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* Shoreline starts layoff processes

The state’s continued economic downturn means Shoreline Community College employees will learn over the next 10 days whether their positions will be cut in the next round of state-mandated budget reductions.

 

“It just gets worse and worse and worse,” Shoreline President Lee Lambert said Nov. 30, 2010, at a brown-bag meeting on campus. The announcement was triggered by the Nov. 19 state revenue forecast and Gov. Chris Gregoire’s statement that another 4.6 percent, about $1 million to the college, must be cut in the current budget year that ends June 30, 2011.

 

Lambert said cuts will hit all areas of college employees; classified, faculty and administrators. Lambert said the college has started the processes required by labor contracts to notify employees.

 

“We’ll notify the classified union immediately,” Lambert said, adding that faculty representatives have also been notified. Administrators, who are not unionized, will be told individually, he said.

 

Lambert didn’t say on Tuesday which positions or how many would be identified for layoff or reduction-in-force, but that details would be available soon. “I hope to present a plan with at least the numbers of positions affected on Dec. 10,” Lambert said. An all-campus meeting is scheduled for 12:30-2 p.m. that day in the PUB main dining room.

 

The process for layoff or RIF is outlined by contract and differs for each group. For example, seniority “bumping” rights come into play for classified employees. The classified contract is negotiated at the state level and offers the college less flexibility, he said. Position reductions for faculty members, who are represented locally, could be affected by retirements and other factors.

 

Lambert acknowledged that the announcement and process are coming quickly, but that economic realities leave little choice. “This is happening right now. We just don’t have time for our normal involvement processes,” he said.

 

Vice President for Administrative Services Daryl Campbell outlined those economic realities.

 

“Step back just a couple of months to September,” Campbell said. “We were told to plan for a 6.3 percent cut, which we did with what I’d call relatively minimal impact. Then, this month, we’re told they need another 4.6 percent, this year.”

 

Campbell added that in September, the outlook for next year was a grim 10 percent. A recent memo from the State Board of Community and Technical Colleges now puts next year’s reduction in the 18 percent range.

 

“Given that we started this year with a 7 percent reduction from the previous budget, that could mean a 35 percent cut in our state allocation since 2009,” Campbell said. “It’s not just happening to us, it is happening to the entire system. And, there’s no guarantee that it won’t continue to change.”

 

Lambert said there are many unknown factors that could change the scale and details of the reductions, but not the necessity for them.

 

For example, if a mandate known as “maintenance of effort” that is tied to federal stimulus money continues, that could delay the reductions. Also, the Legislature can change the underlying assumptions on which the cuts are planned.

 

“If any of those or other things do occur, we can pull back,” Lambert said. “But, if they don’t and we don’t start now, it just means deeper cuts later.”

* State board's Earl calls for 'unified approach' to budget crisis

While he says it is still uncertain just what will happen with state's budget, Charlie Earl, Executive Director for the State Board of Community and Technical Colleges, says whatever it is won't be good and that the system should take a "unified approach."

 

Earl outlined his thoughts in an e-mail (see below) to presidents and chancellors on Nov. 24, 2010.

 

Shoreline President Lee Lambert said he agrees with Earl, adding that the approach must also look at new ways to accomplish the critical mission of community and technical colleges.

 

"It is pretty clear that there won't be enough money to continue doing everything the system does to the same level in the same way," Lamber said. "We need to take a fresh look.


In his letter, Earl said:

 

The November 18 state revenue forecast took an unexpectedly large turn for the worse in projected revenues for the next couple of years.  It’s still uncertain how the Governor and OFM will approach the associated budget reductions.  This message reflects what we know as of today.

 

The Governor said in her message to state employees that this forecast will mean an additional general fund cut of 4.6 percent this year. She indicated an across-the-board cut is simply not workable on top of the 6.3 percent September reduction.  She wants the Legislature to act quickly—either through a special session or very early in the regular session.

 

The uncertainty across state government of how this will be handled is compounded for higher education by the Governor’s and Legislature’s treatment of the federal maintenance of effort (MOE) requirement for receiving Recovery Act (ARRA) funds.  While the OFM director continues to indicate that cuts to higher education are limited by the federal MOE, given the state’s weak fiscal circumstances, it’s possible that budget writers will look for a way around the federal requirement.  However, the final cut numbers will not be known until the Legislature passes a supplemental budget.

