Living on campus can be a tremendous benefit, but it isn’t a cheap or easy decision. Listen in to learn what to look for (if you’re a student), and how to foster success with student housing (if you’re a university administrator)!

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Ep 22: College Affordability with Bob Giannino and Allie Negron of uAspire

We’re diving into another crucial topic on this week’s episode of the YesCollege Podcast… college affordability! Joining Scott to discuss this are two experts from uAspire, a non-profit organization that works to help all young people reach their higher education goals. Bob Giannino serves as uAspire’s CEO, while Allie Negron is a College Affordability Advisor.

Both of their experiences with college inspired them to work on educating current and potential students on the many ins and outs of attending and paying for college. Listen in for incredible advice on how students (and families) can make college more affordable. It’s not impossible if you have the right knowledge!

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Ep 21: Financial Aid 101 with Elaine Griffin of Edvisors

We’re continuing our dive into actually paying for college with this week’s show all about financial aid! Joining Scott to help cover this important topic is Elaine Griffin, Senior Contributor and Communications Specialist at Edvisors, which is an awesome organization which manages a web network all about helping students and families looking to plan and pay for college.

Elaine has a ton of experience as a higher education professional working previously for a federal student loan guarantor. Her knowledge about higher education finance, coupled with the great work Edvisors does made her the perfect guest for this topic!

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Ep 20: Getting College Scholarships with Jocelyn Paonita Pearson

We’ve spent a lot of time talking about different degree programs, but on this episode it’s time to dive into actually paying for college. Scott was joined by the brilliant Jocelyn Paonita Pearson, founder of The Scholarship System, a site all about helping students (and families) find and get college scholarships.

Jocelyn was able to get through college debt-free by financing her education primarily with scholarships (over 6 figures of them)! After spending time working as a financial analyst post graduation, she realized how many people kept asking how she’d gotten so many scholarships. Ever since starting the Scholarship System, Jocelyn has been educating her followers on how to finance college the way she did. Listen in for her best tips and advice for finding and actually getting college scholarships!

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Ep 19: Journalism Programs with Caley Cook

If you’ve ever wanted to learn more about an education and career in the field of journalism, you’re going to love this episode of the YesCollege podcast! Helping Scott explore journalism degree programs is Caley Cook, Lecturer at the University of Washington as well as the Undergraduate Program Coordinator in their Department of Communication.

Some naysayers might claim that “journalism is dead” but that sentiment couldn’t be further from the truth. Caley breaks down how journalism continues to be a wide-ranging field, where degree holders have limitless opportunity to use skills learned and pursue career opportunities. Before diving head first into a journalism program, listen in as a true expert shares what these programs are all about!

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Ep 18: Computer Science Programs with Cedric Stallworth

We’re so thrilled to dive into the vast world of computer science in this week’s podcast episode! Our guest this week who will be helping Scott explore this field is Cedric Stallworth. Cedric is the Assistant Dean at Georgia Tech’s College of Computing.

Cedric started his career journey as a student athlete at Georgia Tech (football), and after some time in the pros, headed back into academia. Ultimately, his career path lead him to getting his Master’s Degree and teaching… finally ending up in Georgia Tech’s College of Computing. Cedric’s unique knowledge and perspective makes his advice on getting a degree in this field a must listen!

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