Tuesday, July 28, 2009
* Notice on Building Closures for new transformer project
The transformer that has provided power to the 1400, 1500, 1600 and 1700 buildings for years has given its last hoo-rah. Although it provided reliable electrical service for years, it can no longer meet the power needs of all the classrooms and offices in those buildings, so a new one will be installed. Installation will require that these buildings be without power from Aug.20 – Sept. 11.
“This was the best time we could find to hook up the new transformer,” said Facilities Director Bob Roehl, referring to the timing of the project taking place between quarters in order to affect as few people as possible. Roehl also said that the new transformer will meet all code requirements and will be easier to access since it won’t be underground in a vault like the former one was. No Power signs have also been posted at several locations around the buildings.
Theater Manager John Nold said that even though the theater will have no power for a few weeks that it really causes no problems. He had planned on taking some vacation time then anyway. “In fact,” he said, “there’s plenty for me to do without power like clean the shop up and work on the set for the fall drama, Eurydice.” Nold said that all he needs to do is throw open the shop door and that the daylight floods the shop.
Lyubov Braga, who works in the Business Administration Building, says she may take some time off and that a place has already been reserved for her in the 1300 Building.
The two other buildings affected, the Academic Skills Center and the ESL-GED Tech Center will be closed during the project.
“Although we planned well ahead to give employees plenty of time to prepare and find temporary work locations, I want to let them know that their kindness to move is really appreciated,” Roehl said in thanking the staff for their patience.
Watch Day at a Glance for updates on the project.
Monday, July 20, 2009
* Budget Committee Report to campus regarding budget reductions
The Shoreline Community College Budget Committee report, released today, July 21, 2009, was welcomed by President Lee Lambert and Vice President for Administrative Services Daryl Campbell.
“To say that this past year presented an unusual set of challenges is certainly an understatement,” Lambert said. “The Budget Committee worked long and hard, in concert with the administration and the rest of the college to overcome those challenges.”
Campbell, who worked closely with the committee members, acknowledged that the uncertainties of the economy and the state budget forced processes that were less than ideal.
“With the short timelines mandated by the Governor and Legislature, as well as our concerns over the very real impacts to employees, the committee helped the college get through these trying times,” Campbell said. “While the circumstances just didn’t give us all the time we would’ve liked, the committee’s help was invaluable.”
Both Lambert and Campbell said the committee’s report and recommendations will be considered as the college moves forward. “Unfortunately, (the economic downturn) may not be over,” Lambert said. “The committee’s work will be key.”
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
* Obama unveils community college plans
President Barack Obama says it is time for America to invest in its community and technical colleges and is proposing to spend $12 billion in the American Graduation Initiative to do it.
"Now is the time to build a firmer, stronger foundation for growth that will not only withstand future economic storms, but one that helps us thrive and compete in a global economy,” Obama said Tuesday, July 14, 2009, in a speech at Macomb County Community College, in Warren, Mich. “It’s time to reform our community colleges so that they provide Americans of all ages a chance to learn the skills and knowledge necessary to compete for the jobs of the future."
Shoreline Community College President Lee Lambert said the President’s focus is welcome and couldn’t come at a more critical time for the nation and the economic recovery. “We know we’re the solution, the students are showing they know we’re the solution and now the President is saying he knows we’re the solution,” Lambert said.
In his comments, President Obama said, that in an increasingly competitive world economy, America's economic strength depends upon the education and skills of its workers. In the coming years, jobs requiring at least an associate degree are projected to grow twice as fast as those requiring no college experience, he noted. Obama set a new national goal: by 2020, America will once again have the highest proportion of college graduates in the world. To meet this economic imperative, Obama asked every American to commit to at least one year or more of higher education or career training.
Obama called for an additional 5 million community college graduates by 2020 and new initiatives to teach Americans the skills they will need to compete with workers from other nations. He outlined new initiatives to increase the effectiveness and impact of community colleges, raise graduation rates, modernize facilities, and create new online learning opportunities. The initiatives are an unprecedented increase in the support for community colleges
According to the American Association of Community College, as proposed, the American Graduation Initiative would:
- Call for 5 Million Additional Community College Graduates: In February, President Obama called for America to once again lead the world in college degrees by 2020. Affordable, open-enrollment community colleges will play a critical role in meeting that goal. He set a complementary goal: an additional 5 million community college graduates by 2020, including students who earn certificates and associate degrees or who continue on to graduate from four-year colleges and universities.
