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Monday, April 29, 2013

CPTC Awarded College Spark Grant

College Spark of Washington announced today that Clover Park Technical College has been awarded a $149,670 grant as a part of the Community Grants Program.

The grant will be used over three years to develop and pilot a system for using high school transcripts to place recent high school graduates in math courses.

College Spark Washington, a private foundation located in Seattle, announced grants totaling nearly $1.4 million to 11 organizations across Washington to support college readiness and retention for low-income students.

“These 11 grantees represent the most promising college readiness and degree completion projects from nearly 60 applicants to the Community Grants Program,” says Steve Pumphrey, chair of the College Spark Washington Board of Trustees. “We are delighted to partner with them to improve student success.”

This is the first year grantees were asked to focus on a new set of guidelines. Grantees are offered flexibility in how they approach their work, but must measure results using at least one of the four indicators of future college success. The four Community Grants Program outcome indicators are:

1. Increasing the number of students that take and pass Algebra by the eighth grade;

2. Decreasing the number of middle school students that trigger two of three early warning indicators: five or more absences per semester; course failure; suspension or expulsion.

3. Decreasing the number of students that require development education in college; and

4. Increasing the number of students that earn their first college-level credit in English or math.
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