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)

Latest Research

  • Economic Opportunity Center Feasibility Study

    The City of Seattle in cooperation with SkillUp Washington, Impact Capital and SouthEast Effective Development (SEED) examined the feasibility of integrating multicultural service delivery at a single location accessible along the light rail line. This project stemmed from the legislature’s interest in replicating the Opportunity Center for Employment and Education model located on the campus of North Seattle Community College. Examined here is the possibility of creating a similar Center in Southeast Seattle that could help people get an education, get a job, or grow a business, and the findings suggest that such an Economic Opportunity Center is needed in and desired by the community.

    Download the Executive Summary: EOC: Executive Summary

    Download the Full Report:EOC: Final Report


    To request a hardcopy of the Executive Summary or the full report, please email Ashley Plaga at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it