The Seattle International Film Festival [SIFF] announced that their fundraising drive to help restore and reopen the Egyptian Theater...had surpassed their $300,000 fundraising goal...and the theater is now slated to reopen its doors on October 1st. The Egyptian...became part of Seattle Central Community College’s campus in 1992. “It’s important for Seattle Central to maintain the cultural value of the Egyptian Theater for the benefit of the residents of Capitol Hill and the city of Seattle. We look forward to being a partner with SIFF for many years to come,” said Paul Killpatrick, Ph.D., president of Seattle Central.
The following interview is with Jill Wakefield, chancellor of the Seattle Colleges District. Higher education institutions have always had a role to play in regional economic development and that role is becoming increasingly highlighted as the economy moves deeper into its recovery phase. In this interview, Wakefield discusses the role of colleges in supporting economic development and shares her thoughts on how this role will evolve over the next two decades.
Need a career boost? Want to learn a new skill in a hot job field? There's a slew of new certificate and applied-degree programs starting in Seattle this year that are geared toward job seekers. The University of Washington will have 14 new certificates in its Professional and Continuing Education department this fall. Seattle Colleges (formerly known as Seattle's community colleges) will offer nine new programs for a certificate or applied science degree [see slides 14-22].
Educationally disadvantaged, Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community college students who participate in federally funded intervention programs are likelier than their nonparticipating peers to earn associate’s degrees... likelier to obtain those degrees faster than their peers, transfer to four-year institutions and attempt more for-credit courses even before finishing community college. The study—one of the few to focus on two-year institutions—examined the academic progress of students at De Anza College, South Seattle Community College and City College of San Francisco (CCSF).
To support the colleges that serve AAPI students, the federal government created the Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institution (AANAPISI) grant program in 2008. South Seattle Community College [now South Seattle College] is one of the colleges that uses AANAPISI grants to improve student success for its AAPI students and to build cultural understanding on campus. About 26 percent of the students at the college are AAPI students — up from 21 percent in 2007.
The following interview is with Jill Wakefield, chancellor of the Seattle College District. In March, Seattle's three colleges chose to drop "community" from their names starting in the fall of 2014 as part of a district-wide rebranding campaign. In this interview, Wakefield discusses the move to drop "community" and to share her thoughts on the power of branding in the higher education marketplace.
Alert drivers in the Seattle area will notice over the next few months that 10 highway signs for three Seattle community colleges are being replaced with signs that say Seattle Colleges.... The move comes as more states allow two-year colleges, which are popular with military veterans, to confer bachelor’s degrees, which typically take four years or longer to complete.
The South Seattle College Art Gallery will present “Through the Eyes of a Child,” an exhibit featuring works created by young artists who attend South’s Child Care Center and Home and Family Life Co-op Preschool from June 30 through July 22. Art Gallery Coordinator Akiko Masker calls the show “a celebration of the parents and community who have supported the childcare centers for the last 15 years.” In addition to children’s display, South Graphic Designer Glenn Gauthier will present art from his original children’s book “The A to Z Book,” and South Academic Programs employee Jan Koutsky will display her work.
CorpU and Jobs for the Future today announced the launch of the College Employer Collaborative, a Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Commitment to Action. The Collaborative is designed to provide postsecondary students with highly sought-after workforce skills demanded by employers. Rounding out the Collaborative are a group of community colleges including Clover Park Technical College, Everett Community College, the Kansas Board of Regents, Neosho County Community College, Seattle Community Colleges, and the Wichita Area Technical College.
Seattle Central College celebrated its 48th commencement Saturday. “I would rather fail doing what matters to me, than succeed at someone else’s dream,” the 2014 Distinguished Alumni award winner Katie Hinde, Ph.D., told the graduates. The research scientist and assistant professor at Harvard University began her academic career at Seattle Central.
The NBC TODAY Show is featuring a 3-day segment on vocational-technical education. Seattle Vocational Institute was selected to represent an accredited institution, and they focused on the skills training and outcomes for the Medical Assistant program. Two of SVI's graduates are featured as are faculty member Pamela Cox lecturing 1st quarter students, 2nd and 3rd quarter students in clinical settings, and Richard St. Clare, Director of the Allied Health Medical programs. Clips of SVI's graduation are also shown.
