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Senior director of programs BG Tucker awarded prestigious MACAC Student Service Award

College Possible Minnesota’s Senior Director of Programs, BG Tucker, is the newest recipient of the Minnesota Association for College Admission Counseling’s (MACAC) Student Service Award. This award is given once each year to a MACAC member who has been instrumental in making post-secondary education opportunities available to students from historically underrepresented backgrounds. Past honorees of this award include staff from Carleton College, the Great River School, Hmong College Prep Academy, Minneapolis Southwest High School and St. Cloud University.

“College Possible Minnesota is honored to have our senior director of programs, BG Tucker, awarded this year’s Student Service Award from the Minnesota Association of College Admission Counseling,” says College Possible Minnesota’s Executive Director Deb Salls. “It is no surprise to us that BG has received this distinction. BG works tirelessly to make sure we are delivering our programming and curriculum with excellence. She has dedicated her career to the student experience and cares deeply about student impact and outcomes. Congratulations, BG!”

Originally from Virginia, Tucker attended Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota, and then joined Teach for America, working as a kindergarten through eighth-grade Spanish teacher in Gary, Indiana. Teaching in Gary was her first introduction to the world of college access and success. Tucker moved to Boston to serve as one of two founding college counselors at KIPP Academy Lynn Collegiate (KALC) in Lynn, Massachusetts where she went on to become the director of college counseling while supporting KALC’s first two graduating classes.

“I’ve been a part of MACAC for over six years. When I was a first-year college counselor based out of Massachusetts, I was a member of the New England Association for College Admission Counseling (NEACAC),” says Tucker. “That professional membership was critical to my development as a college access advocate. MACAC is important because it provides a community of like-minded professionals who are dedicated to helping students access and succeed in post-secondary education. The networking opportunities, professional development resources, and advocacy initiatives empower me to be a more effective leader at College Possible Minnesota. Through MACAC, I can stay informed about the latest trends, share best practices, and collaborate with others to create a more equitable and supportive landscape for all students in Minnesota.”

In 2016, Tucker moved to London to pursue U.S. admissions counseling abroad and moved back to Minnesota in 2018. Prior to joining College Possible, Tucker served as the director of college and career counseling at Venture Academy, a single-site charter school in Minneapolis. Working at Venture for four and a half years, Tucker was able to share her enthusiasm for college access and success with Venture’s founding graduates. Tucker received her B.A. in Latin American Studies from Carleton College and her M.A. in higher education from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities.

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