Reach Higher Initiative

Reach Higher, an initiative launched by former First Lady, Mrs. Michelle Obama in 2014, is designed to inspire a college-going culture, ultimately leading to an increase in post-secondary access and success for our nation’s students. With a focus on first-generation and low-income youth the initiative is centered around activating support systems to help students gain access to the tools and opportunities they need to Reach Higher and obtain a post-secondary degree, whether at a traditional four-year college, a two-year community college or through an industry-recognized training program.

WACAC has been involved in Reach Higher from its inception, with WACAC leaders involved in the national convenings and meetings.  The California Team has been co-chaired by Dr. Esther Hugo, WACAC Past-President.  The training series is a joint effort of WACAC and CASC, the California Association for School Counselors.

WACAC members involved in the creation of the Counselor Training Series are: Catalina Cifuentes, Ed Devine, Terri Devine, Joanne Ehret Farrell, Noor Haddad, Peggy Hock, Esther Hugo, Jamilla Jamison, Edgar Montes, Phil Moreno, and Katy Murphy.

California Reach Higher Training Resources



Questions about the California Reach Higher initiative or WACAC’s involvement? Contact Esther Hugo.