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August 12, 2015

CHANCELLOR'S MESSAGE

Chancellor announces retirement, goals for final academic year

After 40 years with Seattle Colleges, Chancellor Jill Wakefield has announced her retirement, effective June 2016. She was appointed chancellor in 2009 and is the longest-serving chancellor in the district’s history.

Dr. Wakefield’s focus in her final year includes:

  • Getting more students to the finish line by improving recruitment, retention, and completion.
  • Meeting workforce training needs in high-demand areas.
  • Continuing to offer high-demand, high-quality transfer programs with clear pathways to universities.
  • Establishing sustainable public and private funding sources.
  • Ensuring the new Health Education Center in Pacific Tower is fully operational.

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July 24, 2015

CHANCELLOR'S MESSAGE

Free tuition puts American dream within reach

Photo: Chancellor Jill Wakefield, Seattle Colleges

The pathway to the American dream is changing. These days, people need to work hard, play by the rules and pursue a lifelong education. For many Washingtonians, the access to lifelong education starts at the state’s community and technical colleges.

Congress recently introduced legislation that would widen the path to the American dream and lifelong education. Modeled along the lines of President Obama’s America’s College Promise proposal, the legislation would reduce financial barriers and send a clear and definitive message that college attendance should be as universal as high school.

Read more in The Seattle Times op-ed I co-authored with Marty Brown, executive director of the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges. I hope you’ll share it with your network, and that you’ll contact your representatives and senators in Washington, DC, and urge support for America’s College Promise legislation.

Photo: Chancellor Jill Wakefield, Seattle Colleges

June 29, 2015

CHANCELLOR'S MESSAGE

UW Vice Provost Named Interim President at Seattle Central College

Photo: Dr. Sheila Edwards Lange

Dr. Sheila Edwards Lange has been appointed interim president of Seattle Central College, effective Monday, August 17.

“Dr. Edwards Lange’s skills, experience, and dedication make her a perfect match for Seattle Central,” says Chancellor Jill Wakefield. “She is committed to students and to ensuring their success. This is in complete alignment with our mission and values.”

Edwards Lange currently serves as vice president for Minority Affairs and vice provost for Diversity at the University of Washington (UW). She is responsible for increasing diversity at the UW and working with senior leadership to improve the campus climate and retention of diverse students, faculty, and staff. She has managed student services and academic programs and led institutional transformation initiatives, community relations, and fundraising related to diversity. She also teaches as an adjunct faculty member at the UW Evans School of Public Affairs.

Under Edwards Lange’s leadership, the Office of Minority Affairs and Diversity team has made a difference in how the UW serves first-generation, low-income, and underserved students. She has shifted the university’s focus from beyond just access to both access and success and has broadened the participation of underrepresented students in science, technology, engineering, and math through community partners and collaborators. As a result of her work leading the strategic plan for diversity, the entire university community is now engaged in the work of making the campus more inclusive and welcoming for students, faculty, and staff of all backgrounds.

Prior to joining the UW, Edwards Lange worked for Seattle Colleges at the district office in Education and Planning and at North Seattle College. “Seattle Colleges is uniquely positioned to influence the economic and social well-being for thousands of families in our region. I am honored to be part of the leadership team that builds upon the tradition of excellence at Seattle Central,” she says. 

Edwards Lange has held positions in academic and student services at the University of California, Irvine; Western Washington University; and the University of Washington. She has served on a number of national, state, and local committees and boards to advance equity and inclusion in higher education.

Edwards Lange received her doctorate in educational leadership and policy studies and her master’s in public administration from the University of Washington, and she received her bachelor’s in social ecology from the University of California, Irvine.

Photo: Dr. Sheila Edwards Lange

May 28, 2015

CHANCELLOR'S MESSAGE

Executives of fast-growing tech businesses discuss ways academia can support the local industry

Executives of fast-growing tech businesses discuss ways academia can support the local industry

The growth in Seattle’s technology industry has created an ongoing demand for highly-skilled and collaborative employees. At a recent meeting, Seattle Colleges hosted an industry panel that focused on how our graduates can be best prepared for a future in tech and how our colleges can deepen ties with local employers.

