Communities for Our Colleges

Just Strategy founded Communities for Our Colleges to fight for Washington State’s 34 community and technical colleges. Our Colleges is an organization of students, faculty, alumni, and community supporters.

Community colleges are the backbones of our economy and local communities. They drive racial equity and working-class success. We are building power to defend and expand access to community colleges.

Report: Working Connections – Childcare Access for Undocumented Students

Child care is essential for student parents to succeed. Research shows that affordable, accessible child care plays an important role in helping student parents stay in school. But it’s becoming harder and harder for them to afford both child care and tuition. This report from Communities for Our Colleges documents the challenges to obtaining child care by undocumented students and key policy recommendations to overcome them.

Report: Our Colleges, Our Future – Legislative Storybook

Our 2021-22 Legislative Storybook captures the voices of students across Washington to illustrate the challenges we face in attending our state’s Community and Technical Colleges. Using both a qualitative and quantitative approach, the report outlines eight policy recommendations to address the racial and economic equity gaps in Washington’s CTCs and to better serve and support our students.

Report: What Students Need In a Time of COVID

This report gathers the voices of students at Washington State’s community and technical colleges (CTCs) in order to shine a light on the important role CTCs have to play in advancing racial and economic justice. The report also explains how the challenges students face at CTCs arise from underfunding and lays out policy recommendations to address these challenges.