- Create the Community College Challenge Fund: New competitive grants would enable community colleges and states to innovate and expand proven reforms. These efforts will be evaluated carefully, and the approaches that demonstrate improved educational and employment outcomes will receive continued federal support and become models for widespread adoption. Colleges could:
o Build partnerships with businesses and the workforce investment system to create career pathways where workers can earn new credentials and promotions step-by-step, worksite education programs to build basic skills, and curriculum coordinated with internship and job placements.
o Expand course offerings and offer dual enrollment at high schools and universities, promote the transfer of credit among colleges, and align graduation and entrance requirements of high schools, community colleges, and four-year colleges and universities.
o Improve remedial and adult education programs, accelerating students' progress and integrating developmental classes into academic and vocational classes.
o Offer their students more than just a course catalog, through comprehensive, personalized services to help them plan their careers and stay in school.
In addition, the initiative would support a new research center with a mission to develop and implement new measures of community colleges' success so prospective students and businesses could get a clear sense of how effective schools are in helping students -including the most disadvantaged - learn, graduate, and secure good jobs.
Fund Innovative Strategies to Promote College Completion: The College Access and Completion Fund would finance the innovation, evaluation, and expansion of efforts to increase college graduation rates and close achievement gaps, including those at community colleges. Promising approaches include performance-based scholarships, learning communities of students, professors and counselors, colleges tailored to promote the success of working adults, and funding formulas based on student progress and success as well as initial enrollment. Resources would also be provided to improve states’ efforts to track student progress, completion, and success in the workplace.
Modernize Community College Facilities: Often built decades ago, community colleges are struggling to keep up with rising enrollments. Many colleges face large needs due to deferred maintenance or lack the modern facilities and equipment needed to train students in technical and other growing fields. Insufficient classroom space can force students to delay needed courses and reduce completion rates. President Obama is proposing a new $2.5 billion fund to catalyze $10 billion in community college facility investments that will expand the colleges’ ability to meet employer and student needs. The resources could be used to pay the interest on bonds or other debt, seed capital campaigns, or create state revolving loan funds.
Create a New Online Skills Laboratory: Online educational software has the potential to help students learn more in less time than they would with traditional classroom instruction alone. Interactive software can tailor instruction to individual students like human tutors do, while simulations and multimedia software offer experiential learning. Online instruction can also be a powerful tool for extending learning opportunities to rural areas or working adults who need to fit their coursework around families and jobs. New open online courses will create new routes for students to gain knowledge, skills and credentials. They will be developed by teams of experts in content knowledge, pedagogy, and technology and made available for modification, adaptation and sharing. The Departments of Defense, Education, and Labor will work together to make the courses freely available through one or more community colleges and the Defense Department’s distributed learning network, explore ways to award academic credit based upon achievement rather than class hours, and rigorously evaluate the results.
Monday, July 13, 2009
* Obama, enrollment and the economy, oh, my
While President Barack Obama is putting community colleges in the national spotlight, there’s plenty happening at the state level with historic-level enrollments and fresh economic news.
White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said Monday that President Obama will travel to Macomb Community College in Warren, Mich., today (Tuesday, July 14) to lay out a plan for community colleges to play a bigger role in creating a more educated workforce, according to a report for the Detroit News.Gibbs said the speech will elaborate on the president's joint address to Congress in which he highlighted "the need for continued education beyond high school."
"Many of the jobs that we're going to create in the future ... are going to require some post-high school graduation," Gibbs said. "So one of the things that he'll discuss … is a plan to see more fruition as it relates to our community colleges."
The News report said Obama will outline a policy specific to how community colleges can meet the economic demand for preparing workers for jobs. Obama is expected to make his remarks in the late morning, PDT.
And, in the Sunday, July 12, Washington Post, Obama wrote an op-ed, noting the important role of community colleges in rebuilding the economy. Obama wrote:
“We believe it's time to reform our community colleges so that they provide Americans of all ages a chance to learn the skills and knowledge necessary to compete for the jobs of the future. Our community colleges can serve as 21st-century job training centers, working with local businesses to help workers learn the skills they need to fill the jobs of the future. We can reallocate funding to help them modernize their facilities, increase the quality of online courses and ultimately meet the goal of graduating 5 million more Americans from community colleges by 2020.”
A news release Monday from the national Association of Community College Trustees said that ACCT has been actively involved in discussing the various parts of the proposal with the Administration for several weeks now.
At the state level, the State Board of Community and Technical Colleges released numbers for this past school year that show students clearly already know where to go for education and job-skills training.
According to the report, state-supported enrollments for 2008-09 grew by 8.5 percent and reached the highest level in history as the colleges readily exceeded their legislative target.
