About Us

OnTrack to Post-Secondary Education is an online e-learning college and career readiness program for high school age students, school counselors, community organizations, and mentors to understand the process of achieving post-secondary education. The content for the program was vetted by four experienced high school counselors from across the country (see their bios below). OnTrack provides students with a step-by-step guide on the college process.

Committed to the belief that every student deserves to attend college with funding in hand, OnTrack to Post-Secondary Education equips all students with the knowledge and resources to reach their full potential, through some form of post-secondary education.

OnTrack provides 9th-12th grade students with the knowledge to complete their educational experience through weekly grade-specific video modules. Using the prescribed OnTrack curriculum, students are prepared to apply to post-secondary schools, gain acceptance, and receive financial aid to those schools.

Brought to you by the Uncommon Individual Foundation, all parties can use the customized learning system as a platform to learn, communicate, and share information on the post-secondary process. Designed with portals for students, school counselors, and parents/mentors, OnTrack has more than 180 instructional videos, taking the guesswork out of college planning.

About Us

OnTrack to Post-Secondary Education is an online e-learning college and career readiness program for high school age students, school counselors, community organizations, and mentors to understand the process of achieving post-secondary education. The content for the program was vetted by four experienced high school counselors from across the country (see their bios below). OnTrack provides students with a step-by-step guide on the college process.

Committed to the belief that every student deserves to attend college with funding in hand, OnTrack to Post-Secondary Education equips all students with the knowledge and resources to reach their full potential, through some form of post-secondary education.

OnTrack provides 9th-12th grade students with the knowledge to complete their educational experience through weekly grade-specific video modules. Using the prescribed OnTrack curriculum, students are prepared to apply to post-secondary schools, gain acceptance, and receive financial aid to those schools.

Brought to you by the Uncommon Individual Foundation, all parties can use the customized learning system as a platform to learn, communicate, and share information on the post-secondary process. Designed with portals for students, school counselors, and parents/mentors, OnTrack has more than 180 instructional videos, taking the guesswork out of college planning.

Meet our team!

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Michael Hackman - Managing Director: The Uncommon Individual Foundation
Michael has more than 25 years of non-profit sector leadership experience, working with organizations focused on fostering positive youth development. In his current role as Managing Director at the Uncommon Individual Foundation, Michael is responsible for the successful operation of the Foundation’s Education Mentoring Programs and to ensure that UIF’s Founder Richard Caruso’s vision is embodied in the work of the organization. Michael has a Bachelor of Science degree in Geography from Penn State University and a Master’s of Social Work Administration from Temple University.
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Shakia Kirksey - Assistant Director of College Readiness
Shakia has worked in college access in Philadelphia and North Carolina for the past five years. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from UNC-Chapel Hill, and a Master’s of Education in Urban Education from Temple University. As a first-generation, low income college graduate, Shakia understands the difficulty of preparing for, attending, and completing a post-secondary education. Through both professional and personal experience, Shakia aspires to help students envision their futures by motivating and equipping them with the confidence and knowledge necessary for life beyond high school. She’s excited about impacting students through OnTrack—both online and in workshops.
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Andrew Zivic - Director of College Readiness
Andrew has worked with OnTrack since it was brought to the Uncommon Individual Foundation in 2012, and he feels strongly about the importance of closing the opportunity gap. Andrew helped OnTrack grow from a program with less than 10 partners to one with more than 120 partners. OnTrack has helped more than 10,000 students during Andrew’s time working on it. He oversees the operations and logistics of OnTrack and is excited to see the program continuing to grow and reach students across the country. Andrew holds a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from Ithaca College and a Master’s of Communication from Villanova University.
OnTrack’s Curriculum Consultants

Virginia Barrett
Ginny Barrett has been a school counselor in the Central Bucks School District for 20 years. In addition to her Masters in Secondary Counseling and Certification from West Chester University, Ginny holds an Administration Certification from St. Joseph’s University.

Will Dix
Will Dix has had over 25 years of college admission and college counseling experience with students and families from all income ranges and backgrounds. He served 8 years as an admission officer at Amherst College, and 6 as a college counselor at a private Chicago high school. For 10 years he developed and implemented college-going curricula and materials for Chicago Scholars, an organization dedicated to helping first generation-college and low-income students reach and succeed at college.

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Susan Suarez-Madson
Susan Suarez-Madson has over 15 years of experience working in the field of college access and success, primarily with first-generation Latino students and their parents in San Jose California. Her expertise includes 5th-12th grade Advisory programming, college counseling, parent education, alumni data tracking and support, curriculum development, and teacher and leader coaching.

James Malone
For more than 40 years James has helped thousands of students, parents and institutional clients on both secondary and college levels within the educational community. Professional credentials include National Counselor Certification, New York State Mental Health Counselor Licensure, New York State Permanent School Counselor Certification, Distance Credentialed Counseling, Approved Clinical Supervision and Fellowship Status Membership in the National Career Development Association.

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The Foundation That Made It Happen

The Uncommon Individual Foundation is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that studies, develops and applies the art and science of mentoring to help focused individuals work toward the achievement of their dreams, and aids entities of all kinds in creating a culture of active mentorship for individuals within their organizations.

Contact Us

If you would like more information about OnTrack to Post-Secondary Education please contact us at andrew.zivic@uif.org or call us at (610) 520-0180 Ext. 260