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Puget Sound College & Career Network Newsletter | May 2020
Collective Action in Uncertain Times
As we collectively navigate the impacts of COVID-19 and this period of uncertainty, PSCCN is committed to our roles of supporting you and your institutions, and most importantly our students whose need for postsecondary access and success will persist beyond the challenges we face today. We know that students of color, students impacted by poverty, and students who are first-generation are often furthest from educational justice and are hit hardest in times like these. 
 
PSCCN has compiled resources and recommendations to support you. Here are a few of our top recommendations:  We appreciate your resilience and creativity as we work in new and different ways, including forming new partnerships, using technology in new ways, and collaborating with colleagues to provide cohesive support to students. Thank you! Be sure to check out our upcoming convening for community-based organizations – we want to hear from you! Details below.
College Transition Resources

PSCCN is pleased to share our newly updated College Transition Checklists & Resources to help you provide clear communication and support to students navigating the college enrollment process. We’ve also included some new resources in collaboration with our partners at the Community Center for Education Results (CCER), as well as some COVID-19 college transition resources.
Help us Improve these Resources! We want to ensure these transition resources are as effective as possible. Please take a few moments to let us know how we can improve these resources for you and your students. TAKE SURVEY

Opportunity for Educators
The City of Seattle has new Opportunity and Access (O&A) investments open for the 2020-21 school year for 1) College and Career Readiness and 2) Expanded Learning Opportunities. If your organization is interested in support Seattle students, please consider applying.
Student Opportunities
Virtual Graduation | Saturday, June 6
Join Reach Higher on June 6 at 12 PM PT for a commencement celebration to salute your commitment to higher education. Over the past month, President and Mrs. Obama have received dozens of requests from around the globe to address graduating classes whose in-person commencement events have been canceled due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Join them on YouTube’s “Dear Class of 2020,” a virtual commencement celebration bringing together global leaders, celebrities, creators and other voices to recognize graduates, families, and their communities. For more details, go to ReachHigher.org/virtual-commencement

Career Connect @Home.
Educators looking for career-focused content to support students at home during these unprecedented times can utilize new CareerConnect@Home resources, designed to help Washington students learn about Washington careers and industries. Throughout May, every school day at 3:30 p.m., students can join employers in live discussions about jobs and career pathways in our state.

News from the Region

Should I still go to college? Families, students in Washington reevaluate plans amid coronavirus. Click here to read the full article.

As they brace for budget strain, Washington state school districts will receive some coronavirus aid. Click here to read the full article.

Financial aid from the stimulus bill is on the way for college students hit by coronavirus, but some are getting left out. Click here to read the full article.

Free college: Can Washington keep that promise during a recession? Click here to read the full article.

Unprecedented numbers of college students seek help to pay rent, buy food during pandemic. Click here to read the full article.

Washington state high school seniors will get a pass on certain graduation requirements because of coronavirus closures. Click here to read the full article.

Upcoming Events and Trainings

 

PSCCN is hosting the COVID 19 & Postsecondary Access & Success CBO Open Call
Facilitated by Mercy 
May 19 from 12:30 - 2pm
Click here to register