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Inside Scoop

Inside Scoop: The Thunderword Magazine. Read about outstanding members of the Class of ’22 at Highline.

Fatoumata Diallo

Fatoumata Diallo had to work to fit in.

She found herself in a new country, with a new language, and her reception wasn’t always welcoming.

But she stuck with it, and now has her sights set on a career in medicine.

Khuong Ngyuen

Khoung Ngyuen came to the United States to find a better life. Now he wants to help others do the same.

Ngyuen was born in Vietnam, and eventually came to the U.S.

“To me Vietnam was fine, it’s where I grew up. The culture shaped me. I wouldn’t like to complain about it, there’s always good and bad things, but they are both a part of me,” he said. “Love the place, love the food.”

Mohamed Ibrahim

Mohamed Ibrahim went to high school in a warzone. After that, college was easy by comparison.
Ibrahim will be graduating in Spring 2022 with an honors associate’s degree in Community Health and Wellness and a certificate in Clinic Service Representative.
Ibrahim grew up in East Africa, where he faced many challenges, he said.

Laneeka Hall

Laneeka Hall would not give up on school or her life outside of school.

Hall will be graduating from Highline this spring with a bachelor of applied science degree in Youth Development.

She is the mother of four girls. Being a mother didn’t stop Hall from wanting to enroll at Highline in 2015. Her inspiration to work with kids started off when she took a human relations class, and from observing young people who came into the Starbucks where she worked.

Andrea Guiton

Andrea Guiton represented Highline all over the Northwest but rarely set foot on campus.

Guiton played on the Highline’s women’s soccer and tennis teams. She will be graduating this spring with an associate of arts degree from Highline. She plans on getting a degree in education to eventually become a P.E. teacher.

Going to a two-year school wasn’t on Guiton’s radar at first. The athlete from Auburn played soccer and tennis in high school but planned to drop the student-athlete title to go to a university. But the desire to play sports while pursuing an education led her to look further and ultimately choose Highline.

Anita Wambui

For Wambui, the Personal Fitness training programs and the work at student government are not totally different things, but they are connected.

“In fitness, it’s all about being able to work with people on their personal journey in fitness. It needs empathy, advocate, and needs to understand people. The job at student government and personal fitness complement each other.” Wambui said.

Samunique Wilson

Samunique Wilson just can’t stop caring. At Highline she’s finding a way to do that and make a living.

Wilson is a mom of four, having newly adopted her 3-year-old niece into her family. Wilson is also the primary caregiver for her grandfather.

Before coming to Highline, Wilson was working in the medical field as a dialysis technician.

Mirian Mencias

Being a mother is hard. Being a student is hard. Having both in your hands is hard to juggle, and Mirian Mencias (MJ) was able to do it all.

Mencias has been at Highline for two and a half years, completing her GED and her associate of arts degree.

She plans to major in political science at the University of Washington.

As a mother of five, she has faced many struggles starting college.Being a mother is hard. Being a student is hard. Having both in your hands is hard to juggle, and Mirian Mencias (MJ) was able to do it all.

Mencias has been at Highline for two and a half years, completing her GED and her associate of arts degree.

She plans to major in political science at the University of Washington.

As a mother of five, she has faced many struggles starting college.

Leslie Phin

Starting college was hard for Leslie Phin.

But in taking on the challenge of college, she discovered a passion for helping others also have success.

Phin entered Highline in Fall 2020 as a first-generation student during the height of COVID. Now she graduates in Summer 2022 with an associate’s degree in social sciences and years of experience in various Highline programs.


Highline programs match up with growing job markets

Highline is offering programs that greatly coincide with projected growing demand in a couple of job markets.

The U.S. Department of Labor Statistics has projected that total employment will grow 7.7 percent between 2020 and 2030 in the United States. This growth is being attributed partially to recovery from Covid.


Pandemic pressures push more students to cheat

Students cheat. Some get caught, some don’t.

Either way, more of them have been cheating during the Covid pandemic.

Estimates of how much students cheat are wildly varied, with various reports claiming anywhere from 30 to 98 percent. High school students are sometimes reported as cheating more often than college students.

Safety first: Use best password practices

Whether you’re checking your grades on Canvas or registering for classes on ctcLink, you’ll need a password to log in to your account.

You may also need passwords to access restricted computers or networks. If you are encrypting files or other data, passwords play an important role in keeping that information secure too.

Michael Myers, Computer Information Systems and Computer Science faculty member, said being able to build durable passwords is a valuable skill.


Highline literary magazine celebrates at launch party

Join Arcturus, Highline’s literary arts magazine, for its in-person launch party and celebration this Thursday, June 9.

The celebration will include Arcturus 2021, which received an award in design from the Associated Writing Programs. This award is given to one college or university in the United States, with a $1,000 cash reward.

‘Cube’ is interesting, even if it doesn’t get solved

Cube (1997, directed by Vincenzo Natali) is a surreal experience dripping in atmosphere and tension, while also delving into the human psyche.

The film is about a seemingly random group of people who’ve been kidnapped and thrown into a large cube structure full of different rooms. What makes the prospect even worse is that some of the rooms are rigged with deadly traps meant to kill a person when they enter.

News Briefs

Survey asks students about equity

Highline wants students to fill out a survey about equity and the college’s mission.

The Equity First Strategic Planning Team is improving Highline’s mission, vision, and values statement.

The team currently has ideas but wants students to add what they think is missing.

Nordstrom scholarship now available

Highline Benefits Hub is offering a scholarship.

The partnership of United Way of King County and contributions from the Nordstrom Family have a scholarship that provides basic needs for students.

Twenty students across 10 colleges will receive up to $5,000 per year for their basic needs (not academic costs).

Highline gets summer Running Start funds

Highline’s Running Start students can receive funding for Summer Quarter classes.

Highline is offering up to 15 college credits to new and current Running Start students, along with those who are interested in enrolling in professional-technical classes.

The funding will cover all tuition as well as textbooks, fees, and supplies if the student is enrolling in professional-technical classes.