Sandhya Khadka wrote a three-page essay recently for a class at North Seattle Community College, describing her homeland in Nepal, why she was in school in Seattle and what her dreams were. Thursday night, her accounting instructor Joe Smith presented that recent class assignment to her family and friends at a vigil mourning her death.
This televised feature showcases South Seattle College's Pastry program and shows the array of fine Easter treats, from cookies and cakes to elaborate spun sugar confections and extravagant decorated eggs, all available to the public through Bernie's Pastry Shop on campus.
“The world of aviation is so vast, with endless possibilities waiting to be explored by young men and women!” So says CrystalRose Hudelson, who you first met here in January as she shared the news that she and other South Seattle College students had formed an all-woman team to head to the Aviation Maintenance Competition in Las Vegas – the school’s first-ever team to compete. ...And from Hudelson: “We felt great about the whole experience. The aviation maintenance individuals voiced to us how much they encouraged and welcomed women in the field. We made many professional connections including Washington[based teams Alaska Airlines and Team Boeing.
Warren J. Brown, an administrator at community colleges throughout Western Washington, is the next president of North Seattle College, starting July 1.
Jesse Sochetna Chhay and his family moved to Seattle in 2006 from Cambodia with a single goal in mind: to obtain the best education possible. ...By the time his senior year arrived, Chhay’s English was improving and he was working hard...to position himself for higher education scholarships. And that’s when he heard about the 13th Year Promise Scholarship Program at South Seattle College. ...Today, 13th Year offers all graduating seniors from Cleveland, Chief Sealth and Rainier Beach High School the opportunity to attend one year of college tuition free, made possible by private donations the South Seattle College Foundation.
The Seattle Times reported that the city’s three community colleges had resolved to ditch the word “community”, reflecting the evolution of one-time junior colleges into broader institutions with a higher education remit. By September the three institutions will be known as Seattle Central College, South Seattle College and North Seattle College, the paper reported, after all three began offering a bachelor of applied science degree.
The move reflects similar changes in Australia, where many TAFEs (Technical and Further Education) have discarded the name in favour of terms like “polytechnic” and “institute of technology”. ...Similar changes were occurring in Canada....
Next week, Seattle Deaf Film Festival brings its three-day roster of 36 productions showncasing the works of the deaf filmmaking community to Capitol Hill.... Seattle Central currently offers the only Deaf Studies Associate of Arts program in Western Washington. “Deaf Studies consists of courses teaching American Sign Language, as well as courses teaching deaf history and culture..."
Back in January, we shared the story of South Seattle Community College Aviation Maintenance Technology students who had formed an all-woman team determined to go to a national competition in Las Vegas. After school and community support put some wind beneath their wings, they worked hard to practice, and this week it’s showtime – they’re in Las Vegas at the Aerospace Maintenance Competition.
Warren Brown, an administrator with 17 years of experience in the state’s community college system, has been named the next president of North Seattle College. He will start his new job in July. Brown was selected after a national search. He is executive vice president for instruction and student services at Seattle Central College...and an adjunct faculty member for Seattle University....
Colleges in our region that recently dropped community from their names all grant a specific type of bachelor's degree, a bachelor of applied science...."It's a very lively conversation," said Susan Kostick, interim communications director for the Seattle Colleges District — which until last week was the Seattle Community Colleges District.
Exempt employees who work at the four Seattle Community College campuses voted last week 68-39 to form their own union through a secret ballot process certified by the Washington State Public Employment Relations Commission in Olympia. The vote means that 156 staff who work in advising, IT, financial aid, student outreach, and other departments will be represented by the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) Washington.
Seattle's three community colleges are losing the "community." They'll now be known as Seattle Central College, South Seattle College and North Seattle College. It's part of the evolution of institutions once known as junior colleges. They now have broader missions, including granting bachelor's degrees.
The word “community” is being stripped from the names of Seattle’s three community colleges, part of the evolution of institutions once known as junior colleges that now have broader missions, including granting bachelor’s degrees. The three will be known as Seattle Central College, South Seattle College and North Seattle College.
