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* Advisor Erin Walker dies in car crash
EWalker.jpgErin Walker, an academic advisor in the International Education Program at Shoreline Community College, was killed in an automobile accident, Thursday, July 25, in the area near Couer d'Alene, Idaho.
"We join Erin's family and many friends in expressing our shock and grief over this tragic accident," Shoreline President Daryl Campbell said Friday. "Erin was a wonderful person, terrific at her job and an integral part of this campus. The suddeness of her loss is difficult to comprehend."
According to an Idaho State Police official, Walker was driving southbound in the Couer d'Alene area at about 8 p.m. when a northbound vehicle crossed the centerline and hit her car in the driver's side. Walker was alone in the car with her dog. Idaho police said several other cars were involved, an investigation is underway and that a full report would not likely be available for at least a week.
A Mountlake Terrace resident, Walker had worked as a faculty advisor serving international students at Shoreline since 2002. In March, she was awarded tenure by the college Board of Trustees. 
Walker was also an accomplished musician, earning a Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance from the Lionel Hampton School of Music at the University of Idaho. Since 2000, she led the Women's Chorale at the Music Center in Seattle, as well as teaching voice classes and individual students. Walker also served as the choir director of both summer retreats and international tours of China and Cuba from the Music Center.
"We are just devastated at her loss," said Diana Sampson, Executive Director of International Education. "Erin was part our family, loved by co-workers and students."
The college is making counselors available to students and staff on Monday and Tuesday, July 29 and 30, in the International Education offices as well as the Advising and Counseling Center. Students and staff seeking crisis support over the weekend are urged to contact the King County 24-hour Crisis Line at 206-461-3222.
* Conservative college budget adds spending, not tuition

For the first time in at least five years, conditions in the economy and Olympia are creating an opportunity for a strategic budget process at Shoreline Community College.

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“Since 2008, we’ve been in cut-mode, reacting to directives from the state to slash expenses, which meant reducing programs and services,” Interim President Daryl Campbell said July 23, 2013 as the draft budget for 2013-14 was released to the campus. “Our elected officials have always said they know how valuable community and technical colleges are to the lives of our students and the economy, there just wasn’t any money.  Now, with the economy stabilizing a bit, lawmakers were able to stanch the bleeding.”

The result for Shoreline is a $40.6 million budget with less than half of that, $18.8 million, coming from the state. The balance is made up of $17.3 million in anticipated tuition and the rest from grants, contracts and other local sources. The bottom line is a budget for the coming years that is about $1 million more than the 2012-13 version.

For students, perhaps the most significant news is that for the first time since 1989, the Legislature did not raise tuition.

“We don’t set the tuition for Shoreline, Olympia does,” Campbell said. “We see first-hand the impacts of skyrocketing tuition on our students. We are grateful, as I’m sure our students are, to the Legislature for this reprieve.”

In anticipation of the possibility of a budget process that didn’t involve a hatchet, the college Strategic Planning and Budget Committee developed a process to align the hoped-for resources with areas of strategic importance.

“We were hoping for at least level funding going into the coming year and then crossing a few extra fingers that there might be some additional money,” Campbell said. “Thanks to the Legislature, that’s just what the community and technical colleges got.”

Key to the aligning resources with needs are Strategic Action Plans. Departments and divisions across the college submitted requests for projects and expenses that would address student needs and strategic goals.

In all, 33 plans were submitted and reviewed. Eight action plans received outright funding approval, another 15 plans got conditional approval, seven were not approved and the other three didn’t ask for action.

In total, the approved and conditionally approved plans total $733,546 in new spending to help students.

“This was a new process for the college and I really appreciate the work of the committee members and of all those who submitted proposals,” Campbell said. “It is important to know that these funds should not be considered as ‘permanent’ additions. The process we used this year is just a first step toward tying budget to strategy.  We are becoming more data-driven and accountability is increasingly important.”

Even with the increases, Campbell said the college budget is appropriately conservative.

“As we have over the past five years, we will budget conservatively. That has served us well during these unprecedented economic times, allowing the college to emerge in a stronger financial position than when it went in,” Campbell said. “If things get better, we all win. If they don’t, then we are prepared.”

The next steps toward a final budget will an opportunity for campus feedback, any final adjustments and then forwarding to the Board of Trustees for review and action at the Sept. 25 regular meeting. Normally, the annual budget is approved in June, but action by the Legislature didn't occur in time.

