College Possible will launch its program in Philadelphia this year, answering policymakers’ calls for the growth of proven solutions to America’s degree divide. The organization’s plans to serve Philadelphia students were among a list of commitments made by higher education leaders convening on January 16 for a White House summit on college opportunity.
College Possible will announce partnerships with four Philadelphia high schools next month and plans to begin serving students this fall. College Possible’s ambitious vision of serving 20,000 students in 10 cities annually by 2020 was also highlighted.
“Over the last year, we’ve carefully studied the challenges and opportunities faced by Philadelphia’s students and listened to the perspectives of community and education leaders,” said Jim McCorkell, College Possible Founder and CEO, who attended the summit. “We are so grateful to have found prospective partners and supporters who share our vision of helping more low-income Philadelphia students become college graduates.”
Over 100 colleges and nonprofit organizations committed to expanding college opportunity for low-income students. Augsburg College and Lawrence University announced commitments to build on their current partnerships with College Possible.
“We’re pleased to join this critical conversation,” says McCorkell. “We have devoted the last 13 years to studying the problem of education inequality and we’ve found strong, cost-effective solutions.”