President Lambert calls for discussion on violence

Community Engagement

Recent tragic events provide an opportunity for all students, employees and visitors to the Shoreline Community College campus to review the emergency procedures and policies that are in place.

President Lee Lambert is asking the campus to do more.

“Reviewing our procedures is part of our daily work; it is expected,” Lambert said. “I would hope that the Connecticut shootings would prompt more than just a policy check, but spur thoughtful and thorough conversations about all the facets of such an event and the American experience with such violence.”

Lambert said those areas could include public safety, gun control, mental health and the effectiveness and implications of policies and actions in those areas and more.

“Using our college governance structure, I’m asking College Council to consider how such conversations might occur on our campus in a meaningful way,” Lambert said. “The College Council includes representatives from all campus constituencies and I’d hope any effort gives everyone an opportunity to be heard and learn if they so choose.”

Lambert noted that the college does have in place a variety of policies, procedures and resources related to emergencies of all kinds.

“Our goal is to promote a safe and welcoming environment to improve the quality of campus life for everyone learning and working at Shoreline Community College,” President Lee Lambert said. “We do this by working in partnership with the campus community to provide professional and effective campus safety.”

The college has in place a number of plans that outline procedures for general as well as specific emergency situations. Those plans include:

In addition, the college provides information in emergency situations, which may include campus-wide safety alerts. The college urges individuals to read the current emergency measures, including:

Pursuant to state law, the college restricts the possession of weapons, including firearms, on campus.

State law RCW 9.41 outlines restrictions regarding firearms and dangerous weapons.  All people in Washington are subject to the provisions of RCW 9.41. In addition, WAC 132G-120-015 prohibits students, employees and visitors from unlawful possession of firearms or any other weapons on campus.

To facilitate a quick response to any incident, the college has in place a Behavior Intervention Team. The team receives reports of inappropriate student behavior and determines whether or not to work with the student to address those issues and concerns. Instances of inappropriate behavior involving employees may result in referrals to the Employee Assistance Program or other resources.

In the event of an emergency on campus, the college uses a Web-based system to alert students and employees via e-mail and their choice of phone text and/or phone voice-mail. It is critical for the safety of all students and employees that they sign-up for the service at

To report an emergency situation, an individual may use any of the following options:

  • Dial 911 (Remember, calls from a campus phone line, require dialing a 9 first; dial 9-911. City of Shoreline police and/or Shoreline Fire Department personnel respond to the 911 calls from campus.
  • 206-235-5860 – On-campus security emergency number. A security officer is on duty 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
  • Ext. 4499 from any on-campus phone, calls go directly to the officer on duty.
  • Non-emergency calls to 206-546-4633
  • Blue-Light Emergency Phones – At various locations across campus, calls from all campus emergency phones go directly to the officer on duty.
  • Emergency Call Box – Yellow box located outside the Security office, calls go directly to the officer on duty.
Cindy Ryu

Legislators come to campus to talk budget and revenue

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Six state legislators from three districts came together at Shoreline Community College for a public discussion and forum on state budget issues.

To kick off the Dec. 6, 2012 meeting, the audience of about 50 people heard a presentation by Andy Nicholas, senior fiscal analyst at the Washington State Budget & Policy Center, on the impacts the recession and budget cuts have had on the state and more specifically, higher education.

The meeting was hosted by four state representatives, including Cindy Ryu from the 32nd District, who acted as emcee, Derek Stanford and Luis Moscoso from the 1st District, and Gerry Pollet from the 46th District, all Democrats. The audience included Ryu’s seatmate in the House, Rep. Ruth Kagi, D-Shoreline, and third 32nd District legislator, Sen. Maralyn Chase, D-Edmonds.

Nicholas’ presentation focused on the budget imbalance accelerated by the economic recession and made a case that new revenue is needed for the state’s long term fiscal health. Included in the presentation was the idea of adding a limited capital gains tax in the state.

Much of the conversation between audience members and legislators revolved around the question of new revenue for the state budget. The Legislature’s 2013 regular session is scheduled to begin on Jan. 14, and end on April 28.

Grant will help align high school and college education

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Faculty at Shoreline Community College and the Shoreline School District are working together to help students make the transition from high school to college classes.
The effort is called “Core to College” and funded by a $30,000 grant administered by the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges. Washington is one of 10 states to get the money provided by Lumina Foundation, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Other grant partners Education First Consulting and Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors.
“This grant will enable math and English faculty from Shorewood and Shorecrest high schools and Shoreline Community College to align curriculum so that students have an easier time transferring to college,” according to Norma Goldstein, Dean of Humanities at Shoreline Community College. “College and high school faculty will be learning from each other.”
Pam Dusenberry, who teaches developmental-level English at the college, said she’s looking forward to collaborating with her high-school counterparts.
“We will be working together, grading actual work done by students and then comparing our assessments,” said Dusenberry, who has co-authored one book on developmental reading and writing and co-edited another. “The goal is for faculty members to better understand what is being expected at high school and college and see where our standards and teaching might better align.”
Math faculty from the college and high schools will use a similar process. College readiness in math is a significant concern. At Shoreline, about 75 percent of the students taking the new-student assessment test known as COMPASS aren’t ready for college-level math classes.
According to recent studies, success at college-level math and English is key when considering the workforce needs in Washington.
A report by “A -Plus Washington,” notes the number of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) jobs will grow by 24 percent in just the next six years and that by 2020, 70 percent of jobs in Washington will require a high school diploma. A -Plus Washington is led by League of Education Voters, Partnership for Learning and Stand for Children.
The Core to College grant dovetails with another effort by the K-12 systems in the state to align their own educational standards. That program, called Common Core State Standards, is part of a national effort to establish a clear and efficient framework facilitating the successful transition from high school to college.
Shoreline Community College has a track record as a proving ground for new initiatives. Shoreline was one of the state’s 11 Opportunity Grant pilots and has developed one of the largest Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training (I-BEST) programs in Washington. The college just launched the Shoreline Virtual College to reach more students and has expanded its campus internationalization effort to provide all students with a broader understanding and appreciation of global issues.
With college and high-school educators jointly develop resources over the next two years; the Core to College project is well-positioned to have a similar impact on educational delivery in the region.
Funding for Core to College is provided by Lumina Foundation, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The partners developed Core to College with the assistance of Education First Consulting, which will provide continuing project management. Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, the program’s fiscal sponsor, is responsible for grant decisions and all aspects of ongoing grant administration.

