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* Toyota T-Ten Program once again wins national award

The Toyota T-TEN Program at Shoreline Community College has received the T-TEN School Recognition Award from Toyota Motor Sales USA, Inc., the fourth time in five years. The award is given to the highest performing T-TEN schools located at colleges across the country.

Matt Spitzer, Toyota T-TEN instructor at Shoreline, says there are 53 schools across the country that offer the Toyota program. Each year, about five programs across the country receive the T-TEN School Recognition Award.

Shoreline’s program was selected for its excellent implementation of the national training model, including placement of students at Toyota dealerships, meeting graduate objectives, maintenance of instructor and program certifications and compliance with Toyota training requirements.

The award was presented by Rick Lester, Technician Development Manager – Toyota, at the Board of Trustees meeting last night in the Board Room.

The Toyota T-TEN program was started nationally in 1986; Shoreline started its program in 1987. Shoreline Community College works with 15 Toyota and Lexus dealerships across Puget Sound. A total of 145 people have received Toyota certification through Shoreline’s program in 21 years.

* Ebbtide staffers bring home awards

Ebbtide staffers picked up several awards at a Washington Community College Journalism ceremony this weekend.


They took first-place for Best Website, first- and second-place for Best Photo Essay, first-place for Best News Photo and second-place for Best Commentary. They also received an honorable mention for General Excellence.


The award for Best Website went to Jessica Jung, who designed and oversees the Ebbtide’s site. Judges described the site as “unique in design and easy to access.” (See it for yourself at


Sharing the spotlight with Jung were Photo Editor Sean Sherman, Editor in Chief Dan DeMay, and the entire Ebbtide staff.


Sean Sherman collected several photo awards, winning for shots of a student rally in Olympia, an All-African Club event in the PUB, a march downtown for immigration rights, and outdoor activities for spring. He also won a second-place Sweeps trophy for winning so many awards.


Judges complimented Sherman on his “great composition,” as well as his ability to capture excitement, tell a story and “portray emotion in a very subtle way.” According to the judge for Best Photo Essay, Sherman’s work “rose to the top (of the contestant pile) very quickly.”


Dan DeMay took a second-place award in the Columns and Commentary category for his opinion “Chipping away at our education.” As the paper’s editor in chief, he also picked up the General Excellence award, which was judged by a trio of journalism educators and professionals.


Said one judge: “The Ebbtide has energy and substance, covering a great mix of topics either directly or indirectly impacting campus life.” Said another: “The paper emphasizes local coverage of its community and does a fine job of it…Each issue offers an unusual variety of features, providing frequent elements of surprise. It’s a fun paper to read.”


The awards ceremony was held this year at Edmonds Community College, and featured a keynote speech by Mark Briggs, author of Journalism 2.0 and director of digital media at KING-5.

* SCC goes to SIFF


Karen Ducey photo

Jarrett Nelson edits When the Lights Go Out a  documentary about the projectionist at the Seattle Center laser show, John "Ivan" Borcherding.

Shoreline Community College will be well-represented when the Seattle International Film Festival opens on May 19.

Not just in the audience, on the screen.

“The program here at Shoreline - the faculty, the students, the support – is really building and that’s reflected by the work being done here,” said Tony Doupe, Performance Arts & Digital Filmmaking department chair.

Shoreline has a direct connection to four films being shown at the 37th edition of SIFF, the largest festival of its kind in the United States. Running from May 19-June 12, the event will feature 257 feature films and 184 shorts, including 96 premieres.

Doupe and Shoreline student Garr Godfrey appear in “The Off Hours,” which shines a light on the drama that comes while working the night shift at a diner. The project that premiered earlier this year at the prestigious Sundance Film Festival also features Seattle’s Lynn Shelton of “Hump Day” fame. “The Off Hours” is scheduled to play at 7 p.m., June 6, and 4 p.m., June 7, at the Neptune Theater in Seattle’s University District.

Perhaps one of the more interesting efforts due its source is “When the Lights Go Out.” The six-minute video was created by students as a collaborative final project for Shoreline faculty member Ruth Gregory’s Film/Video 287 class on documentaries.

“We offer the class during winter quarter because it is designed to coincide with the International Documentary Challenge as the final project of the class,” Gregory said. Although the video didn’t make the finals for the challenge, SIFF judges liked the work and subject – a story about the projectionist at the Seattle Center laser dome, a man named John “Ivan” Borcherding – enough to give it a coveted spot in the festival.

While Gregory served as producer, every other role was filled by students, including director Karen Ducey. A former Seattle PI photojournalist whose work has appeared in the New York Times and National Geographic, Ducey said she loved the filmmaking process. “One thing I learned was that when you see all those names on a film, it really takes all those people working together,” Ducey said.

“When the Lights Go Out” is scheduled to show with the Seattle Stories package of shorts at 11 a.m., Monday, May 30, at the SIFF Cinema in the Nesholm Family Lecture Hall, part of McCaw Hall at Seattle Center.

“Photo Booth,” another piece of the Seattle Stories package, was edited by Shoreline faculty member Kris Boustedt.  The 18-minute murder mystery is also the work many Shoreline students. The film is scheduled to play at 11 a.m., Monday, May 30, at the SIFF Cinema

Boustedt also edited “Tilting at Windmills,” an entry in The Fly Filmmaking Challenge, one of SIFF’s most popular events. This year, the filmmakers raced the clock with a week to write a script, three days to shoot with only 2,000 feet of Kodak film and then five days to edit a total of 10 minutes of screen time. And, there was a documentary crew there to catch all of the behind-the-scenes action. The Fly Filmmaking Challenge is scheduled to play at 4:30 p.m., May 30, at the Egyptian Theatre, in downtown Seattle, and 5 p.m., June 7, at the SIFF Cinema.

“Having a film festival like SIFF in our backyard is a tremendous asset,” Doupe said. “Having the work of our students and faculty in the festival is even better.”

SCC/Jim Hills