 

Last week’s forecast brought the total 2011-13 biennium general fund deficit to $5.7 billion.  Our rough calculation is this means an additional 18 percent cut to our system next year if we take a proportional share.  (To put that in perspective, the $127 million cuts we’ve taken over the last two years—excluding the September 6.3 percent cut—is 16 percent of our annual budget prior to cuts.  An additional 18 percent cut would be slightly more than all the cuts we’ve taken over the past two years).  There also remains the possibility that higher education will take a larger proportion of next biennium’s reduction due to the competition for general fund resources.

 

The state’s capital budget outlook is also grim.  OFM has indicated the capital budget has been virtually eliminated due to decreases in state bond capacity. They are looking for ways to increase bond capacity, but it appears there will be very little funding for capital projects supported by general obligation bonds.

 

In short, the implications of last week’s forecast are severe.  Total state funding cuts to our system may amount to 35 percent since FY 2009.   While we know you’ll be forced, yet again, to reduce personnel costs, adjust enrollment levels, and differentiate major program mix to optimize students’ needs with significantly reduced state resources, those traditional means of managing resources may no longer be enough.  Tuition and financial aid increases may mitigate some of “the bite,” but these have limitations as well.

 

The financial crisis is triggering serious discussions among influential legislators about the shape and make-up of the community and technical college system. We anticipate proposals for reducing costs and increasing efficiencies across all of state government, including our 34 colleges.  As a system, we must be prepared with clear, unified ideas for improving cost effectiveness.  We need to shape our system’s future, providing certainty and cost efficiencies and actually making appropriate changes now.  More than ever, it’s important we do this together.

 

The SBCTC meeting on December 1-2 and the WACTC meeting on December 15 are key forums for advancing a unified approach.  Our staff will timely inform you about proposals affecting higher education, rumored or otherwise.   I ask the same of you.

 

You and your staff members have performed so admirably in serving students and serving them well these last two years.  While I realize it’s simply not possible to provide the same level of service as budgets continue to decline, I want you and your colleagues to know that the continued commitment to your students and your communities remains clear and is appreciated.  Please express this appreciation to your tremendously creative and dedicated faculty and staff.

 

Thank you.

 

Charles N. Earl

Executive Director

STATE BOARD FOR COMMUNITY & TECHNICAL COLLEGES

* Campus master plan meeting Dec. 8

Shoreline Community College will host a public meeting Dec. 8, 2010 as officials prepare to submit an application for a Master Development Plan to the city Shoreline.

 

The meeting will be from 7-9 p.m., in Room 9208 of the PUB. Consultants from Schacht  Aslani Architects, of Seattle, will make a presentation. Attendees will have an opportunity to ask questions and submit feedback.

 

The meeting is being held as part of the city’s early planning process for master development plans. It is required for the Type C, quasi-judicial decision the college is seeking under the Shoreline Municipal Code.

 

Once approved by the city, the Master Development Plan would define future development plans for the college’s property for the next 15 years. Information at the Dec. 8 meeting will describe potential building projects over period of the plan, give an overview of city and state approval processes and discuss how comments from the meeting would be used in the college’s decision-making process.

 

As part of the city requirements, the college mailed meeting notifications to all residents living within 500 feet of the college.

 

The Dec. 8 meeting will be similar to one hosted in January, 2010. At that meeting, consultants showed concepts for a master development plan and took comments.

 

SCC President Lee Lambert said at the time that while it is unlikely the state will have much money for capital projects such as buildings, the college must have an approved master development plan in place to be eligible should funding become available.

 

Lambert has said that a master development plan doesn’t necessarily mean expanding the capacity of campus, but rather improvement to facilities, many of which are coming up on their 50th birthdays. Those improvements can help students achieve goals and, in turn, help the community and the state. Lambert cited the rebuilt and improved library, which opened seven years ago. “The ‘library’ is now the Library Media Technology Center and is a hub of learning on campus,” he said.

