Coon Rapids students who found college possible

College Possible, a local nonprofit making college admission and success possible for low-income students, hosted a graduation event May 19 in Ted Mann Concert Hall at the University of Minnesota.

More than 1,000 of its students, in addition to board members, volunteers, staff, family and community members gathered for a congratulatory send-off rally

Taking part were some 120 Coon Rapids High School students – 40 graduating seniors, 40 juniors and 40 new sophomores, according to Paul McDivitt of College Possible.

College Possible congratulated seniors on earning admission to college, celebrated juniors’ accomplishments and welcomed recently-admitted sophomores, McDivitt said.

College Possible seniors performed skits, dances and songs inspired by their experience in the program.

Certificates, achievement awards and prizes were presented.

Keynote remarks were given by Boua Xiong, KARE11 reporter.

Students representing 19 Twin Cities high schools, including Coon Rapids High School, took part in the event.

College Possible Twin Cities, formerly Admission Possible, is making college admission and success possible for low-income students through an intensive curriculum of coaching and support.

Launched in 2000, College Possible Twin Cities serves 7,600 low-income high school and college age students through its college access and completion programs.

Nationwide, College Possible’s model serves 8,700 Minnesota, Nebraska and Wisconsin students in 2011-12 with plans to reach 20,000 students annually in 10 locations across the country as early as 2015.

According to a recent Harvard study, the program doubles a student’s chances of enrolling in college.

More information is available at www.CollegePossible.org.

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