We have selected two applications to move forward with on PSCCN's Postsecondary Transition Demonstration Project. The first being a partnership between Fife School District, Clover Park School District and Clover Park Technical College. The second, is a partnership with Bethel School District.
PSCCN has begun meeting with each group and investigating different areas to focus continuous improvement strategies. This process includes identifying a measurable and specific aim to target improvements, as well as seeking student feedback to inform these practices.
The Puget Sound College and Career Network (PSCCN) established in 2010, partners with districts, community organizations, postsecondary institutions and more across King and Pierce counties in Washington State, to advance equitable access to postsecondary credentials for students through policy and practice at the leadership and practitioner levels. Spring 2020 found the PSCCN team and education partners facing the onset of the unknown ways COVID-19 and its related challenges would impact education, and all levels of our lives. An early concern that emerged for PSCCN’s partners students was ensuring the graduating high school class of 2020 would receive the support necessary to successfully transition to their postsecondary programs in summer 2020 and beyond.
The LWVS-KC Education Committee hosted a forum exploring the vision and the challenges of providing free community college, first to Seattle residents, expanding to King County, and then statewide. Our panelists will address the Seattle Promise, ST3 funding, progress to date, and the Washington College Promise legislation. What are the experiences of those working to bring this promise to fruition? Please join us for an informative evening!
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.
Naveed joins the team as a PSCCN Manager in March to facilitate collective efforts to improve equity in postsecondary access and success. Here's a bit about Naveed: Naveed is an equity-driven, innovative leader, and social justice advocate with 8+ years of experience working with students and families in various communities in Pierce and King County. Naveed is joining us from The Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department (TPCHD) where he led health equity efforts in COVID-19 community engagement, participatory budgeting & planning, and youth leadership/advocacy.
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.
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.
Within the Puget Sound College & Career Network (PSCCN) at the Puget Sound Educational Service District, we believe that all young people have unfathomable brilliance that we should cultivate and uplift. It is with their creativity, passion, and vision that we will address the systemic injustices and inequalities facing us today. Local students want an education beyond high school; in fact a recent survey revealed that 95% of students surveyed want postsecondary education.
Applications are now being accepted for the "Ellison Education Grants". Grants are intended for K-12 public school teachers in Washington State. The Ellison foundation has awarded 52 grants and $218,000 to Washington State teachers the past four years. The Ellison Foundation will award grants ranging from $1,000 to $10,000 in the spring of 2021