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* Jobs report cites Shoreline’s skills certification efforts

The skills certification system pioneered by Shoreline Community College is key to jobs and economic recovery in Washington, according to a recent report by Seattle Jobs Initiative report.


Released in October, “Understanding King County’s Manufacturing Sector: Preparing Our Workforce for Good Job Opportunities,” looks at the forces and trends in manufacturing jobs in King County, the state and the nation.

The report says that the manufacturing sector in King County is one of the strongest in the nation. However, despite a well-educated workforce when compared with the rest of the state, there remains a significant gap between the skills needed for jobs and skills available in the workforce.

In addressing that gap, according to the report, “… the NAM-Endorsed Certification System implemented by The Manufacturing Institute is producing sound results.”

The system consists of five industry-based certifications. They are: National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC), Manufacturing Skills Standards Council (MSSC) Production Technician Certification, National Institute of Metalworking Skills (NIMS), American Welding Society (AWS), and Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME).

“The NIMS certification has been implemented at Shoreline Community College with satisfying results; 100 percent of the students who graduated from the program are currently employed. The program was able to provide students with good paying jobs, work closely with manufacturers, and also create new curriculum to meet industry needs,” the report says.

Shoreline President Lee Lambert said he appreciated the acknowledgement because he knows students are benefitting.

“Whenever we can closely tie the education and training we provide to industry and then have third-party certification of those skills, the students win,” Lambert said. “When the students win, their families win, the economy wins, everybody wins.”

Lambert began working with the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) in 2008 on the certification system when he was asked to join the group’s first-ever national Education Council focused on expanding and enhancing America’s manufacturing workforce. Including educators and industry representatives, that council began crafting the system based on the central idea of stackable certifications and credentials that students could choose to add to as they progressed through a career.

Shoreline applied the approach to the CNC Machinist program and by 2010 it became the first NIMS-certified program on the West Coast. Machining students who pass the NIMS test can take that certification to any employer across the country as evidence of their skill level.

The concept of industry-endorsed curriculum and third-party certification is used successfully in a number of other programs at Shoreline, including nursing, dental hygiene, health informatics, automotive technician and others.

"It isn’t just the idea that makes this work, it also takes talented and committed people,” Lambert said. “Fortunately, we’ve got folks like Dean of Science Susan Hoyne, CNC instructor Keith Smith and career navigator Michelene Felker.  Without them, this program would not be as highly successful as it is.”

The Seattle Jobs Initiative report says that while manufacturing’s share of total jobs in King County has been shrinking, the actual number of jobs has been increasing. The report adds:

“Moreover, the sector should continue to offer multiple middle-wage job opportunities for workers with the right level of skills. Importantly, the industry as a whole – and particularly certain subsectors – are becoming demonstrably more reliant on advanced technology, requiring workers with increasingly technical skills.

“Already, there is a skills gap that exists between available jobs and an under-skilled workforce. Exacerbating this gap is the need to train and employ younger skilled workers in an effort to combat the aging manufacturing workforce. By addressing these issues the local workforce system – including workforce development organizations, community colleges, and sector employers – will help to maintain the strong manufacturing presence in King County.”

Lambert said such cooperative work isn’t new for community colleges, but it is important.

“It is inherently our mission to work together to meet the needs of our communities ¬- all of our communities - including our students, industry, business-owners, taxpayers and more,” he said. “This is what we’re supposed do and when we do it well, those communities benefit.”

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Bring the world into your home

Are you interested in gaining international experience? Do you like helping young people learn and grow? Would you like to share your home and that empty spare bedroom?


ABODE Homestays (ABODE) is currently looking for home-stay hosts for international students who will begin studying at Shoreline Community College this fall. In home stays, the host provides the student with a private, furnished bedroom and three meals a day, often a self-serve breakfast and lunch and then dinner prepared by the host most nights of the week. Hosts are not required to provide transportation to school as students will use public transportation.  The host receives a monthly stipend of $625 as compensation for the costs of hosting a student.


Young families, single parents, retired couples and single people from a variety of ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds are eligible to host students if they meet the home-stay requirements. 


Students will be arriving in mid-September and applications must be received by ABODE at least one month before placement.  The time allows the organization to find the best matched homes for the students.  Hosts are generally informed of their student two to four weeks ahead of arrival. 


A successful host is interested in other cultures, likes to share the American experience and would enjoy having an international student in their home.

For more information, go to www.abodehomestaycom or contact ABODE Homestays at (206) 527-8654 or at


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* SCC's HEROES step up to make a difference

The HEROES peer mentoring program has gotten off to a strong start this quarter. The program has introduced new components and now offers students club meetings, leader meetings, workshops, one on one mentoring, and opportunities to participate in group service projects. The program focuses on providing support to ESL, GED, and CEO students but welcomes and encourages any interested students to join. The club, which is essentially the core of the program, has been growing rapidly this quarter, with 34 students at our most recent meeting! Each week students do activities and have discussions surrounding important themes.

HEROES have also already participated in two service projects this quarter. 384555_328094273897777_265638573476681_1007645_2102194109_n[1].jpgOn Martin Luther King Jr. day they stepped up to lead the food drive team at the Fred Meyer on Aurora and 185th. The HEROES team won the competition for collecting the most food, bringing in over 2,300 pounds of food! On February 3rd, nine HEROES students also volunteered to help sort food collected from the on campus food drive into emergency food bags for students. (Photo: Program Coordinator Caela Smith and HEROES students Bekah Thorne, Husene Dukuray, Annika Fithian, Elouiessa Muana and Amadou Konate at the Fred Meyer location). 

HEROES strives to help students gain leadership skills, get connected to resources, and build a community on campus. The HEROES club meets every Tuesday at 12:30 in room 1524. For more information, you can contact AmeriCorps HEROES Program Coordinator Micaela Smith at, (206) 533-6776, or in office 5204 in the FOSS building.

You can also “like” our Facebook page for HEROES updates, reminders, and photos.!/SCCheroes

                                        Caela Smith, HEROS Program Coordinator


* SCC supports Seattle AIDS walk
On Saturday, September 24, 32 Shoreline Community College faculty, staff and friends joined some 3,000 participants in the 25th Annual Seattle AIDS Walk and 5K Run hosted at Volunteer Park. The SCC team contributed $375 to the event total of over $300,000. Thanks to all who supported the college's commitment to this important event including nursing students, students in Ernest Johnson's classes along with Johnson, Sharon Wines, Yvonne Terrell-Powell, Lynette Peters, Molly Marsh, Lynn von Schlieder and Amber Skidmore.  All donations will support Lifelong AIDS Alliance programs for those living with HIV/AIDS in King County.  An estimated 6,700 people are infected with HIV/AIDS right here in King County with an additional 300 new infection cases each year. Learn more about HIV/AIDS in our community at:

Didn’t make it? Check out pictures of our awesome team on the Center for Service-Learning facebook page: and join the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer 5K Walk Team here:

* SCC takes first in Celebrate Shoreline parade


Shoreline Community College participated in the Celebrate Shoreline parade, Aug. 20, 2011, along 15th Avenue NE in Shoreline, WA. With a banner, school mascot Dolphie (above) carried in a vintage Porsche, school shuttle bus and dozens of student athletes engaging the crowd and handing out candy, the college entry (a joint entry with the Shoreline School District) was named best in the parade. Photo gallery