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BAS open house introduces students to Highline’s four-year degrees

Students looking into four-year degrees for the fall may want to tune in for Highline’s summer BAS open house.

Highline offers six BAS degrees for students.

A BAS degree stands for Bachelor of Applied Science, a degree often designed to be built off of an associate’s degree.

Virtual commencement returns with a new wrinkle

Due to the success of last year’s virtual commencement, Highline will be holding a virtual commencement ceremony and a cross-the-stage event on June 17.

Thomas Bui, director of the Center for Leadership & Service at Highline, said that there is a difference between graduation and commencement.

Student employee of the year works hard to get where she’s at

Student Employee of the Year Heydie Martinez Gonzalez attributes her award to the hard work she’s put in, and those who have helped her along the way.

Martinez Gonzalez was announced as the 2021 student employee of the year on June 1, by the CASE Center.

She’s worked at the Transition Success Center for two years, since her start in 2019 at Highline.

New budget director plans to make changes and improvements where needed

For Highline’s new director of budget and grant services, the college does many things right – and like all things – has room for improvement.

Jack Hutchinson began as the new director on May 3.

Hutchinson previously worked as the internal audit director for Sound Transit, as the internal audit manager for the Port of Seattle, and as finance director for the City of Fircrest.

Soon-to-be UW students say they support COVID-19 vaccination requirement

Some incoming University of Washington students say they’ll feel safer on a campus where COVID-19 vaccinations are mandatory.
The university announced at the start of the month that it will require students attending all three of its campuses to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Several Washington universities, including Washington State University, Central Washington University, and other private institutions have made the same decision.

Dean candidate Eileen Jimenez accentuates background in virtual forum

Eileen Jimenez had the opportunity to show the Highline community that she knows the ropes when it comes to setting students up for success last week.

Jimenez is one of three candidates for dean of academic transfers at Highline.

A forum showcasing Jimenez’s candidacy was held virtually on May 12.

Dean candidate promises a student-centered approach

A finals for academic dean said that she wants to keep students at the center of the work, during a forum last week.

Dr. Melana Yanos is one of three finalists for the Dean of Academic Transfer Pathways and Partnerships position last week.

Dr. Yanos spoke at a Zoom forum on Monday, May 10.

Nursing professors offer a prescription for becoming a nurse

So you want to be a nurse. Take care of yourself, and find a balance, Highline nursing faculty say.

Speaking amid National Nurse Week (May 6-12), Highline’s nursing professors and students offered a glimpse at what their task is like, and what it takes to join the profession.

Nursing is one of the hardest programs to get into at Highline. The college offers degrees in registered nursing, including a licensed practical nurse to RN program. More than 90 percent of students finish the program, with 100 percent placement after graduation.

Academic transfer dean candidate promises to always listen in role at Highline

Candidate for Highline’s academic transfer dean Maribel Torres Jimenéz says she will take a student- and people-focused approach to improving the college.

Highline’s Faculty Senate and Equity Task Force held their third of three faculty and staff forums for Jimenéz’s candidacy via Zoom on May 13.

The college has been searching for a new hire to fill the dean of academic transfer pathways and partnerships position since early 2021. As part of the search, three online forums were held to introduce faculty and staff to the finalists, and gather their input.

Keep your mask on, Highline health official says

For those who spend any time on campus, don’t take your mask off just yet.

Despite new guidance from the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) and Gov. Jay Inslee lifting mask requirements for fully vaccinated people in many places, Highline will continue to enforce a mask mandate for individuals who are on campus, said Nicki Bly, who is the public health director at Highline.