About the Grant

College Spark Logo Goal

To help more community college students succeed, especially low-income students and students of color. 

Build research capacity; develop a culture of evidence and inquiry focused on student success; and pilot student success interventions aimed at increasing student success within the Student Achievement Initiative framework, with particular emphasis on increasing first year credit accumulation and improving success in pre-college courses.


Everett Community College's participation in Achieving the Dream during the period 2011 through June 30, 2015, was funded by a grant from College Spark Washington in the amount of $550,000 over four years.  $75K was paid directly to ATD each year; EvCC received the remaining $250K spread over the four year grant period to assist with research, community and campus engagement, and implementation of student success initiatives.

Recognizing that Washington has a strong community college system that is worth investing in, College Spark Washington committed more than $10 million to enable 16 Washington Colleges to participate in Achieving the Dream.