Washington School Counselor Association


Reach Higher Washington

The Reach Higher initiative is the First Lady's effort to inspire every student in America to take charge of their future by completing their education past high school, whether at a professional training program, a community college, or a four-year college or university. 
The Reach Higher initiative will help make sure all students understand what they need to complete their education, including:
· Exposing students to college and career opportunities · Understanding financial aid eligibility that can make college affordability a reality · Encouraging academic planning and summer learning opportunities · Supporting high school counselors who can help more kids get into college
At the Reach Higher WA Convening at ESD 113 in Olympia on March 11, representatives from OSPI, CSF, WCAN, WSAC, WA School Counselor Association, various school districts and non-profit organizations worked on making commitments in one of the four goals listed above.  Thank you to those of you who were able to attend and participate. Senior Advisor for College Assess Initiative Greg Darnieder from US Department of Education, OSPI Deputy Superintendent Gil Mendoza, College Success Foundation President & CEO Yolanda Spiva and the Governor’s Education Advisor Marcie Maxwell delivered inspirational messages to the participants about the importance of the Reach Higher Initiative as it relates to school counselors and the education of our students.
A special “thank you” to the following planning committee members who organized our Reach Higher WA Convening: Diana Gruman, Yolanda Spiva, Danette Knudson, Michelle Alejano, Dale Tamayose, Michael Cheever, Larry Wright, Weiya Liang, Anna Batie, Juliette Kelly, Kim Reykdal, Jeanne Willard, Becky Ballbach, Heidi Morton, Sharon Camblin, Keith Schacht, Jennifer Brown, and other volunteers.
More information and update on the commitments for Reach Higher WA can be found at: http://www.collegesuccessfoundation.org/wcan/home 
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Reach Higher Goals
Outcomes of the Reach Higher Initiative 
Press Release