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Below you’ll find a running list of episodes from the College Possible Podcast. Each recording varies from conversations between education experts in specific topics, to students talking about their own experiences. Search “College Possible” on iTunes or your preferred listening network, or click on the links below! Is there a topic you’d like College Possible to weigh in on? Let us know!



EP. 6 – Better Jobs, Better Futures: Building A Workforce That Works For All

Across the country, the number of jobs requiring workers with a post-secondary education is outpacing the number of college graduates. It is crucial to invest in the graduates needed to fill this gap and build a workforce representative of our communities.

College Possible students will play an important role in our future workforce. Join R.T. Rybak, Kim Nelson and College Possible Alumni Fasil Adinew and Maya Vue for “Better Jobs, Better Futures: Building a Workforce that Works for All,” a panel discussion addressing how we can meet our country’s changing workforce needs.


EP. 5 – The Costs of College

New research from the National Student Campaign against Hunger and Homelessness found that 22 percent of college students experience food insecurity, and among them, one in six also face housing insecurity. Listen to this discussion about the nuanced financial barriers to higher education.

Dr. Sara Goldrick-Rab is a professor of higher education policy and sociology at Temple University, and founder of the Wisconsin HOPE Lab, the nation’s only translational research laboratory seeking ways to make college more affordable. Dr. Goldrick-Rab shares how her research is helping identify solutions to address college affordability and student retention.

Mai Yer Yang is a student at the University of Minnesota and a College Possible program participant. Mai Yer shares her experiences with financial barriers on her college journey, and what she hopes
will change.

Dr. Timothy Renick is Vice President for Enrollment and Student Success, and Vice Provost at Georgia State University. Under his leadership the university has set records for the percent of underrepresented and Pell-eligible students enrolled, and has increased graduation rates by 11 percent. Dr. Renick shares how Georgia State’s innovative approaches are helping more students make it to graduation day.

Kumar Balasubrahmanyan is a program manager at College Possible where he oversees programming serving more than 2,000 students. Kumar served as a College Possible coach for two years before joining the leadership team.


EP. 4 – The Power of National Service

Why should our country value national service, and how can it make a difference in the lives of others? In this episode, College Possible takes a deeper look into the importance of national service and its impact on individuals, specific communities and our country as a whole. Hear from the former CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service, Wendy Spencer, along with AmeriCorps alumni who have served with College Possible as they explore the history and future of national service.


EP. 3 – College Possible Student Panel

In November 2016, College Possible students in a variety of areas of their college journey participated in a panel at the Bank of America Neighborhood Builders Award event. In this episode you’ll hear personal stories from students, and what it takes to beat the odds. The live panel was moderated by College Possible Minnesota Executive Director Sara Dziuk.


EP. 2 – The Geographic Degree Divide

On June 30, 2016 College Possible hosted a panel discussion focused on creating more college graduates across the country. The panel of experts explored the history and demographic shifts impacting the college access landscape, the unique challenges and needs of suburban and greater Minnesota students on the path to and through college, and programs that are making a difference.

Panel members included US Congressman Keith Ellison, MN State Senator Greg Clausen, Dr. Joe Gothard, Kayla Yang-Best, College Possible Minnesota Director of College Access Magdalena Wells, and Executive Director Sara Dziuk.


EP. 1 – Admit It: The History and Future of the Degree Divide

On April 26, 2016, the country’s top education-equity thinkers, researchers and change makers joined together on a call to talk about the history of the large income-driven gap between those who earn college degrees and those who don’t. They explored why the degree divide matters to every American, and what can be done to close it in the next 10, 20 and 50 years. The panel includes: Beckie Supiano (moderator), Dr. Christopher Avery, Dr. Ben Castleman, Dr. Susan Dynarski, Traci Kirtley, Jim McCorkell and Todd Penner.


College Possible™ is a growing nonprofit organization making college admission and success possible for low-income students through an intensive curriculum of coaching and support. Students, coaches and College Possible leadership are available for interviews upon request.

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