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.

Read about four Washington ATD Leader colleges and how they are increasing student success and completion outcomes in the 2012 publication,  Moving the Needle to Improve Student Success External Site Link.


Everett Community College's participation in Achieving the Dream is funded by a grant from College Spark Washington in the amount of $550,000 over four years.  $75K is paid directly to ATD each year; EvCC receives 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.