Training or education after high school is key to giving Washington students the opportunities they need to be successful. Studies show that a credential after high school – such as a degree, apprenticeship, or certificate – is one of the strongest indicators of lifetime earnings. Expanding opportunities for education and training beyond high school and promoting credential completion helps ensure that students can succeed regardless of their family circumstances.
That’s why the legislature passed the Workforce Education Investment Act in 2019. This bill made historic investments in financial aid for Washington students, increases capacity for high-demand degrees, expands career connected learning programs and provides support for students to complete their degrees.
This investment will ensure that our students have the opportunity to succeed here at home.
To get there, College Promise Coalition is focused on strategies that increase enrollment in programs after high school and provide supports to help students complete these programs. These strategies must focus on closing racial, gender and income opportunity gaps. Our priorities for 2020 include:
- Protecting the investments in HB 2158/Workforce Education Investment Act. This legislation made historic investments in expanded pathways, increased affordability & equitable opportunity, student supports and accountability measures.
- Increasing the number of people completing financial aid forms (FAFSA/WASFA) and accessing support from the Washington College Grant program.
- Advocating for other avenues to support student success including programs that increase food and housing security as well as access to transportation and childcare.
Click to see our 2019 priorities.
Here are a few examples of what our members are saying and doing: