Seattle cinephiles were shocked and saddened when the venerable Egyptian Theater shut its doors in 2013.... When Landmark and the building owners, Seattle Central College, announced they could not reach agreement on a new lease, it looked like that might be the end of the cinematic road for the venerable Egyptian. But earlier this year, SIFF co-directors Mary Baccarella and Carl Spence announced that the nonprofit organization had taken over the Egyptian's lease.
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.
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.