 

The most recent capital project, an addition to the Professional Automotive Training Center that opened in June, 2010, didn’t rely solely on state funding, he said. “The state gave us $2 million, Toyota gave $1 million and the local auto dealers combined for nearly another $1 million,” he said

 

The Dec. 8 event is intended to gain feedback before the college submits an application to the city, said Daryl Campbell, SCC Vice President for Administrative Services. “We want to hear from our neighbors and other constituencies that care so deeply about this college,” Campbell said.

 

Campbell added that the on-campus community will also have more opportunities to share thoughts. “We need campus input, too,” Campbell said. “The Dec. 8 meeting is just one part of very inclusive process.”

* SCC officials review budget situation

Time to Talk

Upcoming budget-related meetings include:

  • Brown Bag: Tuesday, Nov. 30, 12:30-2 p.m., Room 1102.
  • All-Campus Meeting: Friday, Dec. 10, 12:30-2 p.m., PUB Main Dining

 

The numbers keep getting bigger and bigger; that much is known.

Less certain for Shoreline Community College officials meeting Monday, Nov. 22, 2010 to discuss the implications of the ever-increasing state budget shortfall is what reduction number will they be asked to deal with and just when will they have to deal with it.

“Thursday’s (Nov. 18) announcement changes our previous plans,” Shoreline President Lee Lambert said, of Gov. Chris Gregoire’s message that another $385 million must be cut from the state budget for the current year ending June 30, 2011. The increase adds another 4.6 percent to what had already been pegged as a 6.3 percent shortfall.

“We’d already planned to cut about $1.3 million for the 6.3 percent target and did it without affecting jobs. This would mean another million dollars for us that we’d potentially need find right now,” Lambert said.

Lambert and his senior executive team discussed the scale of the reduction and potential implications, but no decisions were made on Monday. “There are just too many uncertainties right now,” Lambert said.

Along with the gloomy revenue projection on Nov. 18, Gregoire issued a call to three state unions to come back to the bargaining table. The state Office of Financial management issued an opinion that the contracts “are not feasible for the state” under the strain of the financial crisis.

Gregoire also asked the leaders of both parties in the House and Senate to submit their thoughts and plans to her by Monday, Nov. 29. However, to make cuts deeper than already ordered, Gregoire needs the Legislature to pass a supplemental budget for the current year. Before the Nov. 2 election, Republicans pushed for a special legislative session to deal with the then-smaller deficit.

On Nov. 5, Gregoire said she would consider a special session, but has since said she’d only call it if lawmakers could get the work done in 48 hours or so. Rep. Ross Hunter, D-Clyde Hill, and chairman of the House Finance Committee said in an interview on TVW that it could be tough to do that. “The problem is, you can’t do something complicated quick,” Hunter said.

Many lawmakers will be in Olympia during the first full week of December for previously scheduled committee meetings. There is some speculation that Gregoire might call a special session during that time period.

And then, there’s “maintenance of effort.”

As a condition of taking federal bailout money in 2008, Washington had to agree to keep funding of things like education at a certain level. That level for 2010-11 has been thought to be no more than about a 4.4 percent reduction, less than the 6.3 percent already ordered by Gregoire.

“When the governor ordered the 6.3 percent cut, the state board acknowledged the maintenance of effort threshold was there, but advised all colleges to plan for the larger 6.3 percent cut,” Lambert said. “So far, there’s been no definitive statement on maintenance of effort, so we keep planning for the worst and hoping for the best, or at least better.”

Lambert said that Shoreline and the rest of the community and technical colleges need answers soon. “The longer we wait, the deeper the cuts would need to be to have the same effect,” he said. “It’s not that I want to do something now, but that’s better than having to do more later.”

* State projections could mean more cuts at SCC

Time to Talk
President Lee Lambert set several meetings open to the campus community just prior to Thursday's state budget news. They are:
  • Brown Bag: Tuesday, Nov. 30, 12:30-2 p.m., Room 1102.

  • All-Campus Meeting: Friday, Dec. 10, 12:30-2 p.m., PUB Main Dining

A deepening state budget crisis could mean another $1 million cut for Shoreline Community College, sending officials back to the budget drawing board.

 

“The news we heard today could significantly change the plans we made earlier this fall,” said Shoreline President Lee Lambert. “In September, we made plans to meet the state’s mandate for a 6.3 percent cut this year and we did it without layoffs. This new target could change things.”

