Student and Family

Programs and Services

Community-Based Programs

College Now partners with a number of community organizations – both corporate and non-profit – to bring its college access services to students in the places they frequent outside of school hours. Below are examples of the kinds of community-based programming we provide.

College Now will tailor programming to fit your organization’s needs.

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ACT & SAT Bootcamps

College Now offers ACT and SAT boot camps, funded by MyCom, in neighborhoods throughout Greater Cleveland to help students prepare for college entrance exams. During this 16-hour course, students learn about and practice for each section of these high-stakes college admissions tests. Every student receives a REAL ACT and/or SAT prep book at the conclusion of the Boot Camp. Click here for more information. Click here to register.

Cleveland Foundation College Now Scholars

The Cleveland Foundation College Now Scholars program is an initiative, funded by The Cleveland Foundation, which seeks to match the Cleveland Metropolitan School District’s highest-achieving students with their “best-fit” postsecondary option. An intrusive advising approach is employed, as a College Now advisor works with students one-on-one and in groups to determine a student’s academic, financial,

social and environmental needs and find the higher education institutions that will meet those needs and set the students up for success on their campuses. Since beginning in 2011, the Cleveland Foundation College Now Scholars program has significantly increased not only the selectivity of schools students are enrolling in but also the amount of financial aid they are receiving to put toward their education.

Early Action for the Motivated Middle

The Early Action for the Motivated Middle Initiative, funded by KeyBank and the Martha Holden Jennings Foundation, identifies CMSD students who are academically prepared for college (2.5 GPA and a 21-23 on the ACT) but are on the bubble in terms of the schools to which they would be accepted and the amount of financial aid they would receive. Participants receive hands-on ACT preparation designed to help them increase their scores and the amount of financial aid they will receive from colleges.

impACT the 216

impACT the 216 is a program administered by College Now Greater Cleveland in partnership with the Cleveland Public Library, made possible with funds granted by the Ohio Department of Education through the 21st Century Community Learning Centers. The program is designed to enhance math & reading proficiency, improve students’ ACT scores and increase students’ college and career readiness.

Students meet after school, Monday-Friday for eight weeks. They receive ACT training, “college knowledge” and go on college visits. Upon successful completion of the program, students receive a $100 stipend and have the opportunity to have an internship with the program.

Learn more about impACT the 216 here.