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* New Study Abroad Program supports preventative dental care and empowers women in Bolivia

Next summer, Shoreline Community College Dental Hygiene students and other dental hygiene students across Washington and Oregon, will have the opportunity to put their skills to work in Bolivia, South America helping young, homeless Bolivian women learn skills that will help them leave the world of poverty.


Students enrolled in the new 2011 study abroad program, “Oral Health Training in Bolivia:  Increasing the Opportunity for Young Women Living in Poverty,” will work in the Smiles Forever Dental Hygiene School  in Cochabamba, Bolivia, the first and only dental hygiene training facility and clinic in Bolivia.  The South American students will learn basic dental hygienist skills.  Smiles Forever is a local non-profit organization that provides education to homeless, indigenous women in Bolivia to become dental hygienists. 


Rosie Bellert, Shoreline’s Dental Hygiene program Interim Director and instructor, says that the program offers students not only the


Rosie Bellert, RDH, BS - Interim Director
Rosie Bellert graduated in 1974 from Shoreline Community College. She has practiced traditional and restorative hygiene for 34 years, 12 years of which were dedicated to restorative hygiene. Bellert is the lead restorative instructor for the Shoreline Dental Hygiene Program and teaches Dental Anatomy, Local Anesthesia and Pain Control. She is also one of the second year Clinical Hygiene instructors. She is passionate about the arts and brings that passion into restorative hygiene.  

opportunity to study and work abroad, but the opportunity to put their skills and knowledge to work right away.


“The students will work one-on-one with the Bolivian students, teaching them all they learned in their first year of the program,” Bellert said, “and all the while they will be helping them leave the poverty they have known and move into the world of work as dental hygienists.” Students will earn three credits via Special Topic:  Dental Hygiene 292. 


Students enrolled in the Shoreline program will attend a lecture one day a week and work in the clinic four days a week.  They will also visit community schools and shelters to teach basic dental care and to talk about the value of eating a nutritious diet leading to healthy oral hygiene. 


“This program allows us to not only help these young women by providing an education, but to help fight the immense oral hygiene problems that Bolivians live with,” Bellert said.


Bellert, who several years ago met Sandy Kemper, the woman behind Smiles Forever, went to Cochabamba, Bolivia last summer to volunteer. By the end of her stay, she had decided that she wanted to provide the same kind of experience for the students in the SCC Dental Hygiene Program.


“If I can make a difference as just one person, I thought, why not bring students down to help,” she said. 


Members of the IPAC (International Programs Advisory Committee) seemed to agree with Bellert on the significance of this program, selecting it for the Summer Institute award.  Pollie McCloskey, International Programs says that five applications were submitted this year.


Kemper says that the Smiles Forever program is the first dental hygiene program accepted by the Bolivian government and Dental Society.  She hopes to have 28 graduates by the end of the school year.    


Concert Band Performance to Support Program

On Tuesday, December 7, the Shoreline Concert Band will perform at 7:30 p.m. at the Shorecrest Performing Arts Center.  The theme of this year's winter concert is "Smiles,” to support the Bolivia Study Abroad program.  The Shoreline Concert Band, direceted by Ken Noreen, donated a block of concert tickets to support a fundraising effort for the Smiles Forever program. The $15 tickets can be purchased in advance at the Dental Hygiene Clinic located in Room 2522 on the north end of campus.  Call (206) 546-4713 for information.


                                                         Donna Myers/PIO

* Shoreline ranked top CC in the state

Shoreline Community College is the top-ranked community college in Washington, according to the online ranking service,


“This ranking system of U.S. public and private educational institutions is statistical and based on U.S. government surveys and reports provided by the schools themselves,” ther service Web site says. “Based on the data provided by these schools, we rank the schools on a combination of factors including student retention, faculty salary, and student/faculty ratio.”


Shoreline Community College is ranked first among community colleges in the state and 26th among all colleges. Bellingham Technical College is the top technical school, according to the rankings.


“I’m pleased that the efforts made by everyone here at Shoreline are paying off in this statistical analysis of performance,” Shoreline President Lee Lambert said. “We know this is great college, our students know it is a great college, now everybody can know it.” says the primary difference between their process and other rankings is is the absence of peer evaluation and peer surveys.


