NVCHS Alumni Project

We ensure successful postsecondary transitions for New Visions graduates


The New Visions Bridge to College program utilizes near-peer mentoring to increase college matriculation and decrease the effect of “Summer Melt” - the phenomenon of college-intending students failing to enroll in college in the fall following high school graduation. Partner schools receive a College Coach, who is a current college student and alumni of the high school, to provide outreach and support to all graduating students in the spring semester and throughout the summer following graduation.

Program Impact

An estimated 10 -40 percent of high school graduates who have been accepted to a college and sent in their commitment forms never set foot on campus . A primary reason is that the support students had been getting during their senior year disappears over the summer. The NV Bridge to College program fills this void by providing a structured support system to ensure all college bound graduates successfully transition from high school to college.

Program Model

Coaches support students to complete critical pre-enrollment milestones including:

  • Admissions: confirming enrollment, submitting tuition deposit, setting up college email

  • Testing: determining what tests students need to take, and when/where

  • Financial Aid: completing the FAFSA/TAP, accepting financial aid, setting up payment plans, signing the MPN (Master Promissory Note)

  • Orientation/Class Registration: submitting summer orientation forms and registering for classes

“I was most proud of helping one student apply to college when his mind was set on not going to college at all. He thanked me numerous times and is excited to start .”

- College Coach, Summer 2018

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Glenda Tesalona

Alumni Relations ManagerGtesalona@newvisions.org