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High School to College Completion

The High School to College Completion Advisory Group is charged with monitoring and supporting action plan implementation to make sure it will achieve the Road Map Project’s college readiness and postsecondary completion goals. The group will provide ongoing feedback to lead implementers of major action plan strategies and the Race to the Top Stay Strong team, and identify course corrections and new strategies/opportunities as necessary.

In 2014, a Postsecondary Success Subcommittee will be convened to further develop postsecondary persistence and completion components of the action plan.

Advisory Group Members

Deborah Wilds (Chair), Washington State Board of Education Board Member and community volunteer
Angela Griffin, Treehouse
Charlie Hoff, Community volunteer, Federal Way
Christopher Wells, University of Washington Office of Minority Affairs and Diversity
Hilary Loeb, Puget Sound Educational Service District
Kacey Guin, City of Seattle Office for Education
Jenee Myers Twitchell, UW Dream Project
Jennie Flaming, Puget Sound Educational Service District
Jessica Werner, Youth Development Executives of King County
Ken Thompson, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Kyla Lackie, Highline Public Schools
Linda Filley Bentler, Puget Sound Educational Service District
Mary Fertakis, Tukwila School District Board of Directors
Rachel Clements, College Spark Washington
Sue Byers, Island Wood
Willie Seals, Puget Sound Educational Service District


Kirsten Avery, “Avery,” Community Center for Education Results
Contact: kavery@ccedresults.org / 206.838.6613


The original High School to College Completion Work Group began convening in June 2011. The work group was charged with developing a strategic action plan to improve college readiness and postsecondary completion throughout the Road Map Project region. The seven Road Map Project school districts and four community colleges joined workforce development organizations, education funders and youth development organizations in actively participating in the planning process.

The action plan was developed over the course of a year. Academic research and current data on students in the region were used to inform strategy selection. The work group also considered the scale required to move Road Map Project indicators and achieve interim targets.

From February to May 2012, a draft of the action plan was presented in detail and vetted by more than 180 individuals. Improvements were made as feedback was continuously incorporated. In May 2012, the first version of the Road Map High School to College Completion Action Plan was completed.

During 2013, significant work was done to identify lead implementers and identify funding to support various action plan strategies. Several strategies in the initial High School to College Completion Action Plan were incorporated into the region’s $40 million Race to the Top grant.

As the Road Map Project’s high school to college completion work continues to evolve from strategy development to the implementation phase, there is a need to monitor strategy progress and also dive more deeply into postsecondary strategies that will improve college progress and completion at colleges in our region. In 2014, the initial work group will be shifting into two committees: an Advisory Group and a Postsecondary Success Subcommittee. We’d like to express gratitude for the fantastic leadership of Dr. Deborah Wilds, former President and Chief Operating Officer for the College Success Foundation, who will continue to chair the High School to College Completion Advisory Group going forward.