“Some other popular ranking systems rely heavily on peer evaluations - colleges' evaluations of other colleges - in determining the ‘best’ schools,” a posting on the site says. “In recent years, peer evaluations have come under fire by college ranking critics, who assert that the peer surveys introduce bias and inaccuracy into the process.”


The top three colleges in Washington, according to the rankings are: Whitman College, Gonzaga University and the University of Puget Sound. The University of Washington is ranked fourth with Seattle University fifth.

* State Board approves SCC Digital Film Production Program

Shoreline Community College has a reputation for stellar faculty.  They have earned this distinction because of the many ways they demonstrate their commitment to their students.  Most recently, thanks to the hard work of film and video instructors, Ruth Gregory and Kris Boustedt, now Shoreline video and film students have the option to earn transfer credits while completing a professional-technical degree in digital film production.


The college received a message from the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges on October 20, 2010 that approval had been granted for a new Applied Associate of Arts degree in Digital Film Production, which replaces the former Digital Filmmaking Technology certificate program.


Gregory and Boustedt had talked many times about offering students more than a stand-alone professional-technical degree, noting that other film and video programs at colleges and universities across the state were very prof-tech oriented. 


We wanted students to leave not only loving film and video but also having a good, strong academic background. Kris and I believe that to make really good films, students need a strong academic foundation,” Gregory said.  Students who enroll in the program will be required to

We want students to leave not only loving film and video but also to have a good, strong academic background.  Ruth Gregory, Film and Video Instructor

complete 15 credits of electives outside the department. For example,” Gregory said, “if students are interested in history, they can take specific classes in the history department and then incorporate that knowledge into a film they are producing.  To make great films, filmmakers need to have experience and knowledge about what to make them about.  The out-of-program electives will help to facilitate that.”  


The two instructors put their heads together and rewrote the former program as a unique hybrid degree where students would be required to complete general education courses as well as digital film courses to ensure that students would get the academic background not only to produce great films, but also to be

in a position to transfer those credits if they wish.  Students are required to complete not only English 101, but 102, two quantitative reasoning courses, and two multicultural understanding courses to ensure that they have a command of good writing and critical thinking skills. 


“It’s really wonderful that our faculty care enough about our students that they invest the time and energy to take a prof-tech program and develop it into a program that offers students a foundation in general education courses, too,” Norma Goldstein, Dean, Humanities, said about Gregory and Boustedt.  “These faculty have been working hard for a long time to prepare for this degree, and its fabulous that it can lead directly into film baccalaureate programs in the state.”


The new degree was made possible by three grants written by Goldstein, Boustedt, and Gregory.  “Both Kris and I came into the program in Fall of 2008 with the same goal of seeing the program expand into a degree,” Gregory said.  “Our certificate programs were already so big they were almost degrees anyway.  Dean Goldstein really helped us to find grants to support that development and soon enough we were on our way.” 


The degree is already up on the college web site and interested students have already begun to contact Gregory about it.  “We may see a couple students graduate this spring at the very earliest,” she said, “It is incredibly exciting.”


Students who complete the degree path with a 2.4 GPA or better can apply to transfer to Central Washington University and enter their Film and Video Studies program as a junior.  “Part of the degree creation process for us was making sure that it not only offered professional opportunities for our students, but also transfer options,” Gregory said, “Having options is always important.” 


The AAAS and AAS-T (transfer) program was approved at 97 credits.  The Performance Arts and Digital Filmmaking department also offers two certificate options.  The existing certificate option, Acting for Stage and Camera was approved to be grandfathered in as a primary program with the existing option program, Writing and Directing for the Camera as its option. 


Lights.  Camera.  Transfer.  A kick-off event is scheduled for Tuesday, November 16 at 11am in PUB 9202.  Interested students will have the opportunity to learn more about the program, pick up planning sheets, talk about upcoming classes, professional opportunities, college clubs and academic transfer options.  The event is being held before registration for Winter Quarter begins.  “We wanted to get the word out as soon as possible,” Gregory said, “We know that there are students who have been cheering the process on from the sidelines and we are excited to officially be able to share the degree with them after two years of hard work.” 


“If they’re going to be high caliber filmmakers, they should also be high caliber critical thinkers.”  Kris Boustedt, Film and Video Instructor


                                                                           Donna Myers, PIO