The Parent Advisory Council (PAC) is composed of parents representing each co-op class in the Parent Education program at North Seattle College as well as a faculty representative from the Parent Education program, Health and Human Services Division.
PAC meets on a monthly basis and its major objectives are:
- To promote quality education for parents and their young children.
- To offer parent information and opinions for decision making by the Parent Education Program, Health and Human Services Division, North Seattle College.
- To unify the co-ops throughout the system by providing a communication network for voicing needs and sharing ideas.
- To provide year-to-year continuity and a sense of history for a program made up of many diverse elements.
- To make co-ops available to all socioeconomic groups.
Structure & Budget
The NSC-affiliated Parent Advisory Council is comprised of one representative from each of the 42 NSC co-ops plus an NSC parent educator/faculty member in an advisory role. Each member serves either in a board or committee position. We meet once a month to discuss current co-op issues and to review PAC business. Our operating budget comes from annual PAC dues (currently $66 per co-op x 42 coops or about $2600 for the year). Scholarship money is NOT part of the operating budget—it is separate. The reason PAC exists (aside from being a NSC requirement) is for the further empowerment of each individual co-op. We gain strength by pooling and sharing resources and knowledge among our 42 member co-ops, representing 750 to 800 families, and combined NSC parent education faculty.
How Scholarships Are Funded
Each co-op is responsible for supplying to the PAC scholarship fund an annual “minimum financial commitment” based on the number of students enrolled in that co-op. The scholarship contribution is currently $40 per enrolled child – additional donations are welcomed and needed. Co-ops typically meet their PAC Scholarship contribution through fundraising. PAC maintains a resource list of fundraising options, as families should not be expected to pay higher tuition to meet the scholarship donation commitment.