These historic enrollment levels follow on the heels of the largest high school graduating class in the state’s history, an increasingly uncertain and worsening economic climate and belt-tightening in the face of looming budget cuts - all of which will continue into 2009-10.
Course enrollments grew substantially in all areas. Worker Retraining FTES increased by 36 percent in response to rising unemployment. Online, or eLearning, continued its phenominal popularity, growing by 25 percent and contributing to 43 percent of state enrollment growth, according to the SBCTC report.
For Shoreline, the state’s numbers show a 6 percent gain in academic enrollment and a 24 percent increase in the number of students taking basic skills classes. Overall, Shoreline hit 100 percent of the state-mandated enrollment targets for full-time equivalent students.
“It’s great to see Shoreline at that level and just continuing to grow,” SCC President Lee Lambert said. “We’re doing it despite the state budget cuts, which is a testament to the people we have here at SCC.”
The latest state economic forecast numbers were also released Monday, presenting a mixed bag of indicators. According to the report, “We continue to believe that the recession will bottom out by the third quarter of this year, followed by a slow U-shaped recovery. There is a considerable amount of stimulus in the pipeline that has yet to work its way through the system and many of the
“green shoots” we noticed in the spring remain green.”
Earlier, Gov. Chris Gregoire, the Office of Financial Management and the SBCTC have asked for an additional 2 percent cut to approved state spending.
At Shoreline, the President’s Senior Executive Team (PSET) met Monday, July 13, 2009. Vice President for Administrative Services Daryl Campbell said there are a number of ways to make Shoreline’s share of the new cut, $229,542, and that he and the other vice presidents would meet in the next week to review options. Those options would be further discussed at PSET.
“We did a good job at Shoreline of anticipating possible cuts and being ready with options,” Lambert said. “We’ll continue to look ahead.”
Wednesday, July 08, 2009
* Automotive center expansion goes wall-to-wall
Above: Workers steady a wall section as a crane lifts it, Wednesday, July 8, 2009 at Shoreline Community College.
Below: A worker strains as he nudges a wall section into place.
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The walls are up at Shoreline Community College’s $4.2 million expansion of the Professional Automotive Training Center.
Workers from Ness Crane and Sierra Construction put the walls in place Wednesday, July 8, 2009. Using concrete “tilt-up” construction, the floor was poured first, then the walls are poured on the flat floor and finally the crane is used to hoist the walls up and set them in place.
A crew from Ness brought the crane to the site on the north end of the campus on Tuesday, July 7, and assembled the massive machine. Starting early the following morning, the walls began going up. After the initial setup, workers were able to connect, hoist and place a wall section in as little as five minutes.
Most of the wall sections weighed 30,000 to 40,000 pounds, but the largest weighed in at more than 60,000 pounds, a Ness worker said.
The result will be an approximately 22,000-square-foot, two-story addition, that will house the Toyota Corporation's training area. Classroom space for the college's Toyota T-TEN Program will occupy a generous portion of the floor as will six training quads for corporate upgrade training for Toyota, Hyundai, Kia and Volvo, and Snap-on Industrial and Hunter Engineering.
The area will also provide space for restrooms and a storage room for tools and equipment for the college programs. The upper floor will provide faculty offices as well as a dining area that will be used for corporate events. The addition will provide an additional eight bays for college training programs.
Woodinville-based Sierra Construction Co. is the general contractor for the project.
The Puget Sound Automobile Dealers Association made the expansion possible through a fundraising campaign. $2 million came from the state and $2.2 million from private sources, said Jim Hammond, President of the Puget Sound Automobile Dealers. Toyota Motor Sales USA contributed $1 million and significant support came from PEMCO Insurance.
The building is scheduled to open later this fall.
SCC/Jim Hills, Donna Myers
Sunday, July 05, 2009
* State orders more cuts for colleges
The state’s community and technical colleges will join the rest of state government in another round of budget cuts.
Shoreline Community College’s target number, along with those of every other college in the state was outlined along with a Thursday, July 2, e-mail from Charlie Earl, Executive Director of the State Board of Community and Technical Colleges.
“This isn’t welcome news, but it also isn’t a surprise,” SCC President Lee Lambert said. “Even as we were making the painful cuts for the budget approved by the trustees in June, we said there may be the need for more.”
In his e-mail Earl wrote: “State revenues have fallen by approximately $500 million, eating through the state’s unrestricted ending balance and leaving the state general fund almost $200 million in the red. The Governor is reducing state spending beyond the cuts already levied to state government as a first step in addressing this financial deterioration.”