 

Gov. Chris Gregoire on Thursday, Nov. 18, 2010, announced that revenue projections for the state continue to fall. Numbers from the state Office of Financial Management indicate revenue for the year ending June 30, 2011 will $385 million lower than anticipated. The new projection pushes the deficit for the next biennium from $4.5 billion to $5.7 billion.

 

Gregoire said that new numbers translate to about another 4.6 percent cut for this year on top of the 6.3 percent she ordered in September. However, because the 6.3 percent reduction order was at the limit of the Governor’s authority, Gregoire needs the Legislature’s help to do any more. She has asked lawmakers to bring budget-reduction ideas to her by Nov. 29.

 

“Quite frankly we can’t cut any deeper without ending significant programs,” Gregoire wrote in her message. “Extremely difficult choices must be made and given this sharp revenue decline, they must be made now.”

 

The State Board for Community and Technical Colleges has not yet given colleges specific targets, but Shoreline Vice President of Administrative Services Daryl Campbell said an early estimate based on previous reductions would be about $1 million.

 

“At 6.3 percent, our share was $1.363 million,” Campbell said on Thursday. “Another 4.6 percent would be just a little more than $1 million.”

 

Campbell said the 6.3 percent plan was a combination of cuts to goods and services amounting to around $1 million and then using one-time funding sources to get the rest of the way.

 

Where the next million dollars will come from will be discussed by President Lambert and his senior executive team on Monday.

 

Campbell said the Budget & Strategic Planning Committee had just Wednesday finished a recommended blueprint for a budgeting process and timeline. “I think it’s still a good proposal, but these new cuts change everything,” Campbell said. "We'll just have to talk about what we do next." 

* SCC Joins City of Shoreline to Honor Veterans

vets.jpgOn Wednesday, November 10, 2010, the day before Veterans Day, students, faculty, staff and community members met at the flag pole in front of the Administration Building to honor veterans.  The short ceremony was coordinated by members of the SCC Veterans Engaging for Tomorrow at Shoreline (the college’s veterans club), the Campus Veteran Education Team and the Office of Special Services. 

 

VETS Club member, Chad Springer welcomed the group, Tom Prigmore, Financial Services, performed the national anthem and veteran students, Jerome Wald and Jordany Urbano raised the flags. 

 

Veteran and VETS Club president, Emily Olenik was honored with a reading by Wald. Olenik, who was born in Seattle and raised in Virginia, began her military service in 2002 with five years of active duty in the army as a combat medic.  Working at the Walter Reed Eisenhower Executive Nursing Suite, Olenik cared for VIPs and worked in the ICU, where in 2005, she worked with a Lieutenant who was about her age who had had to have his limbs amputated. The life-changing experience spurred her on to take nothing for granted and to help others whenever possible.  In 2006, Olenik was deployed to Iraq where she earned an Army Commendation Medal.  During guard duty, she had identified a person carrying fake ID and detained him without incident.  The individual was involved in a terrorist ring, and thanks to Olenik, the U.S. Army was able to uncover a ring of terrorist groups and deport 12 Iraqis.  Since returning from active duty in 2007, she has continued to be a voice for female veterans. Olenik plans to earn a bachelor’s degree in nursing and hopes to work for the VA or at a military hospital in the ICU. 

 

Veteran student Shane Freund honored U.S. Army veteran, Gerald Shogren, who was drafted in 1953 shortly after the Korean armistice by President Dwight Eisenhower. Shogren, who said that he has always felt fortunate about the timing of his draft notice, served in Germany where he and his troop stayed in barracks that were formerly occupied by Hitler’s troops.  His work involved ensuring that phone service was available for Army personnel in case of a breakdown in regular service. Shogren, who eventually moved to Shoreline, became an active community member and he attended the college for a short time in 1999.  Shogren was not able to attend. 

 

A moment of silence allowed time for personal thanks and reflections of those who have served and continue to serve our country. 

 

A staff sergeant recruiter from Northgate who had heard about the college event attended.  Springer said he wasn’t here to recruit but wanted to “check out the vet center at the college.”

 

Olenik and Shogren were honored at the first City of Shoreline Veteran event on Veterans Day.

