DECADE OF DEGREES EVENT IS SOLD OUT

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EVENT IS SOLD OUT!

Sorry, no tickets will be available at the door. But what a response! We're honored to have so many friends dedicated to guiding first-generation students to earn a college degree.

Still want to celebrate with College Visions? It's not too late to show your support. Please consider a special anniversary gift to launch the next decade of degrees and guide many more young people toward a college degree. Click here to donate.

Look out for more anniversary activities in 2014!

Ticketholders: We'll see you on Thursday to celebrate A Decade of Degrees! We're looking forward to a full house and an amazing event.

THURSDAY, MARCH 27

5:30-7:30PM

Local 121 Restaurant

121 Washington Street, Providence, RI 02903

2014 marks College Visions' 10th Anniversary! Because of friends like you, 100 College Visions student have earned a degree and 325 more are on the path to graduation. Enjoy a special evening, mingle with movers and shakers, and support our next decade of degrees.

Free valet parking + cash bar + free gourmet appetizers

THANK YOU TO OUR ACCESS ALLIES

College Visions is privileged to honor our 10 for 10: Access Allies. With one ally for each year of CV, we acknowledge our students’ success is facilitated by a network of champions who believe socioeconomic status should not be a barrier to educational opportunity. As mentors, philanthropists, policymakers, and researchers, our Access Allies play an important role in expanding access to a college degree for low-income, first-generation students.

Dr. Nancy Carriuolo - President, Rhode Island College

Letitia and John Carter - Carter Family Charitable Trust

Congressman David Cicilline - 1st District of Rhode Island

Umberto Crenca - Artistic Director, AS220

Councilwoman Sabina Matos - Ward 15, Providence

Gail Mixer - TriMix Foundation

Dr. Warren Simmons - Executive Director, Annenberg Institute for School Reform

Dr. Bridget Terry Long - Dean and Xander Professor of Education, Harvard University

Mayor Angel Taveras - Providence

Senator Sheldon Whitehouse - Rhode Island

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SAVE THE DATE: CELEBRATE A DECADE OF DEGREES

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Mark your calendar for a big event! Please join us to celebrate College Visions’ 10th anniversary.

Thursday, March 27 from 5:30-7:30pm

At the Local 121 Speakeasy in Downtown Providence

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DIRECTOR’S REFLECTIONS

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10 years. 100 college grads. We’ve arrived!

I’m thrilled to celebrate College Visions’ 10th anniversary with you. What does it mean that we’ve arrived?
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WHERE ARE THEY NOW?

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In honor of our 10th anniversary in 2014, we’ve been checking in with some CV alums. Recently we talked to Gaby Mollinedo, who was part of CV’s first class of 10 students who graduated from high school in 2005. We are fortunate to see Gaby regularly because she works in our building as the graphic designer for AS220. Sitting down with Gaby was a chance to reflect on what CV meant in her journey from Hope High School student to RISD grad to professional graphic designer.
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YOU SAY IT’S YOUR BIRTHDAY: IT’S OUR BIRTHDAY TOO

As you celebrate your birthday, consider celebrating CV’s at the same time. You’re enthusiastic about college access, right? Now’s your chance to invite your friends and family to share your enthusiasm for making sure low-income, first-generation students get into college and earn a degree.

You can use birthday as an opportunity to ask your and friends to support CV. And we’ll make it easy for you! For more information about celebrating your birthday with CV, contact moira@collegevisions.org

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FAFSA: DON’T LEAVE MONEY ON THE TABLE

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Why is that cat capturing a coin? This “Don’t Leave Money of the Table” GIF was featured in US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan’s recent Buzzfeed piece “5 Reasons To Fill Out the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).
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Join the Team! We’re Hiring a Campaign Coordinator

College Visions is hiring a Campaign Coordinator to support our 10th anniversary activities. It's a part-time, temporary position. Click here to view the job posting: CV Anniversary Campaign Coordinator


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PLEASE CONSIDER MAKING A GIFT BY DECEMBER 31!

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Your support empowers low-income, first-generation students to apply to college and enroll, persist, and graduate! Over the past year, media sources have reported widely on the low rates of college enrollment and graduation among first-generation and low-income students. Nationally, only 11% of low-income students graduate from college within 6 years. Compare that number to the approximately 57% of CV students who graduate in 6 years. We’re beating the average by a lot, but we know there is more work to be done. With your help, College Visions guides hardworking students along the path to college graduation.

College Visions students succeed with your support. Please consider a giving by December 31.

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YOU CAN FIGHT COLLEGE UNDERMATCH

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Like many CV students, Tiffany felt overwhelmed as she started her college search, “When I first applied to College Visions my junior year I had only a vague idea of what I was getting into. All I knew was they would help me apply to college, something that I, as a first generation college student knew nothing about.”
Tiffany, Rhode Island College, Class of 2015

Tiffany’s experience is typical for many low income and first generation college students. This confusion about choosing colleges has negative consequences for students. In a 2013 study, researchers Caroline Hoxby of Stanford and Christopher Avery of Harvard Kennedy School “the vast majority of low-income high achievers do not apply to any selective college. This is despite the fact that selective institutions typically cost them less.” Data from the Hoxby Avery study reveals that 53% high achieving low-income students “undermatch” as they apply to college by not applying to even one highly selective school.
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CV DONOR SPOTLIGHT WITH BILL BARRETT

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“If it’s what you really love doing, that’s what you should do!” Advice for college students, college access chat, and some CV love from a former college president.
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