SCC/Jim Hills

* I-BEST catches the ear of public radio reporter

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WAMU radio reporter Kavitha Cardoza (left) interviews Shoreline Community College student Erickson Aleman on Monday, July 22, 2013, in the Professional Automotive Training Center. More photos

Students, teachers and employers know that the General Service Technician program is a great story and this September, listeners to public radio stations across the country will know it, too.

·         GST program

·         Shoreline I-BEST programs

·         Accelerating Opportunity

·         WAMU radio – American Graduate series

“A year ago, we did a series on why students drop out of high school,” said Kavitha Cardoza, education reporter and special correspondent for WAMU, the public radio station affiliated with American University in Washington, D.C. “We got feedback from across the country to do a story about what happens to these people after dropping out, that there are great programs, great things going on.”

That feedback led Cardoza to a program born in Washington state, Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training or I-BEST, and then the automotive General Service Technician (GST) program at Shoreline. Cardoza spent the morning of July 22, 2013, interviewing and taking pictures of GST instructor Mark Hankins, GST I-BEST instructor Betsy Binnian and a number of students.

“We’re working on an hour-long documentary that will air sometime in September,” Cardoza said, adding that some related shorter stories may air in the time leading up to the documentary. “There is no deadline, just how fast I can get it all done.”

The GST program is a job training program designed primarily for students interested in introductory automotive training.  Over three academic quarters, students learn and perform basic automotive diagnosis and repair, using the appropriate tools, across the eight major areas of automotive technology. Students also learn auto shop and personal safety parameters along with work readiness behavior and skills.

I-BEST classes such as GST are team-taught by a skills instructor and a basic education skills instructor. Language and math skills are taught in the context of apply them to the skills that are being practiced and learned. Besides GST, Shoreline offers I-BEST programs in manufacturing/machinist, certified nursing assistant and certified office assistant.

Coming to Shoreline with Cardoza was Louisa Erickson, lead staff member on I-BEST at the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges. Erickson not only helps coordinate I-BEST efforts in Washington, but also works  with a grant-funded national program called “Accelerating Opportunity: A Breaking Through Initiative.” The goal is to build on Washington’s success in Georgia, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi and North Carolina.

Accelerating Opportunity is a partnership with the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges, the National Council for Workforce Education, and the National College Transition Network. The initiative is funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, The Joyce Foundation, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the Kresge Foundation, and the Open Society Foundations.

SCC/Jim Hills

Some departments will move offices

It’s not just Major League baseball players that get traded in the final weeks of July, this summer, office space is switching hands at Shoreline Community College.

“We are making some changes to better meet the needs of staff and students,” Interim President Daryl Campbell said. “Workspace changes are sensitive and can be disruptive. There are many details to consider and we will do everything we can to make sure employees are both comfortable and get what they need to be as efficient and effective as possible in their new locations. These changes will occur over the next number of weeks and we will consult with the appropriate union representatives.”

The moves start with Financial Services staff moving from the 1200 Building into offices on the second floor of the 5000 Building (FOSS). The changes include:

Name Current New
Stuart Trippel 1205 5241
Jennifer Fenske 1216/5201 5201
Lanay Gard 1202 5204
Tom Prigmore 1212 5246
Front counter 1200 5227, -04, -46 (TBA)
Files/records 1200 5100 (behind Workforce

The move puts Trippel closer to Enrollment Services and Financial Aid, two of the areas he supervises as Executive Director for Business and Student Support Services. Trippel also oversees Financial Services and Technology Support Services.

Once that is accomplished, the way is cleared for the next move, which includes most, if not all, of the eLearning/Virtual College staff relocating from the current space in the library to the 1200 Building. Also moving to 1200 from his current location in the 1000 Building is with Brandon Rogers, Special Assistant to the President for Grants and Contracts.

“We love being in the library and I’ll miss seeing all the students, but this move will bring a little more space and the opportunity to work more closely with Brandon in my new role as Executive Director for the Virtual College and Resource Development,” Ann Garnsey-Harter said. Specific office assignments in 1200 have not yet been made, she said.