 

Representatives from the Veterans Center at the college collaborated with officials from the City of Shoreline to coordinate Veterans Day events.  Kim Thompson, Director of the Office of Special Services, Angela Atkinson, Veteran Coordinator and Chad Springer, who holds the Veterans Navigator AmeriCorps position at the college, worked with Ray Coffey of the Shoreline City Hall and community members to plan individual events that honored a young veteran and an older veteran.

 

“We wanted to draw a bridge between elderly veterans and young vets,” Springer said, who helps students navigate the transition to college from military and process of receiving benefits. 

 

Coffey said that the college and city worked in unison to raise awareness and collective visibility of veterans to the community. “It is the aim of a group of Shoreline veterans that these words will become commonplace as they help plan the first Veteran's Day Celebration in Shoreline at City Hall.”  The city event included a 21-gun salute.

 

Learn more about the college's Veterans Programs.

 

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* Students share personal stories at annual Student Success Breakfast

Daniel DeMay left high school during his junior year.  The reason?  He was bored. Michael Schwartz thought his master’s degree in film and video from a prestigious school would support a 30-year career.  It didn’t.  What do the two have in common?  They both decided that going back to school was critical, and they found a way to do it through the Shoreline Community College Foundation.   

 

DeMay and Schwartz joined community members, faculty, staff and elected and local educational officials at the college’s 13th Annual Student Success Community Breakfast on Thursday, November 4, 2010.  They were there to share their stories and thank those who had supported Shoreline students.  

 

SCC alum, Kisara Nishimoto, who currently holds the title of Miss Seafair, was emcee.  Now, a student in the Foster School of

"I'm always going to be a Dolphin," Kisara Nishimoto said.  The current Miss Seafair thanked the Foundation Board, the Board of Trustees and President Lambert for their support of Shoreline students.

Business at the University of Washington, Nishimoto was back at SCC to support student scholarships. 


“I’m always going to be a Dolphin,” she said, referring to the college mascot.  

 

Foundation President, Scott Saunders welcomed the more than 200 guests and President Lee Lambert highlighted a number of the things that make Shoreline an outstanding college. 


“We are attracting faculty such as Jeff Kashiwa, an Emmy-nominated, world-renowned musician.  Our automotive program continues to be recognized nationally, most recently winning a Bellwether Award,” Lambert stated.  (The Bellwether Award recognizes outstanding and innovative programs and practices that are successfully leading community colleges into the future.)  Lambert also gave credit to the Veteran’s Program, which recently received a federal grant.  Just 14 out of 400 applicant institutions received the grant.  Lambert also cited the college’s transfer program, talking about two graduates who were recognized nationally last year as scholars by Phi Theta Kappa.  “And we are right in your back yard,” Lambert said to the donors who sat at tables lined with white linen. 

Schwartz, who now holds a 3.87 GPA in the Digital Interactive Media program, shared his journey to Shoreline.  He had worked years ago as a horse wrangler and a tailor, later finding his way to school and earning a master’s degree in film and video.  Schwartz worked as a sound engineer for several years, but eventually decided to leave the Los Angeles area in search of “the perfect place to live,” landing in the Seattle area right when the dotcom industry was collapsing –something he had counted on for work.  He couldn’t work in the field he had worked in as his skills were outdated, and he ended up delivering pizza for four years.  The road was rough and Schwartz found himself living off his credit cards and even filing for bankruptcy.  It was at that point that Schwartz found help through WorkSource – ending up at Shoreline Community College, where he got help through the Worker Retraining program. 

 

Schwartz is back in the game now – learning the “new” tricks of the trade, updating the skills that once earned him a good living.  “I’m gonna be competitive,” he said with assurance. “I’m excited to move forward with my life. I really, really appreciate the help,” he said, referring to donors to the SCC Foundation.  “Strangers helping strangers,” Schwartz said more than once, “it’s amazing to me – and I am so very grateful.”

Standing at the podium, DeMay thanked the crowd for making it possible for him to attend Shoreline and to have so many opportunities, referring to his work on the student newspaper, the Ebbtide, as a staff writer, distribution manager, copy writer, and now, editor.  He left high school with a 1.8 GPA and entered an automotive program at a trade school that contracted with his high school.  He worked as an auto mechanic and as a carpenter for some time, progressing to the respected journeyman position and eventually working as a contractor.  He also performed with a band in his hometown of Port Townsend, later leaving his work to perform full-time, and then going back to hanging drywall.

