The Student Newspaper of Highline College


Local labor market working its way back from pandemic

The local labor market continues to improve, but it’s still vulnerable to Covid-19.

According to the Washington State Employment Security Department’s King County labor area summary report from September 2021, the not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in King County for Sept. was 4.3 percent, down from 4.8 percent reported in August.

Twelve months ago, while still in the grasp of Covid-19’s impact, unemployment was 7.2 percent. King County’s highest recent unemployment rate was 16.2 percent back in April of 2020 during the onset of Covid-19, with rates steadily dropping throughout that year to end at around 6 percent at the end of 2020.

Lighting up the town for the holidays

Des Moines got lit for the holidays with the annual lighting of the Christmas tree last Friday evening at the Big Catch Plaza in downtown Des Moines.

New trustee promises commitment to college, community

Highline’s newest trustee says he is committed to both education and the community.

Governor Jay Inslee appointed Travis Exstrom to the Highline College Board of Trustees last month. The board is the governing body of the college, with responsibility for naming a president when necessary and overseeing college policy.

MaST weathers storm damage once again

It may be several months before the latest damage to Highline’s Marine Science and Technology Center is repaired.

“We brought in some contractors yesterday [Monday] to get quotes,” said MaST Director Rus Higley. “Due to lag times on windows, they likely won’t be fixed for three to five months.”

Several windows were broken during the wind and rain storm on Nov. 15.

Black and Brown Summit returns to Highline

Highline’s annual Black and Brown Male Summit returns Dec. 11 to help young males of color recharge and reconnect.

The 12th annual event is for young people from ninth grade to college who identify as black and brown males, and who need to recharge or have questions around culture, connectivity, identity and community, organizers say.

Even though the event will be in person, there will still be COVID restrictions and regulations in place.

Flirting with Venus

A young crescent moon appears to wave toward Venus in the evening sky recently over Poverty Bay in Des Moines. Unfortunately, such glorious if chilly evenings will be replaced by rain through this weekend, with highs in the mid-50s.

Smooth sailing

A lone fisherman rows his boat across Des Moines Marina during a moment of calm weather recently. Weather forecasters are expecting rain again today, Thursday, but dry skies and cool temperatures for the rest of the weekend.

Applications open for student relief funds

The Winter Quarter COVID-19 Financial Relief Fund applications are scheduled to open Nov. 8 at 8 a.m.

Students who have had financial hardship due to COVID-19 and are enrolled in Winter Quarter 2022 can apply for the Winter Quarter relief fund.

Each eligible student may receive a maximum of $1,000 for winter and may use the funds to pay for tuition and fees, books and course materials, food, rent, childcare, health care, or other educational needs.

Sound Transit begins planning for Kent-Des Moines station

Sound Transit is seeking input for the design of its new Kent/Des Moines station.

The station, just east of Highline on the western edge of Kent, will help connect Sound Transit’s light rail expansion that will reach from Angle Lake to Federal Way by 2024.

Public Safety supporting the college’s efforts to deal with Covid-19

Crime was down at Highline last year amid the pandemic, but students should still take care when they’re on campus, the college’s top public safety official said.

“There is a slight drop in almost every category due to the fact that most classes were held remotely, and employees worked from home,” Menke said. “The fact that the population on campus decreased significantly correlates with the data we are seeing on the Annual Security Report.”