The Tacoma College Support Network is dedicated to increasing the number of TPS graduates, especially students of color and those impacted by poverty, who enroll in right-fit colleges or technical schools and boosting postsecondary completion rates.


Sophomore Toolkit

Even though this year looks different, the people and resources you’ve always had are working even harder for you. Graduation, college, and work may seem far away, but this is the best time to start and make sure that you are on track for your future.


Postsecondary Planning

Network members facilitate a full range of college-bound and postsecondary planning opportunities, including campus visits, financial aid assistance, college and career fairs, SAT prep classes, Discover-U month, and personal statement workshops

College Bound Scholarship

The scholarship provides full tuition to two- and four-year state colleges if students sign up by eighth grade. TCSN works collectively to boost sign-up of eligible students to 100 percent. Using real-time data, we know that CBS sign-up rates in 2019 were at 88 percent.

College Persistence & Completion

The eight higher education institutions in Pierce County are all active members of the TCSN. Each is focused on boosting student persistence and completion, particularly with low-income students and students of color - comparing data to make improvements.


College & Career Toolkits

Toolkits containing grade appropriate action steps for TPS students and family’s grades 6-12, are mailed or distributed through the schools each year to approximately 12,000 students.

Discover U

Students explore college and career opportunities during the month of October through speakers, field trips, lessons, college and career site tours, and workshops.

College Bound Identity

Build out a year-round calendar of College Bound Scholar support events, which outreaches and engages with students and families, informed and guided by the Listening Tour 2019 Report

Middle School Outreach

Design, plan, implement Middle School College Bound Scholar Identity event(s) and sharing of best practices between schools.

Completing College

Expanding the “What’s Next: Design Your Future” platform, rolling out the “In College” communication platform, and developing strategies for “community promise” to students.

Paying for College

Launch Micro-grants to Host Financial Aid and FAFSA/WASFA completion workshops/events/strategies. Develop FAFSA/WASFA support materials in multiple languages.


Rosie Ayala

TCSN Manager | Foundation for Tacoma Students

Wendy Holcomb

Postsecondary Access Coordinator | Tacoma Public Schools

Shareka Fortier

Director of Equity, Diversity & Inclusion | Clover Park Technical College

Liesl Santkuyl

Program Manager | College Success Foundation

Eric Hogan

Assistant Director of Secondary Education | Tacoma Public Schools

Amanda Figueroa

Founding Senior Director, Student Transitions & Success | University of Washington Tacoma

Amanda Scott-Thomas

Director of Community Partnership, Academic Equity & Achievement | Tacoma Public Schools

Christian Granlund

Puget Sound College and Career Network Manager | Puget Sound Education Service District

Lori Parrish

Youth Education Programs Manager | Metropolitan Development Council

Gray Sterling

Assistant Director of Policy and Planning | Washington Student Achievement Council

Shanna Lamar

Executive Director | College Success Foundation

Angela Pierce

Senior Program Manager | Northwest Education Access

Nalani Linder

Tacoma Completed Director | Degrees of Change

Dolores Haugen

Director of Community Standards | Tacoma Community College