The new school year is starting and we are thrilled to get to work serving talented Washington students. Our programming this fall looks different than it has in the past. As we respond and adjust to COVID-19 the high-quality content, consistency and commitment to student success remains the same. This year, we will provide students with additional resources and guidance on how to succeed in remote learning environments too. Here’s what to expect from College Possible:
Recent college graduates serve in Washington as AmeriCorps members, and coach students attending 11 local high schools and more than 39 colleges and universities. AmeriCorps coaches receive three weeks of virtual training plus ongoing support to help them meet the college readiness and persistence needs of students. Training topics include the higher education landscape, student outreach techniques and tools for professional growth.
We will continue to serve students throughout the fall semester using the virtual model we adapted in March. Although we look forward to returning to in-person service, our remote program allows us to safely and equally assist students. Each student is supported through one-on-one conversations, group sessions and informational newsletters. Our coaches are also prepared to host trainings on technology for successful communication.
In the fall, students participate in college discussions, goal-setting and tracking their progress. Conversations are based on individual enrollment status.
• Juniors learn about the college landscape, research colleges, receive test preparation, become familiar with The Princeton Review and take an ACT practice test.
• Seniors discuss college best fit factors, update their top five college lists, secure recommendations, register for the ACT, and begin to apply for financial aid and to colleges.
• College students discuss their academic progress, managing virtual coursework, utilizing institutional resources, the financial aid renewal process and registering for courses.
Four-year institutions partnered with College Possible are committed to the academic success of students from low-income backgrounds. Partner institutions help students find financial aid packages to make admission affordable, and aim to increase diversity and inclusion in post-secondary education.
Students entering their junior year in high school with a grade point average of 2.5 or higher and who show a financial need can apply to join the program. The process includes submitting an application, parent or guardian permission form, a school transcript and attending an interview. Fall conversations cover college exploration and identifying student collegiate goals. Students must also attend one of our nine partner high schools.