TACOMA COLLEGE
SUPPORT NETWORK

The Tacoma College Support Network is dedicated to increasing the number of TPS graduates, especially students of color and those impacted by poverty, who enroll in right-fit colleges or technical schools and boosting postsecondary completion rates.

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SUPPORTING COLLEGE AND POSTSECONDARY PLANNING

Committed to postsecondary enrollment and success, Network members facilitate a full range of college-bound and postsecondary planning opportunities, including campus visits, financial aid assistance (FAFSA/WAFSA completion nights), college and career fairs, SAT prep classes, DiscoverU, and personal statement workshops.

 

INCREASING COLLEGE BOUND SCHOLARSHIP SIGN-UPS

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 percent. Using real-time, actionable data, we know that CBS sign-up rates are looking good: 88 percent this year! Even the state’s annual point-in-time measure indicates comparatively high rates (76 percent, according to WSAC).

 

COLLEGE PERSISTENCE AND COMPLETION

The eight higher education institutions in Pierce County are all active members of the TCSN. Each is focused on boosting student persistence and completion, particularly 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.

2020 TARGETS

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Increase in college enrollment
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Increase in college completion
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8th grade College Bound scholars
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Seniors completing VANI

NETWORK EVENTS

SAT Review

February 27 @ 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

One event on February 27, 2020 at 2:00 pm

One event on February 28, 2020 at 10:30 am

SAT Review Session

February 27 @ 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm

SAT Review

February 28 @ 10:30 am - 1:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

One event on February 27, 2020 at 10:30 am

One event on February 28, 2020 at 10:30 am

Building Resilient Communities | Design Lab Course

February 29 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

One event on February 29, 2020 at 9:00 am

One event on March 21, 2020 at 9:00 am

One event on April 18, 2020 at 9:00 am

One event on May 2, 2020 at 9:00 am

NETWORK STRATEGIES

Middle School Outreach

Design, plan, implement Middle School College Bound Scholar Identity event(s) and sharing of best practices between schools.

College Bound Scholar Identity

Build out a year-round calendar of College Bound Scholar support events, which outreaches and engages with students and families, informed and guided by the Listening Tour 2019 Report. 

Paying for College

Launch Micro-grants to Host Financial Aid and FAFSA/WASFA completion workshops/events/strategies. Develop FAFSA/WASFA support materials in multiple languages, and financial aid communication toolkit with grade level information for students.

Completing College

Expanding the “What’s Next: Design Your Future” platform, rolling out the “In College” communication platform, and developing strategies for “community promise” to students.

College & Career Toolkits

Toolkits containing grade appropriate action steps for TPS students and family’s grades 6-12, are mailed or distributed through the schools each year to approximately 12,000 students. 

Discover U

A campaign to highlight career and college pathways during the month of October for TPS students in grades K-12. Students explore college and career opportunities through speakers, field trips, lessons, college and career site tours, and workshops.

NETWORK RESOURCES

NETWORK LEADS

Wendy Holcomb
Foundation for Tacoma Students
TCSN Manager

Shanna Lamar
College Success Foundation
Executive Director

Nalani Linder
Degrees of Change
Tacoma Completes Director

Amanda Scott-Thomas
Tacoma Public Schools
Director of Community Partnership, Academic Equity & Achievement