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* There is still time to register for Winter Quarter 2009

There’s still time to register for classes at Shoreline Community College for Winter Quarter 2009!  

 

Enroll as a first-time student or a continuing student or sign up for that one class you’ve been dying to take.  It’s as easy as 1.2.3!   For the first-time student: Apply for admissions.  Apply for financial aid.  Take the COMPASS or ASSET test.  Submit your transcripts.   Schedule an orientation time.  Register.  That’s it.  It’s that easy!  It’s even easier if you’ve already taken classes here before.

 

“Give us a call.  We’re here to help you get the degree and/or skills you need now,” says Registrar Chris Melton.

 

Check out the web site at: 
http://www.shoreline.edu/es/gettingstarted.htm or call (206)546-4101 today.

 

Classes begin Monday, January 5.

*Shoreline Community College is Finalist for Bellwether Award
Shoreline Community College is one of 10 colleges in the country to be named a finalist for a 2009 Bellwether Award.  The prestigious annual awards recognize outstanding and innovative programs. Shoreline was selected for its Renewable Energy Training Program.  Finalists will be honored and present their programs at the 2009 Community College Futures Assembly, January 24-27, 2009 in Orlando, Florida.  Deans Berta Lloyd and Susan Hoyne will attend and Jay Inslee's office has committed to sending a representative.  Winners will be announced at the closing session and summaries will be featured in the Community College Journal of Research & Practices.
*Automotive Grad is Highlighted on AYES web site

John Edison Ranger, who was awarded an opportunity grant, graduated from SCC's Toyota T-TEN program and earned Master Technician status, is featured in this month's Automotive Youth Educational System's newsletter. 

Read the story.

*Toyota T-TEN Program Named Best in Nation

For the third consecutive year, SCC’s Toyota T-TEN Program has been named one of the top programs in the country by Toyota Motor Sales USA, Inc.  The award recognizes the five highest performing programs in the nation.

 

“We win because we have the best dealers and mentor network  teaching kevin.JPG

 in the country,” said Matt Spitzer, SCC’s Toyota T-TEN instructor and coordinator.  Spitzer said that the one-on-one positive support the dealers provide really inspires the students.  “They are really starting careers, not just doing a job,” something he finds impressive for the students who range in age from 18 to 32.    

 

The criteria for award consideration was stringent – 100 percent of graduation objectives met, placement at dealerships (80 percent of graduates still employed at a Toyota or Lexus dealership), compliance with all training requirements, and all certifications current. 

 

Don Schultz, Interim Automotive Director and Industry Liaison said that our students are really fortunate to have one of the best Toyota instructors in the country.  “I am really proud of his accomplishments,” said Schultz of Spitzer.  “It’s instructors like Matt who make Shoreline one of the best in the country.”

 

Last year, Toyota Motor Sales hosted a party at Qwest Field for the college’s T-TEN students and graduates to show their appreciation for the excellent implementation of the national training model.

 

“I would like to commend each of these T-TEN schools for being a leader in workforce development initiatives within their communities.  Throughout the country, Toyota and Lexus dealers are in need of qualified automotive service technicians.  Thank you for helping us to achieve the goal of filling this need.” 
Rick Lester, Technician Development Manager, Toyota Motor Sales USA, Inc.

*Nikki Ray discovers SCC from Lagrange, Georgia

Frustration.

 

Sometimes it’s as simple as being at the end of a long line. Sometimes it’s more serious, like when the path to an education and job is blocked. And, sometimes frustration turns to joy when everything falls into place.

 

Nikki Ray has experienced all of those things.

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Ray was living in Roanoke, Alabama, where she earned an associate degree in radiologic technology from West Georgia Technical College in Lagrange, Georgia, about 70 miles southwest of Atlanta. The frustration started when she couldn’t find a job after graduation. Despite her training, there were more x-ray technicians than jobs in the area; all she could find was part-time work.  Ray and her husband would have to move for her to start her career.

 

The couple decided to move to Shattuck, Okla., where she was offered a good position at Newman Memorial Hospital. A job secured, Ray dreamed of continuing her education and found an online bachelor’s degree program in radiation science at the University of Oklahoma. 

 

Unfortunately, frustration raised its ugly head again when Ray found that the program’s prerequisite courses weren’t available online.

 

“It was really frustrating…I could earn my bachelor’s degree online, but couldn’t get to it until I completed prerequisite coursework first, and none of the classes were provided online (at OU),” said Ray, who now found herself living and working 175 miles from the nearest college or university. “I would have to drive two hours to campus … and that was impossible because of my work schedule.” 

 

“Another college I checked out required me to come in to take the COMPASS test,” Ray said. “They wouldn’t even discuss the fact that I had very high SAT scores.  It was just policy.”

 

Ray’s online searching started and ended at http://www.shoreline/.edu.

 

“Googling” for the prerequisite classes, Shoreline was at the top of the search list and Ray said she found all the prerequisite classes she needed online: “I could take all of the classes I needed online. Not just some, but all of them…and all at one school.

 

“It was a blessing to find this.” 

 

Ray said that enrolling was a snap and, even better, she got to talk to faculty to ask direct questions about the classes she would need. “All the people couldn’t do enough to help me,” Ray said. “Shoreline was just great.  I wish I could actually move to Washington and go to school there.”

 

Ray is taking English 102 from Gary Parks, History 136 from Shelly Jordan Zerkel and a music appreciation class from Barry Ehrlich.

 

E-Learning at Shoreline Community College

Shoreline Community College along with other higher institutions recognizes the value of online education.  Not only does it make an education available to those who cannot physically come to a campus for classes, it continually changes with new technologies to keep up with the learning styles of younger generations. 

 

“Shoreline is one of the top providers of eLearning in the state,” said Deborah Handrich, manager, eLearning.  “Almost one in five students enrolled at Shoreline is taking at least one online class.”  That equates to 1,330 students.

 

A new look at elearning at SCC
College
administrators and faculty constantly look at the newest technologies for eLearning opportunities.  Currently, trends point to the use of streaming media.

 

“We are going to look at how we can bring that fun and playful environment to our students,” said Handrich.  “We are paying attention to its use at other colleges and universities.”  Talks are underway about storage and bandwidth space for the digital audio and video transmission tool.