StepUp Spotlight: Meet our Utah Paying for College Experts, Katie and Jacob

We’re happy to tell you all about our amazing Community Outreach Officers in this week’s StepUp Spotlight. Jacob and Katie are both fairly new additions to our team and we couldn’t be happier to have them. Not only are they great outreach officers, FAFSA wizards, and Paying for College Experts, they’re also wonderful people who care deeply about helping Utah’s students and their families. Find a little more about them below and don’t hesitate to talk to them on Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, via phone, or via email any time you need help with anything related to preparing and paying for college. Without further ado – we’re happy to introduce our amazing Utah Community Outreach Officers, Katie Wornek and Jacob Newman…

Katie Wornek - Step Up Utah Outreach Officer and Paying for College ExpertHello! My name is Katie Wornek and I’m a Community Outreach Officer, FAFSA Wizard, and Paying for College Expert at Step Up Utah! I was born and raised in Elko, Nevada and moved to Salt Lake City in 2008 to attend the University of Utah, where I obtained a B.A. in History and a B.A. in Political Science.  In my free time, I enjoy rollerblading, golfing, biking, fishing, boxing, reading, playing the ukulele, and hanging out with my cat, Cat Stevens. My obsessions include houseplants, Indian food, and the San Francisco 49ers. I am passionate about education and helping underserved populations and, as a result, I worked for a number of years at East High School as a tutor for their Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) program. AVID’s mission is to close the achievement gap by preparing all students for college readiness and success in a global society. I was honored to have worked toward that goal with AVID, and I am happy to be serving Utah’s college-bound students in an even greater capacity through my work here at Step Up Utah. Don’t hesitate to contact me if you need help figuring out how to pay for college, prepare for college, do your FAFSA, or anything else college related! You can find me on Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat (@stepupkatie) or contact me via phone (below) or email (also below) any time. -Katie

Jacob Newman, Outreach Officer, FAFSA Wizard, and Paying for College Expert at StepUpUtahHi! My name is Jacob Newman. I grew up here in Utah in East Millcreek. I attended BYU from 2008 to 2016 and got a B.A. in English linguistics and an M.A. in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. In my free time, I like to swim, run, bake, play the piano, and spend time with my husband. Anyone who knows me knows that I adore penguins, Thai food, languages (I speak Thai, Spanish, and American Sign Language), and art history. In 2015, I started working for a small non-profit in Salt Lake that offers free English classes to low-income refugees and immigrants in Salt Lake County. As a program coordinator, I oversaw small group classes for English language learners who needed to improve their English in order to obtain employment. My previous experiences made me a passionate advocate for access to higher education, non-profits, and underrepresented populations. I am always excited and happy to assist and empower Utah students in reaching their educational goals. Contact me on Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat (@stepupjacob), on the phone (below), or via email (also below) any time. -Jacob