Our Mission
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Puget Sound College and Career Network removes barriers so that students of color, first generation, and students impacted by poverty in the Puget Sound region have the opportunity and support to access and obtain postsecondary credentials.

King County Promise
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King County Promise addresses systemic barriers to access and completion for young people in King County who have historically been underserved.
 

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College Transition Checklists
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Learn more about the financial, logistical, and administrative steps in the transition to from high school to postsecondary education. 
 

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PSCCN News
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Check out PSCCN's latest news, trainings and events. 

 

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Our Work

We build regional capacity to increase equitable postsecondary readiness and completion across South King County & Pierce County by working with students, educators, community organizations, schools, districts, colleges, and state-level organizations to organize strategies, programming, and supports. PSCCN provides:

Professional Learning & Resources
Coaching & Technical Assistance
Piloting Support & Innovation
Systems Alignment, Coordination & Partnership Development
Recognizing & Removing Systemic Barriers

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Community Conversations

In 2020, Puget Sound Educational Services District's Road Map Improvement Collaborative team invited local leaders to join a Wisdom Council to elevate voices, expertise, and partnership opportunities for our Communities of Color across school districts in South King County ('the Road Map region').

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Welcome La Shonda Lipscomb to the PSCCN Team!

La Shonda joins the team as Director of Postsecondary Programs. She is a versatile and charismatic individual who has worked for over 13 years in the ABE and ELL fields. La Shonda has had the pleasure of holding positions as an Instructor, a Teacher Trainer, a Manager, a College Navigator, a Student Success Specialist, and a Director. Over four years, She has done some volunteer work for non-profit organizations that encourage development, Education, equity, and inclusion. La Shonda holds a Master's degree in Education.

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PSCCN has been working with two Pierce County partners since Spring of 2021 for the 2021 Postsecondary Transition Demonstration Project. The first partnership is between Fife School District, Clover Park School District, and Clover Park Technical College. The second is a partnership with Bethel School District. This regional postsecondary transition effort has focused on supporting the ℅ 2021 to enroll in postsecondary programs in coordination with high school/districts and community and technical colleges.

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Student Shout Out

This past summer, PSCCN's Dinda Davis participated in CCER's Youth Storytelling Project as a mentor. Dinda had the privilege of working with Sophia Vazquez; a third-year student at the University of Washington, majoring in education, communities, and organizations. She is committed to understanding and addressing systemic barriers impacting youth and communities, within education and beyond.

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PSCCN to Serve as the System Supporting Organization for King County Promise

The Puget Sound College & Career Network at PSESD was selected as the King County Promise System Supporting Organization. King County Promise is a bold, public-private partnership to increase equity in college access and success for historically underserved students in King County. The goals of King County Promise and the role of the System Supporting Organization closely align to PSESD’s End: Success for Each Child and Eliminate the Opportunity Gap by Leading with Racial Equity.

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Postsecondary Transition Demonstration Project

PSCCN is excited to announce our 2021 Postsecondary Transition Demonstration Project. From February - November 2021, PSCCN will facilitate two separate partnerships. Each partnership comprised of 1 district partner and 1-2 community and technical college partners. The PSCCN Demonstration Project will be focused on significantly improving equity in college access and completion student outcomes for the class of 2021. Over this 10 month period PSCCN will work closely with each partnership, guiding them through a continuous improvement framework, while leveraging internal strategies and resources, and build on mutually beneficial data that supports postsecondary access and success.

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Financial Aid Application Reminder

December is a good month for students to finalize their financial aid application. To support your work with students, here are a few reminders for the senior class:

Financial Aid: Students will soon start receiving acceptance letters. Help your students explore financial aid and scholarships packages at the colleges they have applied. This will give them a good grasp of how much they can save because aid packages differ from one school to the next. 

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Learnings from a summer of transition

Over summer 2020, PSCCN partnered with districts and colleges across the region to work in partnership to reduce barriers for incoming college students, leverage expertise and support of K-12, CBOs, and college partners, while acknowledging the known and potential impacts of COVID-19 on students and communities of color. This is a summary of what was learned that can be applied right away. 

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