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February spotlight on Texas AmeriCorps coaches

This month we’re featuring two college completion coaches from our Austin and Houston offices — Haley and Cortland.


Haley Perko
College Completion Coach – Austin
Hometown: San Diego, CA

Fun Facts: Haley loves to explore nature and hike, and is working hard to reach 10,000 steps on her new FitBit. (It’s not as easy as you would think…) She also loves to make things for people by knitting or crocheting.

“I love working with my students. They may not always need help from me in the moment, but it is always a joy to talk to them and learn about their lives and everything that’s going on.”



Cortland Gilliam
College Completion Coach – Houston
Hometown: Springfield, VA

Fun Facts: Cortland has never lived in one place for longer than 4 years, and he’s never been fishing!

“My goals for the remainder of my term with College Possible are to increase the percentage of successful contacts I make. I would also like to increase the student turnout at my campus visits to my commuter schools like Lone Star College and University of Houston-Downtown.”

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