Today’s Typical College Student

Media and popular culture perpetuate a myth about what the college experience looks like for most students, obscuring key issues.

Mission to Mentor

Mission to Mentor – Philanthropist of the Year Linda Youngentob helps students in high school and college find a path to success.
Bethesda Magazine November-December 2018| BY CARALEE ADAMS

CollegeTracks Bolsters Presence at MC-Germantown

CollegeTracks builds out its College Success Program at MC-Germantown for growing student population at Watkins Mill and Quince Orchard high schools.
September 2018| Montgomery Village News

Press Release

CollegeTracks Expands to Quince Orchard HS Fall 2018

CollegeTracks Thanks Mrs. Wright

A special friend to CollegeTracks and the Latino community, Mrs. Wright–everyone’s favorite abuelita–has worked tirelessly to promote higher education for all.

CollegeTracks Scholar Doopashika Welikala is featured in UMBC News

CONGRATULATIONS to Doopashika on her magna cum laude graduation from UMBC with degrees in biology, anthropology and sociology. education. She’ll begin a master’s program in Public Health at Johns Hopkins University and continue her international reproductive health research. Her goal is to become a doctor.
UMBC News Class of 2018 | Marlayna Demond ‘11 for UMBC.

Make a Difference: Highlighting Volunteers

Lorraine Driscoll and guests CollegeTracks Executive Director Nancy Leopold and Program Volunteer Elaine Arndt discuss ways people can volunteer at an MCPS high school to help students with the process of submitting college applications and requests for scholarship aid. Watch the Video
June 2018 | County Cable Montgomery, Make a Difference Episode 335

How to Level the College Playing Field

Housing policies and tax code among powerful forces favoring the privileged in higher education.
The New York Times April 7, 2018 | Harold O. Levy with Peg Tyre

Hungry on Spring Break

Spring Break Can Bring Food Insecurity for Low-Income Students Whose Primary Source of Food is the Campus Cafeteria.
ON CAMPUS March 17, 2018| Anthony Abraham Jack | The New York Times

The Persistence Project

Oakton community college builds faculty-student relationships to increase persistence.
INSIDE HIGHER Ed March 13, 2018| Ashley A. Smith 

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