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King County Promise

What is the King County Promise? 

The King County Promise is a supports system that fills in the gaps by providing what students tell us they need to be successful:

  1. Funding for High School, College and Community Based Organization advisors to support historically under-served students and young people, under age 26 who are out of school, to get their college degree/credentials

  2. Funding to create alignment between King County’s K-12 and college systems and eliminate barriers facing historically underserved students, to ensure equitable access to support and success in attaining degrees and credentials, through long term system change.

Why is the King County Promise necessary? 

By 2024, almost 90% of living wage jobs in King County will require some kind of postsecondary education and postsecondary credentials can unlock the door to living wage jobs.  We know that the keys to completion are both scholarships/aid and high quality supports. In 2019, Washington state passed both the Workforce Education Investment Act  and the Washington College Grant programs, both huge leaps forward in financial access.  But, students also need support from adults to navigate the college access system, in order to take advantage of tuition and financial supports that are available, and successfully navigate to and through their postsecondary credentials.

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