Welcome!

News Feed Item

College Track Alumnus, Troy Simon, Selected to Speak at White House Forum on New Actions to Expand College Opportunities

Troy Simon, a Graduate of Urban League College Track and Posse Scholar, Did Not Learn How to Read Until He was 14; He is Now Studying American Literature at Bard College; On January 16th, He Will Speak at President Obama's Forum Focused on Expand

WASHINGTON, DC--(Marketwired - January 16, 2014) -  College Track CEO, David Silver, and Alumnus, Troy Simon, will join President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama at the White House to engage in a discussion focused on new actions that will increase college opportunities for students. Troy Simon will be a speaker at the event and will introduce the First Lady.

"I'm excited to have the opportunity to speak at the White House about my experiences and education. Though I struggled in school at first, the College Track and Posse programs, as well as my teachers, many of them Teach For America corps members, have been the support system I needed to succeed," said Troy.

Troy, a New Orleans native, graduated from the New Orleans Science and Math Academy in 2012. His path to graduation was not easy; Troy did not learn how to read until he was 14 years old. After Hurricane Katrina hit, Troy's family relocated to Houston where Troy enrolled at Now College Prep, a KIPP school comprised of primarily Teach For America teachers. Troy's fifth grade teacher, a TFA corps member, helped him learn how to read.

When Troy returned to New Orleans, he enrolled in Urban League College Track. His experience at Urban League College Track helped Troy focus on writing. During his time in the program, he met with Walter Isaacson, President and CEO of the Aspen Institute, who read his work, "Through a Boy's Eyes," and awarded him two full scholarships to attend the Aspen Summer Words Young Writers' Conference and Ideas Festival. While there, Troy studied with award-winning novelist and University of North Carolina Professor Randall Keenan, and was published in two works developed by Urban League College Track students: Whispering Conscience and Young in America: New Orleans

In 2012, Troy was awarded a four-year, full-ride Leadership scholarship from the Posse Foundation. He is now a sophomore at Bard College, pursuing a major in American Literature. 

Troy's success can be attributed to many people and programs: College Track, The Urban League of Greater New Orleans, Teach For America, the Posse Foundation, and his dedicated teachers. In Troy's words, "Between Posse, College Track, and my old teachers, I have an unbreakable support system."

College Track -- a college completion non-profit that empowers students from underserved communities to graduate from college -- is committed to serving more students like Troy. By 2016, the program expects to more than double its impact, increasing enrollment from 1,600 to 3,000 students. In 10 years, College Track will serve over 10,000 students across the country and increase its number of college graduates tenfold. Additionally, the organization has ambitious growth plans to open at least one new site per year for the foreseeable future. Currently, College Track operates six sites in East Palo Alto, Oakland, San Francisco, Los Angeles, New Orleans, and Colorado.

Over the last 16 years, College Track has demonstrated a tremendous record of success: more than 90 percent of seniors are admitted to four-year colleges, with 55 percent graduating in six or more years. Eighty-five percent of students are first generation college students. 

David Silver, College Track's CEO and a Teach For America Alumnus, is thrilled about Troy's opportunity to tell his story at the White House and equally excited about the opportunity to bring College Track to more students, stating, "I'm honored to be here with Troy at the White House. The focus the President and First Lady are putting on education and support programs encourages us at College Track. We're providing a strong academic and social bolster for students from eighth grade all the way through college graduation, and we're thrilled that the Obamas have thrown their support behind programs like ours."

College Track will join college and university Presidents, national foundations, individual and government representatives, and similar education non-profits from across the country at the White House event.

If you are interested in learning more about College Track, contact Camille Merritt at [email protected]. If you are interested in learning more about Teach For America, contact Takirra Winfield at [email protected].

About College Track

College Track is a national college completion program that empowers students from underserved communities to graduate from college. From the summer before 9th grade through college graduation, the 10-year program provides students with comprehensive academic support, leadership training, community service opportunities and college advising to teach them the skills needed to succeed in college and beyond. Started in 1997, College Track currently serves over 1,600 high school and college students in East Palo Alto, Oakland, San Francisco, New Orleans, Colorado, and Los Angeles. Over the last 16 years, more than 90 percent of seniors have been admitted to four-year colleges with 55 percent graduating in six or more years. Eighty-five percent of students are first generation college students. For more information, visit www.collegetrack.org and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

About Teach For America

Teach For America works in partnership with communities to expand educational opportunity for children facing the challenges of poverty. Founded in 1990, Teach For America recruits and develops a diverse corps of outstanding individuals of all academic disciplines to commit two years to teach in high-need schools and become lifelong leaders in the movement to end educational inequity. Today, more than 11,000 corps members are teaching in 48 urban and rural regions across the country. Among Teach For America's over 32,000 alumni, more than 750 are school principals and more than 175 are school system leaders. Nearly two-thirds of alumni work full-time in education today, and one third of all alumni are teachers. For more information, visit www.teachforamerica.org and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

The following files are available for download:

Contact information
Camille Merritt
c - 360.929.6759
[email protected]

More Stories By Marketwired .

Copyright © 2009 Marketwired. All rights reserved. All the news releases provided by Marketwired are copyrighted. Any forms of copying other than an individual user's personal reference without express written permission is prohibited. Further distribution of these materials is strictly forbidden, including but not limited to, posting, emailing, faxing, archiving in a public database, redistributing via a computer network or in a printed form.

