Every student deserves an opportunity for postsecondary education. Puget Sound College and Career Network (PSCCN) is committed to removing barriers so first generation, low income, and students of color in the Puget Sound region have the opportunity to access and obtain postsecondary credentials.
PSCCN builds regional capacity to increase postsecondary readiness through:
- Professional Learning & Resources
- Coaching & Technical Assistance
- Pilot Support & Innovation
- Systems Alignment, Coordination & Partnership Development
- Recognizing & Removing Systemic Barriers
- Increase in college application and successful FAFSA & WASFA submissions.
- Increase percentage of high school graduates who successfully matriculate to postsecondary education and training.
- Reduce numbers of students triggering Early Warning indicators for attendance, behavior and course failure in 9th grade.
- Increase percentage of students who access dual credit opportunities and increase number of college credits earned while in high school through Tech-prep, IB, AP, Running Start and/or College in the High School.
- Increase district/school/community capacity to support college and career readiness.
We are incredibly grateful for the groundwork laid by PSCCN partners and former staff including Willie Seals, Kendrick Glover, Dolores Haugen, and many others over the past several years. We are excited to introduce, the new PSCCN team and look forward to collaborating with you soon!
- Kyla Lackie, MPA, Postsecondary Readiness Director. Kyla oversees regional strategies and systems alignment to increase postsecondary readiness and access at PSESD. Previously, Kyla worked in Highline Public Schools, managing district secondary success and college readiness programming like Advisory, AVID, college access partnerships, counseling supports, and school college and career programming. She also worked for five years at SOAR, a regional early learning and youth development coalition. At University of San Diego, Kyla earned majors of Bachelors of Arts in Ethnic Studies & Sociology and a minor in Documentary Photography. She later earned a Master’s in Public Administration at the UW Evans School of Public Policy & Governance. Kyla grew up in King County and lives in South Seattle with her 2 year old son.
- Fredolyn Millendez, M.Ed., Puget Sound College & Career Network Manager. Being the first in her family to graduate from college, Fredolyn became actively involved as a student leader in the UW Dream Project, which partners college mentors with high school students to support the college application process. After earning her degree and working in public housing communities across Seattle through Neighborhood House, she moved to Houston, TX in 2012 to begin her teaching career as a Teach for America corps member. While in Houston, she taught for three years in a public school and a high performing charter school. In 2015, she returned to Washington to teach in Tacoma. Fredolyn holds a Bachelor’s degree from UW and a Master’s degree in Education from Johns Hopkins University.
- Jessie Simanton, J.D., Puget Sound College & Career Network Manager. Since 2014, Jessie has worked on college access and education equity issues as the Program Manager for University Beyond Bars (UBB), a non-profit that provides higher education opportunities to students incarcerated at Washington’s Monroe Correctional Complex. Before UBB, Jessie practiced law, representing youth and parents involved in tribal and state child dependency systems. She is also a former Kindergarten teacher. Jessie earned her J.D. from Seattle University and has a B.A. in History from Santa Clara University. Jessie grew up outside Chicago and currently lives in Tacoma.
- Ury Salinas, Postsecondary Program Specialist. Ury has extensive administrative, organizational, and support experience. She is a trained para-educator and paralegal, and has enjoyed working with a variety of people from diverse backgrounds throughout her professional career. For the past five years, Ury worked as a bilingual tutor and family liaison in Highline Public Schools. She is fluent in both Spanish and English and a certified translator with the State of Washington. Ury attended the University of Washington and pursued a degree in Latin American Studies. She is originally from El Salvador and was raised in Seattle. She is a mom of four school-age children.
PSCCN Steering Committee is responsible for the development, implementation and oversight of Network strategies. Comprised primarily of high level system “doers” from various cross sector groups who provide valuable firsthand understanding of college and career readiness. Together, they are committed to mobilizing around system gaps to improve postsecondary access and success.
- Vanessa Calonzo (Co-Chair), Director of New Student Services, South Seattle College
- Jennifer Fichamba (Co-Chair), College and Career Counselor, Tukwila
- Randy Nunez, College and Career, Family/Community, Kent
- David Stone, Coordinator of Student Success/AVID, Federal Way
- Ay Saechao, TRIO Director/SEA³eD, Highline College
- Jenee Myers Twitchell, Director, UW Dream Project
- Therese Anderson, College Access and Success, Summer Search
- Eddie Joseph, Program Coordinator (Teens/Summer Camp) YMCA Auburn
- Humberto Vargas, PSCCN Youth Intern
- Nina Nguyen, Youth Representative
- Maria Cruz, Parent
- Guled Ali, Community Liaison, Tukwila School District
- Clarence Dancer, STEM Supervisor, OSPI
- Ted Dezember, Educational Initiatives, King County Housing Authority
- Erin Stoen, Director of College/Career Readiness, Seattle Public Schools
- Kirsten Avery, College & Career Success Director, CCER
- Alexandra Manuel, Director of Educator Pathways
- Roslyn Kagy, GEAR UP Program Manager, Highline Public Schools
Small subgroup of Puget Sound College and Career Readiness Coalition members including CBO, Business, Government and PSESD Board member representatives who provide sponsorship, strategic support, and connections for sustainability.
- John P. Welch, PSESD Superintendent
- Frank Ashby, PSESD
- Sheila Edwards Lange, Chief Diversity Officer, University of Washington
- Mia Gregerson, Higher Education Committee
- Caroline Maillard, Boeing Company Foundation
- Yolanda Spiva, President & CEO, College Success Foundation
- Marcus Stubblefield, Systems Integration Coordinator, Uniting for Youth
Email: PSCCN at PSESD.org