Closing the College Completion Gap Since 1995
Number of students and families served annually from ninth grade through college graduation.
Percent of FCE College Bound high school seniors admitted to a college or university.
Percent of FCE College Success graduates who earn a Bachelor’s Degree within six years.
FCE students who have earned a Bachelor’s Degree.
FCE college alumni who have earned an advanced degree.
Foundation for a College Education’s mission is to increase the number of first-generation, low-income students of color from East Palo Alto and similar communities who graduate from a four-year college or university.
FCE is grateful for many other community partnerships which enhance the services and opportunities we are able to provide our students and families.
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Students join FCE as early as high school and stay with us through their college graduation. FCE offers a comprehensive program to students of color, most of whom will be the first in their families to attend and graduate from a four-year college or university. We work with small cohorts of approximately 20-25 students per grade, which allows us to personalize our services to the meet the needs of the individual.
How We Serve
FCE works with both students and their families. Our students join a community of learners who possess the information and confidence to enroll in and succeed in college. Our families play a pivotal role in their children’s educational journeys. By participating in our parent education program, they learn to advocate for their children, take advantage of school resources, and navigate the college admissions and completion process.
Meet Our Team
We provide a nurturing community where students and families know that they are welcome and that our staff and volunteers believe in their success. Most of our staff are the first in their families to attend college. We have walked the path, stumbled along the way, and persisted. Our students believe they can succeed because they know that the FCE staff has made a similar journey. Our volunteers work with FCE students as tutors, mentors, and college advisors.
Director of Development
MA Senior Program Manager, College Bound
Program Manager, College Success
Program Manager, College Bound
Senior Associate, Development & Systems