College Access Initiative

The Ed Fund’s College Access Initiative seeks to increase the number of West Contra Costa Unified School District students who seek and attain a post-secondary education. Most new jobs created in the 21st century will require a skilled workforce with at least some college education. Our goal is to strengthen and align
programs and resources to make college a reality for all students.

As the convener of the West County College Access Network (WCCAN), the Ed Fund works with college
access providers and the West Contra Costa Unified School District to significantly increase the number of
students seeking and completing a post-secondary education.

The WCCAN is a partnership of 25 different organizations. All are dedicated in one way or another to
increasing the options and resources open to students in the West Contra Costa Unified School District.
Together we are working on the expansion of financial aid advising and increasing the completion rates for
financial aid.

In the 2015-2016 school year we:

  • Convened and coordinated activities for the West County College Access Network
  • Facilitated monthly College-Going Collaborative Team meetings at comprehensive high schools
  • Coordinated Getting Ready for College Conference for 350 participants in the Fall
  • Delivered College Advising Program to 100 Information Technology Academy Students – 5 session workshops on College Application, Financial Aid and Enrollment process
  • Coordinated Cash for College Nights for 699 high school seniors and parents
  • Coordinated ​District Financial Aid ​Completion​ Campaign – ​March 2nd priority deadline of 63%
  • Spearheaded Richmond Chamber of Commerce Policy – All Education Committee members will support or attend a Cash for College Night or support in school completion of FAFSA/DREAM application in 2015/16 school year
  • Coordinated Road to College for 60 high school juniors and their families with 50 volunteers participating

While the Ed Fund has made great strides, many students still do not have access to quality
information and programs. To get involved, please consider donating funds to support college access for under served students.