News | Shoreline Community College Thu, 27 Jul 2017 16:56:51 +0000 en-US hourly 1 56829118 Shoreline’s Clean Energy Technology program awarded National Science Foundation grant Mon, 10 Jul 2017 04:51:56 +0000

Students in the Clean Energy Technology program at Shoreline Community College work on a solar installation.

Shoreline Community College was awarded a National Science Foundation grant to enhance its Clean Energy Technology (CET) program over the next three years.

The $168,242 grant will assure that the CET program is equipped to ensure students develop a skillset that prepares them for high-skill technology jobs in the field of clean energy. Careers in the green building sector continue to see steady growth, particularly in the Greater Seattle area, which surpasses the nation in energy management and systems technology jobs.

With the National Science Foundation funding, Shoreline Community College will upgrade its Clean Energy Technology curriculum to expedite graduates’ placement into energy design and management jobs. The program will also include long-term project-based learning experiences to give students first-hand experience with authentic research and field activities that they will conduct once they are employed.

Another goal of the grant is to increase the regional awareness and interest in clean energy technology. Currently, there is no national title for a clean energy technologist. However, Shoreline’s industry advisory board has identified a need for such a position and the grant funding will allow Shoreline to develop skill standards that align with industry needs.

“By developing a curriculum that addresses industry-identified needs and contains job-specific experiences — such as higher levels of software and engineering knowledge — the revitalized program will help students develop a skillset that prepares them for high-skill technology jobs in the field of clean energy,” says Louise Petruzzella, director of the Clean Energy Technology program.

The Clean Energy Technology program started in 2009 and provides students with a solid foundation in alternative energy systems, green building techniques, residential and commercial metering and control systems, sustainable business practices, and entrepreneurship.

Learn more about the Clean Energy Technology program at Shoreline Community College.

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National Science Foundation funds pioneering immuno-biotechnology coursework for college and high school students Mon, 10 Jul 2017 04:45:46 +0000

Dr. Jan Chalupny, Manager, Biotechnology Outreach at Shoreline Community College, works with a Shoreline Community College student.

Shoreline Community College aims to fill a skill gap in the medical workforce: immuno-biotechnology training in the fast-growing field of biotechnology.

The College, a long-time innovator in biotechnology education, will pioneer new courses and share materials for teaching courses related to immuno-biotechnology through a $572,070 National Science Foundation grant. The funding will establish portable courses for use by two-year colleges and develop instructional kits that will be on loan for local high school biology teachers.

Immuno-biotechnology encompasses two areas vital to modern medicine: developing drug and diagnostic methods that relate to the immune system and manufacturing therapeutic drugs derived from the immune system. The demand for specialized immune system proteins such as antibodies in biomanufacturing and cancer biology is increasing exponentially.

“The Puget Sound region is well-known as a biotechnology and biomedical research hub,” says Dr. Dina Kovarik, chair of the Biotechnology Lab Specialist program at Shoreline Community College. “In recent years, local companies and research institutions have made great strides in developing and adapting the power of the immune system to fight diseases like cancer and autoimmunity. This grant will make is possible to train the technicians needed to enter and succeed in this growing field of immuno-biotechnology,” she adds.

In the Puget Sound, workforce demands for life science technicians grew 9% between 2007-2014, a trend that is likely to continue. However, jobs in immuno-biotechnology require specialized expertise that is not widely available for secondary and college students. Across the nation, it is difficult to find instructional materials organized around immune system products as a central theme.

The gap between evolving industry needs and existing training means that even college graduates and incumbent industry workers must seek additional training or education in immuno-biotechnology to acquire and/or succeed in these jobs. The dissemination of the portable college-level courses and high school-level kits is likely to dramatically improve the preparedness of technicians in biotechnology nationally.

The five new courses (including Case Studies in Drug Development, Cancer Biology, Quality Systems, and Advanced Bioinformatics) will serve as elective courses for students in Shoreline’s biotechnology degree and certificate programs, and build a foundation for a future certificate in immuno-biotechnology. Shoreline Community College is currently the only two-year Washington community or technical college that offers a biotechnology program.

Learn more about the Biotechnology program at Shoreline.

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Shoreline graduates first cohort from newly revamped Nursing Assistant Certified program Mon, 19 Jun 2017 19:58:48 +0000

Nursing Assistant Certified students Myisha Moore (left) and Anh Nguyen practice taking blood pressure.

