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College track C ollege Track, a comprehensive college completion program with nine sites nationwide, is on a mission to empower students from underserved communities to graduate from college. “We make a 10-year promise to every student – they start with us the summer after eighth grade and we see them through college graduation,” says Nikki Wardlaw, Director of Development and Partnerships. Launched in Sacramento in 2014, College Track welcomes 60 new students each year and now, in its third year, currently has high school freshmen through junior year students. “The 2017-18 school year will be monumental for us because we’ll have our first class of seniors,” says Wardlaw. “We will see our first cohort graduate from high school and go to college. They are paving the way as role models for our younger College Track students.” College Track is open to students every day after school. It provides academic assistance and student life programming, which helps students identify their dreams and passions, and exposes them to career paths and college majors. This school year, to serve the 11th graders, College Track added new courses preparing students for the college application and selection process. Students are enrolled in a weekly ACT prep course, which has given them confidence and improved their scores, and a new Junior Advisory class where students research prospective colleges and scholarship options. College Track also recently hosted workshops on college affordability for students and their families, and field trips to college campuses. A newly hired College Completion Director oversees the college completion programming and helps students navigate their way to college. EMPOWERING UNDERSERVED STUDENTS TO GRADUATE FROM COLLEGE “We ask the community to join us in supporting these students on their paths to and through college,” says Wardlaw. “Please contact us if you can provide internships, job shadowing, or scholarship opportunities.” 916.287.6824 / NWARDLAW@COLLEGETRACK.ORG PROFILE SPONSORED BY comstocksmag.com | 2017 CAPITAL REGION CARES 103