On her 35th birthday, [Bridgette Hampstead] was diagnosed with breast cancer and told she needed surgery immediately. She was stunned, and then grew frustrated as she found little information, support or resources for African American women afflicted with the disease.... Even as she began her own treatment, she created Cierra Sisters, an organization founded to support African women faced with the disease.... Cierra Sisters is a completely volunteer-run organization. Hempstead continues working as a teacher at South Seattle College in the Allied Health program, while devoting countless hours to the cause.
Nine Washington community colleges have been awarded nearly $12.5 million in federal grants to provide training programs for adults...under a program called the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training initiative. One of the grants, for nearly $10 million, is going to a consortium of colleges including Centralia, Everett, Shoreline, South Seattle, Green River and Walla Walla community colleges, and Bates and Renton technical colleges. The money will fund a program called Washington Integrated Sector Employment, which brings together clean energy, construction and advanced manufacturing sectors. It’s expected to reach nearly 2,000 adults, including veterans.
SIFF will re-open the Egyptian this weekend after a successful crowdfunding campaign and an intensive remodel of the space. The nonprofit raised nearly $340,000 plus an additional $75,000 from the city of Seattle to make major remodels to the space and re-open the theater. Seattle Central College owns the building, but said last year it didn’t have the resources to keep the theater open when Landmark left. Seattle Central has been a great partner, Bacarella said, including giving SIFF a discounted lease.
The start of a new year will bring a host of changes to South’s campus, including a new name. As a member of the Seattle College District, South will no longer include the word community in its name. Additionally, the Fall Quarter will mark the inaugural offering of South’s newest bachelor degree in Sustainable Building Science Technology.
More than 13,000 international students came to the Seattle metro area for a college education between 2008 and 2012. ...many of Seattle’s international students come here for associate degrees at community colleges. In that regard, Seattle is something of an outlier. Washington community colleges have vigorously promoted themselves as an option for foreign students, marketing themselves on the idea that community college is less expensive and a steppingstone to a four-year college.
West Seattle native and Seattle Central and WSU alum Bijhan Valibeigi creates "Time Wars" game and exhibits at PAX (Penny Arcade Expo). In a nutshell, “Time Wars” is “…about super-powered time travelers from the 161st Century who are actively trying to change the past to protect a future free of bigotry.”
¿Quiere una vida mejor para sus hijos pero piensa que la universidad (college) cuesta mucho y lejos de su alcance? En los Seattle Colleges estamos comprometidos a que nuestros programas sean accesibles con toda persona que quiera estudiar. ...Los Seattle Colleges del Norte, Centro, Sur y el Seattle Vocational Institute laboran vigorosamente para que estudiantes logren la educación que se merecen.
It’s the kickoff for our DIY contest, in which we’re asking you, readers, to make something from your Sunday paper. (Or any day — but Sunday will give you the most raw material.) Basak Yurtoglu, a student entering her second year in the School of Apparel Design & Development at Seattle Central College (SCC), was the first to take up the challenge, and she’s got some advice for those who might follow.
EdCC is working in partnership with Skagit Valley College, Seattle Central College and Washington State University to develop the program to prepare students for emerging green careers in sustainable agriculture and related environmental fields. The program aims to develop new and improve existing community college curriculum; offer field-based research and real-world service and internship opportunities; design education and career pathways from secondary school through two- and four-year institutions.
If there’s one statistic that explains the inspiration behind the Council of American-Islamic Relations’ Muslim Youth Leadership Program it’s this: Since 2005, the proportion of Americans with a favorable view of Islam decreased by more than ten percent.... Ardo Hersi already has her goals in mind: upon finishing at Seattle Central Community College with a goal of a 3.8 GPA, she hopes to receive a scholarship to pursue a Journalism degree at the University of Washington. ...“You have to talk to people and educate them if you want to solve anything: we need to not only become cognizant of what’s going on in the media, but also to become leaders for tomorrow.”
The Seattle International Film Festival [SIFF] announced that their fundraising drive to help restore and reopen the Egyptian Theater...had surpassed their $300,000 fundraising goal...and the theater is now slated to reopen its doors on October 1st. The Egyptian...became part of Seattle Central Community College’s campus in 1992. “It’s important for Seattle Central to maintain the cultural value of the Egyptian Theater for the benefit of the residents of Capitol Hill and the city of Seattle. We look forward to being a partner with SIFF for many years to come,” said Paul Killpatrick, Ph.D., president of Seattle Central.
