OTA gets College Spark grant

College Spark Washington, an organization that funds programs across the state to help low-income students become college-ready and earn their degrees, recently awarded $150,000 to On Track Academy.

For 10 years, On Track has been serving credit-deficient high school students, helping them get back on track to high school graduation. Their graduation rate of 95 percent exceeds that of the district as a whole. On Track administrators are now working to improve direct postsecondary enrollment rates. 

“On Track Academy students ‘Create What’s Next’ on their journey,” said Principal Lisa Mattson. “The College Spark grant will support deep connections to training, putting our motto into action!”

The school will use grant funds to create an embedded series of career exploration and college application activities for all students, delivered during the school day through a required course. Grant funds will also be used to develop and refine curriculum and teacher-led activities to embed in a leadership course that includes career inventories, exploration of best-fit colleges and majors/programs, college and financial aid applications, campus visits that include college program exploration, and growth mindset activities.