Waukegan to College (W2C)

Waukeegan to College (W2C)
Institution (custom)
Waukegan to College
Academic Level
Community-Based Organization
Issue Area
Key Personnel
Program Focus
College Prep,
Parental/Family Engagement


Waukegan to College (W2C) began with bilingual one-on-one counseling and workshops for parents and students. Tutoring and mentoring were added later that year. Programming expanded several times and now includes: Read to Achieve, summer enrichment programs, Expanding Horizons–cultural, workplace visits outside of Waukegan, a math basics program, and a Parent Leaders program where they are trained in the Juntos curriculum by North Carolina State University.  

Program Description

W2C creates brighter futures for students, families and the community by preparing students to enroll in and graduate from college by improving students’ grades, matriculation to college, and graduation from college. W2C provides many services to help students and families prepare for college including counseling, workshops, tutoring, SAT/ACT prep, math skill building with Khan Academy, Read to Achieve, college visits, Expanding Horizons, and one-on-one help with admissions applications and essays. Among the comprehensive set of services provided, W2C’s monthly counseling remains the cornerstone. Students are assigned an academic advisor who provides individualized support such as helping students take ownership of their futures, becoming accountable for their successes/failures, advocating for themselves, and assuming leadership roles. They also encourage students to step out of their comfort zones – to take honors/AP classes, to attend summer camps on college campuses, or to start clubs at school.


W2C students were 92% Latino compared to 77% at Waukegan High School.

100% of W2C students graduate high school in four-years compared to 75% of their peers.

100% of W2C students matriculate into college compared to 52% of their peers.

W2C students' average ACT score is 23.6 compared to their peers' average ACT score of 16.9.

90% of W2C students are determined college-ready compared to 18% of their peers. 

78% of W2C students persist into their second year of college.