On June 16, 2017, Shoreline Community College graduated its first cohort of students from its newly revamped Nursing Assistant Certified (NAC) program. After six months of study, nine students graduated with the skills needed to land entry-level employment in the high-demand field of healthcare. One student, Mari Engen, is looking forward to a new career and a new lease on life.

Engen already had a BA in psychology when she started the two-quarter NAC program at Shoreline, but after being a stay-at-home mom for 19 years, she was hesitant to head back to the classroom.

“The last time I was in school was 30 years ago,” said Engen. “I was very nervous to return, but I absolutely didn’t need to be. After just a week in the program I realized I couldn’t wait to get to school every day. I felt so safe and secure in that classroom, it was like we became a family.”

The redesigned NAC curriculum is an Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training (I-BEST) program intended to take a highly supportive approach to teaching students a marketable skill while preparing them to pass the state certification exam. The course is team taught by two nursing instructors and an ESL and basic skills instructor, and the integrated curriculum ensures that the basic skills instruction complements the nursing assistant education.

NAC student Mari Engen graduated from the program on June 16, 2017.

“I feel like I’ve learned so far beyond what a CNA (Certified Nursing Assistant) knows,” said Engen. “The difference between this program and others is that they teach you how to think through on-the-job challenges. We’re not robots just following instructions, rather I really feel like I know the purposes behind each process and why I’m doing what I’m doing. The course also taught me amazing life skills. I’m a better mom right now because of it.”

Using the I-BEST model, the NAC program provides access to healthcare training for students with barriers to entry, such as financial hardship, lack of prior education or prerequisites, and English language barriers. “We’re providing a program that enables us to really wrap our arms around these students and do everything we can to help them succeed,” said Eve Sternberg, I-BEST and Community Partnerships Specialist at Shoreline.

“The NAC program is a highly supported way to get the training,” said Sternberg. “It’s a great program for students looking to get qualified for an entry-level job in healthcare while working with a team that pays attention to individual student needs and allows for a generous amount of time to practice skills and prepare for success.”

The curriculum attracts a variety of students, from recent immigrants and high school graduates, to people returning to the workforce after raising kids and workers looking for a career change.

“I recently went through a divorce and needed a way to get back into the workforce quickly,” said Engen, who is a mother of three. “I helped care for my father after he had a stroke and remember seeing so many patients in his facility who had nobody come visit them and that stuck with me. I knew I wanted to do something to give back and be in healthcare, and this program just was the perfect fit.”

For Engen, the program has been life altering. “It gives me goosebumps when I think of how my life has changed,” Engen said. “I couldn’t have gotten through my divorce without this class. When I came in I was a mess, but the instructors are just so supportive and encouraging and knowledgeable, and now I feel so strong and so confident in myself and my abilities.”

The NAC program prepares students to enter the workforce as a CNA. “It’s high demand,” said Sternberg, I-BEST specialist. “If you get your CNA certificate you’ll have your choice of employer.” Sternberg acknowledged that CNA jobs pay entry-level wages. “That’s why the program also prepares people to think about their next steps in healthcare training and how to formulate a plan to get there. They don’t have to stop at CNA.”

Engen has no plans on stopping at CNA. “The sky’s the limit now,” she said. “I’m going all the way because of this program. I want my RN. If anyone is interested in going into the medical field, this is an amazing start.”

Interested in the NAC program at Shoreline? Contact Eve Sternberg, I-BEST and Community Partnerships Specialist at Shoreline, at or 206-546-6930. Learn more about Shoreline’s I-BEST programs.

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Shoreline Community College’s General Service Technician program partners with Subaru of America’s Subaru University Thu, 15 Jun 2017 16:02:56 +0000

Students in Shoreline Community College’s General Service Technician Program pose with Subaru vehicles recently donated to the program by Subaru of America.

Shoreline Community College’s General Service Technician program is now an official pilot school of Subaru University, a training program launched by Subaru of America in 2016. Subaru University is a partnership program combining the talent and resources of Subaru of America, its 600+ retailers nationwide, and select NATEF/AYES accredited Secondary and Post-Secondary schools to provide knowledge of Subaru vehicles and systems to prepare students for possible future employment at Subaru retailers.

