Nonprofit guides Wilkinsburg students to next level

July 17, 2007 – 9:51 pm
Found On Pittsburghlive.com By Kacie Axsom TRIBUNE-REVIEW Tuesday, June 26, 2007 Before he met Jeff Woodard, Martin Dietz was on his own to figure out the college application process. Dietz graduated from Wilkinsburg High School this year, and he plans to attend Lincoln University in the fall. But before he received his acceptance letter, he had to sort through college applications and financial aid options. "As the year went on, I kept having trouble with it," said Dietz, 18. "But (Woodard) would always be there. Then, everything was easy." Woodard is the executive director of the Pennsylvania College Access Program, or PA-CAP. Since 2001, the nonprofit has worked with Wilkinsburg High School and Wilkinsburg Academy seniors to prepare them for college applications. The organization's volunteers meet several times with the students throughout the year in groups. This year, they began one-on-one meetings, resulting in a dramatic increase in the number of students pursuing higher education, Woodard said. "I wasn't even planning on going to college, and when I met Jeff, ...

PA-CAP brings 98 percent acceptance to Wilkinsburg

July 10, 2007 – 5:43 pm
by Deborah M. Todd Staff Writer New Pittsburgh Courier What started off as a friend helping friends apply for school is, today, a non-profit organization that helped send 98 percent of Wilkinsburg High School seniors to a post-secondary institution. “I was working at Westmoreland Community College in the financial aid office and so many people would come in wanting to go to school,” explained Jeffrey Woodard, executive director of the Pennsylvania College Access Program. “They would get frustrated with the process of wanting to go to school. They would usually take the stuff and just read over it and look at it. Sometimes they might want to throw it away because they didn’t have a ...