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Portland cohort will more than double in 2014-2015

College Possible Portland is recruiting low-income high school sophomores at David Douglas, Reynolds, Gresham, and Sam Barlow High School interested in earning a college degree for its after school college access and success program. College Possible Portland will be accepting 160 students in its second cohort in Oregon, and accepted students will begin the program as juniors in the fall of 2014. Historically, 98 percent of College Possible students have earned admission to college, and they are ten times more likely to graduate from college than low-income students nationally.

“Portland’s first College Possible students – 140 low-income high school juniors – are leading all College Possible sites in ACT test improvement,” said Suzanne Geary, executive director of College Possible Portland. “With such tremendous success out of the gates in Portland we are eager to double the number of students we serve. At a minimum we will serve 300 Portland students next year with the ability to reach more as we meet fundraising targets.”

College Possible students meet twice per week in after-school sessions during their junior and senior years of high school to complete more than 320 total hours of programming. College Possible juniors prepare for the ACT and learn about the college application process, while seniors submit college and scholarship applications and secure financial aid. Students also attend campus visits and participate in service projects to give back to the community. College Possible students continue receiving support through college graduation, including help renewing the FAFSA, connecting to existing resources on campus, securing internships and preparing for their job search.

“College Possible is a huge stepping stone for me to get into college,” said Joyce, a student at David Douglas High School who will be the first person in her family to attend college. “My favorite part has been practicing for the ACT. I could see on my second ACT that my score improved a lot. I was really happy and it made me glad I joined because I can see it’s actually helping me. I would definitely encourage students to apply to College Possible.”

To be eligible to join College Possible, students must have a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher and qualify as low-income. Applicants must also have a desire to attend a four-year college and be willing to commit to after school sessions and some weekend events. Programming is free to all participating students and partner high schools.

Applications from eligible sophomores are being accepted through Friday, April 4 by College Possible staff at the program’s Portland-area partner high schools: David Douglas, Reynolds, Gresham, and Sam Barlow.

Students, parents and others interested in learning more about College Possible should call College Possible Portland at 503.907.0248 or email FBueno@collegepossible.org.

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