How Portland, Oregon is Translating Student Grit Into Success
Future Connect finds first-generation or low-income kids and gives them scholarships, peer support and individual counselors to help them get through college.
The vast majority of Future Connect participants are low-income students of color in need of either remedial or English as a second language coursework. They are often the first in their families to consider college. Students of such backgrounds may get there, but they’re unlikely to hang around, often because they run out of money. The average retention rate at Portland Community College and similar institutions for such students nationwide is an abysmal 20 percent.
Read more about the amazing work Future Connect is doing for first generation and low-income students.