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College Track Announces Commitment to Expand College Access and Completion at White House Event

Oakland, CA, December 09, 2014 --( College Track CEO, Elissa Salas and Senior Advisor, David Silver joined President Obama, the First Lady, and Vice President Biden along with hundreds of college presidents and other leaders in higher education at the second White House College Opportunity Day of Action. Organizations announced over 600 new actions to help more students prepare for and graduate from college.
The White House College Opportunity Day of Action helps to support the President’s commitment to partner with colleges and universities, business leaders, and nonprofits to support students across the country to help our nation reach its goal of leading the world in the attainment of a college education.

As part of this White House initiative, College Track will:
· Grow four-year college acceptance, enrollment, and graduation rates
· Expand impact at existing sites in the California Bay Area, Los Angeles, New Orleans, and Colorado
· Increase number of college and university partnerships

“We live in a society where your zip code too often determines our students access to college and the American Dream. College Track provides its students with two things: the tools to succeed and a belief that they can,” said Elissa Salas, CEO at College Track. “One student at a time, we are transforming communities to places where college is not just a dream, but an expectation.”

Participants were asked to commit to new action in one of four areas: building networks of colleges around promoting completion, creating K-16 partnerships around college readiness, investing in high school counselors as part of the First Lady’s Reach Higher initiative, and increasing the number of college graduates in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

President Obama announced new steps on how his Administration is helping to support these actions, including announcing $10 million to help promote college completion and a $30 million AmeriCorps program that will improve low-income students’ access to college.

Expanding opportunity for more students to enroll and succeed in college, especially low-income and underrepresented students, is vital to building a strong economy and a strong middle class. Today, only 9 percent of those born in the lowest family income quartile attain a bachelor’s degree by age 25, compared to 54 percent in the top quartile. In an effort to expand college access, the Obama Administration has increased Pell scholarships by $1,000 a year, created the new American Opportunity Tax Credit worth up to $10,000 over four years of college, limited student loan payments to 10 percent of income, and laid out an ambitious agenda to reduce college costs and promote innovation and competition. For more on the White House College Opportunity Day of Action, visit

About College Track
College Track is a national college completion program that empowers students from underserved communities to graduate from college. From the summer before 9th grade through college graduation, our 10-year program removes 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 them the skills necessary to succeed in college and beyond.

College Track was founded in 1997. We currently serve over 2,000 high school and college students in East Palo Alto, Oakland, San Francisco, New Orleans, Colorado, Los Angeles, and Sacramento. Today, 94% of our high school seniors have been accepted to four-year colleges and our college graduation rate is 2.5 times the national average for low-income students. For more information visit and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
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Itzy Gutierrez
(510) 289-0825

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