2009 Community Grantees

College Spark’s 2009 grant recipients are listed below by region.  Some programs serve several locations or the entire state of Washington.



Map of Washington

Statewide

Gonzaga University (Spokane) -- $49,246 to assess achievement gaps for low-income students and developing data-based intervention plans to improve retention and degree completion.

League of Education Voters Foundation (Seattle) -- $70,000 over two years to support the Ready for Life campaign to increase public awareness of the importance of higher education.

State Board for Community and Technical Colleges (Olympia) -- $50,000 to implement demonstration projects at five sites (Yakima Valley, Kitsap County, Seattle, Renton and Kent/Des Moines) incorporating the Student Attributes for Math Success strategies and then disseminating the pilot results.

The Washington Center at The Evergreen State College (Olympia) -- $89,200 to implement and assess learning community strategies designed to increase the engagement and persistence of low-income students at five community colleges.

Washington Campus Compact (Bellingham) -- $100,000 to expand and enhance mentoring programs throughout the state by improving mentor training, assessing and disseminating program data, increasing the number of low-income students serving as mentors, and strengthening the statewide mentor program network.

Olympic

Grays Harbor College (Aberdeen) -- $62,700 over two years to implement a mandatory First Year Experience course to improve student success and persistence at a community college serving low-income, rural students on the Olympic Peninsula.

Northwest

Everett Community College (Everett) -- $152,306 over three years to increase the number of low-income students of color who become teachers through assistance with financial aid, advising and education planning, and other supplemental activities.

Green River Community College (Auburn) -- $29,000 to implement a campus-wide training program to improve retention and persistence for low-income students.

Peace Community Center (Tacoma) -- $40,000 over two years to conduct an evaluation of the tutoring, mentoring, and college planning services provided by a program serving low-income students in Tacoma’s Hilltop neighborhood.

Rainier Scholars (Seattle) -- $100,000 over three years to conduct a longitudinal research project to assess the value of particular program interventions on academic success for a program serving low-income students of color in Seattle’s Central District.

Renton Technical College (Renton) -- $287,282 over three years to improve degree completion rates for low-income students by implementing strategies to identify learning disabilities and address different learning styles.

Skagit Valley College (Mount Vernon) -- $97,000 over three years to support a pilot project to implement AVID, a successful academic enrichment program for middle and high school students, at postsecondary schools.

Sound Mental Health (Seattle) -- $50,000 over two years to conduct an assessment of the effect of the Middle School Support Project, which provides wrap-around social services to low-income students on college readiness and academic achievement.

South Central

Columbia Basin College (Pasco) -- $50,000 to increase retention of low-income Hispanic students at community colleges in rural Franklin and Benton counties through mentoring and summer bridge programs.

Eastern Washington University/Yakima Valley Community College (Cheney) -- $50,000 to develop a program to increase baccalaureate degree completion for low-income students at the YVCC-Grandview campus through partnership with EWU.

North Central

Wenatchee Valley College (Omak) -- $98,505 over two years to expand and enhance a pilot project designed to increase transitions of low-income students from adult basic education and development education into credit-bearing classes by incorporating an early detection system for struggling students.