College Bound Scholarship Sign-Ups
Between 2016 and 2018, increase Pierce County College Bound sign-ups from 91% to 97%
Financial Aid Completion
Between 2016 and 2018, increase the Pierce County financial aid completion rate from 54% to 64%
Between 2016 and 2018, increase Technical/Apprenticeship, 2-Year, and 4-Year postsecondary direct enrollment from 60% to 64%
Pierce County Strong is currently developing a specific target for college persistence
- Convene a financial aid practitioner cohort to learn, share, and advance best practices in financial aid completion in order to increase financial aid completion across the county.
- Develop systems to track & analyze postsecondary enrollment & persistence.
- Develop a support system to increase practitioner, student, and family knowledge of postsecondary opportunities and ultimately direct postsecondary enrollment.
- Compile and promote dual credit & tech prep opportunities and supports.
- Engage local workforce & economic development partners to connect education, training & employment.
- Promote awareness of career pathways that span T-2-4 (Technical/Apprenticeship, 2 year, 4 year).
Increased partnership between Pierce County K12 districts and higher education (T24, Technical, 2 year, and/or 4 year options)
- Formally launched Pierce County Strong Initiative (15 districts and 9 postsecondary institutions).
- Hosted a series of leadership meetings with superintendents and college presidents to discuss regional data and goal setting.
- Hosted workgroup meetings to determine shared targets and action plans for aligned work.
Established goals with shared/aligned targets for increasing effective high school pathway development and direct enrollment into postsecondary education and career
- Hosted Dave Schuler from AASA. A national educational leader and successful superintendent in College and Career Readiness — College & Career Readiness
- Hosted a regional follow up meeting focused on building a Culture of College and Career Readiness for district leadership (superintendents, college and career leads, CTE leads) with a focus on how to move best practice into action.
- Provided ongoing support to districts and turnkey tools for implementation.
- Hosting (May 31st) board dinner with Pierce County K12 districts to discuss board leadership/policy influence on College and Career Readiness/Success indicators. Dr. David Conley will be our guest facilitator.
Increased partnership building between district CTE and College and Career leads
- Hosted a dual credit convening focused on student pathway development and instructional practice/reform for educators.
- Formalized collaboration with PC3 (Pierce County Careers Connection) for ongoing professional development planning/trainings.
- Hosted (May 31st) workshop with Dr. David Conley for K12 College and Career leads to discuss district-wide best practice and implementation.
Increased partnership between Pierce County WDC (WorkSource)
- Aligned with recent employment pathway study for future Pierce County jobs.
2017-18 Work Priorities:
Continue to Build College & Career Leadership and Systems:
- Convene district college and career leaders and superintendents throughout the year to deepen conversations around shared work and priorities and to set new and updated targets.
- Continue to explore postsecondary data needs of partner districts and tools to enhance K12-Postsecondary system partnership in the student transition to postsecondary space.
Increase Financial Aid Completion:
- Convene a regional financial aid cohort for practitioners between August 2017 and May 2018 around best and current practices in financial aid completion.
- Share monthly financial aid completion reports with superintendents and district college and career leadership to increase awareness, monitor progress, and support data-informed student support practices.
- Facilitate Financial Aid 101, 201, and strategy trainings.
Increase School-Based Career Connected Learning & STEM Awareness:
- Bring together educators and industry through student worksite tour opportunities and implement DiscoverU week in Pierce County school districts.
- Share Washington State Opportunity Scholarship application completion reporting with superintendents and college and career leads in order to raise awareness about this STEM-based financial aid and support districts in identifying and assisting students with the application.
Increase Student/Family Knowledge of Postsecondary Opportunities and Pathways:
- Distribute College Knowledge and financial aid toolkit resources and share findings and feedback from districts implementing these resources.
- Develop T-2-4 messaging using students feedback.
- Support Pierce County higher education partners in developing and implementing shared regional postsecondary marketing to Pierce County high school students.