Only 43.5% of students who start high school in Oregon go on to enroll in college. We’re working to increase that number.
College Possible Oregon is making college admission and success possible for more than 1,449 low-income Oregon students. The organization created the Portland site in 2012 and began serving students the following year. In the 2018-2019 school year, College Possible Portland expanded into College Possible Oregon to better reflect the work the organization is doing outside of the Portland-metro region.
This school year, College Possible Oregon is serving 626 high school students and 823 college students. Our high school students have an average GPA of 3.17 and 73% are students of color.
Through the generous support of local organizations, foundations and individuals, the program will continue to grow and help more low-income students achieve their dreams of a college degree.
College Possible Oregon
532 SE Grand Avenue
Portland, OR 97214
Willamette University has recently increased their commitment to students’ college access and success through the expansion of their College Possible partnership. “I am incredibly excited for College Possible and Willamette University to be entering into this new level of partnership,” said College Possible Oregon program director and Willamette University alumna Margarita Gutierrez Lemus. “I am […]
Over the course of their term of service, College Possible’s AmeriCorps members write two Great Stories. Rachel Conway, senior coach at David Douglas High School 2019-20, shares her journey as an AmeriCorps member and the memories she had supporting students. Fall … is a mix of old and new, familiar and unfamiliar. It is my […]
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 […]
We are fortunate to work with seven awesome high school partners in the Portland-metro area. In a typical school year we rely on our high school partners quite a bit. They provide our coaches with office space, we utilize their classrooms for after-school session, we partner with teachers and faculty for letters of recommendation, the […]
Please join us in welcoming Dr. Sona Karentz Andrews to the Oregon board of directors! A professor of geography and provost emerita at Portland State University, Andrews grew up in New England and has lived in Portland for 10 years. She began her college studies at the Nishan Palanjian Armenian College in Beirut, Lebanon and […]
This week starts the onboarding of 43 new AmeriCorps members in Oregon. In a normal year, that means that we’d all be loading onto a plane at PDX on our way to Hamline University in Saint Paul, Minnesota to experience Kick-Off with all of our other College Possible sites. Of course, this year is far […]
We are excited to welcome Elena Hein as Oregon’s new director of development and communications. Hein is passionate about College Possible’s mission and has a demonstrated commitment to social justice and community-centric fundraising practices throughout her career. Hein started her career in the nonprofit sector nearly two decades ago at the National Multiple Sclerosis Society […]
The College Possible Ambassador Board is a group of young professionals under the age of 40 who raise support and awareness for College Possible to help students in Oregon achieve their college goals. The board has three goals: Raise financial support to further the mission of College Possible. Increase awareness and visibility of College Possible […]
School is out and even if things were “normal” and we weren’t in the middle of a pandemic, we would still be providing support to students throughout the summer. This year, it’s even more crucial with so many unanswered questions about what the fall will hold for schools and concerns about how students will be […]
When you ask Margarita Gutierrez Lemus about the favorite part of her job with College Possible Oregon, she’ll tell you about running family engagement workshops, specifically for Spanish-speaking families. During these workshops, she strives to break down barriers by sharing her personal experiences and allowing families to help lead the workshops to foster a sense […]
Like everything else amid a pandemic, College Possible Oregon’s Launch! celebration looked a little different this year. Typically we spend a Saturday in late May celebrating all of our high school seniors who are graduating and moving onto their next step: college. This year, we transitioned to a completely virtual celebration in early June. It […]
Summer melt is the phenomenon where incoming college freshmen don’t enroll in classes the fall after they are accepted into college. A number of factors may play into that decision, but one of the main reasons is students lack a knowledgeable guide to help navigate the transition to college. Many don’t know what the next […]
Written by College Possible Oregon board of director members, Ken Thrasher and Scott Dawson. COVID-19 has further illustrated the impact from growing wealth disparities in America. Now more than ever, Oregon cannot afford to further this gap by turning our backs on highly motivated high school and college students who come from historically underserved backgrounds. […]
College Possible Oregon is pleased to announce Emielle Nischik as its new executive director. Nischik will be stepping into outgoing Executive Director Julie Mancini’s role following a two-month transition period. “I am delighted to welcome Emielle into the executive director role at College Possible after more than four years serving as our director of development […]
The COVID-19 pandemic has created many challenges. Having consistent funding means a great deal to our organization, which is why we are pleased to announce that College Possible Oregon has been awarded the Community Health Grant from Legacy Health. The grant provides $50,000 of support to our Flagship high school program for three-years. This funding […]
Mancini’s six-year tenure at College Possible helped expand access to and success in college for underserved students across Oregon. College Possible Oregon announced that Executive Director Julie Mancini will be leaving in June 2020. Mancini’s contributions to College Possible Oregon were invaluable and her leadership resulted in the program’s statewide expansion and increase in the […]
Angela Scott and her husband Jeff share a passion for vintage fashion and bringing it back into circulation. Rematch Vintage is their Etsy store founded to combat fast-fashion pollution and reduce contamination of the Earth’s resources. What started with a few garments quickly developed into a loyal following and they decided to give back a […]
Written by AmeriCorps member, Griffin Fraser One of the activities College Possible provides students is the opportunity to visit college campuses throughout the year. For many, these campus visits are a major highlight to their first years with College Possible. These trial runs of college life show students a glimpse of where they may be […]
Part of College Possible’s high school curriculum during junior year is to encourage students to make the most of the summer before senior year. For some students this means finding a job, internship or volunteer opportunity. For others it means applying to academic enrichment opportunities. One of the more prestigious academic options is to apply […]
Every quarter, Bridge & Burn selects a new, local nonprofit partner to donate one percent of their sales to. They call it their One Percent For Good program and it aligns with their mission to give back to those who are making a meaningful difference in the world, investing in the community that has given […]
Six years ago, College Possible began programming in four east Multnomah County schools with 140 high school juniors. Fast forward and we have collectively made it to today to celebrate our first class of college graduates! In honor of this momentous occasion, we threw a Grad Party to celebrate on June 19! Graduates, along with […]
Goodbyes are always so hard, but this one feels particularly hard. Francisco Bueno has been with College Possible Portland since the beginning. He grew our programming from serving zero students to now serving 1,500 students with intensive coaching and support – and that was in just five years. To say that he’s been an asset […]
All new AmeriCorps members and College Possible staff descended upon Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota, last month for an annual event we call Kick-Off. This is a few days every August that the entire College Possible team gets together to kick-off the year ahead. Most of the time is spent in trainings, but it’s […]