Graduate Tacoma is working to align with parents and educators in a community-wide data-to-action movement that helps ensure every child has access to quality learning opportunities. We are focused on our community-built goal to increase, by 50%, both the high school graduation and college or technical school completion rates and know that success requires measuring and closing gaps in access, opportunities, and achievement for every student. Graduate Tacoma measures success against this goal by tracking key student and community indicators to ensure that the goal is achieved and that we cover every student from cradle to college and career.

The Power of Collective Impact

Collective Impact is the commitment of a group of actors from different sectors to a common agenda for solving a specific social problem, using a structured form of collaboration. Graduate Tacoma is a collective impact movement supported by more than 240 Community Partners.

Graduate Tacoma organized these community partners into four stakeholder groups, called Collaborative Action Networks (CANs): 

Collaborative Action Networks

The stakeholders are as diverse as our city and our students. Parents, educators, early learning and higher education experts, youth and community service groups, businesses and labor organizations, civic and philanthropic organizations, government agencies and communities of faith – all are represented, and all these community partners are working together to prove that poverty is not destiny, and that when we all work together as an inspired community toward our shared goal, we make a difference for Tacoma students, cradle to career.