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* Gates grant funds national pilot program at SCC


                                                                                                       SCC photo/Donna Myers

Shoreline Community College student Richard Stevens, of
Lynnwood, works with SCC instructor Keith Smith, Wednesday,
May 27, 2009.  Stevens recently received a credential certified by
the National Institute for Metalworking Skills.


Think all the American manufacturing jobs are headed overseas?


The National Manufacturing Institute, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Shoreline Community College have a different perspective.


With a $1.5 million grant from the Gates Foundation, the Institute is funding four pilot projects across the country, including one in Washington State at Shoreline Community College (SCC). “Manufacturing is here, it’s just changing, becoming a high-tech field,” SCC President Lee Lambert said. “Our CNC (computer numerical controlled) machining program is full and graduates are finding good jobs.”


The grant announced today, May 27, 2009, funds community college-level programs to implement the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM)-endorsed Manufacturing Skills Certification System. These integrated educational programs will prepare students with entry-level skills necessary to succeed in advanced manufacturing careers. The grant funds will focus on low-income young adults and transitioning workers.


“This is a win-win for both students and the industry,” said Berta Lloyd, Dean of Workforce Education at SCC. “With this industry recognized credential, employers can be assured that graduates will have the knowledge, abilities and performance skills to be competitive in the global marketplace.”


At Shoreline, the grant money will pay for curriculum review, some student fees associated with credentials, staffing to oversee the implementation and other costs. Lloyd said the program will also dovetail with a weekend, compressed-schedule CNC machining program aimed at working adults that’s scheduled to start this fall quarter.


Two words illustrate the key concepts of the NAM-endorsed Manufacturing Skills Certification System: Stackable and ladders.


The system allows students to earn multiple credentials that are “stackable,” each one building upon skills acquired in the previous credentials. That stacking allows students to move up the career and education “ladders” and earn one-, two- or four-year degrees depending on their personal choice.


The CNC machining program at Shoreline has already started moving toward becoming a national skills credential program. Started just 18 months ago, the program is going through the accreditation checklist provided by the National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS). Two Shoreline students recently passed the national skills test and a NIMS visit scheduled for this fall is expected to be the final step toward accreditation.


While Shoreline is piloting the project, the objective is to apply the lessons learned to as many manufacturing programs as possible across all 34 of Washington’s community and technical colleges.


“We look forward to working with the Manufacturing Institute and Shoreline Community College to help more low-income adults and transitioning workers learn the skills necessary to succeed in advanced manufacturing careers,” said Jim Crabbe, Workforce Education Director for the State Board of Community and Technical Colleges. “Our community and technical colleges can directly impact the state’s economic recovery by growing a more highly skilled manufacturing workforce.”


Community colleges were chosen as the delivery system because they have a successful track record, said Manufacturing Institute President Emily DeRocco.


“Community colleges have taken the lead in adapting their postsecondary education to meet industry needs in their regional economies,” DeRocco said. “Successful integration of industry-driven skills credentials by these progressive community colleges will revolutionize postsecondary education, ensuring graduates have credentials with real value in the workplace.”


Joining Shoreline as a pilot school are leading community colleges in North Carolina (Forsyth Technical Community College), Ohio (Lorain County Community College) and Texas (Alamo Colleges).

SCC/Jim Hills

* Families and Friends Honor Scholarship Recipients
The Shoreline Community College Foundation awarded $64,000 in scholarships at the  annual Spring Scholarship Celebration on Wednesday, May 20.  A total of 52 students received scholarships while families and friends cheered.   ANGIE.jpg

One of the awardees was Angie Sterling, a transfer student who many college employees know well -- Angie works alongside Mary Sheaffer as a work study in the President's office.  She knows the college inside and out, and this scholarship means everything to her.

Angie grew up on the south side of Chicago in a gang-infested neighborhood.  She saw many of her male friends become gang members and by the time they were 18, most of them were doing life terms in prison or had been murdered. This was difficult for Angie as she had known them for years, long before they had gotten into trouble.  "People are more than the crimes they commit," she said.  "They are not one-dimensional."  It was these childhood relationships that motivated Angie, 35, to earn a degree in psychology so she could someday help others like them.  "I want to work with juveniles in the prison system," she said, "to help those that everyone else has given up on."