“I knew I was smart and I knew I wanted more.  I knew I didn’t want to be a carpenter for the rest of my life,” DeMay said.  At 26, he visited a college campus with a friend who had enrolled and it struck a chord.  He knew it was time to go to school.  He selected Shoreline because it had a good reputation and because it got him away from the comforts of where he had grown up.  “I wanted more of a challenge all the way around.” 

DeMay said that coming to Shoreline was one of the best decisions he has made. 

“Without their (SCC Foundation) help, I don’t know what I would have done,” Demay said.  The scholarship took care of his tuition and books, and even helped out with other expenses.  “I didn’t have to rely so much on loans.”

When he graduates in the spring, DeMay plans to transfer to a university to major in journalism and possibly go for a double major in political science.  He is currently considering Boston University, the University of Washington, NYU, and University of California, Berkeley as well as a number of other schools across the country.  He plans to put his skills to use as an investigative reporter someday.

It’s stories like DeMay’s and Schwartz’s that bring community members to campus to join faculty, staff and administrators in celebrating their successes each year and to support scholarships for students. 

A former member of the SCC Foundation Board and the Board of Trustees, Dick Stucky was honored with the SCC Foundation’s Distinguished Service Award for his dedication to SCC students. 

5146384508_622bce61f4_m.jpg“This honor is special to me,” he said, “but the honor really goes to you,” he said to the audience before telling a poignant story about education.  In 1965, Stucky had just completed his first year of teaching.  He wasn’t convinced that he should stay in the classroom or return to farming.  A young student told him at the end of the year that she hadn’t liked school before she had him for a teacher.  He knew immediately that he no longer had to think about which direction to go.

Stucky, who focused his career in technology and math education, was in charge of the development and management of the Computer Education Program and the secondary mathematics program for the Shoreline School District in the 1980s, managing the programs until his retirement in 1995. 

Nishimoto lived up to her responsibilities as Miss Seafair during her return visit to her alma mater.  She was honored with the title based on her academic achievement, community involvement, public speaking and creative expression.  It was obvious that she is comfortable speaking before a crowd.  
She urged students to seek scholarships. 

 

"I would like to give a shout-out to a few instructors," she said, adding that her most influential college classes were at Shoreline. 

 

Nishimoto gave credit to Stephen McCloskey for his passion for others and for providing unique insight into community service. "It was because of his class that I got involved with working with the Lifelong AIDS Alliance," she said, where she continues to volunteer.  She was also appreciative of the opportunities for growth from instructors, Rachel David and Tim Payne.  "The gender and violence class I took really helped me become more gender sensitive and the economics class from Tim Payne offered a lot of student interaction discussing class topics.  Both have helped me in my work with the Miss Seafair organization."

 

Her only regret was that she didn't take advantage of the Study Abroad program at Shoreline.  "I really want to encourage students to not miss out on these opportunities," she said. 


Nishimoto left the breakfast with determination to go out and find success yet again – in a classroom at the University of Washington where she was headed to take a mid-term in an Info Systems class. She will graduate in spring of 2012 and plans to work in management in the non-profit community.

 

Jane McNabb, Chief Advancement Officer for the college, was impressed with not only the turnout of community and college members for the event, but with their generosity.  “We just raised more than $36,000 for our students,” she said.  “It speaks to the commitment to the education of our young adults.”  McNabb works with existing community partners and forms new alliances to reduce the college’s reliance on public funding.  

 

The event was sponsored by Spin Alley, Highlands West Dental, Puget Sound Energy, Blackboard, CRISTA Senior Living, the Boeing Employees Credit Union, Dick and Beth Stucky, Scott Saunders and Irene Wagner, Ruth Kagi, Stan and Kathy McNaughton, Roger and Jane McNabb, Jack and Laura Rogers, Eric A. Carlson, DDS, PS, and John Backes.

 

Slideshow at http://www.flickr.com/photos/28500175@N07/sets/72157625311917014/.