At Washington’s state capitol in Olympia, a Mariachi band played yesterday after Democratic Governor Jay Inslee signed the “Real Hope Act.” The law makes Washington the fourth state to allow undocumented students to receive state-funded financial aid.
At its meeting on March 13, the Seattle Community Colleges District Board of Trustees voted unanimously to change the name of the District to Seattle Colleges and to change the names of the colleges to Seattle Central College, North Seattle College and South Seattle College. All three of the District's colleges now offer bachelor's degrees. The Bachelor of Applied Science (B.A.S.) degree programs provide the third and fourth year of college work for people who have completed a two-year technical degree.
Seattle’s three community colleges are dropping “community” from their names to reflect their broadening role in preparing people for a competitive market and that they now also award bachelor’s degrees.
Nearly 350 people turned out to honor the Puget Sound region's top financial executives at the 2014 CFO of the Year Awards on March 13, including Kurt Buttleman of Seattle Community Colleges, CFO of the Year of a Nonprofit Organization with more than $50 million in revenue in 2013.
The applied bachelor’s degree at North Seattle Community College is a good example of the job connection. The Puget Sound area is a hotbed for international trade, logistics and transportation. Yet employers report difficulty finding people with the right credentials. North Seattle has created a new Bachelor of Applied Science Degree in International Business.
A taxpayer-funded welding class at Seattle’s Vigor Shipyards is training long-unemployed workers for a career change — and a blue-collar dream of a steady living wage.... The program was created jointly last year by Vigor Shipyards and South Seattle Community College.
A growing number of community colleges have started offering four-year degrees, sparking a number of name changes that drop the word “community.” Bellevue College made the change in 2009. Of the 34 community and technical colleges in the state of Washington, about one-third offer four-year degrees. Some of them have “community” in their names; some do not. Now, Seattle Community Colleges may soon become Seattle Colleges.
For owner and Seattle Central Community College alum Jose Perez, Villa Escondida is his first foray into the restaurant business.
A workshop on racial equity in education will be held Saturday at Cleveland High, sponsored by the Seattle Alliance of Black School Educators and Seattle Public Schools.... The event also will include a panel on equity and race, with...instructor Carl Livingston from Seattle Central Community College....
We’ve seen thousands of people rally for a $15 -an-hour minimum wage in Seattle, but even that strong support is not universal. More than 100 students gathered at Seattle Central Community College, and more than a few of them are worried about their jobs if the minimum wage goes from $9.32 an hour to $15 an hour, a 63% increase.
Students from South Seattle Community College and Seattle Central Community College will be trained in mentorship, cross-cultural communications, action research and digital literacy, Cuban said.... Western alumni will train selected mentors from Seattle-area community colleges to work with adults living in low-income communities.
As part of a continuing fundraising effort, the Tsutakawa Fountain Committee at Seattle Central Community College will host an event to raise money for the restoration of an abandoned fountain sculpture by the late, world-renowned artist George Tsutakawa. The fountain is simply called “Fountain.” “Memory and Interlude: An Evening of Music with the Tsutakawas” will be held on Thursday, Feb. 27, at the Broadway Performance Hall at 7:30 p.m.
Guest Opinion: A measure proposed in Olympia would set faculty against one another. ...It’s easy to blame the union representing faculty, but study after study and story after story prove that the system itself is broken. ...At Shoreline and Seattle community colleges, for example, many part-time faculty are guaranteed classes before full-time are allowed to work extra classes, and their union contracts ensure that they are interviewed for full-time positions in their departments.
Influenced by his wife’s Italian heritage and family history of winemaking, West Seattle's Michael Taylor’s modest start as a winemaker began in his basement as a hobby 10 years ago. Finding passion in his pastime, Michael attended the Northwest Wine Academy - Wine Technology program at South Seattle Community College in 2007.
South Seattle Community College...will hold their Japanese American Day of Remembrance event on Feb. 20 with a screening of filmmaker Frank Abe’s “Conscience and the Constitution” at 11 AM in the Jerry Brockey Student Center. A discussion of the film will immediately follow. The event is free and open to all.
