Who we are
The Washington College Access Network (WCAN) is a statewide collective of professionals in K-12 schools and districts, state agencies, college-access providers, postsecondary institutions and community-based organizations who support low-income students in graduating high school and pursuing a postsecondary pathway.
By 2020, 70% of all jobs in Washington state will require a postsecondary credential.
The Washington College Access Network believes that all students can pursue a postsecondary education. We work to ensure every student has support from a trusted adult, the information they need to be successful, and have accessed all financial aid opportunities available to them. We are especially focused on the College Bound Scholarship (CBS) program and the inspiration and incentive CBS can provide to close the achievement gap for students experiencing poverty.
College is postsecondary education
WCAN uses the term "college" to refer to the attainment of valuable postsecondary credentials beyond high school, including professional/technical certificates and academic degrees.
Student Success: Supporting access, opportunity and the knowledge needed to enroll in postsecondary education.
Equity: Promoting equity and access to all educational opportunities
Partnership: Building trusting relationships across multiple agencies, spanning secondary through higher education.
Agency: Empowering ourselves and our partners to create sustainable and tangible results.
Increase postsecondary enrollment for all Washington State students particularly among students experiencing poverty, first-generation college-going students, and students of color.
We believe that all students can pursue a postsecondary credential and that it will take bold collective action to increase postsecondary enrollment for all.
No one entity alone can support the over 300,000 students that have pledged to be College Bound yet, together, we can provide students with the necessary information and support needed to pursue a postsecondary pathway. We collaborate with students and professionals to create