This is the first automotive manufacturer-sponsored partnership added to the College since the Chrysler CAP program was developed in the mid-1990s. Subaru joins Chrysler, Toyota, GM, and Honda as automotive manufacturer partners at Shoreline.

“We are excited that Subaru University chose Shoreline as one of their pilot schools for this program,” said Mark Hankins, General Service Technician program faculty and coordinator. “We believe Subaru’s selection of Shoreline reflects both the high demand for Subaru automotive technicians in the greater Seattle area as well as the quality reputation of the College’s automotive programs.”

Subaru is an in-demand brand, both nationwide and in the Pacific Northwest. According to James Purnas, director of Subaru’s Northwest Zone in Portland, OR, the manufacturer has experienced eight years of continuous sales growth, even through the 2008 recession.

“This partnership adds up to a win, win for our students, the College, and Subaru and will provide our students with an opportunity for employment with a successful and growing company,” said Hankins. “Subaru is on the cutting edge of technology contributing to low emission and fuel-efficient cars, along with the promise of autonomous driving vehicles, and it’s exciting that we can get started offering instruction on these systems to our students.”

In spring of 2017, Subaru donated two Forester and one WRX models to the College for use in instruction. These vehicles represent the latest in automotive technology, including direct injection, turbo-charged engines and Subaru’s EyeSight system, a collision avoidance and active cruise control system. As students learn using these vehicles, replacement parts and upkeep costs will be fully supported by Subaru.

Students currently have access to Subaru’s online skills training system, and as the program at Shoreline develops, students will earn credit in Subaru electrical systems, brake and suspension systems, and engine technology courses and will leave the General Service Technician program with excellent exposure to Subaru technology and a strong fundamental base to build their future skill development and experience.

Subaru University came to the College with strong support from our local dealership, Carter Subaru, the largest retailer of Subaru automobiles on the west coast. Dozens of Shoreline alumni have found jobs at Carter Subaru, and the dealership has provided component donations and leadership on the GST advisory committee.

Interested in a future as an automotive technician? Learn more about Shoreline’s General Service Technician program.

Commencement 2017 Student Speaker Azeb Tuji uses her voice to inspire others Fri, 09 Jun 2017 21:19:21 +0000

Azeb Tuji is the Student Speaker for Shoreline Community College’s Commencement 2017.

Performance arts and digital film student Azeb Tuji is a storyteller who’s started writing her story at Shoreline. This year’s Commencement student speaker, Tuji hopes her experience helps others find their voice as well.

The daughter of a Somali mother and Ethiopian father, Tuji immigrated to the US from Kenya when she was two years old and is the first of her family to graduate high school and college.

“Being student speaker is very important to me,” said Tuji, “because I get to be the person I wish I saw or had when I was younger: a role model of what is possible for a black, muslim, womxn immigrant. There were no positive representations of people who fit that description when I was growing up, so now it’ll be like my 8-year-old self seeing someone who looks like her accomplishing something she never thought she could because she was never shown or told she could. It’s very powerful for me.”

Tuji’s success has even inspired members of her family to re-think their education. Tuji’s mother is taking ESL classes with plans to become a nurse, and Tuji’s older brother is getting his GED. “It’s a little surreal because I’m the younger one and I’m inspiring them,” said Tuji.

As a multimedia journalist, Tuji also hopes to inspire youth who don’t see their own stories reflected in mainstream media. “It’s completely important for youth to have the ability to be creative and in control of expressing themselves and their story through art,” said Tuji. “If you grow up and all you hear in media and news is not reflective of who you are or your cultural values,” said Tuji, “you begin to internalize that there’s something wrong with you and you’re the ‘other’ and you should put a piece of yourself away.”

“I like the idea of going into communities with youth and empowering them to take charge of their own stories,” said Tuji. “If I can give a platform for more diverse stories it’ll let kids know it’s ok to be who they are, that there’s no right or wrong way to be, and that they’re ok.”

Tuji has already begun this work as a RadioActive Advance Producer and youth reporter for KUOW/NPR, telling stories centered on race, feminism, LGBTQ+, art, and the politics of representation.

“Telling marginalized stories of youth is especially important because it’s critical to reach students at that age before their heart turns to stone,” said Tuji. “Before they end up quitting school or going to prison, committing suicide, or thinking there’s no place for them in the world.”