Latest Stories
DX World EXPO, LLC, a Lighthouse Point, Florida-based startup trade show producer and the creator of "DXWorldEXPO® - Digital Transformation Conference & Expo" has announced its executive management team. The team is headed by Levent Selamoglu, who has been named CEO. "Now is the time for a truly global DX event, to bring together the leading minds from the technology world in a conversation about Digital Transformation," he said in making the announcement.
"Space Monkey by Vivent Smart Home is a product that is a distributed cloud-based edge storage network. Vivent Smart Home, our parent company, is a smart home provider that places a lot of hard drives across homes in North America," explained JT Olds, Director of Engineering, and Brandon Crowfeather, Product Manager, at Vivint Smart Home, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at @ThingsExpo, held Oct 31 – Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
SYS-CON Events announced today that Conference Guru has been named “Media Sponsor” of the 22nd International Cloud Expo, which will take place on June 5-7, 2018, at the Javits Center in New York, NY. A valuable conference experience generates new contacts, sales leads, potential strategic partners and potential investors; helps gather competitive intelligence and even provides inspiration for new products and services. Conference Guru works with conference organizers to pass great deals to gre...
DevOps is under attack because developers don’t want to mess with infrastructure. They will happily own their code into production, but want to use platforms instead of raw automation. That’s changing the landscape that we understand as DevOps with both architecture concepts (CloudNative) and process redefinition (SRE). Rob Hirschfeld’s recent work in Kubernetes operations has led to the conclusion that containers and related platforms have changed the way we should be thinking about DevOps and...
The Internet of Things will challenge the status quo of how IT and development organizations operate. Or will it? Certainly the fog layer of IoT requires special insights about data ontology, security and transactional integrity. But the developmental challenges are the same: People, Process and Platform. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Craig Sproule, CEO of Metavine, demonstrated how to move beyond today's coding paradigm and shared the must-have mindsets for removing complexity from the develop...
In his Opening Keynote at 21st Cloud Expo, John Considine, General Manager of IBM Cloud Infrastructure, led attendees through the exciting evolution of the cloud. He looked at this major disruption from the perspective of technology, business models, and what this means for enterprises of all sizes. John Considine is General Manager of Cloud Infrastructure Services at IBM. In that role he is responsible for leading IBM’s public cloud infrastructure including strategy, development, and offering m...
The next XaaS is CICDaaS. Why? Because CICD saves developers a huge amount of time. CD is an especially great option for projects that require multiple and frequent contributions to be integrated. But… securing CICD best practices is an emerging, essential, yet little understood practice for DevOps teams and their Cloud Service Providers. The only way to get CICD to work in a highly secure environment takes collaboration, patience and persistence. Building CICD in the cloud requires rigorous ar...
Companies are harnessing data in ways we once associated with science fiction. Analysts have access to a plethora of visualization and reporting tools, but considering the vast amount of data businesses collect and limitations of CPUs, end users are forced to design their structures and systems with limitations. Until now. As the cloud toolkit to analyze data has evolved, GPUs have stepped in to massively parallel SQL, visualization and machine learning.
"Evatronix provides design services to companies that need to integrate the IoT technology in their products but they don't necessarily have the expertise, knowledge and design team to do so," explained Adam Morawiec, VP of Business Development at Evatronix, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at @ThingsExpo, held Oct 31 – Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
To get the most out of their data, successful companies are not focusing on queries and data lakes, they are actively integrating analytics into their operations with a data-first application development approach. Real-time adjustments to improve revenues, reduce costs, or mitigate risk rely on applications that minimize latency on a variety of data sources. In his session at @BigDataExpo, Jack Norris, Senior Vice President, Data and Applications at MapR Technologies, reviewed best practices to ...
Widespread fragmentation is stalling the growth of the IIoT and making it difficult for partners to work together. The number of software platforms, apps, hardware and connectivity standards is creating paralysis among businesses that are afraid of being locked into a solution. EdgeX Foundry is unifying the community around a common IoT edge framework and an ecosystem of interoperable components.
"ZeroStack is a startup in Silicon Valley. We're solving a very interesting problem around bringing public cloud convenience with private cloud control for enterprises and mid-size companies," explained Kamesh Pemmaraju, VP of Product Management at ZeroStack, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 21st Cloud Expo, held Oct 31 – Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
Large industrial manufacturing organizations are adopting the agile principles of cloud software companies. The industrial manufacturing development process has not scaled over time. Now that design CAD teams are geographically distributed, centralizing their work is key. With large multi-gigabyte projects, outdated tools have stifled industrial team agility, time-to-market milestones, and impacted P&L stakeholders.
"Akvelon is a software development company and we also provide consultancy services to folks who are looking to scale or accelerate their engineering roadmaps," explained Jeremiah Mothersell, Marketing Manager at Akvelon, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 21st Cloud Expo, held Oct 31 – Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
Enterprises are adopting Kubernetes to accelerate the development and the delivery of cloud-native applications. However, sharing a Kubernetes cluster between members of the same team can be challenging. And, sharing clusters across multiple teams is even harder. Kubernetes offers several constructs to help implement segmentation and isolation. However, these primitives can be complex to understand and apply. As a result, it’s becoming common for enterprises to end up with several clusters. Thi...