Achieving the Dream

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Achieving the Dream: Community Colleges Count is a national initiative to help more community college students — particularly low-income students and students of color — succeed. The initiative works on multiple fronts — including efforts at community colleges and in research, public engagement and public policy — and emphasizes the use of data to drive change.

Strategies identified to help more students continue their studies and earn certificates and degrees include:

  • Helping students better prepare for college-level work by focusing on developmental education.
  • Engaging students in the classroom through new instructional techniques that include team learning and the combining of subjects to make learning more relevant to students’ lives.
  • Using student success courses to teach skills such as time management and effective study skills.

Participating Washington Colleges

There are six Washington colleges among the 23 that joined Achieving the Dream as part of the initiative’s 2006 expansion.

In 2011, as the six Washington colleges completed their final year in Achieving the Dream, ten new colleges joined the national initiative:

In 2013, three more colleges joined the initiative:

Funding for Achieving the Dream

College Spark Washington continues to fund this initiative in Washington State. National Achieving the Dream is funded by a collaboration of foundations including Lumina Foundation for Education, Education Assistance Foundation, Heinz Endowments, Houston Endowment Inc., Knowledge Works Foundation, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and Nellie Mae Education Foundation.

More Information

For more information about Achieving the Dream, go to, or contact Heather Gingerich, Program Officer, at 206-461-5326 or

If you have questions regarding Washington colleges in Achieving the Dream, please contact Joe Holliday, SBCTC,, or 360-704-4334.


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