The panel included representatives from three of the fastest-growing tech businesses in the Seattle area: Dawn Clark, vice president at Expedia, Dave Cotter, entrepreneur and director of technology at Zulily, and Nika Kabiri, director of consumer insights at Avvo. It was moderated by Keela Robison, former CEO of Urbanspoon.

Top takeaways from the panel:

  • There is an unprecedented demand for software engineers – a great opportunity for our students.
  • The ability for future employees to work effectively with cross-disciplinary teams is key to their success.
  • Online mini courses are gaining traction over theory-based courses.
  • General awareness is low among tech professionals about community college class options and their affordability.

The panel also gave suggestions on how students can make their résumés stand out.

Thanks to Keela Robison for summarizing the session in her blog posts, Skills Required for College Students to Get a Job in Tech and Collaboration Opportunities Between Colleges and the Tech Industry. And thanks to all the panelists for their time and participation. We look forward to working with them, and to our students working for their companies.


May 15, 2015

South Seattle College student honored as one of the country's top scholars

Photo: David Yama, South Seattle College student

Congratulations to David Patrick Yama for being named to the All-Academic USA Team by the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, an international honors organization for community college students. He is the first student in South Seattle College's history to receive this honor.

In addition, Yama received the society’s David R. Pierce Scholarship, established in honor of its former board vice chair and former chair of the American Association of Community Colleges.

Yamawho returned to school in his late 20s to get his GEDwill graduate from South in June. He will transfer to the University of Washington, where he currently volunteers in a research lab each week. He plans to get a doctorate in bioengineering and work as a researcher and professor.

Learn more in The Seattle Times and USA Today.

Photo: David Yama, South Seattle College student

February 9, 2015

We Have a Dream

We Have a Dream

Dreams realized and dreams to be fulfilled were the focus of Seattle Colleges’ 42nd Community Celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. at Mount Zion Baptist Church. Renowned artist and writer Barbara Earl Thomas headlined the program, which also included Seattle Colleges Chancellor Jill Wakefield, Rev. Aaron Williams, Congressman Adam Smith, King County Executive Dow Constantine, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray and emcee Tonya Mosley sharing their dreams onstage.

View and download posed portraits and candid photos, and watch the entire program.

Chancellor Wakefield spoke about President Obama’s proposal to make two years of community college free. She said, “What better way is there to achieve social and economic equity than to make higher education available to all by eliminating the funding barrier? By 2018, two-thirds of all jobs will require some college. This vision allows everyone who lives here to access a better life for themselves and their families.”

South Seattle College President Gary Oertli presented the Rev. Samuel McKinney Scholarship to Makayla Ross. She is a student in the Pastry and Baking Arts program who plans to get her bachelor’s degree in Hospitality from South and open her own bakery.

Fifth-grade students from John Stanford International School inspired the audience with poetry about their dreams, and DaNell Daymon and Greater Works further enlivened the crowd with their rousing music. The program closed as it has for many years: Rev. McKinney leading all gathered in singing, We Shall Overcome.

Make plans now to join us on Friday, January 15, 2016, for our 43rd Community Celebration of Dr. King.


January 3, 2015

Seattle Colleges host 42nd Community Celebration of Martin Luther King Jr.

Photo: Keynote speaker Barbara Earl Thomas, artist and writer

In a sweltering 1963 August heat, the Dreamer inspired us.

More than 45 years later, Barack Obama became the nation’s first African-American president. For some, the dream was realized. For others, the dream is still unfulfilled.

Join us to celebrate the Dreamer and the dreamer in us all. The program is free and open to the public.

