Laurene Powell Jobs

Laurene Powell Jobs

Steve Jobs’ Spouse Recognized as Education Advocate

Laurene Powell Jobs, Co-Founder of College TrackWhen Steve Jobs died in early October, he not only left behind a line of innovative Mac products, he also left behind a philanthropic wife. Laurene Powell Jobs’ good deeds in education reform have finally reached the spotlight in light of her husband’s death.

Her largest contribution to education is College Track. It is a program that started in 1997 and offers coaching, tutoring and guidance in finding financial assistance for high school students that may find it difficult to attend college.

Ms. Jobs, who worked for Merrill Lynch Asset Management and Goldman Sachs in the late 1980s, had a well-rounded education and upbringing, unlike the students she seeks to help out.

Students, who are often black or Latino, that need College Track’s help “Think, ‘you don’t know my story,'” said Carlos Watson, who co-founded College Track. Watson said that despite the differences Ms. Jobs has with these students, she always finds a way to connect with them.

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