Valencia takes reins at CLS

By Aysha Edmonds - Staff Reporter

Iesha Valencia, director of Student Services, will fill the responsibilities of associate dean, Dr Toni Castro, vice president of Student Services, announced last week.

The dean position was left open by Dr. Jonathan Brown's departure last month when he took a new position at Seattle University.

Among the responsibilities of the Student Services, is overseeing the Center for Leadership and Service, and student government. The CLS handles the funding for student programs at Highline. The funding comes from a portion of each student's tuition.

For each credit Highline students take, $2.50 is channeled to Student Services, with a maximum of $25 per quarter.  

A majority of programs at Highline, outside of the classroom are funded through the Student Service.

Multicultural programs, student government, athletics, the Student Union building, and other clubs are all made possible.

Valencia said that she will not be taking on the title of associate dean, but will be taking on some of the responsibilities that Dr. Brown's title held.

The interim appointment will run until June 30.

If this interim appointment were to present itself as a permanent position, then "I would be excited to pursue that opportunity," Valencia said.

Because Valencia is not taking on the actual title as associate dean, some of the responsibilities will still be left open.

The Student Services director seat will not be left cold, as Valencia will stay in her position as director. She's not leaving, but rather taking on "new day-to-day experiences," Valencia said.

These new responsibilities will be "uniquely different, yet closely connected," from her existing position, she said.

Valencia said she is working with a dedicated team that wants to get Highline students connected.

She said she would like to invite all students up to the third floor of the Student Union, and would "love to have every student say they want to get involved."

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