At the Culinary Arts program here at South Seattle College, Monday through Friday, students, teachers, community members and staff have some fine dining options to choose from at Café Alki, the Alhadeff Grill and the food court.... And the best part: every meal brought to the tables is made and served by South students, working in unison with their instructors to forge successful careers in the culinary field.
Small but growing The State Board for Community and Technical Colleges (SBCTC) today announced funding for 21 Washington community and technical colleges to increase their student capacity in high-demand aerospace programs. Two Seattle Colleges are included: North Seattle's CATIA & CADD, and Avionics/Electronics programs; and South Seattle's Aviation Maintenance Technology, and Composites programs.
Small but growing numbers of community colleges are moving to drop the word "community" from their name, inspiring a sometimes passionate parsing of its meaning. The move comes as more states allow two-year colleges to confer bachelor's degrees, which typically take four years or longer to complete. Alert drivers in the Seattle area will notice over the next few months that 10 highway signs for three Seattle community colleges are being replaced with signs that say Seattle Colleges.
While the city council debated the minimum wage this morning, where was Mayor Ed Murray? He'd stopped by Seattle Central Community College to attend a presentation on "The Crisis in Black Seattle" by several African-American professors. ...Carl Livingston, one of the co-authors and a political science professor at Seattle Central...
Washington State University’s new transfer agreements with Yakima Valley and Walla Walla Community Colleges will create a pipeline for students to continue their education at the Richland or Pullman campuses. Students will be able to continue their wine studies with WSU's viticulture and enology program. ...A similar arrangement is being pursued with South Seattle Community College, though it is in the early stages, officials said.
Last summer, Taylor received a bicycle from Vetbikes, an Olympia-based nonprofit [which] takes donated bikes and refurbishes them for veterans -- some who need to commute to job training or classes, and others who are about to be medically discharged from active duty and want to get into racing. Taylor, who was deployed twice in Iraq, is now studying software engineering at North Seattle Community College. He says racing has helped him to get over feelings of isolation and confusion.
...last week, a bipartisan group of federal lawmakers announced a deal that would fund YouthBuild through 2020, along with a host of other programs promoting workforce training for dislocated workers, the disabled, migrants, Native Americans, adults seeking literacy education and high school dropouts. “Millions of Americans rely on federal workforce programs to get the skills they need to compete,” said Senator Patty Murray, announcing the $10 billion Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act at South Seattle College's Georgetown campus....
After a slow start, the state of Washington says it’s on track to fill the former headquarters of Amazon.com with tenants. But long-term costs remain a concern. But by August of next year, the state expects the former hospital building to once again be full. The anchor tenant will be Seattle Central College’s healthcare training program. That lease is signed. Other prospective tenants include several non-profits...and there is a waiting list.
Washington’s community colleges have been adding bachelor degrees to their program lineups for several years now, and the list keeps growing. These degrees often cost about half the price, or less, of a traditional bachelor’s degree gained at a conventional college or university, and lead to specific job tracks that usually pay well and are in high demand. Seattle Central College is adding a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN). South Seattle College is adding a bachelor degree this fall in sustainable building science technology.
South Seattle College Alum ('13) Duyen Le has been selected as a recipient of the Jack Kent Cooke Scholarship. The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship is the largest private scholarship for two-year and community college transfer students in the country. Le is only the second student in South's school history to receive the scholarship and was the only student selected from the state of Washington.
South Seattle College will host a kick-off party on May 12 to celebrate their newest Bachelor's Degree offering in Sustainable Building Science Technology. South developed the Sustainable Building Science Technology Bachelor's Degree program in response to industry demand for the management of environmentally-friendly buildings. The program will be offered starting in the Fall Quarter of 2014.
There’s unquestionably a market for education that’s tightly focused on employers’ needs. In the last few weeks, I’ve heard inspiring stories from schools such as Des Moines Area Community College in Iowa, Seattle Colleges (formerly known as Seattle Community Colleges), and City Colleges of Chicago.
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.