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* Commencement 2009 at SCC

 Dennie Chong photo
State Sen. Paull Shin, a former SCC professor, speaks to
graduates at the 2009 Commencement, June 7, 2009.
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More than 300 Shoreline Community College graduates chose to "walk" at the 2009 Commencement ceremonies.

The featured speaker at the June 7, 2009 event was a homecoming of sorts for State Sen. Paull Shin, a former professor at SCC. Sen. Shin used details of his own life, a orphan on the streets of Seoul during the Korean War who earned a Ph.D and careers in education and politics, as an example to students of what can accomplished.

The student speaker was Genesee Rickel and faculty speaker was Bob Francis.


* Competition heats up CNC machinist students


Yanderson Buonto, Somchai Samrerng, Mesin Tessema and Jose Corarrubias (from left) watch as Samrerng heats his Stirling engine for a speed test, Thursday, June 4, 2009, in the Shoreline Community College CNC machinist program area. (Click here for more photos)


Somchai Samrerng, a student in Shoreline Community College’s CNC Machinist program, knows how to turn up the heat on his fellow students, literally.


On Thursday, June 4, 2009, Samrerng won the friendly, but hotly contested Stirling engine competition. Conducted in the program’s on-campus machine shop, the competition was part of an open house hosted by instructor Keith Smith and other program officials.


“Somchai is in out three-quarter CNC machinist program and on track to graduate this spring,” Smith said.


It is an intensive program, preparing qualified students for entry-level machinists using CNC (computer numerical control) equipment. Basically, CNC machines are computer-controlled versions of the hand-operated versions. Students in the program learn programming and basic set up and operation of CNC machines, blueprint reading, shop mathematics, machine tool theory, inspection, surface plate techniques, and statistical process control.


CNC2.jpgFor the contest, students built their own Stirling engines, machining all the parts except for some screws from scratch. Invented in 1816 as an alternative to the steam engine, a Stirling engine uses heat, converted into mechanical power by compressing and expanding a fixed quantity of air or other gas.  They are often called “heat cycle engines.”


On Thursday, students used a propane torch to heat one end of their engines, causing a wheel to turn. An optical device akin to an automotive timing light was used to measure revolutions per minute of the wheel.


While the basic design of all the entries was the same, subtle changes in wheel design, fasteners and other aspects resulted in significant speed differences. Samrerng’s engine topped out at just over 1,300 RPM while other entries were in the 800-1,100 RPM range.


The CNC Machinist program is eligible for several types of financial assistance programs, including I-BEST and Opportunity Grants. A new program, aimed at working adults with classes on weekends, is scheduled to start Fall Quarter, 2009.


The program is also the focal point of a recently announced Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation grant in partnership with the National Association of Manufacturers and Shoreline Community College. SCC and the program will be one of four pilot projects across the country to integrate a standardized skills curriculum with a manufacturing program.

SCC/Jim Hills

* Magazine names SCC as top four auto program


                                                                                  SCC photo/Jim Hills

Peter Beers, of Chicago Pneumatic, shows off some of the donated
tools to SCC Automotive Training Center students. Click here for more photos.


Many of the tools recently donated to Shoreline Community College’s Automotive Training Center may use air to drive them, but they are definitely heavy-duty.


Chicago Pneumatic representative Peter Beers brought boxes of tools to students at the center for a presentation, May 28. 2009. SCC was chosen to receive the gift because it was one of four finalists in a “2009 School

of the Year” contest sponsored by Chicago Pneumatic and Tomorrow’s Technician magazine. 


Beers said Chicago Pneumatic, founded in 1901, is working to increasing its involvement with automotive training programs. “Your dads probably knew Chicago Pneumatic, but the younger technicians haven’t had the same connection,” he said.


Selected from more than 80 nominated schools, the other three finalists were Ohio Technical College, Cleveland; Piedmont Technical College, Greenwood, S.C.; and Smoky Hill High School, Aurora, Colo.


Applications from instructors, principals, department chairs, and students touted a variety of specialized training. “It’s exciting that a company like Chicago Pneumatic has partnered with us to recognize these top automotive schools,” said Beth Skove, associate publisher of Tomorrow’s Technician.


As a finalist, SCC’s training center received $5,000 worth of Chicago Pneumatic tools.


SCC Automotive Training Center Director Don Schultz welcomed Beers and the tools during the ceremony at the training center showroom. “We’re grateful for the support from Chicago Pneumatic and Tomorrow’s Technician,” Schultz said.


SCC/Jim Hills

*SCC, Snap-on Tools click on new program

One of the key early partners in the Shoreline Community College automotive program is building on that relationship.


“This is an opportunity to reinforce our involvement with the top automotive training school in the country,” Frederick Brookhouse, Business Development Manager for Snap-on Tools, said Tuesday, June 2, 2009 during a luncheon at the SCC Automotive Technology Training Center.


SCC, the state of Washington and the Puget Sound Automobile Dealers Association are working together to build a 26,000-square-foot expansion to the training center. In conjunction with the expansion, Snap-on will partner with SCC and the dealers association on a training program for Snap-on automotive diagnostic tools. “Technicians use our diagnostic tools, but a survey showed many don’t use all of the features,” Brookhouse said, adding that the training will help technicians provide better service.


“We’re very pleased that Snap-on will partner with Shoreline Community College on this new training program,” said Don Schultz, director of SCC training center. “They were there for us at the beginning and we’re happy to be able to expand the relationship.”


Schultz, a founder of the SCC training center, said that over the years, Snap-on has donated $1.2 million worth of tools to the program. While the SCC has manufacturer-specific training programs for Toyota, Honda, General Motors and Chrysler, every vehicle bay has a Snap-On tool box, along with many of the tools. “Snap-On has been a very good partner,” Schultz said.


That partnership may have an opportunity to expand even further than the diagnostics training program.


What's in a name?

The name Snap-on represents the first step in the company's ground-breaking history: creating interchangeable tools. In 1920, Joseph Johnson and William Seidermann manufactured and sold sets of 10 sockets that would "snap on" to five different wrench handles. The
design put Johnson and Seidermann's Snap-on Wrench Company at the forefront of the tool industry.


Brookhouse said Snap-on is an active player in green technologies and industries. In January, Snap-on Industrial, a division of Snap-on Tools Co., convened a wind-power summit at its Kenosha, Wis., headquarters. Key members of industry, trade associations, labor groups, government officials and technical colleges met to talk about the future needs of both the American and global wind-power markets.


“We’re going to do the same thing this December around the idea of advance propulsion systems,” Brookhouse said. “I’d like to extend an invitation to (Shoreline Community College) to participate in that summit.”


SCC President Lee Lambert, seated next to Brookhouse, said he was honored by the invitation and that college officials would make the necessary arrangements to attend. “It dovetails nicely with the work we are doing here with not only our automotive partners as they implement hybrid and plug-in technology, but our solar-energy program,” Lambert said.


The solar connection resonated with Brookhouse, who toured SCC’s Zero Energy House with program director Mike Nelson. Brookhouse also lives in a solar house that he built himself. “It won’t be long before the automobile is an integral part of the energy solution, an energy sink, feeding the house and grid,” Brookhouse said.


Brookhouse added that the education connection is a core piece of the Snap-on philosophy. “We’re big in industry, but training is not our expertise,” he said, adding that the company developed an education and training model with Gateway Community College in Kenosha. “That’s what you do well.”


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