Tacoma College Support Network


The Tacoma College Support Network (TCSN) is dedicated to increasing enrollment in a “right-fit” college, technical school, or post-secondary opportunity and boosting completion rates for TPS graduates, especially students of color and those impacted by poverty.

Our longest-standing Collaborative Action Network – actually pre-dating Graduate Tacoma itself – TCSN has narrowed its focus to nine indicators, each key to improving student outcomes for college enrollment and completion. The work is divided between four independent workgroups:

  • High School Student Success
  • Persistence through College
  • Attending College
  • Parent and Family Engagement

TCSN is building a college-bound culture of high expectations and career-connected learning. More than 3,000 high school students, parents, community partners, and citizens have participated in the annual College Bound Saturday since 2014.


Meeting and Events Calendar

See the meeting schedules and upcoming events for this network

Meeting Minutes and Agendas

Download archived meeting minutes and agendas

Get Involved!

To learn more, join us for a network meeting at 8:30 am on the third Friday of every month, call 253.272.1600, or email TCSN@graduatetacoma.org.


Download the Tacoma College Support Network’s Action Plan here. This working document guides the network’s activities and serves as a blueprint for the future.



Increasing College Bound Scholarship Sign-Up

The scholarship provides full tuition to two- and four-year state colleges if students sign up by eighth grade. TCSN is working collectively to boost sign-up of eligible students to 100%. Using real-time, actionable data, we know that CBS sign-up rates are looking good: 90% this year! Even the state’s annual point-in-time measure indicates comparatively high rates (76%, according to WSAC).

Supporting College and Post-Secondary Planning

Facilitated record-setting participation of students and families in a full range of college-bound and post-secondary career planning opportunities, including campus visits, financial aid assistance (FAFSA completion nights), college and career fairs, SAT prep classes, Discover U, and the inspiring annual College Bound Saturday.

Increasing College Persistence and Completion

The eight higher education institutions in Pierce County all belong to TCSN. Each is focused on boosting student persistence and completion, particularly for low-income students and students of color. TCSN compares what’s working and what’s not for a more collective understanding of how to make further improvements.

Network Leads

Network Partners

Act Six, Asia Pacific Cultural Center, Bates Technical College, Big Brothers/Big Sisters of SPS, Center for Strong Schools, Central Washington University, Clover Park Technical College, Degrees of Change, The Evergreen State College Tacoma Program, Foundation for Tacoma Students, Goodwill of the Olympics & Rainier Region, KBTC, Pacific Lutheran University, Palmer Scholars, Peace Community Center, Pierce College, Puget Sound ESD, Safe Streets, Tacoma Community House, Tacoma Housing Authority, Tacoma South Puget Sound MESA, Treehouse for Kids, Washington College Access Network, Washington Opportunity Scholars, Washington Student Achievement Council, Workforce Central, Write 253