2019 Spring Training: Connecting Across the Postsecondary Pipeline

Each spring, NCAN chooses a hot topic in the college access and success field and convenes one-day meetings about this topic in three geographically diverse locations. This year’s theme is “Connecting Across the Postsecondary Pipeline".

The NCAN member host for the Seattle training is the College Success Foundation.

Each one-day event will attract 100-plus individuals from nonprofit organizations, K-12 schools, colleges and universities, and the business community and will include regional speakers, breakout sessions, and a networking lunch. The events are free to NCAN members, with a small registration fee for nonmembers.

Date: Tuesday, April 16

William W. Philip Hall 205 / Box 358447
Milgard Assembly Room in William Philip Hall
1900 Commerce Street
Tacoma, WA 98402-3100

Milgard Assembly is located on the first floor of William Philip Hall. The physical address of the building is 1918 Pacific Ave. Here is a PDF of parking on campus. The closest lot to Philip Hall that allows more than three hours of parking is Lot WT31. During the work week this lot does fill up fast in the morning with students getting to class. The Tacoma Dome Garage is free and the Link Light Rail runs every 10 minutes from the garage to campus.


Cancellation Policy
In the event that you need to cancel your registration you may do so and receive a full refund two weeks from the event. A $25 cancellation fee will be assessed for any cancellation that occurs within one week or less from the event.

Hotel Recommendations 
NCAN has not reserved a hotel block, but here are some nearby hotels. The hotels are approximately 1 to 3 miles from the William W. Phillip Hall. 

Best Western Plus
Holiday Inn Express
Courtyard Marriott


“Connecting Across the Postsecondary Pipeline”

Seattle Spring Training Agenda

1900 Commerce Street
 William Philip Hall, Milgard Assembly Room
Tacoma, WA 98402


8 – 8:30 a.m.

Breakfast and Registration

8:30 – 9 a.m.

Welcome and Morning Remarks

Kim Cook, Executive Director, NCAN

Zenia Henderson, Director for Member & Partner Engagement, NCAN

9 – 10:15 a.m.

Keynote Address: The Role of K-12: A Strong Entry Point into Postsecondary Education

Carla Santorno will address the K-12 system’s responsibility in making college accessible to all students and the value of partnerships in doing so.

Speaker: Carla Santorno, Superintendent, Tacoma Public Schools

10:15 – 10:30 a.m

Networking Break

10:30 – 11:45 a.m.

Panel: How Community Champions Add Value and Strengthen “To & Through” Work

This panel will explore how every sector has a role in the postsecondary pipeline; panelists will share their own examples of innovative and collaborative partnerships. We will discuss how employers, institutions of higher education, K-12 systems, and community-based organizations can work together to identify and respond to students’ needs.


Maud Daudon, Project Lead, Career Connect Washington

James Dorsey, Executive Director, College Success Foundation

Kyla Lackie, Postsecondary Readiness Director, Puget Sound College and Career Network

11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.

Networking Lunch

12:45 – 2 p.m.

Panel: Successful Degree Completion Strategies from Higher Ed

This panel will provide an opportunity for higher education professionals to highlight successful strategies for improving student outcomes. Panelists will also share examples of innovative and collaborative partnerships that are helping their institution lead in reaching successful student outcomes.


Dolores Haugen, Director of Community Standards, Tacoma Community College

Stephanie Sanchez, Director of TRIO, Heritage University 

2:00 – 3:00 p.m

Small Group Discussion/Networking

3 – 3:15 p.m.

Closing Remarks