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.
The Balagan Theatre troupe has used the SCCC owned Erickson Theater on E Harvard since October 2011 but the curtains have now closed on the group’s Capitol Hill performances. Seattle Central, however, plans to return the space for its original use: student theatre.
Any graduating senior at Rainier Beach High School can get the free tuition to South Seattle Community College. It's based only on desire.... "It's important because it allows every high school student to think of themselves as a college student," says SCCC Associate Vice President Elizabeth Pluhta.
Seattle, Washington (CNN) It's a dream come true for some students and families having a tough time paying for college. South Seattle Community College in Washington State is giving all graduating seniors at Rainier Beach High School, one year of free tuition!
Starting this school year, the graduating seniors at Seattle’s Rainier Beach High School have every reason to plan to attend community college, regardless of their family’s finances — it will be free for a year. The South Seattle school has been added to the 13th Year Promise Scholarship Program, a private scholarship fund run by South Seattle Community College. Cleveland and Chief Sealth high schools are already in the program.
Rainier Beach High opportunities expand Graduating seniors at Rainier Beach High School will have a chance to start college for free at West Seattle's South Seattle Community College. The college announced the 13th Year Promise Scholarships at a noontime Rainier Beach assembly, expanding a program that already serves Cleveland and Chief Sealth high grads.
Vicky Scharlau, Executive Director of the Washington Association of Wine Grape Growers, talks about how the Washington State Grape and Wine Industry Education Consortium, made up of Central Washington University, WSU, South Seattle Community College, Walla Walla, Wenatchee Valley, and Yakima Valley Community College, is working to meet the needs of the state’s wine industry as a whole.
Kshama Sawant, a Pune-born young Indian-American activist-academic, has become the first socialist to be elected to a public office in the US, with a narrow victory in the Seattle city council election over the 16-year Democratic incumbent.
Seattle Central Professor Dr. Daudi Abe is hosting an event at the Broadway Performance Hall about the evolution of the unique Seattle hip-hop scene from Sir Mix-A-Lot’s “Baby Got Back” to Macklemore’s “Thrift Shop” -— and the less famous in between. The forum, on Thursday, Nov. 21 at noon, will range from 1980 to the present and cover the four original elements of hip-hop: graffiti, disc jockey, rap, and breakdance. Guest panelists include Sir Mix-A-Lot, Larry Mizell Jr. (KEXP), Julie C. (206 Zulu hip-hop), and breakdancer Fever One of the famous New York based Rock Steady Crew.
YouthCare’s James W. Ray Orion Center shelter for young adults has lost grant money and federal funding. The shelter is preparing to shut down Feb. 1 unless county and city backing can be found. ...After lights out, John Rust, 22, stays awake to work on his Seattle Central Community College homework atop his sleeping mat on the floor at YouthCare's James W. Ray Orion Center.
Seattle voters just elected a full-blown, dyed-in-the-wool socialist to city council "for the first time in modern history," reports AP. Kshama Sawant, a prominent Occupy activist and economics professor at Seattle Central Community College, defeated politically-favored and well-entrenched incumbent Richard Conlin. Her victory, the report notes, is a milestone for the city which hasn't seen a socialist elected to office in 100 years.
Kronos Quartet’s first violinist and leader, David Harrington, is a bit vague on how Kronos’ first concert in November 1973 happened to take place at North Seattle Community College. “I think they answered the phone when I called,” he says wryly.
Pacific Medical Center, the art-deco style building on Seattle's Beacon Hill that once housed Amazon.com, will become a new satellite college campus, officials said Wednesday. Seattle Central Community College will move its nursing and other health-care programs there. Seattle Central’s health programs currently have 243 students, and this deal will enable a two- to three-fold increase in enrollments, officials said. In addition, the college plans to expand by offering four-year degrees in nursing and allied health.
The city of Seattle will open six “financial empowerment centers” in 2014 to help people get free counseling in money management to improve their financial stability. A three-year, $1.8 million grant from the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation will fund a central storefront in Rainier Valley and five satellite centers around the city [including] New Holly in Southeast Seattle...and North Seattle Community College.
A new $1.8 million grant from The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation will help launch an innovative Financial Empowerment Center program in Seattle, the first of its kind on the West Coast, to alleviate poverty in the region by helping vulnerable Seattleites gain fundamental financial skills. The five satellite locations will [include the] Opportunity Center at North Seattle Community College (North Seattle).
The iconic Pacific Tower, which has been mostly empty since Amazon.com moved out in spring 2011, will become home to Seattle Central Community College health-training programs and several nonprofits under a 30-year lease signed by the state Commerce Department. ...Seattle Central isn’t expected to move in until the fall of 2015, according to the Commerce Department. The college announced in April it wanted to place its nursing, dental, respiratory, surgical-technology and optician-training programs in the Pacific Tower.
