Southern California Program

College Track

Education
Los Angeles, CA
$250,000
June 2018

College Track’s mission is to empower students from underserved communities to graduate from college.  From ninth grade through college graduation, the ten-year program removes the barriers that prevent students from earning college degrees by providing comprehensive academic support, leadership training and financial/college advising.  The multi-faceted, high-touch approach allows College Track to serve a wide range of students, not just the top performers.  Over the next three years, College Track will grow its Boyle Heights and Watts centers from 520 to 900 students spanning high school and college.  During the 2016-17 academic year, 97% of participating high school seniors from Boyle Heights matriculated to a four-year college and 93% of its college freshman persisted to their sophomore year.  The first group of seniors at the Wats location will matriculate to college in fall 2019.  To grow its capacity without diminishing its individualized, student-centered programming, College Tack will hire additional college completion staff to advise students as they prepare for, apply to, and persist on the path to college graduation.  College Track students from sites in Northern California, Louisiana, and Colorado have graduated from college at a rate more than two times that of their low-income, first-generation peers.  Creating a pipeline of college graduates in underserved communities is critical to closing the opportunity gap in this country and unlocking the full potential of the nation’s next generation.  A three-year grant will fund additional staff to support students through their entire college experience.

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