Tuji, who is involved in several campus groups including the Black Student Union, the African Student Club, and the Student Leadership Center, travels to campus daily from Tukwila, taking two buses over two hours each way. She says the commute is worth it.

“I’ve gotten to be a different person here,” she said. “I’ve gotten to step out of my comfort zone and learn to be independent and make room for myself. Being so far from my community at home, I’ve had a freedom to explore who I am and want to be and develop a new sense of self and being comfortable in my own skin.”

Part of that comfort came from the relationships she built here and the intersectional programming put on by the Student Leadership Center.

Azeb Tuji (left) is an events coordinator with the Student Leadership Center. Pictured with Winston Lee (center), President of the Associated Student Government and Rezina Habtemariam, Director of Student Life.

“When I was looking at schools for film I looked at Shoreline because of the reputation of the program and everything that’s going on here like the Seattle International Film Festival, but then also because of the amazing event programming. You’ve got the Community Read events and Margin to Center. I remember coming here for the first time and specifically seeing the Trans Day of Remembrance and Black Lives Matter art installation and knowing there was a community here that would have my back.”

After graduating, Tuji hopes to transfer to the University of Arts, London into the Contemporary Media Culture program, which studies the role that media, cultural, and creative processes play in shaping today’s world. Wherever she ends up, she’ll be telling her story and empowering others to tell theirs.

Her advice to new students? “Take advantage of everything that’s offered here. There are so many free programming opportunities and so much to discover. Get involved and network with fellow students and faculty and just enjoy it. It’s like nowhere else.”

Learn more about Shoreline’s performance arts/digital film program here.

Cranes spread hope, unity across Shoreline’s campus Fri, 26 May 2017 17:31:38 +0000

Emma Parkinson, an Associates in Fine Art major, poses in front of her art installation of 1,000 cranes in the 4000 building. The piece was created for Professor Matt Allison’s 3D design class.

Toward the rear of the main floor of the Ray W. Howard library, on a wall just south of the Math Learning Center, 1,000 origami cranes folded by Shoreline students, staff, and faculty hang as a reminder that even the littlest gestures can bring delight and positivity into the world.

The public art installation is the brainchild of Emma Parkinson, a freshman in Shoreline’s Associate of Fine Art program. The piece represents her final project for professor Matt Allison’s winter Three-Dimensional design class, in which students are tasked with proposing, constructing, and installing a site-specific piece out of any material they choose.

Parkinson had a few ideas in mind for her project, but dialed in on the cranes—which, in Japanese culture, are a symbol of hope and healing during challenging times—after the 2017 presidential election.

“It was the day after the election and I just felt despair,” said Parkinson. Susan Barclay, Parkinson’s anthropology professor, sensed that a lot of students in Parkinson’s class felt the same. So Barclay told Parkinson and her classmates to write down one positive thing on a piece of paper and hand it to someone random on campus. The exercise in spreading positivity brightened Parkinson’s spirits and sparked an idea.

Coupled with her experience in Barclay’s class and remembering an experience from 7th grade in which she and her classmates folded and sent 1,000 origami cranes to survivors of the 2011 Japanese tsunami, Parkinson decided to use her art project to bring unity, positivity, and hope to campus. She would enlist the campus community in creating an art installation of 1,000 origami cranes.

Photo credit: Emma Parkinson

While the idea of recruiting students and staff to fold cranes may sound simple at first blush, the reality of mobilizing enough participants to complete the project within the deadline of the class was daunting.

“I wasn’t sure I could get people I didn’t know to sit down and fold the cranes,” Parkinson said. “I was so hesitant about being able to pull it off, even just organizing the logistics of it, that I almost backed out, but the professor (Matt Allison) was really encouraging and supportive of the idea. He allowed me to extend the completion date into spring quarter, so I knew I had to go for it.”

Parkinson secured space for the installation in the library and then coordinated with various departments across campus to set up stations where students and staff could spend time creating the cranes. “I left materials, instructions, and a collection bin at each station,” said Parkinson. “I even created a YouTube video of myself making a crane that people could watch if they were more visual learners.” (Stations were housed in the Visual Arts Center, International Education, the Counseling Center, Advising, and the makerspace in the library.)

