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Founded in 2006 at Seattle’s Garfield High School, College Access Now
(CAN) is celebrating our 10th year of empowering students from
low-income families to access, enroll and graduate from college at rates equal
to their more advantaged peers. This academic year, CAN will serve 1,600 students, including 700 students at seven
Seattle and South King County high schools and over 900 students at colleges
across Washington State and throughout the country.
After a decade of service, our program results speak for themselves.
We’ve served over 2,000 students on their journey to a college degree, and more
than 99% of those students have graduated high school and been accepted into
college. Of those students, 94% have actually enrolled—twice the national
average for students from low-income families, and even higher th an the enrollment rates of their more advantaged peers. Students join CAN's program in
junior or senior year of high school - receiving intensive one-on-one and
general coaching from our core team of AmeriCorps coaches, volunteers, and
staff until they secure that all important college degree. Our near-peer coaching and small cohort model,
combined with structured curriculum and full-time presence on-site at high
schools, allows us to provide the consistent and intensive support our students
We know that getting into college is only half
the battle. We’re equally proud of the work we’re doing with our college
students through one-on-one advising, summer support workshops, weekly peer
learning communities, quarterly events, and our professional mentoring program.
To date, more than 90% of our students who enroll in college persist from their
first year to the second—one of the most critical tipping points for students
from low-income families on their path to graduation. Overall, more than 55% of
our first five cohorts have already completed their degrees, and we continue to
support many more that are still enrolled. With every degree, we’re inspired by
the dreams, determination, and drive of our students, and our dedication to this
work continues to grow. For more
program information, visit www.collegeaccessnow.org/about