SCC’s HEROES step up to make a difference

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Photo: Program Coordinator Caela Smith and HEROES students Bekah Thorne, Husene Dukuray, Annika Fithian, Elouiessa Muana and Amadou Konate at the Fred Meyer location.

The HEROES peer mentoring program has gotten off to a strong start this quarter. The program has introduced new components and now offers students club meetings, leader meetings, workshops, one on one mentoring, and opportunities to participate in group service projects. The program focuses on providing support to ESL, GED, and CEO students but welcomes and encourages any interested students to join. The club, which is essentially the core of the program, has been growing rapidly this quarter, with 34 students at our most recent meeting! Each week students do activities and have discussions surrounding important themes.

HEROES have also already participated in two service projects this quarter. On Martin Luther King Jr. day they stepped up to lead the food drive team at the Fred Meyer on Aurora and 185th. The HEROES team won the competition for collecting the most food, bringing in over 2,300 pounds of food! On February 3rd, nine HEROES students also volunteered to help sort food collected from the on campus food drive into emergency food bags for students.

HEROES strives to help students gain leadership skills, get connected to resources, and build a community on campus. The HEROES club meets every Tuesday at 12:30 in room 1524. For more information, you can contact AmeriCorps HEROES Program Coordinator Micaela Smith at, (206) 533-6776, or in office 5204 in the FOSS building.

You can also “like” our Facebook page for HEROES updates, reminders, and photos.

Shoreline leads state, nation with jobs program

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Shoreline Community College and 10 other community and technical colleges in Washington state are among the first in the nation to implement a new national program touted by President Obama as key to getting Americans back to work.

Working together, the 11 colleges are offering a two-quarter certificate in computer-numeric controlled machining. The course is designed specifically to meet the needs of the aerospace industry and move well-trained workers into well-paying jobs.

“This is exactly the kind of response industry, students and taxpayers need from our community and technical colleges,” said Mary Kaye Bredeson, Director for the Center of Excellence for Aerospace and Advanced Materials Manufacturing based at Everett Community College. The Center is a one-stop resource center for education and industry in Washington.

The11 Washington colleges are: Bellingham, Columbia Basin, Everett, Green River, Olympic, Shoreline, South Puget Sound and Yakima Valley community colleges along with Bates and Renton Technical College and Lake Washington Technical Institute.

“We’re aligning the needs of students and industry,” Shoreline Community College President Lee Lambert said. “When we do that, we’re helping the economy get back on track.”

The national program, Right Skills Now, was designed by The Manufacturing Institute, an affiliate of the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), to respond to the immediate talent crisis facing manufacturing industries across the country. According to a new study by The Manufacturing Institute and Deloitte, more than 80 percent of manufacturers report not finding people to fill skilled production jobs.  As a result, there as many as 600,000 manufacturing jobs open right now in the United States, the report says.

Right Skills Now has gained national recognition as part of the efforts and recommendations endorsed by the President’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness.

“We are pleased to acknowledge the efforts in Washington to launch Right Skills Now,” said Jennifer McNelly, Senior Vice President at the Manufacturing Institute. “The state joins a national community implementing this accelerated path built on theManufacturing Skills Certification System, to train and deliver just-in-time talent to manufacturers so they can sustain and expand operations.”

The key principles of Right Skills Now programs include:

  • ·         Fast-tracked, for-credit career training
  • ·         Industry credentials with value in the workplace
  • ·         Pathways to advancement and degrees

Right Skills Now allows individuals to earn college credit and national industry certifications in two academic quarters, preparing them for immediate employment in high-quality manufacturing jobs and giving them a solid foundation to advance in higher education and careers. Training partners include ACT, the certifying body for the National Career Readiness Certificate – the foundational credential in the Manufacturing Skills Certification System – and the National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS), the certifying body for the series of machining and metalworking credentials. Right Skills Now fast-tracks and focuses career training in core employability and technical skills by “chunking” relevant curriculum that leads to interim credentials in critical machining skills.

 Shoreline Community College instructor Keith Smith developed the program being used at the Washington colleges. Smith worked with members of his program’s industry advisory council as well as other industry representatives to be sure course content is as up to date as possible.

“That Keith’s work is being adopted as the standard is testament to the quality of Shoreline’s program,” said Shoreline’s Dean of Science, Susan Hoyne, who oversees the CNC Machinist program. 

The program uses internships, a key component of Right Skills Now, with local companies to help students make the transition from acquired knowledge to applied skills. A key benefit is that Smith has already taken the Shoreline program through the rigorous certification process endorsed by the National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS).

The certificate is designed to meet employers’ needs by quickly getting them workers with the required knowledge, skills and abilities and to meet students’ needs by giving them employable skills now plus college credit, something they can build on in the future.

“This is the first time we have a group of community and technical colleges all teaching the same curriculum, providing skills that are closely tied to employers’ needs and offering a nationally recognized certification,” Bredeson said. “Washington leads the way in aerospace manufacturing and now we’re leading the way in aerospace manufacturing training.”