During the beginning of October 2013, I stepped out of my comfort zone to drive 100 miles round-trip to North Seattle Community College to attend an off-the-wall class entitled Ron Reid’s Stand-up Comedy Class 101.
I don’t cover economics regularly because it is not traditionally considered science.... Kshama Sawant, an economics teacher at Seattle Central Community College, openly endorses socialism. She also is running for Seattle City Council and, with the latest election returns, claims 49.5% of the vote. ...how can somebody with her beliefs be allowed to teach an economics course?
The State Board for Community and Technical Colleges recently approved a new baccalaureate of applied science (BAS) degree in Sustainable Science Technology that will be offered at South Seattle Community College in the fall of 2014. In response to industry demand, the primary purpose of this program is to provide students with the skills needed to run an energy-efficient facility.
How does a kid from a poor family become a lawyer, a doctor, or the greatest humanitarian ever? By obtaining the right knowledge and meeting the right teachers....My dream of going out of state for college was shattered. However, I was still able to go to college because of a one-year full ride scholarship for North Seattle Community College, where I got accepted in 2001.
KAHULUI, Hawai'i — UH Maui College Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs Dr. John McKee was one of six U.S. higher education leaders who recently participated in the “2013 China–U.S. Education Forum” held in Dalian, China. Joining Dr. McKee as U.S. delegates were...Dr. Malcolm Grothe, Associate Vice Chancellor, South [sic] Seattle Community College District (Washington)....
Like it or not, district-based city council seats will be here in 2015. Madison Park moms, Seattle Central Community College students, and Central District old-timers will now all be jostling to elect and influence one single council member in the Fighting Third.
The State Board for Community and Technical Colleges recently approved a new baccalaureate of applied science (BAS) degree in Sustainable Science Technology that will be offered at South Seattle Community College in the fall of 2014. In response to industry demand, the primary purpose of this program is to provide students with the skills needed to run an energy efficient facility.
The state of Washington is about to make a major real estate decision that supporters say will transform healthcare training for the next generation. The deal has also been called "a nightmare." It's the proposed lease of Seattle’s Pacific Tower - former headquarters of Amazon.com.
The Seattle Community College District has tweaked the language of a proposed rule to regulate free speech on campus after the American Civil Liberties Union of Washington raised questions about the rule’s constitutionality last week. The new language encourages off-campus groups to register with the college before engaging in free-speech activity on the campus. Previously, the rule required off-campus groups to register.
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) claimed in a letter Monday, that a new set of rules proposed by administrators for the Seattle Community College District violate student's First Amendment right to free speech. ...the school will evaluate the ACLU’s concerns prior to a vote by the district trustees policy at their December 5, meeting.
The American Civil Liberties Union of Washington (ACLU) says portions of a proposed new rule to regulate free speech on Seattle Community College District campuses is unconstitutional. The Seattle college district – composed of North Seattle, South Seattle and Seattle Central community colleges – has been working on a new free speech regulation in the wake of the Occupy Seattle protests in fall 2011.
South Seattle Community College announced today that the annual “Gifts from the Earth” fundraising celebration will take place on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 5PM in the Brockey Center. The evening begins with hors d’oeuvres, wine tasting and a silent auction, followed by dinner and a live auction. All of the proceeds from the event benefit South Seattle Community College’s Foundation that supports students’ financial needs including: scholarships, program equipment, emergency funding, tutoring and more.
For 16 years, Seattle Vocational Institute, a program of Seattle Central Community College, allowed a local church to operate a day-care center rent-free on campus while getting little to no benefit in return, a state audit has found. Under a contract with First African Methodist Episcopal Church that ran from September 1997 to June this year, SVI students were to be given enrollment priority at a day-care center the church ran from the institute’s South Jackson Street location.
Two candidates are vying for a city council position. Incumbent Richard Conlin and newcomer Kshama Sawant. Richard Conlin has been serving on City Council for 16 years and has a Masters in Political Science. Kshama Sawant teaches Economics at Seattle Central Community College and has a PHD in Economics. Both candidates are heavily involved in their community.
Maricopa Community Colleges has received a $233,333 grant from the Walmart Foundation. Other community colleges funded nationwide include ... Seattle Community Colleges, Wash.
...the passing of Wil Masset, longtime owner of Birchfield Manor, founder of South Seattle Community College’s culinary school and father to Greg and Brad Masset... Greg, 38, and Brad, 42, wound up graduating from culinary school at South Seattle Community College in the early 1990s. It was the same program their father founded at the college when he became its first culinary instructor in 1974.
At the northern reach of Harbor Island on Oct. 11, Washington Governor Jay Inslee toured the Harbor Island Training Center to learn more about the collaborative program launched this summer by Vigor Industrial and South Seattle Community College to train the state’s next generation of shipbuilders.
