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* President Lambert Invited to Clinton Global Initiative Event

Where it all started is little fuzzy, but where it ended was crystal clear: at a press conference with former President Bill Clinton as he spoke about sustainability.


“It” was an invitation for Shoreline Community College President Lee Lambert to participate in the Clinton Global Initiative University (CGIU), April 16-18, 2010, at the University of Miami. The program is an outgrowth of the Clinton Global Initiative, which brings together world leaders to take action on global challenges. In 2007, Clinton launched the Clinton Global Initiative University to engage the next generation of leaders on college campuses around the world.


“I’m not really sure how my name got on the list. They invited a number of college presidents to join hundreds of students for the event,” Lambert said following the three-day CGIU event.  In fact, there were nearly 1,500 total attendees.


Part of both CGI and CGIU involve soliciting commitments from the participants to specific action plans. For this year’s CGIU, there were five focus areas: Education, Environment & Climate Change, Peace & Human Rights, Poverty Alleviation, and Public Health.


“After the invitation came the request for Shoreline’s commitment,” Lambert said. “While we have a number of initiatives that are worthy, time was short and I decided to go with our community solar project.” That project is a public/private partnership that will put 75 kilowatts of electricity generating solar modules on the roof of Shoreline’s student union building known as the PUB.


From that point on, things just got better and better.


“We heard that our commitment would be featured on stage, so I was excited about that,” Lambert said. Then, Lambert was approached to participate on a panel for the Environment & Climate Change Working Session. “Apparently, the president of Cornell couldn’t make it,” Lambert said. As it turned out, the session titled "Sustainable Transportation: One Step to Building Sustainable Communities" was a perfect fit.


“It’s exactly what we’re talking about at Shoreline, with our automotive and clean-energy programs, one energy source to power the home and transportation,” Lambert said. “The room was packed.”


Joining Lambert at that session were Philippe Cousteau, founder of EarthEcho International and grandson of legendary explorer Jacques Cousteau; Ragini Kapadia, Program Analyst for Center for Green Jobs at Working for America Institute of the AFL-CIO; John Renne, Early Research Professor of Planning and Urban Studies at the University of New Orleans; Matthew Roth, Deputy Editor of Streetsblog San Francisco; and Susan Szenasy, editor-in-chief of Metropolis Magazine.


“My point was that we need a balanced solution to energy and transportation,” Lambert said. “That seemed to be a message all the panelists could agreed with.”


Later that day came another invitation. “They asked if I could be in a press conference with President Clinton,” Lambert said. “As it turned out, I was there with some students to stand with Clinton as he made his comments. He mentioned Shoreline’s project as an example of how people, not governments, are out there moving forward, making things happen.”


While he didn’t speak during the press conference, Lambert said he did get a chance to shake Clinton’s hand and remind him of the 1995 visit to Shoreline with the “other Bill,” Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates. “He said he remembered the visit very well and would like to come back,” Lambert said. “That’s an offer we’ll take him up on.”

* CNC Basic Machining Program makes the "A" Team

Shoreline’s CNC Machinist program gets a 4.0 with its recent accreditation by the National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS).


“Getting this accreditation is really good news for our students,” said SCC’s CNC instructor Keith Smith.  “With industry using the credentials to recruit, hire and promote machinists, and with few other programs in the state providing the NIMS stamp of approval, Shoreline students are ahead of the game.“


College officials and Smith, who has been at Shoreline for five years and worked as a machinist for 22, decided several years ago to pursue NIMS accreditation for the CNC program. Although students were receiving excellent training and education at Shoreline, Smith said he knew that the accreditation would provide nationally recognized skill sets that would set them apart in the job market.


The CNC Machinist program is involved with a number of innovative programs. The NIMS accreditation effort was already underway when the program received a grant that helped it expand the number of student slots. That grant is administered by the National Association of Manufacturers. The money also adds support for the students both in class and out on the job market.


The CNC Machinist training is also one of Shoreline’s designated Integrated Basic Education Skills Training (I-BEST) programs. I-BEST also adds in-class support for students needing help with English and basic education such as math and reading.


