College Possible Oregon welcomes three new leadership team members.
We are delighted to welcome back to the team Casey Rauch, our new access program manager. Rauch had previously worked as a program coordinator for College Possible Oregon for close to three and a half years. At that time, she worked with both the Flagship and Navigate programs and contributed significantly toward building family engagement programming in Oregon. Rauch, a first-generation college graduate, grew up in a small, rural community and was raised in a single parent, low-income household. She is excited to jump into her new role to not only support students towards fulfilling their goals of college graduation and opening up future opportunities for success, but also to take what she learned and experienced over the past several years to support her team with empathy, a lens of equity and compassion. Rauch holds a degree in Secondary Education and English from the University of Southern Indiana. After college, she taught for close to a year before moving to Portland to serve in AmeriCorps supporting after-school programming in a local high school.
Efrain Ortega has a strong passion to help underrepresented students attain a higher education degree and inspire the leaders of tomorrow. Coming into College Possible with a background in admissions from Oregon State University, Ortega is familiar with the obstacles students face when applying to college. In his work as navigate program coordinator, Ortega ties in his experiences with students through multiple outreach programs focused on first-generation college students from underserved communities. Ortega completed his bachelor’s of science in kinesiology at Oregon State University and is now working on his master’s of education in college student service administration. A music fanatic, Ortega is a devoted podcast listener and enjoys learning about life and sharing his insights with the next generation.
Tre’Von Robinson is the oldest of three siblings and the first to graduate from a Bachelor’s-granting institution. Born in Las Vegas, Nevada, and raised in Long Beach, California, Robinson moved to Eugene in 2016 to begin his collegiate journey at the University of Oregon where he received his bachelor’s degrees in Latin American studies and Spanish with a minor in history. After graduating in 2019, he attended graduate school at University of Oregon and is currently working toward completing his master’s in curriculum and teacher education. He was joined College Possible as a high school program coordinator because of his passion to support students from various backgrounds who are interested in higher education. As a first-generation college student, he understands the challenges students face and is excited to support students across Oregon.