KIPP Through College & Career

Minnesota's KIPP Through College & Career program believes that every student deserves to have the opportunity to attend and complete college, so we make sure that all KIPP MN alumni have the supports to do so. Our KIPP Through College & Career program starts supporting students in middle school, guiding them to and through high school and college completion through academic, social, and financial advising and programming. 

Program Components

High School Placement

KTCC provides high school placement supports to our eighth grade students to ensure that they have the opportunity to attend college-preparatory high schools. The KTCC staff advise students throughout the high school placement process, from initial wish list creation to matriculation. Additionally, eighth grade students and their families learn about how KTCC will support them during high school and to and through college or career.

High School transition

All alumni who complete eighth grade at KIPP receive individualized guidance from their KIPP Through College & Career alumni advisor. Freshman and sophomore years are focused on adjusting to high school and getting a strong academic start.

College Match

KIPP Through College & Career guides high school juniors and seniors to research and identify their future college options, through building wish lists, completing college applications, securing financial aid, and ultimately enrolling in college.

college persistence & career advising

Students are matched with a College Persistence Advisor who tracks their progress throughout college and provides support needed to successfully navigate higher education and prepare for their careers.

Ujima Scholars Program

U.S. Bank and the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) joined forces to address the need for an expanded pipeline of college-educated professionals of color who are prepared to fill positions at Minnesota companies. They have created and funded the Ujima Scholars Program, named for a Swahili word that means collective work and responsibility. KIPP Minnesota was selected to pilot this program and was awarded a two year grant to enhance the existing KIPP Through College & Career program.

These Ujima Scholars receive individualized support including:

  • ACT prep classes

  • Monthly one-on-one advisor grade check meetings

  • Workshops that will provide development in areas such as: resumes, college essays, FAFSA prep, and summer internships

  • Two group college tours (including out-of-state institutions and historically black colleges and universities)

  • On-going peer support of their Ujima Scholars cohort as they work toward college and career goals

  • Assistance finding meaningful summer internships and other work opportunities

KIPP Through College & Career is thrilled to support talented KIPP MN alumni in gaining admittance into well-matched colleges that will further their career goals. Individuals and corporations interested in learning more and partnering with KIPP Through College & Career should contact Sarah Beraki,

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"The best thing about college is the freedom of making your choices."


"If I hadn't gone to KIPP, I probably wouldn’t have gone to college."


"Don't let yourself give up — persistence pays."

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Learning balance and self-discipline in college.

Our KIPP Through College & Career Team:

Sarah Beraki

Alexa Squire
College Match Program Manager

Namibia Little
College Persistence & Career Advisor


KIPP Through College Minnesota Partners

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