In the fastest-growing major city in California, too few of our young people aren’t realizing the opportunity to take part in the area’s growing economy.
California’s capital boasts one of the largest financial industries on the West Coast, with a major center for the state’s healthcare industry and home to some of our finest educational institutions. While the majority of students in our state’s capital have a high school diploma, less than one third are going on to earn a college degree.
College Track expanded its reach in Northern California to Sacramento in 2014 with support from St. HOPE Public Schools and the entire Oak Park community. Four years later, the center’s first class of students from Sacramento High School celebrated 100% acceptance to two- and four-year colleges.
A View Inside…
In four years, College Track Sacramento went from an empty office space to walls filled to the ceiling with pictures, school projects, and student-designed murals. One of our students’ favorite spots in the center is the “senior lounge” where soon-to-be high school graduates head for quiet study time, small group workshops, and sometimes a pizza party. Covered in imagery and symbols of Sacramento, the room serves to remind our students of where they come from and the community that’s here for them as they launch off to college.
What Our Students Have Achieved
students currently enrolled
identify as students of color
matriculate to a two- or four-year college
Scholar Spotlight: Ronald, University of California Riverside
During middle school, the company I kept was not focused on heading to college, and before long, I was making some poor choices, allowing my grades to slip. I even got suspended. I really put my Mom through a tough time. She worried about the impact this would have on my future. My mom’s top priority has always been to give my brothers and me a better life. Her devotion to our family inspired me, so when we moved to Sacramento, I challenged myself to prove that I could do better.
College Track’s 10-year promise is about more than just getting a college degree. It’s about giving students access to opportunities that will allow us to discover, explore, and pursue our dreams. Through College Track, I’ve toured the nation’s capitol and was selected to go on a trip to Africa to visit Uganda and Rwanda this summer. Some people wait their whole lives to take trips like this, and I get to go at 17.
As my junior year wraps up, I feel ready to take on my final year of high school. A year from now, I will arrive on my new college campus to pursue a degree in Sports Medicine.
From community service projects to career exploration to leadership training, our incredible partners within and beyond Oak Park help make it possible for our students to set big goals and meet them.
Sacramento Local Advisory Board
Jon Coss Chief Executive Officer, Pondera Solutions (Board Chair)
Brian Dean Vice President & Senior Relationship Manager, U.S. Bank
Beth Dodson Co-founder, HomeZada
Kathy McKim Founder, Mile 26 Strategies & Senior Vice President, Hawksbill Group
Jake Mossawir President/CEO, St. HOPE
Josh Nisbet Lead Client Services Partner, Deloitte
Kathleen Olson Business Relationship Manager, JPMorgan Chase
Akosia Robinson College Track Parent
Terrence Shelton Senior Manager Learning & Development, Golden 1 Credit Union
Jay Thomas Principal, Thomas/Ferrous
Nathan Torinus Chief Operating Officer, Genovese Burford & Brothers
Craig Yoder Partner, Crowe LLP