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Our Philosophy

Grounded in a fundamental belief.

College Track is a comprehensive college completion program that empowers students from underserved communities to graduate from college. We believe that every student has the potential to change the world. We also believe that the most powerful way to unlock that potential is through a four-year college degree.

By making a 10-year promise to our students, we remove the academic, financial, and social-emotional barriers to earning a bachelor’s degree and a life of upward social mobility. As college graduates, our students rise above systemic social and cultural barriers to contribute their talents to the world.

This work has truly never been more important.

 

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The Ripple Effect

Families

When students become the first in their family to earn a college degree, they set a precedent that lasts generations. Children of bachelor's degree holders are more than twice as likely to earn a higher education.

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Communities

College graduates not only serve as role models for future generations, they are also twice as likely to participate in their community through voting, volunteering and community service.

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Societies

An educated populace not only positively impacts our economy and diversifies the workforce, it also strengthens our citizenry and gives voice to our most vulnerable communities.

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The challenges I’ve overcome have made me realize that pain is only for the moment, but quitting is forever. So quitting is not actually an option. With the support of College Track, I was awarded a full-ride scholarship to Bard College through Posse New Orleans-and one of only 20 students out of more than 650 to win!

Troy Simon, College Track New Orleans, Bard College graduate

From the moment I joined College Track, the journey to discovering my potential and harnessing my voice took flight. I am now at Whittier College with $28,000 in annual scholarships. I couldn’t have done it without my College Track family.

Adela Lopez, College Track Boyle Heights, Whittier College

One thing I’ve realized as an alum is that the longer you are with College Track, the more you recognize the impact they’ve had in your life. I am especially reminded of this when I think about how life has turned out so differently for me compared to my fellow 8th graders who didn’t apply to College track. Only one of sixty to enroll in college. And my success has impacted my entire family.

Roger Zamora, College Track East Palo Alto, Saint Mary's College

The most exciting part of my 10-year journey with College Track is being a mentor for incoming freshmen because it has pushed me out of my comfort zone and provided me with the leadership skills and self-confidence to succeed long after I graduate from college. I feel like can speak up for myself, because no one else can tell my story but me. 

Tori Nichols, College Track Sacramento, University of California Berkeley

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Your Future, Within Reach

Five states, ten centers, endless possibilities.

We embed ourselves in some of America’s most historically disadvantaged communities, where talent is everywhere but opportunity is not. We recruit young people who are determined to earn a four-year college degree and will leverage the power of their education to change the narrative for students from all socioeconomic backgrounds. 

Our student centers are not just spaces of learning and exploration, they are safe and supportive environments where a diversity of voices and perspectives are heard and valued. College Track is a second home.

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Our Students Make News

Sierra Sun Times: UC Merced Promotes Social Mobility Through Local and Regional Programs

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University of Denver: Summer program introduces high school students to health careers

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ABC 7 Washington: How this donation from NBA star Kevin Durant is helping local high school students

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