Student Persistence Forum Materials

"Getting to the Finish Line: Strategies for Keeping Community College Students in School and on the Road to Graduation”

Thanks for joining SkillUp Washington and the Seattle Community College District for this important discussion. We would also like to thank Maureen Conway of the Aspen Institute for her excellent presentation. Maureen is Executive Dipicture-1405_Maureen_Conway_Aspen_Instituterector of the Economic Opportunities Program (EOP) and leads EOP’s Workforce Strategies Initiative which identifies and advances strategies that help low-income Americans gain ground in today's labor market. She has conducted extensive research on how community college - nonprofit partnerships fund supportive and career navigation services for students in training.

Forum Materials:
The Price of Persistence: How Nonprofit – Community College Partnerships Manage and Blend Diverse Funding Streams


Panel_2_august_forum(From left: Jill Wakefield- Chancellor, Seattle Community College District; Diane Troyer- Educational Consultant; Rep. Phyllis Gutierrez Kenney; Maureen Conway- Aspen Institute. Standing: Nancy Yamamoto, Senior Policy Analyst, City of Seattle Office of Economic Development)


(From Left: Michelene Felker-Shoreline CC Career Navigator; Jaime Bennett-Graduate, Shoreline CC CNC Machinist program;  Maureen Conway- Aspen Institute. Standing: Holly Moore, Moderator)

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  • Industrial Manufacturing Academy (IMA) Case Study

    This case study features the Industrial Manufacturing Academy (IMA), which is located on South Seattle College’s Georgetown campus, an institution that builds strong collaborations among employers, labor, union, community-based organizations and governmental institutions. The IMA program is a testament to the combined efforts of the Seattle College District and the City of Seattle’s Office of Economic Development. Both organizations have worked diligently, in partnership with many others, to ensure that the King County region has access to a skilled manufacturing labor force. The economic health of this region depends on it.

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