Sunday, May 18, 2008
Sun comes out for Inslee visit to solar program
With the sun blazing, May 17 turned out to be the perfect day for Shoreline Community College to showcase its unique solar energy class with U.S. Rep. Jay Inslee.
“This is exactly the kind of program I’m talking about when I fighting for clean energy in Congress,” Inslee told a group of students and college officials.
Inslee, a leader on alternative energy in Washington, D.C., came to Shoreline Community College to learn about the college’s new solar energy system design program and to meet the students who see their future in green jobs.
During his visit to the college, Inslee spoke with the students completing this inaugural training in designing systems that turn the sun’s rays into electricity for residential and commercial applications. The graduates received certification (Silicon Energy Manufacturing Certificate) and are able to move directly into the workplace. The program is the first of its kind in the state and was actually in place before Gov. Chris Gregoire signed the Green Jobs bill in the 2008 legislative session.
Inslee also spoke about his work on national energy policy during his visit. On June 26, after his visit to SCC, Inslee and fellow Democratic reps. Jim McDermott of Seattle, Bill Delahunt of Massachusetts and Mike Honda of California introduced the Renewable Energy Jobs and Security Act. The bill would provide guaranteed renewable-energy payments to small and mid-sized clean-energy, such as home-installed solar-energy systems. Washington already has such a law, but Inslee’s bill would make it a federal statute.
The event was hosted by SCC President Lee Lambert and Mike Nelson, SCC solar program leader and, director of the Northwest Solar Center.
The SCC solar-energy program, officially known as the Solar/Photovoltaic (Electric) PV Designer Certificate, teaches students how to design systems using current technology, off-the-shelf components for use on homes and businesses. State law requires such systems to be installed by certified electricians. However, the class also included a simulated roof section, built on the ground for safety, so students could get hands-on experience with the hardware and their designs.
As part of his visit, Inslee actually donned a hard hat, and tried his hand at turning a wrench to install a solar panel.
Inslee also toured the college’s Zero Energy House, a demonstration project designed to show a variety of green building techniques and technologies. The house was part of a Washington State University student project and was displayed in Washington, D.C., as part of energy-awareness conference and competition.
Monday, May 05, 2008
* Visiting faculty from Denmark
SHORELINE - SCC International Programs, in collaboration with the Business Administration and VCT departments, will host two professors from Business Academy West (BAW) in Esbjerg, Denmark, May 19-30.
SCC has had a partnership with BAW since 2006 as an educational opportunity for students and faculty in our Business Administration and VCT programs.
Coming to SCC are Johnny Ingerslev (Marketing Professor) and Michael Lundorff-Hansen (Multimedia Professor) from BAW to our campus. The visiting Business instructor will teach in SCC’s Business Marketing courses and the visiting VCT faculty will teach in the area of interactive media, animation and game design.
They will also be promoting a Denmark study abroad exchange program offered to SCC students in the BusAd and VCT programs.
Thursday, May 01, 2008
* SCC Toyota students celebrate award at Mariner’s game
SEATTLE - It’s common practice to celebrate the success of our students and instructors here at Shoreline Community College. In fact, the college hosts all sorts of events throughout the year to honor their hard work and commitment to their education.
Recently, Toyota T-TEN students and grads met their instructors at Qwest Field to celebrate a big win at a party hosted by Toyota Motor Sales, USA, Inc. The big win came earlier this year when the college’s Toyota T-TEN program was selected as one of only five programs nationwide to receive the 2007 T-TEN School Recognition Award from Toyota Motor Sales.
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 College was also commended for providing a Toyota professional-technical certificate through the Extended Learning program to support industry demand for certified technicians. Shoreline received the award last year, also.
"We’re the only ones west of the Rockies to get the award,” says Matt Spitzer, Toyota T-TEN instructor at Shoreline. Spitzer says there are 53 schools across the country that offer the Toyota program.
