2011 Community Grantees

College Spark's 2011 grant recipients are listed below by region. Some programs serve several locations or the entire state of Washington.

Map of Washington


Green River Community College (Auburn) – $100,000 over two years to establish the Master Achiever Center (MAC) to increase retention and degree/credential completion of low-income I-BEST students by connecting them with support services to help them move toward a two- or four-year degree.

North Seattle Community College (Seattle) – $159,010 over two years to collaborate with Seattle Central Community College and Seattle Vocational Institute to expand orientation strategies for low-income students to include COMPASS Test prep and career guidance along with an extended version of the College 101 program.

Northwest Indian College (Bellingham) – $128,473 over three years to work with Heritage High School in Marysville to improve reading for low-income high school students through a variety of strategies, and raise students’ awareness about and preparation for college. The interventions include training for high school and college staff on vision testing, standard reading curriculum and new web-based tools for improving student reading and comprehension.

Northwest Leadership Foundation (Tacoma) – $31,900 over one year to develop and assess a scaled down version of the Act Six program in order to create an intervention that could reach a much greater number of students than the current model.

Seattle Education Access (Seattle) – $103,600 over two years to expand college readiness and outreach services to south King County and to conduct an external evaluation of the services provided to low-income homeless and formerly homeless youth.

Seattle Goodwill Industries (Seattle) – $100,000 over two years to transform the Summer Youth Training and Outdoor Skill Building Program for high-risk youth into a year-round program with a major focus on college readiness. The program helps students develop the knowledge, skills and motivation to succeed in school while teaching the value of community service.

YMCA of Snohomish County (Everett) – $85,000 over three years to establish the YMCA Youth Development Center on Casino Road in South Everett. The Center will enhance college readiness for low-income middle and high-school students by providing the Minorities Achievement Program, drop-in center support and the Code Teen summer program.



Community Colleges of Spokane (Spokane) -- $117,000 over three years to expand the Student Transition Information Project for improving the quality of data available to K-20 educators and for helping educators use the data effectively and immediately to improve college preparation and access.



Pacific Lutheran University (Tacoma) – $57,380 over two years to construct an academic support structure to provide low-income students with resources to help overcome barriers to success and increase their likelihood of staying in college to graduation.

Walla Walla Community College (Walla Walla) -- $31,100 over one year to expand a pilot program that uses student- and advisor-friendly web tools to show students how close they are to receiving a degree, certificate or other academic milestone.

Washington Campus Compact (Bellingham) -- $100,000 over one year to partner with five colleges in the state to assess a strategy to increase the percentage of low-income students completing degree programs by enrolling work-study college students in Students in Service (SIS), a part-time AmeriCorps program. Students will participate in learning communities, individualized advising, leadership training and reflection activities, along with community service.

Washington State University (Pullman) -- $86,017 over three years to expand the Critical Literacies Achievement and Success Program (CLASP) that is showing success helping low-income students learn how to interact with college faculty to build writing skills and improve the students’ chances of successfully passing English 101other classes.

Washington State University (Pullman) -- $99,999 over three years to form the Washington State Educational Access Coalition for HB1079 Students, a coalition of faculty and staff from colleges, universities and other interested organizations around the state, to assess the services that are available to support non-United States citizens who are attending or may attend college through Washington State House Bill 1079; and to educate families, providers, and policymakers about the issues facing these students in higher education.