Jim McCorkell, a first-generation college graduate has an idea: Young people give a year, low-income students gain a mentor, America benefits from more college graduates.
Admission Possible founded in St. Paul, Minnesota.
“I support [College Possible] and I urge all champions of economic justice to give it their full support.” — Senator Paul Wellstone
26 part-time AmeriCorps coaches reach 240 high school students in the Twin Cities. Jim is joined by three full-time staff members.
“[College Possible] aims to give poor teenagers the kind of edge wealthy students routinely enjoy.”
— The New York Times
College Possible launches in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
“College Possible helps promising young people from low-income families attend college. The vast majority stay in college and earn their degrees.” — President Barack Obama
College Possible launches in Omaha, Nebraska.
College Possible launches in Portland, Oregon.
Admission Possible becomes College Possible.
College Possible receives the Innovation Award in Education, an international recognition from Citi and The Financial Times.
A Harvard study shows that College Possible significantly increases a student’s chances of enrolling in a four-year college.
Founder and CEO, Jim McCorkell joins college presidents, business leaders and White House officials in Washington, D.C. for a summit on college success for low-income students.
College Possible launches in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
College Possible launches in Chicago, Illinois.
College Possible announced a bold new vision for transformational impact: joining forces with colleges to close the degree divide.
College Possible names the pilot program Catalyze and welcomes its first partner outside of a College Possible site. Catalyze serves 8,000 students on college campuses across the country.
Ballmer Group gives a record-setting $20 million gift to College Possible.
College Possible receives inaugural Evergreen National Education Prize.
College Possible welcomes it’s first president, Craig Robinson, a nonprofit executive with more than twenty years of experience in education leadership and practice.
College Possible launches in Seattle, Washington. This marks the first occasion College Possible has united with another organization, College Access Now (CAN), to make college access and success possible for students from low-income backgrounds in the state of Washington.
Jim McCorkell, College Possible’s CEO and founder, is awarded the Executive Leadership Award of Excellence at the National College Access Network’s annual conference.