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Ricki’s Story

Ever since he can remember, Ricki Ruiz has loved soccer. Growing up in Gresham, Oregon, Ricki and his friends didn’t have access to public soccer fields, but that didn’t stop them from playing where ever they could. Sometimes even playing in parking lots or sneaking…
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City of Sumner Mayor, Bill Pugh reflects on Seed Interns

Eva Vasmanova, public works/GIS intern and Onja Rabenarivo, engineering/public works intern worked with the city of Sumner throughout the summer while participating in the Seed Internship program. Mayor Bill Pugh reflected on recruiting the next generation of leaders in a recent letter to constituents. He…
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Act Six Celebrates 87 New Graduates

Tacoma, Wash. – August 9, 2021 –This past school year, with our largest graduating class, 87 Act Six scholars from underrepresented communities throughout Washington, Oregon, Illinois, Indiana, and Minnesota graduated from college, bringing the count of program graduates to 540. These scholars, hailing from Tacoma,…
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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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