The Problem

Colorado ranks in the top five states nationwide for the greatest number of degree holders per capita, yet only one in five Colorado ninth-grade students will earn a college degree, ranking the state in the bottom quartile nationally.  The mountains visible from Aurora, Colorado are often seen as symbols of great possibility, but the college enrollment rate for the district tells a different story – less than 25% of high school graduates enroll in a 4-year college. 
 
What matters most, for young adults to build a successful future, is a college degree. College graduates are 2x more likely to be employed and they earn 1.6x more than high school graduates. They are more likely to be productive, participating members of society, being 2x more likely to vote and 4.7x more likely to volunteer. And yet, today, 80.5% of low-income students DO NOT graduate from college.
 

The Solution

College Track is Aurora Metro Area’s most comprehensive college completion program that empowers students from underserved communities to graduate from college. We dedicate a total commitment of 10 years to each student providing them with customized academic support, extensive leadership training, rigorous financial and college advising, and merit and need-based scholarships.
 
College Track recruits students from underserved communities and works continuously with them from the summer before 9th grade through college graduation. Our 10-year program removes the barriers that prevent students from earning their college degree by providing them with comprehensive academic support, leadership training, financial and college advising, and scholarships. We teach our students the skills necessary to succeed in college and beyond.

More than 90% of College Track students are admitted to four-year colleges and College Track students graduate from college at a rate that is 2.5 times higher than the national average for low-income students. In the 2013-2014 academic year, more than1,600 students participated in College Track programs across six sites in East Palo Alto, Oakland, San Francisco, Los Angeles, New Orleans, and Colorado.