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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.

Highline receives grant to support male students of color

Highline and several community partners have won a $1.6 million grant that aims to support young men of color toward academic and career success.

The grant is funded over the next two years by the King County Department of Human and Community Services and Puget Sound College and Career Center. The King County Promise grant program partners with the county’s K-12 school districts, community based organizations, and community and technical colleges.

The program serves King County students of color, first-generation students, and students impacted by poverty up to age 26.

Burien Pride returns for three days of festivities

The Burien Pride festival kicks off Friday, June 3 and continues throughout the weekend bringing pride back to Burien after a two-year COVID hiatus.

The celebration is organized by the non-profit Discover Burien and sponsored by Burien-area businesses. Burien Pride 2022 will take place in the Town Square Park, 480 SW 152nd St., Burien.

The first event will take place Friday night on Sixth Avenue, a street dance party featuring a DJ starts at 5 and runs until 11 p.m.

Highline alum brings medical help to Ukraine

Ella Kuchmiy wanted to go out and help people. Now she’s on the front lines of an international crisis.

Dr. Kuchmiy is a former Highline student, serving as a physician in Ukraine amid the Russian invasion.

“I went to Ukraine on a disaster relief medical mission trip with In His Image International and Heartbeat Mission. Our first team went to aid and to see the need to be able to provide the most needed care for those living through difficult and surreal circumstances currently,” she said.

Aliens land in Burien – again

Following last Saturday’s Burien UFO festival several extraterrestrial fanatics had some theories as to where alien life resides.

“Aliens don’t exist in the way we’ve seen them represented. They come from the ocean, from the abyss,” said one individual outfitted in steampunk aviator goggles, exiting the beer garden.

Upon polling the majority of festival goers, the consensus on whether aliens exist was an overwhelming yes.

Aliens and their fans return to Burien this weekend

Come look for aliens this Saturday at the Burien UFO Festival and Metaphysical Fair.

The Burien UFO festival kicks off again Saturday, 5-10 p.m., after a two-year hiatus due to Covid. The event will be in the Burien Town Square Park, 480 SW 152nd St.

Digging for Clams

Local residents enjoy the break in weather this past Sunday to dig for clams at Dash Point State Park in Federal Way. The park is open daily from 8 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., and the clamming season runs through the end of the month. While the next couple of days are expected to be rainy, early next week should see a chance of nice clamming weather.

Female Summit returns this month

Registration for this year’s Female Summit closes this Friday, May 6.

The Female Summit is for young women of color to come out and learn more about self-identity and anti-racism for high school and college-age students. The event happens 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on May 14.

The goal of this summit is to empower and motivate young women of color to feel good about themselves and who they are, organizers say.

The event has two separate parts: Young Women Advocating for Change, which will meet in Building 29 and YELL, Young Educated Ladies Leading, which will meet in Building 8. YWAC invites white-identifying women to attend, whereas YELL is aimed at young women of color.

Skate Park could get some upgrades

The Des Moines skatepark may receive long overdue renovations in the coming updates to the
Field House Park, city officials say.

Des Moines’ only skatepark is located between the police station and field house and has been denounced by skaters for years. This is due to the outdated park design and dilapidated nature of the concrete ramps and ledges.

Highline seeks grant to help Mt. Rainier

Highline is applying for a grant that will help some Mt. Rainier High School students get a boost in their education.
The college has applied for the TRiO Upward Bound grant of $1.43 million, which is funded by the U.S. Department of Education.
The Federal TRiO programs are a series of eight programs that seek to help students navigate obstacles that most individuals may not encounter. TRIO helps students who come from low-income families, first generation college students, veterans, and students with disabilities.