Seattle Colleges Awarded $4.3 Million Grants, Bolstering Seattle Pathways Model

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The Seattle Colleges have been awarded approximately $4.3 million in federal grants to increase retention, completion and transfer rates for all students, with a special emphasis on students of color, first-generation students, and those from lower socioeconomic backgrounds.  

The highly competitive Title III U.S. Department of Education grants were awarded to North Seattle College and South Seattle College, two of three colleges in the Seattle College District, and will enable the District to build on its efforts to move toward a guided pathway model that’s centered on equity.

Colleges around the nation are adopting guided pathway models and a growing body of research has shown them as effective in closing student achievement gaps. The pathway model approach simplifies choices for students, groups courses together so students see a clear path through college and into careers, and provides intensive, targeted support to keep students on course.

Seattle Pathways—Seattle Colleges version of guided pathways—was introduced this fall by Chancellor Shouan Pan and college presidents. College leaders believe the Title III grants will bolster efforts already underway and help reduce achievement gaps with our vulnerable student populations.

“The Seattle Colleges have an opportunity to be a model on how to overcome achievement gaps and ensure that every student succeeds. I applaud the work already taking place at each of our colleges, and I look forward to building out Seattle Pathways, in part through these prestigious grants,” Chancellor Pan said.

The grants provide North Seattle College approximately $2.2 million over five years, and South Seattle College approximately $2.1 million over the same time. The grants provide funding at each of the colleges to hire a Title III grant director, provide faculty stipends, technology needs, data analysis, and additional resources and staff to help implement the goals of the grants.

The Seattle Colleges have been implementing elements of guided pathways in recent years:

  • South Seattle College has been formally engaged in national and statewide guided pathways projects since 2015 and has led the charge for the Seattle Colleges.
  • North Seattle College has made its own contributions to the Seattle Pathways framework through its new cohort, or case management, advising model.
  • Seattle Central has made significant changes to help guide students in the process of exploring and selecting a pathway to their desired career.

These new grants will enable more progress on this initiative.

Chancellor Pan called on employees across the district during his annual Convocation address this fall to coalesce around improving retention, completion, and transfer rates of students.

“Every student deserves an equal chance at life and career, but, the reality is that not all paths are open to all students,” Pan said. “Let us be the ones who build and clear paths for all students and light the way to their dreams.” 

About the Seattle Colleges
Seattle Colleges offer workforce education and training, professional-technical programs, bachelor’s degrees in career areas and transfer degree programs to more than 46,000 students each year. We serve students at North Seattle College, Seattle Central College, South Seattle College and Seattle Vocational Institute.

           

Posted on: November 16th, 2018 at 08:58:08

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