PSCCN College and Career Network: Connecting Families During COVID

How might you share important information on college readiness during a pandemic? The radio! On May 19, Angelica Alvarez, Manager, Postsecondary Readiness Student & Family Engagement, and Radio Host, Rafael Anariba, from Spanish Radio Station 1680 AM set a clear intention to:

  • Ensure that students and families update their financial information if things have changed. You can appeal and edit your financial aid right now and everyone is understanding that so much has shifted. 
  • If students haven’t applied yet — our local community colleges are a great option and have a variety of programs. Many have updated their application deadlines, and all are open access meaning you can go no matter what your grades were. 
  • Importance of Financial Aid application; it’s still not too late 
  • Asking for help
  • Acknowledging that things are being done differently and that it is also an opportunity
  • Enrolling in postsecondary options


Otterbot is a free texting service designed to help Washington students navigate financial aid for college and career education. Students can access Otterbot via text message 24 hours a day, seven days a week by texting "Hi Otter" to 360-928-7281.

WSAC Action Plan 
We know from past recessions that the jobs that are most vulnerable in times like these and what’s to come, are those without specialized training or a credential. Getting a postsecondary credential in the field in which you want to work can help you withstand economic downturns better than no credentials. Even before coronavirus, jobs without a post-high-school education were getting automated faster each year. Now, they are more vulnerable to not coming back.  

 It's up to each family, but we encourage students to enroll directly if at all possible since they are much more likely to complete if they start right away — and won’t lose academic ground. Also, this is a cool new resource for students to explore their career interest — a critical step before selecting a college.


Asegúrese de que los estudiantes y las familias actualicen su información financiera si las cosas han cambiado. Puede apelar y editar su ayuda financiera ahora mismo y todos entienden que muchas cosas han cambiado.

  • Si los estudiantes aún no han presentado su solicitud, nuestros colegios comunitarios locales son una excelente opción y tienen una variedad de programas. Muchos han actualizado los plazos de solicitud y todos tienen acceso abierto, lo que significa que puedes ir sin importar cuáles fueron tus calificaciones.
  • Importancia de la solicitud de ayuda financiera; todavía no es tarde
  • Pidiendo Ayuda
  • Reconociendo que las cosas se están haciendo de manera diferente y que también es una oportunidad
  • Inscripción en opciones postsecundarias 


Otterbot en español
Otterbot es un servicio gratuito de mensajes de texto diseñado para ayudar a los estudiantes de Washington a navegar por la ayuda financiera para la educación universitaria y profesional. Los estudiantes pueden acceder a Otterbot a través de un mensaje de texto las 24 horas del día, los siete días de la semana enviando un mensaje de texto a "Hi Otter" al 360-928-7281 

También: https://wsac.wa.gov/ActionPlan 

Sabemos por recesiones pasadas que los trabajos que son más vulnerables en momentos como estos y los que están por venir son aquellos sin capacitación o credenciales especializadas. Obtener una credencial postsecundaria en el campo en el que desea trabajar puede ayudarlo a resistir las crisis económicas mejor que ninguna credencial. Incluso antes del coronavirus, los trabajos sin educación posterior a la escuela secundaria se automatizaban más rápido cada año. Ahora, son más vulnerables a no volver.

Obviamente, depende de cada familia, pero alentamos a los estudiantes a inscribirse directamente, si es posible, ya que es mucho más probable que completen si comienzan de inmediato y no perderán terreno académico.

Además, estos son recursos nuevos y geniales para que los estudiantes exploren su interés profesional, un paso crítico antes de seleccionar una universidad.


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