Peace, justice and healing will be at the heart of this year’s Martin Luther King Jr. Week at Highline.
The college’s annual celebration of the work of the late civil rights leader will be Jan. 18-21 with virtual events Tuesday through Thursday.
One of the reasons why the MLK week-long celebration is so successful “is because there’s a ton of planning that takes place to make this event happen, the committee works tirelessly,” said Dr. Darryl Brice, a Highline sociology professor and one of the event’s organizers.
Running Start students say that they felt unprepared because their high schools did not give them enough information about college before beginning the program.
Running Start is a dual enrollment program that allows students in their junior and senior years of high school to attend college to earn both college and high school credits, with school districts footing the bill for students’ college tuition.
The Hub, Federal Way Higher Education Center opened on Jan. 7 for classes and public tours.
Due to concerns about Omicron, the ribbon-cutting event was postponed, however, people could join a building tour and get an explanation of their facilities.
The Hub is a partnership among Highline, the University of Washington-Tacoma, the City of Federal Way and Federal Way Public Schools.
Highline students will need to pay more attention to their surroundings with more students on campus this quarter, said the college’s director of Public Safety.
For Winter Quarter, Highline has increased its number of live, in-person classes, and more students have chosen that option. But that means more people and more cars on campus, leading to the potential of more crime.
Focus and determination are among keys to succeeding
Navigating college can be difficult, but manageable with the right approach, students say.
Data consistently shows the difficulty students face in obtaining their college degree. With the right advice however, students can successfully navigate the challenges and obtain their desired degree.
According to The Hechinger Report, a national nonprofit group that reports on education, fewer than one out of five students at community colleges obtain their desired degree in three years or less.
Highline’s new head of Student Services said she intends to put students first.
Dr. Jamilyn Penn was named interim vice president of Student Services earlier this fall. She previously served as director of transfer education in the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges.
Student Services oversees a number of functions at the college, including Advising, Admissions, Running Start, Women’s Programs, Funding Services, TRiO, International Student Programs, Athletics, the Center for Cultural and Inclusive Excellence and the Center for Leadership and Service.
Highline hopes to go study abroad in Vietnam in spring 2022.
Jenn Ritchey, the manager of Global Initiatives at Highline, and Sam Kaplan, director of the Center of Excellence for Global Trade and Supply Chain Management, hope to travel to Vietnam with students this spring if conditions permit, and, if possible, to also visit companies in Washington state.
The whole idea of the study abroad program is to follow the supply chain, so what they will be doing is following products that have some kind of connection with products that originated in Washington and also Vietnam.
Highline STEM students who want to learn more about physics are invited to get PHATT.
PHATT is an acronym for Physicists of Highline – Association of Thinkers & Tinkerers. Advised by Dr. Aleya Dhanji, the club aims to help students actively engage in the study of science in general and physics in particular.
Dr. Dhanji is a physics professor at Highline and teaches a variety of courses from conceptual physics for non-STEM majors to calculus-based engineering physics.
Central Washington University is bringing its bachelor’s degree program in computer science to Highline’s campus beginning next quarter.
The program has been co-developed by CWU and Highline. There will be a soft launch in Winter Quarter 2022 and a full launch in Fall Quarter 2022, CWU officials say.
Bruce Palmquist, Ph.D., interim chair of the Computer Science Department at CWU, said the program has been designed for students who are seeking careers in that field.
A six-month long savings program has started and is available to Highline students who can earn money through their savings.
The Savings Match Program is an “online tool that encourages saving through cash incentives,” Ciara White, the Benefits Hub campus coordinator said.
The Benefits Hub was created by United Way of King County to support students with their financial challenges. Through the Benefits Hub, students can work with advisers for financial coaching, housing support, and other financial resources.