Bayview after-school program to break ground Thursday

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College Track, a Bayview after-school program, will break ground Thursday on a renovated building that will let it double the number of students it serves.

The $8.7 million project will involve seismic upgrades of a vacant former health center at 4301 Third Street. The building will also get a new mezzanine floor, along with classrooms, offices and a computer lab.

College Track is a national after-school program that works with students from 9th grade to college graduation. According to the program, 100 percent of its seniors graduate from high school and 90 percent go on to a four-year college. Sixty-five percent of those kids graduate in six years, on par with the California average. The current Bayview site serves 200 high school students and 34 students in college, who come to the site at least three days a week for tutoring and extra-curricular activities. The new building will allow the group to serve 500 kids from the Bayview, Hunters Point, Visitacion Valley, Potrero Hill and the Mission

The project is funded by grants from U.S. Bank and the San Francisco Community Investment Fund. It should be completed by September 2012.

acrawford@sfexaminer.com

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