As we begin a new school year we’re thrilled to get to work serving talented Oregon students. Our fall program looks different from years past, but the high quality content, consistency and commitment to student success remain the same. This year, we will provide students with additional resources and guidance on how to succeed in remote learning, too.
Here’s what you can expect this fall:
Recent college graduates serve as AmeriCorps members, and coach students attending seven Portland-metro high schools, eight rural high schools and more than 99 colleges and universities. Coaches just finished 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, racial equity, culturally-responsive teaching practices and tools for professional growth.
We will continue to serve students throughout the fall semester using the virtual model adapted in March. Although we look forward to returning to in-person coaching, 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.
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 5 college lists, secure recommendation letters, register for the ACT, and begin to apply for financial aid, scholarships and to colleges.
• College students discuss their academic progress, how to manage virtual coursework, gain direction on how to utilize institutional resources, receive direction on the financial aid renewal process and register 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. We partner with the following institutions in Oregon to support students: George Fox University, Linfield University, Oregon State University, Pacific University, Portland State University, Reed College, University of Oregon, University of Portland, Warner Pacific University, Western Oregon University and Willamette University.
Students entering their junior year at one of our partner high schools 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, 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 around the metro.