Ford Foundation Bridges to Opportunity Project

The Washington Bridges to Opportunity project, funded by the Ford Foundation, is part of a national initiative to increase the access and success of low-income people in using community and technical colleges to achieve living-wage jobs and educational goals.

The focus of this initiative is to make state- and system-level policy changes to help achieve that overall goal, particularly changes that help integrate the basic skills, workforce and transfer missions of colleges.

Washington is one of six states in the initiative, which is currently in the final year of a five-year project period. The State Board for Community and Technical Colleges is the grant recipient, and the Educational Services Division, under the leadership of Jan Yoshiwara, has lead responsibility for the grant. Tina Bloomer is the project director for the grant.

Details about the Washington Bridges to Opportunity Project can be found in the following documents:

Reports and Proposals

Career Pathways Institute, June 18-19, 2007

Research Projects

More Information

More information about the National Community College Bridges to Opportunity Initiative including a contact list.

For more information about this project, please contact:

Tina Bloomer
Policy Research Associate
State Board for Community and Technical Colleges
1300 Quince Street SE
PO Box 42495
Olympia WA 98504-2495


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