NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Former President Bill Clinton will be in New Orleans Thursday to applaud more than three dozen high school graduates who've been accepted to four-year colleges and universities.

The 37 students are the first graduating class of the New Orleans branch of College Track, a national after-school program that helps students from low-income communities make it to college. The effort was launched in the San Francisco area more than a decade ago and branched out to New Orleans about five years ago. It has also been introduced in Los Angeles and Aurora, Co., said College Track co-founder Carlos Watson.

Watson said Clinton has been a longtime supporter of the program, which offers students tutoring and guidance in finding summer jobs, volunteer work and extracurricular activities.