Angie plans on transferring to Seattle U (hopefully) when she graduates in 2010.  She says she will miss Shoreline. "This school feels more to me like family than school.  Everybody is very, very supportive." 

Over the last three years, the Foundation has distributed over $284,000 in financial support for Shoreline students.

* Earn 10 college credits in only 3 weeks at Acting & Video Production Summer Program

Get experience on stage, behind the camera and in the editing room!  The Department of Performance Arts and Digital Filmmaking at Shoreline Community College invite high school students and the public to register for ‘Making History,’ a 10-credit, three-week acting and video editing workshop program to be offered this summer.   The acting workshops will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and the video workshops, from 1:30 – 4:30 p.m., Monday-Thursday, July 6 - 24, 2009, at the main campus.  Participants will produce an original multimedia presentation of a living Seattle history and give a public performance on July 24.


Students will gain hands-on experience in TV production and video editing, and develop acting skills through guided rehearsals, improvisations, writing and script analysis by working directly with Seattle area video and theater professionals. 


Students must register for the 10-credit class.  For questions and enrollment information, please contact Jesse Ross at 206-546-4640 or or Ruth Gregory at 206-546-4789 or


Shoreline Community College is located at 16101 Greenwood Avenue North, just west of Aurora Avenue and north of Seattle city limits.

* Genesee Rickel to inspire fellow graduates with student address at Commencement

If you have an opportunity to sit down and chat with Genesee Rickel, do it!  You will be pleasantly surprised by her maturity, command of expression, and even wisdom.  Her curious intellect and position on human rights and sustainability defy her 20 years.  She is truly a testament to the high quality of students who choose to study at Shoreline Community College. 

Genesee grew up in a family that valued education; both her parents had college degrees and she recalls always having a thirst for knowledge.  She attended Parkwood Elementary and was placed in the Room Nine Program, an alternative program that provided hands-on learning in an interactive environment. The open format was perfect for this inquisitive young girl who enjoyed exploring the world, its people, their customs and values -- and it was here that the seeds were planted for her quest to support social justice. 

Her memory of her first favorite book, “Number the Stars” about the Holocaust was the spark that ignited her desire to help others.   “It really affected me.  How could this happen?” she asked with compassion.  During those early years, Genesee went to public meetings with her parents to learn about social injustices around the world, such as the Irish conflict, and her desire to help raise human rights awareness was born.  She followed her heart and in high school, led the efforts of the Amnesty International Club as president at Shorewood High School, and at Shoreline Community College, was hired into the Student Government position of Minister of Social Justice.  
It was in Room Nine at Meridian Park that she also discovered her interest in protecting the environment.  Her project on climate change focused on wave energy and although she wrote the report years ago, the impact of the knowledge she gained has stayed with her.  She has been instrumental in raising awareness of- and promoting sustainability here at Shoreline Community College and has been very active in the development of the college’s recycling program as well as this year’s Earth Week program.

“If I could put all my efforts into one thing right now (besides school), it would be helping promote the urgency of a sustainable environment.  Climate change is central to the global community and it plays an important role in human rights.”  She said she is impressed with the organizations that provide micro-financing opportunities to help people become financially independent.

Genesee has been someone to take charge even during difficult times.  Her pregnancy at 17 had made it impossible to graduate with her friends at Shorewood High School, but she realized the value of enrolling in the CEO Program at Shoreline Community College, which she did in the fall of 2006.  She completed her GED at 18 and immediately began her college education, managing 20-25 credits each quarter for the past year, while maintaining a 3.95 GPA.  She enjoyed taking the classes she had missed out on during her junior and senior years at Shorewood, such as chemistry and other science-related courses. 

Genesee plans to transfer to the UW’s Jackson School of International Relations and to earn a double major in International Studies with a specialization in Human Rights Law and Russian Literature. She is currently working on an honors paper, “Russian Literature and Plato’s Theories of the Human Soul.”

