On November 12th, we celebrated the launch of College Track Watts. It was truly a historic occasion. As our country marked the 50th anniversary of the Watts riots, we made a commitment--in partnership with the Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles, Partnership for Los Angeles Schools and Green Dot Public Schools--to long-lasting change for the students and families of Watts. Mayor Eric Garcetti and Councilman Joe Buscaino joined our ninth grade student Alex and alumna Kyra in speaking at our celebration in the Jordan Downs housing development. Learn more
Univision recently aired a segment that featured College Track and Roosevelt High School senior, Cynthia Erenas. It follows Cynthia's story as she pursues her passion for STEM. Watch here
Saskia Pallais, Los Angeles Regional Executive Director, was recently featured in PBS SOCAL's American Graduate Champion series. Watch Saskia's story and hear about her commitment to help College Track students in Los Angeles achieve their dream to graduate from college.
Students of color are gaining entry into the nation’s colleges and universities in increasing numbers, but they aren’t graduating at the same rate as their peers.
While the reasons for this vary for each person, an underlying issue for most is that none of their relatives is a graduate. They don’t have one person to consult or lean upon when they encounter financial obstacles, academic challenges or, occasionally, discouragement from faculty.
Last month, College Track Regional Executive Director, Eddie Koen spoke at the Denver City Council Legislative Meeting about the obstacles facing low-income students. Today, fifty percent of adults in Denver have an associate’s degree or higher, yet the city has one of the highest equity gaps between whites and non-whites in the nation. These incredible young people are not given the opportunity to succeed.
College Track is committed to empowering students from underserved communities to graduate from college. In 2016, we plan to open a second Colorado site at Abraham Lincoln High School in partnership with Denver Public Schools.