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Supporting the college dreams of Oregon students since 2013.

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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.

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College Possible Oregon
532 SE Grand Avenue
Portland, OR 97214

Phone: 971-407-2960
Fax: 971-230-1970
OregonInfo@CollegePossible.org

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  • Willamette University Bridges Gap for College Possible Students

    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 […]

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  • Great Story: “The Seasons” by Rachael Conway

    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 […]

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  • College Possible Oregon Welcomes Two Program Coordinators, One Program Manager

    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 […]

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  • High School Partner Spotlight: Reynolds

    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 […]

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  • College Possible Oregon Welcomes New Board Member

    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 […]

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  • A Note From Oregon’s Executive Director

    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 […]

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  • College Possible Oregon Welcomes New Director of Development and Communications

    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 […]

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  • Join the College Possible Oregon Ambassador Board

    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 […]

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  • Making the Most of Summer with Transition Coaches

    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 […]

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  • Oregon Launch! Goes Virtual

    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 […]

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  • Summer Bridge Combats Summer Melt

    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 […]

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  • Don’t Let COVID-19 Limit Access and Completion of College

    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. […]

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  • College Possible Oregon Welcomes Emielle Nischik as New Executive Director

    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 […]

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  • Legacy Health Awards College Possible Oregon Three-Year Grant

    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 […]

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  • College Possible Oregon Executive Director Julie Mancini Announces Departure

    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 […]

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  • A Side Hustle for Good

    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 […]

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  • Shopping at Bridge & Burn Supports College Possible Students

    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 […]

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  • Oregon Celebrates First Class of College Graduates

    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 […]

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  • We Say Goodbye to Program Director, Francisco Bueno

    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 […]

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  • Hello New AmeriCorps Members!

    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 […]

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