Starbucks Partners Attend Forest Hills High School College Fair

This post was written by Alexis Grant, a first-year adviser with the Davidson College Advising Corps. To learn more about Arizona State University’s partnership with Starbucks, please click here

On Friday, April 15th, Forest Hills High School of Marshville, NC, hosted its first college fair with representatives from over 25 educational institutions and programs. In attendance were four different HBCUs, five large public research institutions, several small liberal arts colleges, a technical school, a local community college, two military branches, and representatives from a new program offered by Starbucks that provides part- and full-time employees the opportunity to pursue a tuition-free bachelor’s degree through Arizona State University’s online program.

More than one thousand students from all class years attended the fair at Forest Hills, speaking to representatives and learning about the many options available to them after graduation. The number of alternative paths through which students can obtain a college degree surprised many of the students in attendance. Desmond Lindsey, a current senior, spoke with the National Guard representative about their tuition remission and scholarship programs. Summer Orr, another senior, spoke to the South Piedmont Community College representative about their medical sonography certificate program.

Among the non-traditional college paths represented at the fair, the Starbucks College Achievement Plan (SCAP) garnered the most attention. Through SCAP, part- and full-time Starbucks employees can earn a bachelor’s degree for free through Arizona State University Online. Reynaldo Adrales, a senior at Forest Hills, was very interested. “I was planning to live at home and work for awhile anyway,” he said. “Now I feel like I should work at Starbucks and start college right away. It would let me do all three: live at home, work, and study.” Reynaldo is now in the process of applying to work at a Starbucks location in Indian Trail, NC.

College Advising Corps is excited to partner with Starbucks to promote the Starbucks College Achievement Plan by educating our advisers and connecting regional Starbucks field leaders to advisers and their students. For more information about Arizona State University’s collaboration with Starbucks, please click here. Questions about the Starbucks College Achievement Plan can be directed to Jennifer Guy, our Starbucks College Achievement Plan Adviser, at