Building a brighter future for Milwaukee students since 2008.


College Possible is proud to work with more than 800 students in Milwaukee at 14 partner high schools. Our students have an average GPA of 2.8, and more than 90 percent are students of color. Our students report an average annual family income of less than $25,000. College Possible expanded to Milwaukee in 2008. In its first year, College Possible Milwaukee served 53 juniors at three partner high schools. In the 2018-19 program year, College Possible Milwaukee will serve more than 800 high school juniors and seniors, 1,300 college students and over 2,100 9th and 10th graders through College Prep Talks. Through the generous support of local organizations, foundations and individuals, the program continues to grow and expand in Milwaukee area schools.

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  • The “New Normal:” Serving with AmeriCorps

    When I began my term of service with AmeriCorps and College Possible, it didn’t take me long to notice how much the students welcomed mentorship. Now in the midst of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, these same students appreciate coaching and support more than ever. It has been striking to see how our conversations switched during […]

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  • Empowering Thriving and Engaged Graduates

    For 20 years, College Possible has been at the forefront of college access and success, helping students from low-income backgrounds break the cycle of poverty and close the degree divide. Multiple evaluations, including a Harvard randomized control trial, have demonstrated that College Possible students are more likely to go to college and earn a degree […]

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  • Unforgettable Moments: Serving with AmeriCorps

    Within the first week of my term as a high school senior coach with College Possible, I met a student who was passionate about nursing. During session, she pulled me aside. Wide-eyed and determined, she told me she wanted to be a pediatric oncologist and had her heart set on a particular nursing program at […]

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  • Meet a College Possible Student – Angeles Garcia-Cardenas

    Name: Angeles Garcia-Cardenas Hometown: Milwaukee, WI Year: Senior High School: St. Joan Antida High School Angeles Garcia-Cardenas has a bright future ahead of her. A high school senior at St. Joan Antida, Angeles has taken on a rigorous workload as an International Baccalaureate candidate; a worldwide educational program that offers college-level courses and the opportunity to earn […]

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  • MLK Day: A ‘Day On’

    “When presented with injustice and inequity, my mind scales so quickly to validating pain and hurt and also how to innovate and redesign. Service requires you to both be hopeful and critical in equal measure.” – College Possible Milwaukee AmeriCorps coach. The Martin Luther King Jr. holiday on January 20, 2020, was the 25th anniversary […]

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  • Save the Date for our Dream Big Dinner!

    Save the date for the seventh annual Dream Big Dinner on Thursday, April 30, 2020 at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee Union Ballroom. Please join College Possible Milwaukee as we recognize and celebrate our spring college graduates and awardees from the community. This is one of our favorite events of the year, so we […]

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  • Embarking on a New Journey: Serving with AmeriCorps

    When you embark on a new journey, it is difficult—sometimes impossible—to visualize what it will look like. You try to explain to friends and family what you will be doing, but you just come up blank. This was my experience the summer before I began my term of service with College Possible. I had no […]

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  • From Student to Coach: Jerry Rideout is Taking Advantage of Opportunity

    When Jerry Rideout was in high school, he never gave a lot of thought to attending college. “Growing up, going to college was never really in the conversation; I never considered it as an actual possibility,” Jerry explained. Now a graduate from Minnesota State University, Mankato, with a degree in communications, Jerry has his eyes […]

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  • Ed Notes from Edie – The Cost of College

    Because the only thing we do at College Possible is help students from low-income backgrounds earn college degrees, I’m often asked my opinions on the cost of college. Is the cost too high? Should it be free? I can unequivocally say that college costs are out of whack. Since 1978, the cost of college has […]

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  • On The Table Event Discusses Future of National Service

    The future of national service was a hot topic during the Greater Milwaukee Foundation’s On the Table event October 10. The participation from community members was inspiring, as well as the collaboration between College Possible, Public Allies, City Year and event organizer, Bridge the City. Participants had robust small-group discussions on challenges and opportunities facing […]

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  • Meet an AmeriCorps Member – Gladys Mora

      Name: Gladys Mora Position: High School Coach Hometown: Milwaukee, WI College Attended: Alverno College Major: Psychology   What made you want to serve with College Possible? Looking back at my experience as a College Possible student is ultimately why I decided to serve as a coach. During my high school and college years, my College […]

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  • College Possible Partners with City Year & Public Allies for On The Table

    For Greater Milwaukee Foundation’s annual On The Table event, College Possible, City Year and Public Allies have partnered with Greater Milwaukee Foundation to host an event focused on the future of national service. Discussions will be held in large and small groups. Organized by Bridge the City podcast, the event is free to attend, so […]

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  • “Unlikely” Film Highlights Tough Path to College that Students Face

    This past Sunday, College Possible Milwaukee partnered with Milwaukee Film, the Greater Milwaukee Foundation, and the Higher Education Regional Alliance to host a screening of “Unlikely,” a documentary that investigates the college dropout crisis in America and the obstacles students face when pursuing an education and meaningful career. Following the screening, director Adam Fenderson and local panelists from […]

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  • Michelle Obama Surprises College Possible Students

    Fourteen College Possible students got the surprise of a lifetime during a roundtable conversation about college in March. As students from three different high schools were seated in a circle discussing the challenges of first-generation college students, a surprise guest joined them. The door opened and former first lady Michelle Obama walked in, followed closely […]

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  • College Colors Day

    Our mission is to help Milwaukee students from low-income backgrounds earn college degrees through an intensive curriculum of coaching and support. Show off your college pride and support College Possible students by participating in College Colors Day! Participation is easy: Wear your college colors or gear from your favorite college team on Friday, August 30 […]

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  • Flowers for Dreams Supports College Possible Students’ Goals!

    During the month of September, a portion of Flowers for Dreams’ sales will go to College Possible Milwaukee! Support your student, loved one or yourself with some beautiful blooms this month – no code, flyer or extra effort necessary. Just complete your purchase and the donation will occur! Order your flowers now! More information about […]

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