Puget Sound College & Career Network Newsletter | January 2020
PSCCN Updates
Happy New Year from PSCCN!
PSCCN works at the systems and educator levels to build capacity for more racially just postsecondary access and success experiences for students in our region. Thank you for being part of the Network and for all you do to support students in the region. You do such important work and we appreciate you! A few highlights of our current work include:
  • Facilitating the King County Promise refinement phase, which includes engaging 100+ stakeholders in further detailing components of the Promise model
  • Providing services to Pierce County College & Career Cooperative districts
  • Convening the Puget Sound College & Career District Leaders Professional Network and other leadership meetings
  • Preparing financial aid training and technical assistance support to increase completion rates and address equity gaps
  • Facilitating a collaborative research project on multiple measures for college course placement with area colleges
  • Seeking out effective advising, summer melt prevention, and transition programming, practices, and models from other regions
Please be sure to check out our website and be in touch with our team in 2020!
College Deadlines 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 this information with your students and other educators. 
Pell Grant Increase

Pell Grant Increase Approved: Late last month, Congress passed – and President Trump signed into law – a bipartisan spending package to fund the government through fiscal year 2020. Of note, the bill included a $150 increase to the maximum Pell Grant, bringing the max award to $6,345 for the 2020-21 academic year. For more information, click on this link.

Students Opportunities

WSOS Scholarships


The Washington State Opportunity Scholarship (WSOS) helps low- and middle-income Washington students earn degrees, certificates or apprenticeships in high-demand trade, health care or STEM fields. WSOS offers two scholarship programs for Washington state residents pursuing a credential career in Washington state. Applications are due February 6th, 2020. 
Baccalaureate Scholarship
The Baccalaureate Scholarship provides up to $22,500 in flexible financial aid support and access to career-launching support services for students pursuing high-demand STEM and health care majors. To learn more, click on this link.


Career and Technical Scholarship
Our new Career and Technical Scholarship provides up to $1,500 each quarter to fund a high-demand associate degree, certificate or apprenticeship from one of Washington's 34 community and technical colleges. To learn more, click on this link.

Hamilton Award

2020 Hamilton Award for Students
There is still time to submit the application. High school juniors can apply to be a Hamilton Scholar to get $500 and empowerment support throughout their college years. Apply by Jan. 29. 

Student Intern Spotlight

For the last 7 months, PSCCN hosted Mikaela Chavez an amazing educational community organization (ECO) Intern from the University of Washington. Mikaela bought a great personality, a willingness to learn and an amazing work ethic. During her internship, Mikaela had the opportunity to work on many different projects with the team but ultimately reported to Angelica Alvarez. While we are sad to see her go, we are excited to see her take on the world. To wrap up her tenure here at PSCCN, Mikaela shares her experience through a Q&A interview. 

For the complete interview, click on this link.

Opportunities for Educators
Applications are now being accepted for the “Ellison Education Grants” with award grants ranging from $1,500 to $10,000 for use during the 2019-2020 school year. Applications are due March 14th, 2020.
News from the Region

Cuts Averted in Budget Deal
Click on this link for more information.
New Year's Resolutions for Student Loan Borrowers.
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Congress Approves Student Loan Bill.
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Upcoming Events and Trainings

2020 College Planning Days

The Washington Council's College Planning Day provides a one-stop opportunity for your high school sophomores, juniors, and undecided seniors to learn about Washington State's higher education options. Students can attend any of the presentations from one of the four colleges listed below.
Events in Pierce and King County include:
March 24th - UW Bothell, Muriel Montenegro, murielm@uw.edu
March 25th & 26th - UW Tacoma, Megan Cooley, megan61@uw.edu 
April 2nd from 9am-2pm -  South Seattle CC – RSVP, Vanessa Calonzo, Vanessa.Calonzo@seattlecolleges.edu



College and Career Readiness 101: Embedding Equity in a College-Going Culture
The College Success Foundation provides a unique integrated system of supports and scholarships to inspire underserved, low-income students to finish high school, graduate from college and succeed in life. Hear from Students at Green Hill Juvenile Rehabilitation School How They Are Training the Adults they Work With.
Click on the link to register

College and Career Readiness 201: Leading Around Master Scheduling to Support Career & College Readiness
Hear from Steven Gering, Sr. Vice President of Education Solutions at Schools by Design about creating a Master Schedule to support Career and College Readiness.  Listen to one district's commitment to equity in Master Scheduling and preparing students for career and college. Hear the “why” of career and college readiness.
Click on the link to register