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Clearing the path from cradle to career

Ramzees Gallegos isn't even in high school yet, but he's already thinking about college.

He is one of hundreds of soon-to-be ninth graders who have toured Portland State this summer in the Ninth Grade Counts and Summer Youth Connect programs, which aim to prepare students for their first critical year of high school and beyond.

Early exposure to college life is just one way PSU's SUCCESS initiative is working to improve student success in Multnomah County each step along the way from cradle to career. The campus tours target students who are most likely to lose interest in school and eventually drop out.

Gallegos, a 14-year-old who toured PSU with a group from the Native American Youth and Family Center, would be the first in his family to go to college. He wants to study architecture, and he knows the first step is working hard in high school.

The tour "really makes me want to go to college," he said. "It kind of makes you want to work hard just so you can get there."

SUCCESS: A Cradle to Career Initiative

Learn more about PSU's work with the Portland Schools Foundation and public schools in Multnomah County to dramatically improve student success from birth to career entry.


Review PSU's first annual report for an overview of the state of education in Multnomah County.


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