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Chase Announces a $1M Grant to Support College Track’s East Palo Alto, Oakland, San Francisco, and Los Angeles Sites
San Francisco, CA – On Saturday, March 2nd, Laurene Powell Jobs, Chris Boskin, Ron Conway, Charlotte Schultz, and Cissie Swig hosted the first College Track San Francisco Day at City Hall. The event exposed 200 College Track San Francisco students to careers in fields such as technology, engineering, science, sales and finance. This event aligns with College Track’s ongoing collaboration with Mayor Ed Lee and the City of San Francisco, who have been great supporters of the College Track program and saw this event as a great way to prepare students for future employment opportunities.
During the event, College Track announced Chase as its first corporate partner. Chase committed $1 million to support the East Palo Alto, Oakland, San Francisco, and Los Angeles based sites, which will more than double the current capacity of College Track in these cities. Specifically, this investment will allow College Track to grow from serving approximately 1,000 students to serving over 2,200 students per year at these centers over the next four years and to secure a new building for the i.am College Track program in East Los Angeles to accommodate the growing student body. The new partnership is part of College Track’s ongoing efforts to make college graduation an expectation, not an exception, in the communities that they serve.
“At Chase, we believe in investing in our communities in California," said Andy Carney, California Regional Manager for Chase’s Consumer and Business Banking. "Our partnership with College Track empowers students from underserved communities to reach their dream of a college degree, positively impacting students’ lives and investing in their future.”
A year ago, College Track San Francisco students from Bayview Hunters Point were encouraged to apply for internships through SummerQAmp, an invaluable opportunity for students to gain experience in technology at software companies. Among the fifty positions available to College Track students, only twelve were filled, primarily because their students did not have the experience to make them competitive for the internship. Chelsea Stewart, a senior at Wallenberg High School, was one of the few students to be placed in an internship. “Last summer I had an internship at the University of California, San Francisco where I studied a variant of multiple sclerosis and worked side by side with a neurologist. College Track helped me get my internship and I now think that I am suited for the medical field.” Chelsea shared that the experience has inspired her to be a pediatrician.
To help set up College Track students for success in the job market, Site Director Omar Butler introduced the idea of College Track San Francisco Day, an event that gives students exposure to local companies and mentors.
“To position our students for jobs of the future, College Track is engaging leading companies in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math, areas in which students of color are currently under-represented,” said College Track Site Director Omar Butler. “With events like today, we're upholding our promise, to keep our students on the college track and in the workforce. We thank Chase for their generous support.”
This year, Chase, salesforce.com, Twitter, Square, Riverbed, Zynga, Dolby Digital, LinkedIn, AirBnB, Google and other local companies volunteered nearly 200 employees who had the opportunity to mentor a student for the day and learn about additional ways to support College Track San Francisco students. During the event, students heard from local leaders including Kimberly Bryant, Biotechnology Engineer and founder of BlackGirlsCODE, and Dr. Pierre Theodore, Lung Surgeon at UCSF. In addition to these companies, College Track alumni and college representatives were in attendance to provide information about their schools and share insights about their experiences.
Chase is the U.S. consumer and commercial banking business of JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE: JPM), a leading global financial services firm with assets of $2.4 trillion and operations worldwide. Chase serves millions of consumers and small businesses through more than 5,600 bank branches, 18,600 ATMs, credit cards, mortgage offices, and online and mobile banking as well as through relationships with auto dealerships. In California, Chase has 20,000 employees and more than 1,000 branches and is one of the top Small Business Administration lenders. More information about Chase is available at www.chase.com.
About College Track San Francisco
College Track is a national education organization that empowers students from underserved communities to fulfill their dream of a college degree. Our mission is to make college graduation an expectation, not the exception in the communities we serve. College Track was established in 1997 by two graduate students who were mentoring low-income high school in East Palo Alto students who had the desire to go to college, but lacked the resources to reach their dreams.
College Track is the only non-profit that works closely with students for up to ten years — from the summer before 9th grade through college graduation. We provide seamless, comprehensive services that build and reinforce habits and skills necessary to succeed in college.
We currently serve nearly 1,400 high school and college students in East Palo Alto, Oakland, San Francisco, New Orleans, Aurora, CO, and Los Angeles. Among those students, 295 are from Bayview Hunters Point. We have demonstrated a tremendous record of success. Ninety percent of students are admitted to a four-year college, with fifty-four percent graduating within six years, nearly five times the national average for low-income, first generation college students. Eighty-five percent of our students have the opportunity to be the first person in their family to earn a college degree.