To celebrate this achievement, Toyota Motor Sales USA., Inc., the U.S. sales, distribution and marketing unit for Toyota, hosted the private party at the ball field. Students and graduates joined local dealership service managers, their instructors and representatives from the Puget Sound Auto Dealers Association at the April 13th Mariners game against the Anaheim Angels.
Spitzer made sure that our local dealerships were able to come to the celebration. “We are so fortunate to work with the local Toyota and Lexus dealerships. They not only provide great learning and internship opportunities for our students, but go the extra mile for our students. We couldn’t have celebrated this without them.”
Toyota T-TEN/AYES Area Manager Andrew Passage, Technician Development Manager Rick Lester and Portland Region Technical Director Ken Fritts joined the group at the ball game as did local partner service managers and mentors.
Passage said, “The instructional quality (at Shoreline) is of high caliber and the T-TEN staff, Matt Spitzer and former instructor, Jack Shiel, have done a great job of building positive relationships with the Toyota dealer body.”
Shoreline Community College President Lee Lambert, Pete Calkins, director of automotive training at the college, and Don Schultz and Ron Olsen of the Puget Sound Auto Dealers Association also celebrated with Spitzer and the students.
The Toyota T-TEN program was started nationally in 1986; Shoreline started its program in 1987. Shoreline CC 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.
For information about the Toyota T-TEN program at Shoreline Community College, please call 206-533-6793 or check out the web site located at
* SCC video instructor, Jane Winslow offers workshop at 10th Annual Hazel Wolf Environmental Film Festival
SHORELINE - If you ask anyone at Shoreline Community College if they know Jane Winslow, they would most likely say that they do and that she is a fantastic instructor. Not only does she know her stuff, and love it, she knows how to relate to her students. Winslow does this so well that many of them keep coming back to work on projects with Winslow after they graduate.
The workshop will explore how to ask the tough questions, how to make people comfortable, preliminary interviews, what to do with "problem" interviews, issues of ethics, manipulation, deception and more.
Winslow’s popularity goes far beyond the campus, however, and she is currently sharing her “stuff” at a workshop at the 10th Annual Hazel Wolf Environmental Film Festival, May 1-4 at Johnson Hall at the University of Washington. She will share her filmmaking knowledge and expertise at “The Art of the Interview for Documentary Films,” from 2 to 5 p.m., Saturday, May 3.
Humanities Dean Norma Goldstein cannot say enough positive remarks about Winslow, both her teaching ability and her character. “As a well-known professional film/video documentary specialist, Jane Winslow has both inspired and mentored Shoreline's film students to become involved with their communities. She has been instrumental in providing students with the skills they need to develop their filmmaking careers. Her students have repeatedly been courted by public agencies to film and produce film projects such as Seattle's Folk Life Festival and other major community events. She's a dynamo in the classroom, and her students appreciate the skills, knowledge and experience she brings to their learning.”
Winslow is an independent producer, director, editor, DP, scriptwriter, production consultant and still photographer. Her video production company, FireDancer Productions, specializes in documentaries, promo/training and arts programs. She has worked as a segment director and DP for Hallmark Channel, was principle photographer and editor for a Pilgrimage for Peace involving Tibetan refugees and co-producer/editor on BeComing: Women’s Circles, Women’s Lives. Winslow has won numerous awards for her video programs.
In addition to teaching filmmaking full-time at the college, Winslow teaches workshops for 911 Media Arts. She has worked as a trainer/product specialist for Snell & Wilcox’s HD and SD Switcher/Digital Effects (DVE) equipment at NAB, IBC Amsterdam, NBC Network News Burbank, the BBC and Entertainment Tonight/Paramount Studio to name a few.
She also shows her photography and video installations in galleries and has been published in various publications such as Mandala Magazine and PATH Annual Report 2001. She has photographed extensively throughout Southeast Asia, Nepal, Europe, Greece, Turkey, Central and South America as well as the United States.
For more information about the film festival, please visit web site: http://www.hazelfilm.org/. To read about the filmmaking program at Shoreline CC, please visit web site: http://www.shoreline.edu/dramavideo/.