ASCC is looking to choose a theme that would unite Cerritos College, as a whole.... Greg Hinkley, Sociology professor at Seattle Central Community College, was brought in from Seattle, Wash. to share his experience with what his college went through, as well as inspire the students at Cerritos College.
The state of Washington could soon become the fourth in the nation after California, Texas and New Mexico to allow the children of illegal immigrants to qualify for state-funded college financial aid. The idea has now passed both the Washington House and Senate. But allowing undocumented students to compete for these limited dollars is still a thorny issue for some, especially since the program is already seriously underfunded.
Guest Opinion: The state has damaged the teachers it relies on by tying them to unions that don't represent their interests.
Under current Washington state laws, two-thirds of our state’s community and technical college faculty are classified as temporary part-time faculty and paid poverty-level wages (typical annual pay for a part-timer teaching half-time is $16,835). This is not simply because part-timers work fewer hours; it is because part-time faculty are paid at a much lower rate than full-time faculty.
Vera Ing, a political activist and patron of the arts who was also a leader in the development of Seattle’s Chinatown International District, has died. She was 73.
A woman was sexually assaulted at Seattle Central Community College last week, and the attacker also tried to restrain her, police said. Video footage captured the man suspected of being the attacker. Police are still searching for the man.
An issue coming up again this year in the Washington Legislature is whether to restore the cost-of-living allowance (COLA) to paychecks of teachers and other education workers who have done without it since 2009. To community college instructors such as Esther "Little Dove" John, a psychology instructor at Seattle Central Community College, the COLA is a matter of fairness.
SSCC has just announced that Gifts from the Earth raised a record $210,000. More than a quarter of that, $58,000, came from the “Fund a Dream” pledges, the school says.
The Mt. Zion Baptist Church was nearly overflowing Friday, Jan. 17, when hundreds gathered for the 40th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Community Celebration, presented by Seattle Community Colleges. Celebrants included school children, a contingency from the Seattle Police Department, Mayor Ed Murray, council members, and other dignitaries.
Q13 FOX reporter and on-air personality Kate Yeager will be the master of ceremonies at this year’s Gifts From The Earth fundraiser event at South Seattle Community College on Jan. 25, 2014.
Long time community activist Vera Faye Ing died on Jan. 18, 2014. She was 73. Vera’s commitment to community touched and influenced many people, and she was particularly interested in helping the younger generation to be more involved, whether it was acting as a mentor, getting involved with their causes, or introducing them to others. Vera was a past president of the North Seattle Community College Foundation Board....
Since we reported January 10th on those South Seattle Community College Aviation Maintenance Technology students’ plan for national competition a week and a half ago, they’ve encountered a hitch: They’re short on funding for the trip to the competition in Las Vegas in late March.
South Seattle Community College released an all-star line-up of participating chefs for the annual fundraising event, "Gifts From the Earth," today. In addition to a silent and live auction, guests to the sold-out fundraiser will enjoy a multi-course meal that is prepared by 15 of Seattle's finest chefs, along with the help of South Seattle Community College's Culinary students.
For the last 40 years, Seattle Community Colleges have commemorated the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with special events held around his birthday. This year’s event features a project to spark meaningful conversations starting with six simple words. That’s the premise behind a nationwide movement called "The Race Card Project" - the brainchild of NPR host and special correspondent Michele Norris.
For the first time ever, South Seattle Community Colleges (WSB sponsor) is sending a team to the national Aerospace Maintenance Competition,coming up in Las Vegas this March. The team’s members are all women, points out Crystal Rose Hudelson, who thinks it’s particularly exciting as interest in STEM studies and professions grows among women and girls.
The Seattle Community College District Board of Trustees failed to follow the state’s open meetings law, and is rescinding a decision it made earlier this week to authorize the signing of a sublease for Pacific Tower.
Anchor and Managing Editor Brian Williams will talk one-on-one with...current House Budget Committee Chair Paul Ryan about his views on tackling poverty...and with a panel of four journalists on the poverty beat, including...John Sharify, contributing reporter for KING 5 News, and the General Manager of two Seattle television stations, Seattle Community Colleges Television (SCCTV) and Seattle Community Media, the city's public access station.
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.