CollegeTracks: A New Program for Success

Israel White, Staff Writer

With college edging closer every day, the application and financial aid process can quickly get confusing, overwhelming, and just overall stressful. No one wants to be left staggering under the pressure of paperwork, decisions, and deadlines. However, this year a new program, CollegeTracks, has joined the Paint Branch community to help.
According to Ms. Barclay, the Director of this college access program, CollegeTracks primarily serves low-to-moderate income, first-generation-to-college, immigrant, and minority students as they navigate through the college process. The program provides students with the necessary information and guidance to ensure that this preparatory step for the upcoming transition is clear and stress-free. CollegeTracks assists students in searching for colleges, applying for scholarships, and organizing any testing plans for SAT and ACT.
CollegeTracks is not only present at Paint Branch High School but in other Montgomery County schools such as Bethesda Chevy Chase, Wheaton, Watkins Mill, and Quince Orchard. The program will likely be branching out to other schools in the county as well.
Any juniors who are interested are more than welcome to join. There are no grade point average or test score stipulations and those who enroll enjoy the benefit of CollegeTrack’s assistance as they transition into senior year. CollegeTracks offers rolling admissions and there is no maximum amount of students allowed to be a part of the program. For the registration form and any additional information visit the office in Room 2236 from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm any weekday but Wednesday. For more information, students can also contact or call Mr. Peter Marsden – Program Director of CollegeTracks at Paint Branch at [email protected] (240-813-3847).