The following interview is with Jill Wakefield, chancellor of the Seattle Colleges District. Higher education institutions have always had a role to play in regional economic development and that role is becoming increasingly highlighted as the economy moves deeper into its recovery phase. In this interview, Wakefield discusses the role of colleges in supporting economic development and shares her thoughts on how this role will evolve over the next two decades.
Need a career boost? Want to learn a new skill in a hot job field? There's a slew of new certificate and applied-degree programs starting in Seattle this year that are geared toward job seekers. The University of Washington will have 14 new certificates in its Professional and Continuing Education department this fall. Seattle Colleges (formerly known as Seattle's community colleges) will offer nine new programs for a certificate or applied science degree [see slides 14-22].
Educationally disadvantaged, Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community college students who participate in federally funded intervention programs are likelier than their nonparticipating peers to earn associate’s degrees... likelier to obtain those degrees faster than their peers, transfer to four-year institutions and attempt more for-credit courses even before finishing community college. The study—one of the few to focus on two-year institutions—examined the academic progress of students at De Anza College, South Seattle Community College and City College of San Francisco (CCSF).
To support the colleges that serve AAPI students, the federal government created the Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institution (AANAPISI) grant program in 2008. South Seattle Community College [now South Seattle College] is one of the colleges that uses AANAPISI grants to improve student success for its AAPI students and to build cultural understanding on campus. About 26 percent of the students at the college are AAPI students — up from 21 percent in 2007.
The following interview is with Jill Wakefield, chancellor of the Seattle College District. In March, Seattle's three colleges chose to drop "community" from their names starting in the fall of 2014 as part of a district-wide rebranding campaign. In this interview, Wakefield discusses the move to drop "community" and to share her thoughts on the power of branding in the higher education marketplace.
Green for the 21st Century in Seattle
Innovations in curriculum and operations have earned the 2009 Green Washington Award for the Seattle Colleges
– Central, North and South. All three colleges are active members of the Seattle Climate Partnership and North was an
early signer of the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment. A district-wide Chancellor’s
Sustainability Initiative provides energy, focus and a forum for emerging training and initiatives.
Sustainability is infused into programs ranging from urban agriculture at Central to environmental science,
real estate and building management across the district. Students have funded a sustainability coordinator.
Campus activities include reducing the carbon footprint and promoting recycling and energy conservation, which earned
a “Recycler of the Year” award for South. Last year, the college culinary operations diverted 31 tons of
materials to a regional composting facility – which returned the compost to “green” the college landscape.
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‘Start Next Quarter’
During the economic downturn, thousands of displaced workers turned to the Seattle Colleges at the same
time regional employers reported a need for skilled workers to fill jobs in the new economy. To help both potential
workers and employers, the Seattle Colleges developed Start Next Quarter (SNQ), a two-part initiative
designed to improve the success of dislocated workers who enroll in technical education programs. SNQ invites
prospective students to assess their eligibility for workforce funding online and connects them to a comprehensive
two-day college success workshop held at each campus. The workshops are based on a model developed at one of the
district campuses. Students who complete the workshop are more likely to complete their training programs and to
obtain jobs using their new skills. The project was developed in part through a grant from the League for Innovation,
funded by the Walmart Foundation Bright Futures project to serve displaced workers.
A Model for the Region
The Opportunity Center for Employment and Education at North Seattle College is a regional resource and
the first integrated service center of its kind in Washington state. Since the OCE&E opened its doors in spring 2011,
more than 40,000 people have come for one-stop help in finding a new job, career retraining or to sign up for public
assistance benefits. Founding partners were the state Departments of Social and Health Services and Employment
Security, the college, and the Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County. The campus and the new LEED
Gold Certified 45,000-square foot facility are in the heart of Seattle’s north end and close to a major transit hub.
House Speaker Frank Chopp and Rep. Phyllis Gutierrez Kenney (sponsor of the legislation and a former Seattle District trustee)
championed the OCE&E in the state legislature. The center aims to provide streamlined services in a positive environment,
helping clients succeed in the next stage of their lives.