“It is wonderful getting these students into jobs that provide salaries that can support families,” David Cunningham, Dean of Workforce Education, said.  


Smith said the I-BEST designation is a real asset to students.  Now, students who need help with English and math can enter the program and get the one-on-one help they need with basic skills from one instructor and their machinist training from Smith. 


“Before this was an I-BEST program, I was too busy in the classroom to find the time I needed to help one-on-one in the shop as often as I’d like,” Smith said.  “Now we’ve got Chris (Lindberg) to help the students with their basic skills, freeing up time for me to work in the shop with students.  It’s a win-win situation.”


Richard Stevens was one of the first Shoreline students to pass the exams, earning the Machining Level 1 NIMS credentials.


Susan Hoyne, Dean of Science, Mathematics and Manufacturing points out that the NIMS credentials could also help when the college lobbies for state funding.  “We are asking for help supporting a population that really needs help at the same time we are asking for dollars to support our local economy – and they (local business) have already let us know they want our students,” Hoyne said. 


Getting the accreditation was a lot of work, beginning with Smith going through a series of evaluations, including an intensive self study, a two-day site visit that included a safety and equipment inspection of the facility, and interviews with instructors, administrators, students, advisory committee members and local employers who hire Shoreline  graduates.


After earning his NIMS certificate, Smith studied the curriculum requirements set by NIMS and embedded them into the college’s program. Smith made the necessary changes to align the CNC training with the same skills desired by employers.


The self-study included rating the SCC program against the NIMS quality measures. The benchmark areas included administrative support, instructional quality, curriculum, equipment, advisory council roles, safety and the integration of the national standards into college curriculum. 


The two-day, on-site audit came next, conducted by a team of industry and education representatives.  The team included Mark Lashinske, who owns a machine shop in Phoenix, along with Sean Blechschimdt from industry and Mike Clifton from Lake Washington Technical College.  While here, they interviewed administrators, students, advisory council members and local industry leaders. 


“It’s pretty obvious that our program and our instructors are respected across the board,” said Cunningham, referring to the positive comments by employers.  “They really are impressed with our grads who work at their shops.” 


Although students can earn a Certificate in Basic Manufacturing in just one quarter and move immediately into an entry-level job, Smith said the majority of students complete the CNC Machinist or the CNC Technology program, a three-quarter commitment.


                                                      Donna Myers/SCC

* Film program hosts MTV preview




The recipe calls for equal parts Seattle music scene, area film scene and MTV, whipped with the enthusiasm of Shoreline Community College’s film and video program.


The result is a special preview screening of “$5 Cover – Seattle,” the MTV project by Lynn Shelton, an internationally acclaimed director from Seattle. The show is scheduled for 7:30 p.m., Friday, April 16, at the Shoreline Community College Campus Theater. Donations of $10 will be accepted at the door.


Lynn Shelton

“We’re very lucky and excited to host this screening,” said Ruth Gregory, faculty member in the Digital Filmmaking and Performance Arts program. “Lynn wrote, directed, and acted in “Humpday,” which won a special jury award at the Sundance Film Festival.”


Following Sundance, MTV approached Shelton about doing the $5 Cover project, this time in Seattle. The first season was about the music scene in Memphis, which was shown in 2009.  “’$5 Cover – Seattle’ is due out in June online,”   said Gregory, adding that project was conceived as a “webisode” series, short episodes intended to be seen online. For the Shoreline screening, all 12 segments are edited together and shown as a feature film.  “And we get to screen it first!” she said.


In addition the screening, Shelton will be on hand that night to introduce her work, then conduct a question-and-answer session with the audience at the end. “This is just terrific of Lynn to give her project and her time like this,” Gregory said. The event is hosted by Shoreline’s Sisterhood of Women in the Film Industry (SWIFI) group. KEXP radio is also supporting the event. Proceeds from the evening will go toward film scholarships overseen by the Shoreline Community College Foundation.