Building a brighter future for Milwaukee students since 2008.


College Possible is proud to work with more than 800 students in Milwaukee at 15 partner high schools. Our students have an average GPA of 2.8, more than 95 percent are students of color and more than 93 percent are first-generation college students. 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 2020-21 program year, College Possible Milwaukee will serve more than 800 high school juniors and seniors and 1,500 college students at more than 100 colleges across the nation. 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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College Possible Milwaukee
1515 N. Rivercenter Drive, Suite 105
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 53212
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  • Welcome, Carolyn Muckelberg

    Please welcome Carolyn Muckelberg as College Possible Milwaukee’s new Development Director! Carolyn comes from Playworks where she served as Development Director for the past five years, leading the planning and execution for all local fundraising, special events, and community outreach. Carolyn has lived and worked in Milwaukee since 1991, moving here to attend college. She […]

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  • A Note from Our Executive Director – Why We Serve

    Each time I meet with an AmeriCorps candidate, I ask them about their “why”  – why they wish to devote a year of service to College Possible Milwaukee, when they could earn more elsewhere as a college graduate. Their answer reveals a great deal about the candidate including how they will likely approach their year […]

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  • Welcome, Kevin Curley

    Please welcome Kevin Curley as College Possible Milwaukee’s new Program Director! Kevin comes to us from Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS) where he has served for the past 4 years. His role included direct training and support of 35 Parent Coordinators in various MPS schools, the oversight of the Family & Schools Together program, relationships management […]

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  • College Colors Day

    Please join College Possible Milwaukee as we celebrate National College Colors Day. Here’s how to participate: 1. Wear your College Colors. 2. Post a selfie with #CPCollegeColorsDay. 3. Donate to College Possible Milwaukee. We hope to see you wearing your College Colors Friday, September 4!

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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 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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  • 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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