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.
After Dec. 31, the current GED test that gives high-school dropouts a credential equivalent to a diploma will be replaced by a new and more challenging version, one given only on computers. On a recent night at Seattle Central Community College, Carl Ellison solved basic math problems on a timed test his teacher gave the class as a warm-up.
As the world mourns and honors former South African President Nelson Mandela, members of the Seattle Central community recall his visit to Seattle in December, 1999. The event was jointly sponsored by Seattle Central, the University of Washington and Seattle University on Dec. 9, 1999. Seattle Central President Charles H. Mitchell presented honorary Associate of Arts Degrees to Mandela and his wife, Cape Town University Chancellor Graca Machel.
Lumina Foundation announced Wednesday that the Road Map Project region – South Seattle and South King County – will be among the first 20 metro areas in America to partner with the foundation in a mobilization effort designed to increase the number of local residents with postsecondary credentials. "Our region is honored and excited to have the opportunity to work closely with Lumina Foundation," said Dr. Jill Wakefield, chancellor of the Seattle Community Colleges and co-founder of the Puget Sound Coalition for College and Career Readiness.
In roundtable discussions and one-on-one interviews, the young people described how King County’s overburdened public transportation system has caused them to miss employment opportunities and delayed achievement of their goals. For an idea of how geographically inaccessible higher ed is, the drive from Rainer Beach to the closest community college, South Seattle Community College, takes about 17 minutes. By bus, the same journey takes about one hour and 20 minutes.
Like many comedians, Mona Concepcion is hilarious, but what sets her apart is that she is the very first female Chamorro stand-up comedienne in the world. And she lives in West Seattle. Mona chose South Seattle Community College to begin her undergraduate studies. “They had the best website,” she joked.... Mona graduated from South Seattle at the top of her class.
The State Board for Community and Technical Colleges will meet for two days this week at Pierce College in Puyallup. At that meeting, the board will consider approving four new bachelors of applied science degrees: data analytics at Bellevue College, cyber security and forensics at Highline Community College, public health at Lake Washington Institute of Technology in Kirkland, and allied health at Seattle Central Community College.
Green for the 21st Century in Seattle
Innovations in curriculum and operations have earned the 2009 Green Washington Award for the Seattle Community 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 Community 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 Community 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 Community 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.