Setting up such an involved crowdsourced art project taught Parkinson some valuable lessons about what it takes to be a working artist. “I had never done anything so big like this before,” said Parkinson. “I learned a lot about how to organize, hold meetings, approach people, create proposals, and manage time. It was an invaluable learning experience, and I feel better prepared to tackle even bigger challenges in the future.”

The learning curve was steep, but Parkinson’s organizational efforts paid off. “I was very nervous I wasn’t going to get anyone to participate, but the first day I went to pick up the cranes I was pleasantly surprised. About 100 cranes were made in just that first day, and by the end of seven days I had about 500 cranes. We reached the goal of 1,000 cranes in just three weeks. It was amazing how fast it all went.”

While completing the project on time was always the goal, the swift completion was a bit bittersweet for Parkinson. “One of the main things I loved about this project was going around to the various stations around campus and just sitting with the students making the cranes and talking to them about what the project meant to them. Everyone wanted to contribute good, and that was really heartening to know we have such a caring community here that seeks unity.”

“It was also really wonderful to see people who were hesitant to even attempt to make a crane because they’d never done it before walk through the process, figure out it was something they could do, and be excited to make their next one,” said Parkinson.

“And I was surprised by how unique each crane was,” Parkinson continued. “I thought there was only one way to make a crane and that they’d all look the same, but people’s individuality definitely came through in how they created their cranes. It added to the depth of the project and served as a reminder that our uniqueness is what makes our community beautiful.”

There is currently no set end date for the installation, so the campus is encouraged to go enjoy it while they can. “I really want the people who contributed to come see it and know they were a part of this little bit of positivity. Because cranes are like that, you see them and you just brighten up and smile.”

Parkinson, who has a year left at Shoreline, hopes to transfer to a 4-year university after completing her AFA. She also hopes to find a way to continue making the cranes as a means to connect with people.

Learn more about areas of study in Shoreline’s AFA program.

The Ebbtide wins big with annual PNAJE awards Fri, 26 May 2017 03:45:32 +0000

The Ebbtide Photo Editor Martin Musialczyk won a second-place Feature Photo award from the Pacific Northwest Association of Journalism Educators (PNAJE) for his shot of shoes in bathroom stalls for a story on SCC’s gender-neutral bathrooms.

The Ebbtide student-run newspaper has captured a new trophy from the Pacific Northwest Association of Journalism Educators (PNAJE).

Editor in Chief Connor Tee and his staff took Second-Place in the General Sweeps category of PNAJE’s 2017 student-journalism contest. The sweeps awards go to news staffs amassing the most points in the contest. It’s one of PNAJE’s highest honors.

Along with the Sweeps award, Ebbtide news staff collected seven individual awards and three honorable mentions:

  • Commor Tee won a first-place Commentary award for his opinion on blood donations
  • Copy Editor Areeya Tipyasothi placed first in Personality Profile for her piece on SCC Tutoring Coordinator Jessica Gonzalez
  • Photo Editor Martin Musialczyk won a second-place Feature Photo award for his shot of shoes in bathroom stalls for a story on SCC’s gender-neutral bathrooms
  • Design Director Coral Nafziger won an honorable mention in Comprehensive Coverage for her articles on resources for low-income students and an honorable mention in Editorial Cartoon for her comical drawing of the fictional “Bowling Green Massacre.”
  • Staff writer Emily Boyer won a first-place Review award for her critique of Pokemon Sun and Moon
  • Contributor Sara Rutherford placed second in Sports Feature for her profile on SCC Volleyball Coach Mark West
  • Former Editor in Chief Aaron Berry and his team placed third in Comprehensive Coverage for a special section on homelessness
  • Former Photo Editor Aaron Meliza placed third in Portrait Photo for his shot of SCC Photo Lab Technician Mark Swanson
  • Former Copy Editor Randy Hatfield received an honorable mention in Photo Illustration for an image accompanying a story on last year’s ASG president election

Judges for the PNAJE contest included working journalists and faculty at 4-year colleges such as the UW and Western. The judges considered work produced by community-college news staffs in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho between April 2016 and March 2017.

The Ebbtide is currently hiring staff for Fall Quarter 2017. Contact faculty advisor Patti Jones at if interested in working for this award-winning publication.

