Each quarter, we will highlight some of the work happening from our team to keep you in the loop. If there are projects that are of interest, please let us know!
March 2018 Updates:We know there is a persistent gap between young peoples’ postsecondary aspirations and our current systems’ supports and opportunities: 89% of students in our region aspire to earn a postsecondary degree, but only 29% have earned a two- or four-year college degree by their mid-twenties (see the new Road Map Project 2017 Results Report for more). At PSCCN, we are working hard with our partners to identify systems barriers and support innovative solutions to increase racial equity, postsecondary access and completion. Here’s more about Puget Sound College & Career Network’s current work:
- King County Promise: Throughout the past year, PSCCN has worked with 100s of partners including students, families, educators, practitioners, and systems leaders from across South King County to develop and refine a proposal to establish a more comprehensive postsecondary access and success system in King County. The model would expand scholarship funding and significantly bolster targeted supports for young people who face barriers in their path from high school to postsecondary. We are excited to share more details soon!
- PSCCN Action Teams launched! Three Action Teams have just begun to meet, each focused on a specific result to leverage collective expertise, resources and to discover and model what is possible by supporting quicker small-scale work that leads to scaling of innovative strategies. Teams include:
- Strengthening the Senior Year: Identifying resources, practices and supports that ensure all students complete high school with the knowledge and preparation to successfully enroll in the postsecondary path they choose. (contact: Fredolyn Millendez)
- Increasing Financial Aid Completion: Expanding communications, resources, and supports to ensure that more Latinx students and families apply and access financial aid for postsecondary (contact: Angelica Alvarez)
- Strengthening Postsecondary Transitions: Focused on understanding and modeling solutions to address gaps in the transition process from high school to college (contact: Jessie Simanton)
- Why We Drop Out: We recently held two events with the authors of the new book “Why We Drop Out”, to learn about the research model and hear some of the student stories that are both personal and important case studies of the complex factors that led some students to dropping out of school. We plan to hold a book study in future months where we plan to focus on sharing strategies that participants use to better support students and prevent dropping out.
- Pierce County Financial Aid Cohort: Over 50 educators and staff from 22 schools and community organizations who serve students from seven Pierce County districts convened to share, learn, and advance strategies for financial aid completion and T-2-4-going culture and support partners from throughout Pierce County working to increase access to postsecondary for all students. For more details, click here.
- College & Career Leadership Institute: In collaboration with our partners at the Community Center for Education Results, we are providing a dynamic professional learning experience for teams from 12 high schools, who serve the majority of students impacted by poverty in South King County. This month’s focus is on strengthening the transition to two-year colleges. Participants reviewed current data around postsecondary access and met with local colleges to share in a full-day packed with learning and ideas for action. We will share resources (including a customized transition checklist for each of our local colleges) next month!