Grantees in the News

Everett lauded for transfer success

EvCC launched a campaign in 2006 to improve the transfer process. At the time, data indicated that of 4,000 students with intent to transfer to a four-year school, fewer than 400 eventually did. After focused effort, EvCC’s student transfer rate increased 47 percent between 2007 and 2012.

Community colleges win grant to change how they advise students

Five Washington community colleges — including Everett, South Seattle, Pierce, Peninsula, and South Puget Sound Community College — win $2.5 million in grant money to change the way they advise college students. 

The First Year: Implementing ELA Bridge to College

The modules’ focuses in this course–from analyzing rhetoric to writing researched arguments–are meant to give students the skills to be successful in a Comp 101 class their first year at college.

Tacoma students ready to rise through college

Ready to Rise Tacoma will help 500 Tacoma college-bound students over five years walk away from college with a degree, not just student debt.

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Come home to Tacoma, college grads

Degrees of Change was awarded $3.4 million to support students in Tacoma, Vancouver, and Yakima.  The Tacoma nonprofit will help underrepresented students earn their degrees and become leaders in their communities. 

Spokane Community Colleges to launch effort to improve college readiness in rural districts

With a $150,000 grant, the program aims to help students who are not otherwise ready for dual-credit courses for college credit. If more students in rural districts can be successful in those dual-credit classes, then their transition to college will be easier.  Also covered in Education Week blog.

Rogers High School plans for all juniors to take AP English

The academic intensity of a student's high school curriculum counts more than anything in providing momentum toward completing a bachelor's degree.  Rogers High School will provide AP English to all juniors to get students college-ready.

$7M grant to help clear career path for community college students

The Guided Pathways Initiative will reduce and simplify the number of choices about course selection a student must make, inform and support those choices, and direct students into an intentional, comprehensive program of study within one or two terms.  

The revival of Foster High: School filled with refugees makes a comeback

Over four years, the school has made a striking turnaround after major changes in staff, leadership, atmosphere and curriculum.

Testing can tell if students need help before college and career

Full-credit, year long courses in math and English language arts are available to 12th grade students who scored below college-ready on the Smarter Balanced assessment to prepare them for success in completing a degree.

Help for High School Students Who Aren't Quite Ready for College

The Bridge to College transition courses will help high school students avoid remedial classes in college, saving them time and money on their path to a college degree. 

After-School and Youth Development Programs Support Common Core Implementation

School's Out Washington develops strategies, tools, and resources that advance out-of-school time programs as innovative partners in the implementation of the Commone Core State Standards.  

Middle school shows the way to keeping kids in school

Shuksan Middle School uses restorative justice as an alternative to out-of-school suspensions and expulsions to keep students in school and learning. School staff also review and respond to attendance data weekly, significantly reducing the number of school days missed.  

AVID, Navigation 101, and AP making a difference in college readiness, enrollment and persistence rates for the Grandview School District  

With funds from College Spark's College Readiness Initiative, Grandview has developed and implemented robust AVID, Navigation 101, and Advanced Placement Programs.  Their efforts are paying off as more students become college ready and make measurable progress toward earning a degree.  

College Bound Scholarship Program Sends More Low Income StudentsTo College,  Promises Kept: You Stay in School, We'll Cover the Cost, and Making College Aspirations a Reality: Through Hope and Cold, Hard Cash

A recent study by the BERC Group, funded by College Spark Washington and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation finds College Bound Scholarship students outperforming their peers in college enrollment rates.  Scholars who also had the benefit of comprehensive programs like Navigation 101 are doing even better.  

Leveling the Field for College

The Rural Alliance addresses equity in education by building the Digital Learning Cooperative that will provide 10 online advanced placement courses for students in rural communities. 

Local Academic Program Helps Students Excel

Academic Link Outreach, a local nonprofit that helps students meet and exceed state standards, graduate from high school, and be better prepared for college or the work force, followed 48 students through Alderwood Middle School and into high school with a program called PATH to College Success. The Opportunity Scholarship and are two scholarship resources available to middle-class Washington families.

With hard work, creativity you'll find financial aid

The Opportunity Scholarship and are two resources that will help middle-class families pay for college.

Focus on Success, Strict Policies Help Rogers High Transform

Changes in school policies at Rogers high school help improve student attendance, behavior and grades.