College Possible Announces Appoint of Wyneshia Foxworth as Philadelphia Executive Director
ST. PAUL, MN ―Jim McCorkell, College Possible CEO and Founder, announced today that Philadelphia native and seasoned education leader Wyneshia Foxworth has joined the growing nonprofit as College Possible Philadelphia’s founding executive director. College Possible’s expansion to Philadelphia was announced in January at the White House summit on college success hosted by President Obama and First Lady. The organization, founded in St. Paul 14 years ago will begin their work with George Washington, Parkway Center City and Upper Darby high schools this month, with the announcement of a fourth school next month. The organization will begin serving students in the fall.
Prior to joining College Possible, Foxworth led City Year Greater Philadelphia, where she grew the operating budget to $8.4 million and led a team of 300 staff and Service Corps Members during her seven year tenure. She also served as chief operating officer of Communities in Schools Philadelphia. The appointment of Foxworth signals College Possible’s commitment to Philadelphia and to expanding its work—coaching low-income students to-and-through college—across the country.
“One of our core values is keeping our eyes on the prize. Wyneshia’s ability to take a raw strategic vision and make it real through discipline, strategic expertise and motivating those around her is the perfect expression of this value and makes her the ideal person to lead our organization in Philadelphia,” said McCorkell.
As Executive Director, Foxworth will drive the organization’s efforts to serve nearly 1,400 local students in by 2016. “We know our model is highly replicable and gets great results. Wyneshia will ensure we meet and exceed our goals to create more college graduates in Philadelphia,” commented McCorkell. Currently, 12 percent of Philadelphia public high school students graduate from college within six years while nearly 60 percent of local jobs will require a post-secondary degree by the year 2018.
“Today so many of our young people are told they can’t succeed and told how many barriers there are to attend college. Philadelphia’s students deserve more and College Possible is a proven, successful model to break down those myths. As the founding Executive Director and a proud Philadelphian, I have the opportunity to open doors and show our students the path to college graduation. “
As the first person in her family to graduate from college, Foxworth is personally connected to the mission of College Possible. Foxworth received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Morgan State University and was awarded the Presidential Volunteer Service Award and the Independent Sector Emerging Leader Award. She lives in Philadelphia.
College Possible is making college admission and success possible for low-income students through an intensive curriculum of coaching and support. College Possible operates in Minnesota, Milwaukee, Omaha, Portland, Philadelphia and Chicago.