Chase, our Lead California Financial Services Partner, highlights the work of will.i.am and i.am College Track in this week’s Chase Spotlight.
Los Angeles, CA – i.am College Track, a college completion program that empowers students from underserved communities to reach their dream of a college degree, announced that it has been awarded a grant for $21,000 from the Los Angeles Dodges Foundation to support its Academic Summer Advancement Program.
Oakland, CA – College Track CEO, Elissa Salas and David Silver joined President Obama, the First Lady, and Vice President Biden at the second White House College Opportunity Day of Action. We were among hundreds of higher education leaders including college presidents, nonprofit executives, and advocates of equal post-secondary education access. Collectively, organizations announced over 600 new actions to help more students prepare for and graduate from college.
College Track celebrated the grand opening of its seventh national site on October 2nd, 2014 alongside Mayor Kevin Johnson, Chase, and the California Endowment. The new center, located in the Oak Park neighborhood, is the culmination of a strategic partnership between College Track, Mayor Kevin Johnson, St. Hope Public Schools, and Sacramento Charter High School in response to the unmet educational needs in the community. Presently, nearly half of Oak Park adult residents have not earned a high school diploma, and only eight percent have a college degree.
Transition is a natural part of growth. To that end, after much reflection David Silver has decided to transition out of his role as the CEO of College Track. He will continue to serve as a Senior Advisor for the balance of the 2014/15 school year to ensure a seamless transition for our students and staff.