She is thrilled to be able to walk at commencement next month and to give the student address.  “I missed my high school graduation, so this means so much.  It’s exciting to know how far I’ve come and be comfortable with the failures as well as the accomplishments. Shoreline has given me luck and faith, and I think it’s given all its graduates the same.  If you want to go far, you have to trust yourself.”

Genesee’s hard work is not only for her own rewards, but for Mimi, her daughter.  “I want to make sure I live up to my standards…I figure this is the best way I can help Mimi.”

* Prof. Robert Francis to give faculty address at Commencement 2009

Robert (Bob) Francis is the kind of guy who inspires those around him – and that in itself, is what makes him one of the most popular faculty members at Shoreline Community College.  The postcards that cover his office walls are a testament to the way former students feel about Professor Francis.

Although his main objective in the classroom is to teach students all things economic, the business/finance instructor goes far beyond providing the education outlined in the college catalog.  Francis has grabbed the attention of hundreds of students for roughly 24 years (16 of them at Shoreline) and cleverly reeled them in to seek more than just an understanding of economics and its global role. 

“The economic perspective that I prefer to work in is called institutional economics; this field examines the institutional (formal and informal rules of human behavior) context within which economic exchanges take place,” Francis said. “For instance, how will the development and expansion of e-commerce (buying and selling stuff over the Internet) change the nature of these exchanges?  After all, the mall has evolved into a unique cultural and economic institution where some folks seem to pursue community and happiness.”
As someone who enjoys keeping life interesting by doing new and different things, Francis was one of the first instructors at Shoreline to develop an online course, and he didn’t stop there - he integrated webcasting into his classes.  “Much of what I do with my class is to demystify economics,” Francis said.  “Regardless of what any of my students do after taking my class, they will be intimately involved in the economy.  The more they understand how it works, the more they are able to take control of their own lives.”

Francis encourages active learning, infusing thought-provoking case studies, scenarios and problem-solving opportunities into the curriculum that challenge his students to go beyond a knowledge-based experience. “I like to have students engage the subject rather than listen to me discuss it,” Francis writes on his college Web page.  He also believes that even though learning should be taken seriously, “there is no reason not to make it fun.” His students find themselves stranded on islands, being appointed widget czars, arranging production assignments between Fred, Barney and Wilma or analyzing trade between Batman and Robin.

He also teaches international studies and is an occasional adjunct faculty member at University of Washington-Bothell and Seattle University.  He took on some administrative duties in 2006 as the Assistant Division Chair of the Intra-American Studies/Social Sciences Division.

Before moving to the Shoreline area, Francis and his family lived in California, a place he references as “that much maligned place,” where he made a living as a craftsman (potter), a logger (using draft horses) and a farmer (growing apples, vegetables and hay).  Prior to that 15 year hiatus from the classroom, Francis taught at De Anza Community College, in Cupertino, CA.

Francis earned both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from San Jose State University, where he specialized in Economic History and Comparative Economic Systems; his thesis was on the role of economic aid in the economic development of Israel.

In 2003, he was named an Outstanding International Educator at Shoreline and he received an Outstanding Faculty Award in 1999.  Francis was also awarded an ASUWB Teaching Award from the University of Washington, Bothell in 2002.  He has been a member of the Advisory Panel for Seattle University’s Economics Department since 2006. 

The congenial Francis says he is grateful he ended up at Shoreline.  “I really like teaching at Shoreline.  I find the students very engaging and have come to really appreciate my academic colleagues; almost every one of them is deeply dedicated to their work.  Finally, the staff I work with are doing their best to serve students despite mountains of work.”

Francis enjoys hiking, white water rafting (he rowed the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon with his wife a few years ago) and basic carpentry. He can often be found  with a hammer in his hand, remodeling his home – he has been known to hand-split a spruce log then transform it into furniture with hand tools.  If he’s not on a home project, you might find him at a coffee shop catching up with former students taking the opportunity to chew the fat with their favorite instructor.