As students begin a new school year, College Possible™ prepares for another year of helping low-income students earn admission to and succeed in college. College Possible is a nonprofit program that serves nearly 12,000 students in three metro areas and plans to serve 20,000 students across the nation by 2020.
College Possible Milwaukee will serve nearly 500 students through its core high school program in 10 schools this fall. For the first time, College Possible will partner with Milwaukee High School of the Arts, Pulaski High School and Saint Thomas More High School to offer an intensive after-school college access curriculum to its students. In addition, 1,350 freshmen and sophomores at partner schools will attend college planning workshops offered by College Possible and more than 2,000 former high school program participants will be supported as they work toward earning their college degrees.
“Joining with College Possible will be a very positive endeavor that is another opportunity for our students to get to college,” said Milwaukee High School of the Arts Principal, Barry Applewhite. “I’m very excited about it.”
College Possible has been able to grow rapidly in large part due to its top-of-field results. Historically, 95 percent of College Possible Milwaukee students have earned admission to college, and juniors have raised their ACT scores by 18% percent. Once enrolled, College Possible students are graduating at five times the rate of their peers. College Possible’s six year college graduation rate is 57%, compared to the 11% college graduation rate of low-income students across the country.
This school year, 26 AmeriCorps members, VISTAs and College Possible Leadership Fellows will dedicate a year of their lives to directly supporting students and building organizational capacity in Milwaukee. Together, they will contribute more than 47,000 hours toward making college accessible to all students, regardless of their economic status.
“College Possible is pleased to begin partnerships with three more schools that are dedicated to their students’ success,” said Milwaukee Executive Director, Edie Turnbull. “By serving more students than ever, we continue to help create a college-going culture in the Milwaukee community.”