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*Service Learning students interview seniors at local retirement home about politics and upcoming presidential election

Shoreline Community College students are interviewing residents at the Four Freedoms Retirement Home about the evolution of American politics, how political presidential campaigns have changed since WWII, and, naturally, the upcoming presidential election.  They are talking about their perspectives, their experiences and memories of earlier presidential elections and the voting process. 


The students are talking to an interesting cast of characters – one gentleman was a journalist who worked with Tom Brokaw, one is a Vietnam vet, and one woman was an active Black Panther, even changing her name to support the movement.


These students are enrolled in a new political science/U.S. History class called “The Road to the White House:  Election 2008.”  Taught by Professors Kenny Lawson and Terry Taylor, the chief objective of this course is to examine the practices and institutions that govern the political system in the U.S. in a critical way with thoughtful evaluation.  The purpose is to help students develop a deeper understanding of their own (and others’) convictions about the political, economic, and socio-cultural institutions that govern our lives. 



*President of SCC Named to First Industry-Focused Education Council

SHORELINE — Shoreline Community College President Lee Lambert will join a select group of education leaders from across the country in making sure America’s workers are ready for the manufacturing jobs of the future.


Lambert and more than two dozen of his colleagues will serve on the first-ever national Education Council focused on expanding and enhancing America’s manufacturing workforce.  The appointments were announced Oct. 28, 2008, in Washington, D.C. by The National Association of Manufacturers.


“In these difficult economic times, we must create new educational pathways to help more individuals prepare for high-paying manufacturing jobs and, in turn, help our companies compete in world markets,” said Emily DeRocco, president of The Manufacturing Institute and former U.S. assistant secretary of labor for employment and training. The Manufacturing Institute is the research, education and workforce arm of the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM).


“President Lambert will help the Education Council provide leadership, counsel and research to ensure America’s manufacturing workforce is properly prepared to compete in the global economy,” DeRocco said. “This is a big undertaking.  Charter members will focus on issues as wide-ranging as identifying solutions to address the adult literacy crisis, designing regional manufacturing talent development systems, creating 21st century career and technical education programs and advancing innovation in the manufacturing economy,” she said.


Shoreline Community College has a number of innovative jobs-skills programs and Lambert said he is excited and humbled by the opportunity to share the college’s experience on the national level.


“Community colleges are nimble and efficient when it comes to responding to market needs and delivering needed skills and education,” Lambert said. “Besides offering industry-specific programs that can provide employable workers in as little as five weeks, Shoreline also helps students address basic education needs in literacy, English language and math.


“I applaud the manufacturers for convening this council and becoming a key player in the solution to workforce training and education challenges that face our society.”


DeRocco said that a wave of retiring baby-boomers and increased international competition are swamping U.S. manufacturers’ efforts in finding qualified people for increasingly sophisticated, high-tech jobs.


“The skills shortages are having a widespread impact on the ability of manufacturers to achieve production levels, increase productivity and meet customer demands,” DeRocco said. “With more highly-skilled and qualified people, manufacturers could create more jobs with family-sustaining wages.”


Education Council members represent K-12, community and technical colleges and 4-year colleges and universities.  The educators and officials were tapped by The Manufacturing Institute to assist in developing national strategies to keep the American manufacturing workforce globally competitive and create more high-paying jobs.


* Is the economy stupid or the people?

Fear, tight credit and political maneuvering are alternately being blamed for the current economic meltdown.


Perhaps it is a confluence of all three, a question that some of the top minds at Shoreline Community College in economics, politics and social issues will discuss in two interactive discussion sessions open to the public on October  16-17.


The sessions will include presentations by panel members, followed by discussion and questions and answers with the audience. The sessions are scheduled for 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 16, and 1 p.m., Friday, Oct. 17. Both sessions will be in the Quiet Dining Room of the college’s new Pagoda Union Building (PUB) at 16101 Greenwood Ave. N., Shoreline, WA 98133.


“The panel will address the current financial crisis from three perspectives: 1) econ/finance, 2) political, and 3) social justice,” said SCC Prof. Robert Francis. “The discussion will focus on very basic questions, such as:  What caused this and is there really a crisis?  Should we bailout Wall Street or not?  Should we regulate or deregulate financial markets?”


The sessions are free and open to the public, but room capacity is limited to 109 persons.


Leading the discussions on just how these factors are triangulating to bring the U.S. and world economies to their knees will be:


- Ken Lawson, Ph.D. Political Science, and Dean for the Business/Intra-American Studies/Social Sciences Division at SCC;

- Robert Francis, Ph.D. Economics, and SCC faculty member;

- Ernest Johnson, Ph.D. Intra American Studies, and SCC faculty member