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JOIN COLLEAGUES across the district as we get a running start to the new academic year. At Seattle Colleges,
we level the playing field and ensure all of us are in a race we can win. Let's cheer each other on to the finish!
As the U.S. faces demographic and economic change, Seattle has been a bellwether. With a thriving economy that nonetheless fails to reach all, economic inequality has risen, with a significant growth in high-tech wealth driving low-income residents to the suburbs. Pastor will look at the demographic changes rippling throughout the nation and consider how they play out in Seattle. He will focus not only on past trends and future projections but also why it is that embracing inclusion is the actual key to securing sustainable economic growth. Suggesting that more work is needed to fortify the economy and more effectively shape our growth, Pastor will highlight the positive role of community colleges to both develop and link neighborhoods across the region to craft a new American future.
8 a.m.Registration, Coffee & Conversation
9 a.m.Program begins
Chancellor's State of the District
Lifelong Learning Awards
Constance W. Rice Partner of the Year Award
League for Innovation2015 Innovation of the Year
Tour: Ghosts of Seattle Central
Lunch: Ask District Leadership
Individually scheduled districtwide andcampus department meetings
DistrictPIO@seattlecolleges.edu for more information or special accommodations.
A video of the program will be provided for those observing Yom Kippur. In addition, the program will be livestreamed.
Lunch is sponsored by our three college campus bookstores -
Seattle Central, North Seattle, and South Seattle - operated by
Join Chancellor Jill Wakefield, North Seattle President Warren Brown, Central Interim President Sheila Edwards Lange, and South Seattle President Gary Oertli for an informal lunch panel at which they will field questions on a variety of topics.
To make the most efficient use of the 60-minute session, please submit questions and topics to
by Monday, September 21. They will be grouped to allow for maximum discussion.
The time can also be spent visiting with colleagues from around the district.
Lunch is sponsored by our three college campus bookstores - Seattle Central, North Seattle, and South Seattle - operated by Barnes & Noble 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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Helping displaced workers to
‘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.