Access and Entry
Strengthen pipeline between high school and postsecondary by improving college advising, information on college options, and financial aid assistance.
Persistence and Completion
Increase college completion rates including course completion, credit accumulation, supporting working students, transferring between institutions, and attainment of credentials with labor market relevance.
Connection to Family-Sustaining Work
Strengthen postsecondary alignment with workforce needs, build relationships with business and industry to align curricula to meet job demands, connect students with work skills, and provide learn-and-earn opportunities.
WHEF’s flagship program is Get2College, a boots-on-the-ground college planning program that provides free college counseling to any person in Mississippi who requests it.
Get2College works directly with students and families to remove barriers to college attendance and support a college-going culture—a culture in which Mississippi students expect to go to college and receive the help they need to get there.
Three Get2College centers in Southaven, Jackson, and Ocean Springs offer one-on-one college counseling and planning services for students and families, including career counseling, free ACT prep, and hands-on assistance in completing forms and securing financial aid.
74% of students who visit are low-income, first generation college students or students of color—students who have historically been underrepresented in college or who have completed college at a lower rate.