Featuring:

The program is from noon to 1:30 pm at Mount Zion Baptist Church, 1634 19th Avenue, Seattle. Doors open at 11 am. Please email if you need seating for people with special needs.

Photo: Keynote speaker Barbara Earl Thomas, artist and writer

November 3, 2014

CHANCELLOR'S MESSAGE

Seattle College District receives 2014 Charles Kennedy Equity Award

Photo: Chancellor Jill Wakefield

The Association of Community College Trustees has announced that the Seattle College District is the recipient of its 2014 Charles Kennedy Equity Award. The national award recognizes institutions that demonstrate evidence of leadership in setting policies, championing an environment of inclusivity, and ensuring results for the success, enhancement and expansion of opportunities for women and underrepresented and underserved communities.

“This award is more than a recognition of our programs,” says Seattle Colleges Chancellor Jill Wakefield. “It certifies that we are on the right track. That said, there’s more that needs to be done to ensure these fast-growing populations have an opportunity to be successful.

“Thanks go to our trustees—who lead us in our commitment to diversity and equity—and our faculty and staff who work every day to instruct, train, and mentor these groups.”

Learn more about Seattle Colleges’ programs targeting diverse student populations here.

 

 

 

Photo: Chancellor Jill Wakefield

October 9, 2014

CHANCELLOR'S MESSAGE

Seattle Colleges highlights local diaspora communities at free public event on October 14

Seattle Colleges highlights local diaspora communities at free public event on October 14

Please join Seattle Colleges for Live Locally, Act Globally on Tuesday, October 14, from 2 to 4 pm at the Broadway Performance Hall, 1625 Broadway in Seattle.

This event is one of similar events happening across the world as part of Global Diaspora Week (GDW). We are pleased to welcome Andrew O’Brien, Special Representative for Global Partnerships with the U.S. Department of State, as our guest speaker.

Diaspora is commonly used to describe a community of people who live outside their shared country of affinity and maintain active connections with it.

In addition to his remarks, O’Brien will moderate a panel discussion featuring the work being done internationally by local individuals. They are:

  • Yadesa Bojia, graphic designer and artist. Bojia raises money to build schools and libraries in Ethiopia.
  • Roberto Carcelén, former Olympian. The Roberto Carcelén Foundation will provide opportunities to children in Latin America ages 6 to 15 through computer science and sports.
  • Rob Smith, owner of EarthWise Ventures. EarthWise builds ferries to support infrastructure in Africa so commerce can take place.
  • Alex-Hung H. Tran, president of Western United Fish. Western United Fish helped develop the tuna business in Vietnam, to the point that Vietnam is now one of the top exporters of tuna to the U.S.
  • Rita Zawaideh, founder of the Salaam Cultural Museum. Zawaideh leads humanitarian missions to Jordan and Syria to meet the basic needs of refugees now numbering in the hundreds of thousands.

There will be a networking reception immediately following the program. Find more information at Live Locally, Act Globally.

This event is free and open to the public; however, RSVPs are encouraged. RSVP for yourself or reserve a block of seats by email or by phone at 206.934.3242.


July 30, 2014

College navigators help high school graduates transition to college successfully

College navigators help high school graduates transition to college successfully

A $150,000 grant from College Spark Washington will go toward a program to help College Bound Scholarship students and other low-income, first-generation students make a successful transition from local high schools to Seattle Colleges.

The program will build a system of services and student supports that can 1) increase direct high school-to-college enrollment rates; 2) orient students to college life and prepare them to succeed as college students; 3) ensure that graduating seniors receive timely academic advising regarding college course selection and access to college services; and 4) provide COMPASS prep and testing with follow-on academic support for students with low-level math and English skills, accelerating their path to college-level classes and a college degree.

Seattle Colleges transition navigators are in place at Interagency Academy (Seattle Central College) and West Seattle High School (South Seattle College). A navigator will begin at Ingraham High School (North Seattle College) in the fall. Each navigator works with graduating students throughout their senior year and their first quarter of college.

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