Gateway to College National Network Awarded College Spark Grant

Monday, May 18, 2015

College Spark Washington

PORTLAND, OR, May 15, 2015 – Gateway to College National Network (GtCNN) has been awarded a grant from College Spark Washington. The grant is part of College Spark’s annual Community Grants program in Washington and will support a “School to Jobs” intervention program at Gateway to College programs in that state.

“Gateway to College National Network is honored to receive this grant from College Spark Washington,” states Devorah Shamah, Ph.D., Research Manager at GtCNN. “The School to Jobs intervention sets students up for success by connecting students’ present day achievement in school with their future career goals in a way that is relevant and identity congruent. College Spark’s support will allow us to implement this work on the community college campuses in Washington that host Gateway to College programs.”

The School to Jobs program will help dual credit students build a sense of identity and tie that identity to academic and career planning. At the classroom level, the program will include activities, interviews, and close analysis of academic path and career/life objectives. The proposed project is also designed to increase persistence, academic achievement, and develop identity congruent academic pathways intended to increase the likelihood of students persisting through college.

Gateway to College National Network is a Portland, Oregon-based, national nonprofit organization supporting 42 programs at colleges in 22 states. GtCNN works with national partners to build coalitions and improve policies that will increase high school reengagement and pathways to postsecondary degrees for opportunity youth.

College Spark Washington funds programs across the state of Washington that help low-income students become college-ready and earn their degrees. Since 2005, College Spark’s Community Grants Program has awarded more than 100 Community Grants totaling more than $15 million.

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