Dean of Social Sciences Bob Francis, who also oversees the library, says the space being vacated by Garnsey-Harter et al. has not yet been allocated. “There will be discussions about the possible and best uses for that space,” Francis said. “There are no immediate plans.”

And, moving from her office in the Bookstore to Campbell’s former office in the 1000 Building, 1019, is Mary Kelemen, recently appointed as Executive Director for Auxiliary and Logistical Support Services.

While phone numbers are likely to stay the same, other move details such as furniture, signage and directory changes are still to be determined.

SCC/Jim Hills

Shoreline Participates in High-Level US-India Higher Education Dialogue
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U.S. Under Secretary of Education Martha Kanter (third from left), Shoreline's Director of Admissions and Immigration Services (second from right) and other officials.

Shoreline Community College was front and center in the US-India Higher Education Dialogue featuring Secretary of State, John Kerry, as well as Under Secretaries of Education and Public Diplomacy and Indian government officials, industrialists and institutions in New Delhi on June 25.

Samira Pardanani, Director of Admissions and Immigration Services in the International Education department represented Shoreline in a delegation led by the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC). The dialogue was preceded by a 10-day study tour to visit a variety of vocational/technical institutions and meet with different skills development stakeholders. 

Workforce training, vocational education, technical certifications and skills gap are buzzwords in India.  This is not likely to stop anytime soon. Here is why:
  1. India will have 600 million people under the age of 25 in the next decade making it the youngest country on the planet.
  2. Today’s Indian youth have more aspirations than previous generations.
  3. It will be impossible to meet the demand for living wage jobs without the development of a formal workforce education sector.
  4. Workforce education has been a neglected in India and is woefully inadequate to meet the demands of a growing economy and private industry sector.
Recognizing the urgency to educate and train 500 million Indians by 2022, the Indian government is looking at workforce development models in various countries and has announced a goal of setting up 200 pilot community colleges in the near future.  The challenges facing India are numerous and include:
  • The lack of status that vocational education enjoys compared with academic education
  • The sheer population numbers in India
  • The lack of consistency and regulatory controls among the thousands of vocational training institutes that have mushroomed around the country
  • Considerable bureaucracy and a rigid educational system
Challenges notwithstanding, there is a huge potential for collaboration. AACC has been advocating collaboration with U.S. community colleges. This goal was clearly achieved at the dialogue during which India's Human Resource Minister Pallam Raju announced the country’s intention to establish community colleges based on the U.S. model. Secretary John Kerry in his speech said that India and the US have the capacity to lead global education and need to lead the way, as a large young population has to be trained. He came out strongly in support of U.S. community colleges, calling them “a lifeline”. A number of MOUs were signed including one between AACC and the All India Council of Technical Education. A white paper detailing the replication of training provided by the National Consortium of Certification Centers (NC3) in Morocco was presented.  Shoreline Community College is a member of the consortium.  

Automotive Technology sector is one of India’s priority sectors. Given Shoreline’s Automotive Technology program is one of the best in the country, there are avenues for mutually beneficial collaboration. Also, online education will be an important mode of educational delivery in India – one reason being the dearth of instructors and the scale of the need.  Another avenue for collaboration will be in providing crucial leadership training to Indian community college leaders.

Less than ten days after participating in the AACC delegation, the College received a request to host the Chair of India’s autonomous and newly formed National Skills Development Agency, Dr. S. Ramadorai.   Dr. Ramadorai holds a cabinet level position in India’s national government with his agency playing a central role to advance India’s workforce initiatives.  He happens to be an industry giant in India as the former CEO and current vice-chairman of Tata Consultancy Services, India's largest IT Services company and chairman of the Bombay Stock Exchange.  The visit to Shoreline went extremely well.   Dr. Ramadorai met with President Daryl Campbell, Executive Director of International Education, Diana Sampson, Dean Susan Hoyne, Director of Admissions/Immigration, Samira Pardanani, and Pubic Information Director, Jim Hills.  Dr. Ramadorai visited the Automotive Technology, Biotechnology and Manufacturing departments where he had a chance to interact directly with program faculty.

While  India will likely not replicate the U.S. community college system—as its demographics and ground realities are very different—the 100 years of experience attributed to US community colleges will be invaluable to Indian leaders as they strive to address a growing skills gap.  Shoreline Community College is in a great position to build meaningful collaborations with India and develop opportunities for student and faculty exchange.