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Our Mission

Equip students confronting systemic barriers to earn a bachelor’s degree in pursuit of a life of opportunity, choice, and power.

From ninth grade through college graduation, our 10-year program systematically removes the academic, financial, and social-emotional barriers that keep first-generation students from low-income communities from completing college and thriving in the workforce. Today, College Track serves more than 3,800 students in 12 communities across California, Colorado, Louisiana, and the D.C. Metro Area, with 950+ alumni leading a movement to democratize potential.

Kevin and Wanda Durant Celebrate Inaugural Class of College Track at the Durant Center

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Russell Wilson and Ciara Pledge $100k to College Track Colorado

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Chalkbeat and College Track Host COVID-19 Student Panel

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NPR: Community colleges hit hardest by higher-ed enrollment slump

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Press Materials

News Articles

Our program model, impact, and incredible student stories have been showcased in news outlets across the country.

Releases & Statements

We work in concert with our partners to share important milestones and announcements that impact our students and communities at-large.

Brochures & Reports

A breadth of collateral materials are available to provide additional context into our program model and its impact to-date.

Our Expertise

With over 24 years serving students on their high school through college journey, College Track is pleased to be a resource for journalists on a variety of topics relating to college completion. Some of these topics include: college application practices, college readiness, persistence and summer melt, why a four-year college degree, maximizing financial aid options, supporting Dreamers and DACA recipients, and how we can ensure upward social mobility for today’s low-income and first-generation students.

Our Leading Voices

We believe in the power of national and local voices to speak to some of the greatest issues surrounding education and social justice and their impact on the communities we serve. Our regional leadership have a deep connection to this work and would offer significant insight to your stories.

Shirley M. Collado, Ph.D.

President & Chief Executive Officer

Rosanna Ferro, Ed.D.

Chief of Education

Nadja Jepsen

Senior Financial Programs & Scholarship Director

Marshall Lott

Vice President, Site Support

Darwin Velasquez

Senior National Dreamer Coordinator

Media Inquiries

For all press inquiries and information, please contact Michelle Shinseki, Vice President of Marketing & Communications, at or Bonnie Powell, Director of Communications, at

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“There are a lot of students with the first-generation status that have a lot of great talents.” — Leo Gutierrez

Leo is a FirstGen intern from the @collegetrack program and advocates for underrepresented students to access quality resources and equitable education.