Press Release

Press Release

CollegeTracks Expands to Quince Orchard HS Fall 2018

For Immediate Release

July 10, 2018

Media Contact: Susan Weissman
202 251-6019  [email protected]

CollegeTracks Expands to Quince Orchard HS Fall 2018

Recognizing Growing Need for College Access Program in Upper Montgomery County, MCPS Partners with CollegeTracks to Bring Additional Program to Gaithersburg

Bethesda, MD—CollegeTracks in partnership with MCPS will open a fourth college access program at Quince Orchard High School in Gaithersburg, MD, in fall 2018. The program was initiated at the request of Montgomery County School Superintendent Dr. Jack Smith, Ph.D., and provides validation of the work of CollegeTracks within the County to ensure that all MCPS students get to and through college.

“We are grateful for our partnership with College Tracks and the critical work they do to ensure MCPS students attend and successfully complete college,” said Superintendent Smith. “We look forward to expanding the program to other MCPS high schools in the near future.”

“Last year, we served more than 900 low-income, minority, and first-generation high school students and 99% of them were admitted to at least one college or technical school,” said Nancy Leopold, Executive Director of CollegeTracks. “Our track record over the last 15 years would not be possible without the support of MCPS and Dr. Smith. We are excited to assist even more students at Quince Orchard HS and look forward to strengthening our partnership with MCPS to bring CollegeTracks to all schools in the County that need our services.”

“CollegeTracks is an amazing hands-on program that helps students go to college with enough financial aid so they don’t graduate burdened with debt,” says Shirley Salazar, a CollegeTracks graduate who received her B.S. in nursing from Trinity-Washington University in May of this year. “Caring coaches stick with students throughout the college experience, providing encouragement, discipline and inspiration that turns college from a dream into a reality.”

“Today, more than two-thirds of the County’s jobs require higher education. We must make certain all students receive the higher education they need to enter the workforce to ensure the vibrancy of their futures as well as that of the County,” says Kevin Beverly, Board President of CollegeTracks. “Dr. Smith’s validation provides a nice calling card as we reach out to the local business community for additional support to serve the rapidly growing number of immigrant and minority students who need our help.”

Since the program’s inception in 2003, CollegeTracks has served more than 4,500 students and secured millions in financial aid. Each year the organization helps nearly 900 high school students navigate the complex college admissions and financial aid process.  Its college Success program supports another 500 college students, increasing the likelihood that first-generation students persist to graduation and continue on the path to successful careers.


About CollegeTracks

CollegeTracks changes the lives of low-income, first-generation-to-college students in Montgomery County by helping them get into college and succeed once they get there with college admissions counseling, financial aid advising, and college success coaching. The non-profit organization provides proven programs to juniors and seniors in three Montgomery County Public School high schools: Bethesda-Chevy Chase, Watkins Mill, Wheaton and soon-to-come Quince Orchard. For more information, visit