The need

WHY IT MATTERS


Many qualified students of color, low-income high school graduates, and those first in their family to attend a US college do not make it to and through a postsecondary institution due to gaps in resources and support systems needed to navigate the complexities of higher education.

FINDING A JOB

In the 21st century, getting a college or vocational degree is critical finding a job, succeeding at that job, and supporting a family.

By 2018, two thirds of all jobs in Maryland will require a post-secondary education. Montgomery County’s strong economy relies on a well-educated workforce. However, far too many motivated graduates from the Montgomery County Public Schools’ fastest growing demographic groups - low-income families and students of color - do not enroll, navigate the system, or graduate with a degree or certificate as compared to their more affluent peers.

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SUCCEEDING AT WORK

Having a Bachelor’s degree transforms earning potential - people with higher education credentials are able to earn over $1 million more than high school graduates and are also less likely to be unemployed.

SUPPORTING A FAMILY

A family of four requires at least $79,330 in annual income to live in Montgomery County. The costs add up quickly — the graph to to the right breaks them down.

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HOW WE'RE HELPING

CollegeTracks has two programs in place to help students navigate the complex college applications and enrollment process, as well as coach them through the financial, academic, and personal challenges they may face in college.

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