In June and just a month after signing the state budget for the next two years, Gov. Chris Gregoire ordered all state agencies to make an additional 2 percent cut in personnel and other costs. Earl said the SBCTC would follow suit by cutting 2 percent.
“The community and technical college system's share of the cut is $13.526 million for the 2009-11 biennium,” Earl said. “Therefore, we are planning to reduce colleges’ allocations for FY2010 by a total of $6.763 million. By making a permanent cut in the first year, we will carry it forward next year to achieve our total biennial target of $13.526 million.”
Shoreline’s portion of that total is $229,542 for the coming year, according to a memo from Victor Moore, director of the state Office of Financial Management.
Lambert said just how and where Shoreline would make those cuts have not yet been decided. “We did anticipate this, and Vice President for Administrative Services Daryl Campbell and the rest of (the President’s Senior executive Team) will be looking for the least disruptive ways to meet our state-mandated goal.”
Lambert said the reductions are deemed permanent, and that state officials have cautioned against using temporary, or one-time strategies to make the cuts. If there is a bright side, Lambert said it’s that state official have indicated colleges will have more flexibility in deciding at the local level how to reach their targeted reductions.
In his e-mail Earl said: “With the exception of salary increases (legislatively frozen until next February), colleges retain the flexibility to spend as they choose, consistent with the state allocation requirements.” Earl added that colleges won’t be expected to seek any permissions or exemptions in fulfilling local obligations.
Despite the cuts made this past fiscal year and the new additional 2 percent reduction, Earl warned there might be more to come. “Victor Moore’s letter makes a strong point that the budget situation is likely to deteriorate further before any measurable improvement,” Earl wrote. “The September revenue forecast will be pivotal in determining next steps for the Governor and the Legislature.”
Wednesday, July 01, 2009
* SCC outlines personnel impacts of budget cuts
While no one would characterize the personnel impacts of state-mandated budget reductions at Shoreline Community College as anything but painful, with more than 20 positions eliminated, making those cuts ultimately involved only two actual layoffs.
“We worked very hard to find options for people,” said SCC President Lee Lambert, adding that contract-based bumping and position reversion rights, combined with employees’ choices, made for a sometimes-convoluted process. “Sometimes that process took more time, but we wanted to make sure everyone had every chance. I want to thank (Vice President for Human Resources and Legal Affairs) Stephen Smith for taking the lead on working through these difficult times.”
Lambert acknowledged that even with those efforts, the college and many good people were affected. “Some may think that only two layoffs sounds good, but we still lost good, valuable people through retirements, tenure buyouts and people deciding to leave,” he said. “Those people represent a lot of experience and knowledge.”
Smith said that while most of the personnel changes have been finalized, not all are complete. He outlined moves as of June 30, the final day of the 2009 fiscal year:
- Mary Segle, a Physical Education instructor
- Lewis Tarrant, an Anthropology instructor.
- Darlene Carlson, currently in the Cosmetology program which is slated for closure, will continue at her position into 2010.
- Janet Otten, formerly in Enrollment Services, moves to Workfirst in the Office Assistant 3 category.
- Sherri Walley, who had been in Cosmetology, moves to Facilities as a Program Coordinator, working with Facilities Director Bob Roehl.
- Donna Walther moves from Financial Aid to the Center for Business and Continuing Education as a Program Assistant.
- Al Clinton of Cosmetology.
- Susan Sparks and Lisa VanHorne both of the Speech Language Pathology Assistant program, which is slated for closure.
Faculty Voluntary Early Retirement Incentive
- Dan Pray, of PE
- Phyllis Topham, Computer Information Systems
- Art West, Physics
- Martin Olsen, Advising and Counseling
- Nancy Field, Advising and Counseling
- Cathy Chun, Special Assistant to the President for Diversity, Equity and Student Leadership, decided to leave the college.
- Dorothy Cirelli, a director at Technology Support Services, elected to retire in lieu of layoff.
- Chris Melton, the former Registrar, an administrative exempt position, stays in Enrollment Services as a Program Manager, a classified position.
- Jeff Omalanz-Hood, moves from recruiter as an administrative exempt position in Enrollment Services to recruiter as a Program Manager in the Office of Advancement, a classified position.
Smith emphasized that not all changes are finalized. A Criminal Justice faculty member is scheduled for Reduction in Force in September, after being approved for tenure earlier this year. Also, potential moves for Colleen Hogan-Taylor, of the Center for Business and Continuing Education, and Marissa Robertson, a Fiscal Analyst in the Business and Accounting office, are still pending resolution, he said.