PSCCN Quarterly Update

Happy New Year from PSCCN! We are excited to welcome two new PSCCN team members: Dinda Davis provides overall program coordination and communications for PSCCN and Mercy Daramola joins us as a PSCCN Manager to focus on King County Promise, Pierce County Strong, the Transition Action Team, and more. We are lucky to have these two join our amazing team! 

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 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 comprehensive vision of a more equitable postsecondary access and success system in King County. The model would expand student funding and significantly bolster targeted supports for young people who face barriers in their path from high school to postsecondary. Add your name as a supporter and learn more about the King County Promise. Want more details? Email Mercy (mdaramola@psesd.org) with questions or to request a presentation. 

Readiness:

  • PSCCN is developing a postsecondary readiness advising model with partners, featuring a blueprint of essential knowledge and skills for grades 9-12. In 2018-19, we will pilot implementation with 2-3 schools/districts and revise and identify needed professional learning. Please contact Fredolyn Millendez if you are interested in further details or connecting with your district’s advising efforts (fmillendez@psesd.org).
  • PSCCN will continue to convene District College & Career Leaders to create a space for district leaders to share what’s working, challenges, and upcoming opportunities related to advancing college and career readiness and increasing enrollment across the region. Our next convening is in February and will focus on High School & Beyond Planning. Please let us know if you are a district leader in the region interested in joining this group (psccn@psesd.org).

Transition:

  • Financial aid & application deadlines are approaching: Each year, the Washington Council for High School-College Relations (WCHSCR) compiles the college admission fees & deadlines across Washington State. Many are quickly approaching! Please share with your students and other educators. 
  • New PSCCN training focused on financial aid verification: Learn how to support students and families on financial aid verification, appeals and award letters at our new training. Completing and submitting FAFSA/WASFA is the first step for students to access financial aid. Students selected for verification need to provide additional documentation and all students must complete and submit their financial aid award letter to the institution they plan to attend to receive financial aid. Learn more about the verification and financial aid award letter process at our new training.
  • PSCCN awarded grants to 17 districts, colleges, and community organizations to support innovative and effective financial aid completion and postsecondary transition that will support more students of color, first generation, and low income students transition to postsecondary education. We are excited to learn from a wide range of partners through these grants and will share learning and announcements from grantees throughout the year.
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