About the Program
Portland Community College, in a partnership with the Department of Human Services, is committed to creating educational opportunities for students who have been in the foster care system. Each year, over 600 youth in Oregon age out of foster care. National research shows that only about half of youth in care complete high school by their 18th birthday. Additionally, approximately 80% of foster students want to go to college but only 20% actually attend, and among those that enter, studies show that only 3-10% will go on to get a four-year degree. Without the traditional family supports other students have, foster youth transitioning into adulthood are more likely to experience hardships such as isolation, poverty, and homelessness. These students are capable, resilient, and adaptable, but without support, college success can be very difficult.
The PCC Fostering Success program, which supplies educational advocacy and opportunities to current and former foster youth transitioning into PCC and adulthood, continues to develop new program opportunities under the Links umbrella of college success programs. PCC Fostering Success helps students access many different resources at PCC such as academic advising, counseling, career planning, and tutoring. Program staff are also there to help students find any additional support they may need. Students can be assured that the program understands their challenges.
If you are a faculty/staff interested in receiving more information or helping with our efforts please get in touch!