From left to right: Luis Valle, Brenen Wilson and Emari Jones pictured with OCC College Coach Lauren Maher

Glenbard West High School graduate Taliyah Bates plans to enroll in Empire Beauty School this fall and pursue her dream of becoming a hair stylist. Her classmate and fellow graduate Brenen Wilson will be attending Indiana State University, focusing on business marketing. He hopes to work in sales and marketing upon graduation. Brenen is the first in his family to attend college.

Graduating from Wheaton North High School is Emari Jones and Luis Valle. Emari will be attending Shawnee Community College in Ullin, Illinois, this fall, where she will be playing on the women’s basketball team. Luis will begin taking classes at College of DuPage with hopes of transferring to a four-year college after completing his associate’s degree.

“We warmly congratulate our graduating seniors on their academic and personal success,” shares Gigi Nyesoah, College Opportunity Program Coordinator. “Taliyah, Brenen, Emari and Luis have worked hard to reach this milestone, and we know they will continue to make us proud as they pursue their dreams.”

All four students are part of the College Opportunity Program at Outreach Community Center in Carol Stream. The College Opportunity Program, unique to DuPage County, consists of two components: a high school college prep course and a college scholarship program.

Our 2014-2015 outcomes:


  • 24 total students in the program
  • 83% earned a “C” average or better through April 2015
  • 75% of students improved academically throughout the school year
  • 57% of students improved their ACT score by 2 points or more
  • 4 seniors graduating this year
  • 100% of high school seniors submitted college applications
  • 100% of graduating high school seniors were accepted to at least one college
  • 100% of graduating high school seniors are enrolling in college in the fall of 2015


  • 22 students were enrolled in college; an additional 3 continued to work with COP staff to prepare for college or vocational training
  • 77% achieved a GPA of “C” or better in their first semester
  • 50% are involved in extracurricular or leadership activities on campus

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