College Track is a national college completion nonprofit that empowers students from underserved communities to reach their dream of a college degree. Through our center-based approach and core service areas, College Track has created a culture of high expectations. We ensure that each student is college ready and provide support that many students do not have in their homes or at their schools. Together, these components make a powerful, comprehensive program that empowers students to achieve their dream of a college education.
Number of Students Served:
In 2008, College Track opened a fourth center in New Orleans in partnership with the Urban League of Greater New Orleans. Currently, we serve 180 9th through 12th grade students and will serve 200 students in the greater New Orleans area. The Urban League College Track team led by Site Director Sherdren Burnside.
At College Track, our ultimate goal is to transform low-income communities into places where college readiness and college graduation are the norms. To achieve this goal, College Track works within three expanding circles of impact: direct service, community partnerships, and advocacy. College Track’s programs for high school and college students are centered around our four core service areas: Academic Affairs reinforces high standards and accountability that enable our students to enter college and succeed in life. Student Life provides students the opportunities, resources, and tools to explore their passions and constructively engage in their communities. College Affairs guides students in all aspects related to college admissions and helps students find college scholarships. College Success provides support to our college students through academic advising and help finding financial aid. Each program has a set of clearly-defined student goals and expectations that are mapped to higher education admission requirements. These core programs form College Track's foundation, but, like anything else, it is the intangibles that make the real difference. The staff and volunteers set high standards, encouraging and supporting students when students feel daunted and providing tough love when students are not performing to their potential. It is the personal element of the relationships formed, between volunteers, staff and students that make College Track a uniquely effective educational force.
College and Postsecondary Planning:
High School (9-12):