Council will discuss policy priorities for 2018

Olympia—On Dec. 5, the Council will hold its annual retreat at South Puget Sound Community College to discuss how the state can achieve the goals adopted in the 2013 Roadmap Report. Keep reading.

Council will hear findings of regional workforce needs assessment 

Olympia—On Oct. 12, the Council will hear findings from researchers on Washington’s regional workforce needs. This will provide context for the Council’s discussion of preliminary findings from the 2017 Roadmap Progress Report, due to the Legislature in December. Keep reading

Apply for financial aid and get help at a local College Goal Washington event 

Olympia—Starting Oct. 1, students can begin applying for financial aid to go to college in the 2018-19 school year. To help people with financial aid applications, the Washington Student Achievement Council is organizing College Goal Washington events across the state. Keep reading

Washington state awarded $56.7 million to help students GEAR UP for college

Olympia—The Washington Student Achievement Council (WSAC) has received a seven-year, $24.5 million grant to increase college readiness and success for 5,500 low-income students in 48 schools statewide through the Washington State GEAR UP Program. Keep reading.

Council to discuss budget priorities for increasing educational attainment 

OlympiaOn September 8, the Council will hold a special meeting to discuss priorities for the 2018 Supplemental Budget. With their focus on advancing policies to increase educational attainment statewide, the Council will begin by reviewing outcomes from the 2017 Legislative Session. Keep reading

Joint Statement on DACA 

Olympia—The Washington Student Achievement Council joins the presidents of Washington's 6 public baccalaureate college and universities, 34 community and technical colleges, and 10 members of the Independent Colleges of Washington in the following statement following today's announcement terminating the federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program in six months. Keep reading.  

Washington Student Achievement Council welcomes new members

Olympia—The Washington Student Achievement Council (WSAC) welcomes two new members this summer. Jan Yoshiwara joins as the new representative for the public community and technical colleges and Peder Digre begins his one-year appointment as the student member. Keep reading

Washington Student Achievement Council to enter contract negotiations with vendor for 529 college savings plan

Olympia—On Monday, June 26, the Washington Student Achievement Council (WSAC) announced it would begin contract negotiations with BNY Mellon, a global investments company seeking to provide program and investment management services for a new Washington-based, direct-sold 529 college savings plan. WSAC and BNY Mellon intend to finish contract negotiations and begin plan implementation by the end of August. If the project remains on schedule, Washington families may be able to begin investing in the Washington College Savings Program by January 2018. Keep reading.

Council meeting to focus on Southwest Washington economy, Workforce needs

Olympia—At its meeting on June 15, the Washington Student Achievement Council will focus on Southwest Washington’s needs for a skilled and educated workforce. The meeting will also explore the importance of regional factors to the council’s mission to increase educational attainment statewide. Keep reading

Community representatives will present to the council and discuss attainment goals

Olympia—Community partners will join the Washington Student Achievement Council’s meeting to discuss how the state’s educational attainment goals advance students’ plans for their lives and careers. Participants will discuss how community groups and employers contribute to student success. Keep reading

College bound scholarship investment pays off in high school graduation, college enrollment 

OlympiaOver 30,000 of last year’s eighth graders signed up for the College Bound Scholarship. The scholarship helps Washington’s low-income students reach higher levels of educational attainment. In combination with other state aid, it covers tuition at public college rates. Eligible students sign up in middle school by June 30 of their eighth grade year to receive an early commitment of state funding. Keep reading

Greater Spokane Incorporated will present to council on initiative to help adults finish degree

Olympia-At its meeting on Feb. 8, the Washington Student Achievement Council will hear from Greater Spokane Incorporated about the Greater Minds education initiative, which is aimed at helping working adults return to school and finish their degree. The council will discuss this community initiative in the context of statewide strategies to reengage working-age adults in postsecondary education. Keep reading