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A college-readiness program for underserved students and their families in the greater Puget Sound area, Making Connections (MC) seeks to increase college enrollment and career interests in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) fields.

MC provides four years of life-changing, wrap-around academic and enrichment services to students and their families. It combines the nuts and bolts of college readiness preparation with career exploration, academic tutoring, personal and professional mentorship, leadership development, ongoing professional enrichment, and a lifelong network of allies comprised of MC alumnae and supporters.

The students who join MC do not follow a checklist; they carve out their unique paths in collaboration with personal champions who customize the program every year based on those students’ dreams, interests, abilities and goals.

MC at-a-glance

  • 100% of MC students have been accepted to college since 2007.
  • 98% of MC students are people of color.
  • 78% of 2019 MC graduates are pursuing education in STEM fields.
  • 22% of 2019 MC graduates are pursuing education in business or political science.

In 2018-19:

  • 105 students from grades 9-12 participated in MC.
  • Collectively, MC seniors received over $1 million in grants and scholarships.

Elise’s story

Want to learn more about the MC experience? Meet Elise, a 2019 MC student.