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Leadership of Tacoma Completes Transitions to Foundation for Tacoma Students

Degrees of Change launched the Tacoma Completes initiative in 2019 in collaboration with the Foundation for Tacoma Students (FFTS).  Focused on increasing the college completion rates for Tacoma Public Schools graduates by working on systems-level changes with community partners, Tacoma Completes has surfaced valuable data…
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New Report Describes Student Challenges to Staying in College

February 19, 2021 | Press Release Now available, the Tacoma Completes Student Voice Research Report draws on the experiences of more than 50 students who left college before completing their degree to inform the future of college support systems. “These students’ stories provide valuable perspective…
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Pacific Lutheran University features Andrew Whitney and Seed Internships

Andrew N. Whitney, Pacific Lutheran University Alum ‘12, discusses Seed Internships, the work he has led since the program’s inception, and reflects on his experience working alongside interns. Andrew currently serves as the Director of Career + Business Partnerships at Degrees of Change. You can…
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The News Tribune features the Student Voice Research Report

Matt Driscoll from The News Tribune interviews Dr. Kelly Bay-Meyer, Chief Operations Officer and Nalani Linder, Tacoma Completes Director about the Student Voice Research Report—a collaborative research project that sought to understand why local students left college before completing their degree. You can read more…
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Brandon’s Story

Brandon Williams took a chance on Act Six. As a senior at Cristo Rey Jesuit High School in Minneapolis, Brandon was the first student from his school to be accepted to Howard University, and was also considering accepting an admission offer from his dream school, Loyola University…
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Act Six Celebrates 55 New Graduates

Tacoma, Wash. – August 14, 2020 –This past school year, 55 Act Six scholars from underrepresented communities throughout Washington, Oregon, Illinois, Indiana and Minnesota graduated from college, bringing the count of program graduates to more than 450. These scholars, hailing from Tacoma, Seattle, Portland, Spokane,…
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