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.


College & Career Toolkit

Graduation, college, and work may seem far away, but this is the best time to start and make sure that you are on track to graduation.

Set your sighs on future college and career goals and take important steps toward preparing for your future beyond high school.

Regardless of which path you choose, junior year is the time to begin the conversation about your options and plan your next steps.

Now is the time to finalize plans and meet deadlines for the transition to college, technical school, apprenticeship, military, or career.


Network Approach

TCSN is comprised of four workgroups that come together to operationalize the mission of the network. Each workgroup gathers monthly to assess student needs and determine where they can lean in to support gaps in learning and opportunities.

Middle School Supports

There is a lot of research stating that middle school aged students have mental models they carry through high school, essentially determining if a student is on track to graduate. Though MSS was first created in response to College Bound sign up efforts, its participation in TCSN has been critical to engage students in college and career readiness strategies and support early awareness of high school success.

Funding Your Future

Funding college is among one of the biggest concerns students and families have surrounding life after high school. This is especially concerning for families in and near poverty and first generation college bound students. Because every student has a unique family situation, standardized financial aid workshops and instructions may not be quite right. Funding your Future works to promote FAFSA/WASFA, scholarships, internship opportunities, financial aid comparison strategies and much more.

Persistence and Completion

Data has shown that over the course of 5 years XX% of students that entered college have completed their studies. That is XX% of a high schools graduating class. Though there are a number of reasons that contribute to a student not persisting towards college completion, the P&C workgroup tackles adaptive challenges, particular to those of belonging. For many underrepresented students going to college, a sense belonging is a major contributor to the decision to leave.

Re-Engaged Learners

A student’s journey towards a college degree is not always a straight out of high school path. There are students that enter the workforce and then decide to attend college, or maybe a tragedy derailed a student’s plan and they are entering college after some time apart. Regardless of the story, we know that the average age of college students in Tacoma is 25 (double check number) though college services heavily cater to an age demographic that is younger. REEL seeks to better understand how the postsecondary space can pivot to address the ongoing change in student journey.


Rosie Ayala

Associate Director of Collective Action | Foundation for Tacoma Students

Christian Granlund

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

Liesl Santkuyl

Program Manager | College Success Foundation

Lori Parrish

Youth Education Programs Manager | Metropolitan Development Council

Eric Hogan

Assistant Director of Secondary Education | Tacoma Public Schools

Shanna Lamar

Executive Director | College Success Foundation

Nalani Linder

Program Manager | Tacoma Completes

Angela Pierce

Senior Program Manager | Northwest Education Access

Tonique Bouie

Office Manager | Tacoma MESA

Patrick Brown

Dean of Enrollment & Student Success | Tacoma Community College