Shoreline Community College announces USA Vietnam War Commemoration partnership, hosts inaugural event May 23 Tue, 23 May 2017 03:42:48 +0000
Shoreline Community College is proud to announce the College, led by the Veterans Program
and the Global Affairs Center, is a Commemorative Partner of the USA Vietnam War Commemoration. As a Commemorative Partner, the College will host two free community events yearly involving veterans who served in the Vietnam War. The partnership lasts three years.

The College’s first partnership event is Tues., May 23 from 7-8:30 p.m. in the PUB (9000 building), room 9208. The event is a panel discussion with military veterans from the Vietnam War titled “We Were Soldiers Once.” The discussion will focus on the experience of Vietnam War veterans during and after the war, as well as their reflections on the commemoration accorded to veterans for their service. The event is free and open to the public and was organized by the GAC and the Veterans Program, with close assistance from the office in charge of the USA Vietnam War Commemoration.

Panelists will include three U.S. veterans of the Vietnam conflict: Bruce Crandall, Colonel, U.S. Army (ret.) (1953-1977); Joe Crecca, Major, U.S. Air Force (ret.) (1964 to 1978); and Joe Galloway, Newspaper Correspondent and Journalist. The discussion will be moderated by Andrew Ringlee, Ph.D, Historian, U.S. Vietnam War Commemoration. More information about the speakers can be found on the GAC’s speaker biographies page.

With the College’s strong Veterans Program (recognized as a Best for Vets school by Military Times) and commitment to supporting and recognizing veteran students, becoming a Commemorative Partner was a natural fit.

“We are excited to be able to honor our Vietnam veterans by providing a forum for them to share their experiences and their knowledge through this partnership,” said Missy Anderson, Veterans Program Coordinator at Shoreline. “We also welcome the precedent this sets in establishing our college as a place where veterans programming is highlighted and the opportunities that creates for future events recognizing the service of all veterans, who have served in various conflicts, as well as their families.”

“We are so thrilled to embark on this partnership with the USA Vietnam War Commemoration,” said Larry Fuell, Director of the Global Affairs Center at Shoreline. “It affords students a rare opportunity to engage with veterans involved with a truly pivotal conflict in US history, and to gain a deeper understanding of both the local and global impact of that event.”

Learn more about Veterans programming and the Global Affairs Center at Shoreline Community College.

About the USA Vietnam War Commemoration: In 2008, the U.S. Congress authorized the Secretary of Defense to conduct a program to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War (November 1, 1955 – May 15, 1975).  By Presidential Proclamation, the Commemoration extends from Memorial Day 2012 to Veterans Day 2025. The primary objective of the Commemoration is to thank and honor Vietnam veterans and their families on behalf of the nation for their service and sacrifice. The four remaining objectives highlight the service of our Armed Forces and support organizations during the war; pay tribute to wartime contributions at home by American citizens; highlight science and medical advances made during the war; and recognize contributions by our Allies.

Shoreline Community College Foundation, donors honor 2017 scholarship recipients Tue, 16 May 2017 16:43:14 +0000

Mary Brueggeman (second from left), Vice President, Office of Advancement and Executive Director of Foundation; Diana Sampson (middle), Executive Director of International Education at Shoreline; Greg Olson (second from right), President, Shoreline Community College Foundation; and Scott Saunders (right), Treasurer, Shoreline Community College Foundation, award a scholarship to a student recipient.

Seventy-six Shoreline Community College Foundation scholarship recipients were honored in a ceremony held at the College on Wed., May 10. The honorees ranged from incoming high school graduates to continuing full-time students, and between them received over $149,000 in scholarships.

The awards ceremony was the first put on by the Foundation in several years, and the College and the Foundation are excited to be bringing it back.

“These students are so deserving of the assistance and support the Foundation and community are providing to them,” said Mary Brueggeman, Vice President, Office of Advancement and Executive Director of Foundation. “I think it is important to recognize them and let them know we are surrounding them with support to succeed.”

The ceremony included remarks by Brueggeman and College President Dr. Cheryl Roberts, followed by the handing out of certificates of award. Diana Sampson, Executive Director of International Education at Shoreline; Scott Saunders, Treasurer, Shoreline Community College Foundation; and Greg Olson, President, Shoreline Community College Foundation, aided Brueggeman in handing awards to recipients.

Shoreline Community College student, Kehla Grow, who will graduate this spring, concluded the ceremony by sharing her reflections on how being a scholarship recipient has enabled her to achieve her goals.

