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Washburn's College Access Programs

Washburn partners with different College Access Programs in the community to provide additional support for our students in achieving their post-secondary goals.  Please click on the program names below to learn more.


Project SUCCESS teaches life-long skills of goal-setting and achievement that will assist students in their academic performance, long-term planning, and preparedness for post-secondary success. Students participate in workshops during the school day.

Genesys Works

Genesys Works empowers high school students from challenged backgrounds to achieve college and career success through skills training and meaningful work experiences. In addition, students receive more than 60 hours of guidance and counseling on appropriate college and career pathways. Includes college selection, applications, and financial aid assistance. Students participate the summer before senior year and the entire senior year.

Normandale TRIO Upward Bound

Upward Bound members participate in a variety of activities ranging from tutoring to field trips to college visits, after school, on Saturdays and during the summer. Upward Bound (UB) is funded by a U.S. Department of Education grant program. Students participate in afterschool sessions.

St. Olaf TRIO Educational Talent Search (ETS)

ETS is a preparatory program funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s TRIO Programs with St. Olaf College sponsorship. The goal of ETS is to increase the likelihood that participants complete high school and gain admission to postsecondary programs, learn about financial aid, and re-enter secondary and postsecondary educational programs. Students participate in TRIO sessions during the school day.


AVID is a program designed to help students in the middle prepare for and succeed at 4-year colleges and universities. Students in the program commit themselves to improvement and preparation for college. Students participate in AVID classes during the school day.