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Community and technical colleges and public four-year universities join forces on Smarter Balanced Assessment

October 06, 2014

Washington 11th graders who score at a college-ready level on new assessments this spring will automatically place into college-level math and English language classes when they enroll in college, thanks to a statewide agreement announced today by Washington’s community and technical colleges and public four-year universities. >>

6 Washington colleges named to national Achieving the Dream leader list

September 26, 2014

Six Washington colleges were named yesterday to the Achieving the Dream (AtD) list of leader colleges. Three colleges – Highline College (Des Moines), Renton Technical College and Tacoma Community College – were recertified as AtD leader colleges. They were among 16 colleges across the country which received this status. Three others – Everett Community College, Lower Columbia College (Longview) and Pierce College (Pierce County) – received the leader college status for the first time. All Washington colleges which applied for the leader college status were accepted by AtD. >>

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Olympic College, Renton Technical College among ten national finalists for Aspen Prize

September 04, 2014

Olympic College in Bremerton and Renton Technical College are among the nation’s ten finalists for a $1 million prize by the prestigious Aspen Institute. Awarded every two years, the Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence is based on student academic achievement, certificate and degree completion, job placement and minority and low-income student success. >>

Achieving the Dream Announces the Selection of Washington Colleges for the National Community College Expansion of the Working Families Success Network Strategy

August 28, 2014

Achieving the Dream today announced a national community college expansion of the Working Families Success Network (WFSN) strategy. The State Board for Community and Technical Colleges partnered with four community colleges – Big Bend, Clark, Highline and Walla Walla – to help implement the strategy to promote postsecondary completion for students whose economic challenges can thwart their academic and career goals. The strategy is used at more than 100 sites in the nation to help low-income individuals and families achieve financial stability >>

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