Mark Mitsui was recently appointed to a top post in the U.S. Department of Education. His title: Deputy Assistant Secretary for Community Colleges, Office of Vocational and Adult Education (OVAE). ...Throughout his career, Mitsui has led student success and retention efforts, including initiatives to help both South Seattle and North Seattle Community Colleges become minority-serving institutions.
Vigor Industrial said that it has partnered with South Seattle Community College launching an industrial training center at the shipyard on Harbor Island. Partnering with South Seattle was a natural fit, [Sue Haley] said, with Vigor providing the location, equipment and a real-world industrial workplace, and South Seattle Community College’s welding and manufacturing programs bringing their long expertise in skills training and instruction.
A year in the making, the Village Cooperative School is a Kindergarten through 2nd grade multi-age school based on a cooperative-school model where students, parents and teachers, learn, explore, work, and grow together. Affiliated with the South Seattle Community College Cooperative Preschool Program, the school is housed on the SSCC campus.
This year, 100 students took advantage of the 13th Year Scholarship (their largest class to date) and on Sept. 23 they will start their first days of college. For many, including Sealth graduate Joe Thayer, this is a family first... On Sept. 12 the majority of students who were awarded a 13th Year scholarship came to SSCC’s Olympic Hall, fresh off three days of intense college orientation and math/English training they jokingly referred to as “boot camp,” to hear from school President Gary Oertli and others.
The Family Connectors University program is being expanded to North Seattle Community College and parents can actually earn college credit for completing the course....
Seattle writer and Seattle Central Community College instructor Daudi Abe has dedicated almost 500 pages to five years of West Coast hip-hop with his book (warning, long title) “6 ’N the Morning: West Coast Hip-Hop Music 1987-1992 & the Transformation of Mainstream Culture.” (Over the Edge, 473 pp., $12.99)
While this modern, elegant tasting room could be mistaken for a boutique winery in the Pacific Northwest, it’s not in Woodinville or Walla Walla or Yakima. This tasting room is the public face of the new, state of the art wine-teaching facility for the Northwest Wine Academy at South Seattle Community College - and it’s a beautiful face.
After a long dry spell, state lawmakers loaded up on earmarks benefiting their home districts this year, spending more than $170 million on projects such as parks, museums, even wood-pellet stoves for schools — all with little public debate and often vague descriptions in the budget. Some of the biggest earmarks in the current budget include nearly $25 million to relocate community-college health programs and nonprofit social-service providers into Seattle’s PacMed Center....
Say hello to: Shaun McCrain, chef at Book Bindery (198 Nickerson St., Seattle, 206-283-2665, www.bookbinderyrestaurant.com). Why him? Because that contemporary fine dining house — in an under-the-radar spot along the Queen Anne shore of the Ship Canal — is one of the best restaurants in town. Because McCrain’s a Redmond boy and a Seattle Central culinary-school grad who’s since worked in some of the world’s most highly regarded restaurants.
Back for the 2nd year is the Monster Dash 5K Walk/Run and Little Monster's Dash coming up near the end of October on 10/26. It is hosted by and will benefit the South Seattle Community College (SSCC) Cooperative Preschool and will run through Lincoln Park.
With more and more college students going into debt to pay for their education, lower tuition at community colleges like Seattle Central is a good deal. Community college students could also make more money right after graduation as well, according to a new study from College Measures.
Seattle Central Community College has added a research vessel valued at between $7 million and $12 million to its fleet.... The school competed with other states across the country to buy the Bold, with some help from Congressman Jim McDermott of Seattle. It will cost the college just $5,000. "Most research vessels usually go to larger institutions," said SCCC President Paul Killpatrick. Killpatrick said the college will use the ship to expand its merchant-mariner training program, whose graduates are in high demand.
Seattle Central Community College has added a research vessel valued at between $7 million and $12 million to its fleet. The Seattle Times reports the 224-foot-long Bold will be used for merchant-marine training and oceanographic research.
Seattle Central Community College has added a research vessel valued at between $7 million and $12 million to its fleet. ..."Most research vessels usually go to larger institutions," said SCCC President Paul Killpatrick. Killpatrick said the college will use the ship to expand its merchant-mariner training program, whose graduates are in high demand.
Seattle Central Community College’s Maritime Academy has acquired a 224-foot-long research vessel, the largest and newest ship in its fleet. The ship is valued $7 million to $12 million. The ship called Vigorous began its career as a Navy vessel...listening for signs of enemy submarines. Later...it was used by the Environmental Protection Agency for water-quality research. The towering ship with the blue hull will become a teaching vessel for merchant-marine training and oceanographic research.... The cost to the college? Just $5,000, said Carl Ellis, dean of the Maritime Academy.
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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Helping displaced workers to
‘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.