Grow described herself as one of six children of a single father saying, “there was simply no money for college. Having to pay for everything entirely by myself and juggling work with school, it was so overwhelming and there was no way I could have done it without help. I’m the only sibling of six getting a college degree, and it’s because of the Foundation.”

Grow went on to tell the crowd, “I’m forever grateful to the Foundation and the donors. These people are here to help you, they want to help you, and you are not alone. Just ask, because they want nothing more than to make your dreams a reality and see you succeed like they did for me.”

Thanks to generous donor support, the Foundation was able to add two new scholarships this year: the Mark F. and Tiffany T. McVeety Student Fund, which provides funds for students affected by an unforeseen medical or mental health event that could affect their ability to continue with school, and the Performing Arts and Digital Filmmaking scholarship, which is funded through ticket and concessions sales from the College’s Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) Opening Night Party.

The majority of funds for student scholarships are raised through the annual Foundation Student Success Breakfast, which broke records for attendance and donations this past year.

“It is truly a joy to feel so supported by the entirety of the Shoreline community,” said Brueggeman. “We’re not just a college, we’re a neighbor educating future contributors to this community, and we’ve truly been treated as such. Our donors and community partners are so generous, and it has made such a world of difference to our students.”

Thank you to all the donors to the Shoreline Community College Foundation, and to the many donors who attended the ceremony, including Pat Slusser (Tammy O’Brien Shanks Memorial Nursing Scholarship); Cherylyn and Forrest Adams and Baron and Jackie Wellman (Vivian Wellman Batty Memorial Nursing Scholarship); Harley O’Neil (Shoreline and Lake Forest Park Residents High School Scholarship); Cheryl Roberts (Tessie & Robert Adams and LeRoy and Ann Roberts, Jr. Memorial Scholarship); Greg Olson, Scott Saunders, Mary Brueggeman, Jeff King (SCC Full-Time and SCC Part-Time Continuing and Veterans Merit and Performing Arts and Digital Filmmaking); and more.

If you’d like to contribute to scholarships for students, consider attending 2017’s Foundation Student Success Breakfast on Nov. 2, 2017 or our SIFF Opening Night event, Fri., May 26. Donations can also be made online anytime.

Shoreline students honored as WACC Presidents’ Leadership Award recipients Fri, 12 May 2017 21:11:36 +0000

Eberth Arias (third from left) and Wei-Yu Liao (third from right) are honored with the Washington Campus Compact’s Presidents’ Leadership Award at a ceremony on April 28, 2017. Also pictured (from left to right) are Shoreline Community College President Dr. Cheryl Roberts, Anne Powell Arias, Nida Haque, and Ángel Gonzalez.

Shoreline students Eberth Arias and Wei-Yu “Will” Liao were honored at a ceremony at The Museum of Flight in Seattle on April 28, 2017 as recipients of the Washington Campus Compact’s (WACC) Presidents’ Leadership Award for outstanding leadership and commitment to service.

The WACC asked presidents from each member institution to select two students for the honor, and Shoreline President Cheryl Roberts identified Arias and Liao for their demonstrated commitment to service, sustainability, and equity to Shoreline’s campus community.

Arias serves as Shoreline’s Associated Student Government (ASG) Sustainability Officer, leading projects that promote sustainability, accessibility, and social justice. He also serves as the Chair of the Sustainable Commuter Options Fee (SCOF) Committee, which addresses issues of accessibility on campus, and as a member of the campus-wide Ecological Integrity Steering Committee, an advisory committee to the Executive Team and President Roberts with a concentration on developing and maintaining a framework to ensure that our ecological integrity guides our practices.

In addition to his committee work, Arias also actively sought out employment in the College’s Community Integration & Employment Program (CIEP) to learn and enhance the experiences of students with disabilities on campus.

Liao serves on the Tree Campus Advisory Group, which was recently successful in obtaining Tree Campus USA® recognition status for Shoreline’s campus. Liao is also currently undertaking a research project to propose rain gardens on campus. His research efforts include consultations with faculty, local experts, and City of Shoreline staff.

Both Arias and Liao attended the April 28 ceremony along with President Cheryl Roberts, Student Leadership Center Assistant Director, Ángel Gonzalez, and the ASG’s Policy & Procedure Officer, Nida Haque.