We believe that all students, even those most at risk of non-completion, can succeed and graduate college.
We will empower you by providing guidance and resources that focus on higher education access and success.

Dr. Marcia Cantarella

“I do this work because I believe that education is the game changer for
families and I know from experience that sensitive strong leadership,
critical information and practical resources will make graduation possible.”

The tools that I provide for you:

Workshops and presentations designed with your students in mind.


Assistance is there for you to create programs advancing student success.


I CAN Finish College is a complete guide on applying for college and graduating with success.


 We empower you by providing guidance and
resources that focus on higher education access and success.

Use this site as a helpful resource.
In additon to my services this site provides you with
critical links to many resources – addressing key issues,
and tools that can provide additonal information on
those topics found in my book.

Dr. Cantarella is the author of I CAN Finish College: The Overcome Any Obstacle and Get Your Degree Guide. The book is written to students as a tool they can use throughout their college experience navigating the institutional shoals they may not even envision. The book has been called an invaluable resource by both administrators and students.

Marcia Y. Cantarella, PhD has a track record of leadership from corporate to a diverse array of educational institutions, having been an executive at Avon Products in marketing to a senior administrator and Dean at NYU, Princeton, MCNY and Hunter College. She comes from a long legacy of leaders and educators as the daughter of Civil Rights Leader Whitney Young. She is a frequent blogger for Huffington Post and other sites and serves on many education related boards and committees including Eagle Academy Schools for Boys and The READ Alliance. Her consulting has ranged from continued leadership of the Hunter College Black Male Initiative, to the launch of a Civic Engagement Initiative at Kingsborough Community College and the creation of an innovative diversity program for the advertising industry’s One Club for Art and Copy.

I do this work because I believe that strong leadership, clear information and great resources will result in higher access to college and students who succeed.

ACT, Inc. (the home of the American College Testing Program) reports that nationally,
only 53% of students who enter college graduate in 5 years.
The majority of those who do not complete are first generation.

Hello Ms. Cantarella, I hope you are doing well. I am a rising high school senior. I met you at The College Guidance workshop on Wednesday, 7/30 at 5 PM. It was my pleasure meeting you. I was amazed as you talked about college life. I learned a lot from the conference. I am also learning from your book. As I was reading it I discovered many important facts to keep on mind while applying for college. Before reading the book I never thought how important can those information be in the long run. I just wanted to thank you for taking your valuable time and talking to us. I have took several notes as you spoke that day. I will use every advice you gave us in persona and in your book. Ream, my aunt became a fan of yours after she finished reading the book. She advises me about college in general. She was glad that I attended the workshop because I have a better knowledge about college life now. Again, thank you for your time and support.

Sincerely, Mamataz