WA State House Higher Education Committee meeting at SSCC Mon. May 21

press release
An interim meeting of the Washington State House of Representatives Higher Education Committee will be held on the campus of South Seattle Community College Monday, May 21, from 1 - 4:30 pm. The 17-member committee, chaired by Representative Larry Seaquist, will conduct a work session focused on transitions to higher education, and higher education/industry partnerships. Panelists include Seattle Community Colleges Chancellor Jill Wakefield and South President Gary Oertli.

A draft agenda is below. The meeting is open to the public.

The Higher Education Committee meeting continues a month-long series of campus visits by candidates and incumbents. Speaking at South during Civics Week May 7-11 were Washington Secretary of State candidates Greg Nickels and Kathleen Drew; and Dr. Bobby Virk, candidate for 11th District House of Representatives. U.S. Senator Patty Murray led a student rally on campus May 11 to draw attention to the potential federal student loan interest rate increase.

Finally, on May 30, from 12 - 12:45 pm in the Olympic Hall Auditorium, the United Student Association will host Washington State Representative Frank Chopp, current Speaker of the House, who will address higher education issues. A video about America’s voting history and the importance of voter registration will also be screened.


1:00 – 1:10 Welcome and Opening Remarks:
• Representative Seaquist, Chair, Higher Education Committee
• Dr. Gary Oertli, President, South Seattle Community College

1:10 – 2:20 Transitions to Higher Education: Common Core Standards and Other Higher Education Preparation Initiatives and Issues
• Dr. Susan Enfield, Superintendent, Seattle Schools
• Dr. Eileen Ely, President, Green River Community College
• Dr. Gary Oertli, President, South Seattle Community College
• Kent Koth, Director, Seattle University Youth Initiative
• Barbara “b.g.” Nabors-Glass, Seattle Goodwill

2:20 – 3:20 Transitions within Higher Education: Articulation and Transfer Credit for Prior Learning
• Dr. Jane Sherman, Interim Executive Director, Washington State University and the Council of Presidents
• Dr. Jim West, Higher Education Coordinating Board
• Dr. Michelle Andreas, State Board for Community and Technical Colleges
• Noreen Light, State Board for Community and Technical Colleges

3:20 – 3:30 BREAK

3:30 – 4:30 Higher Education Partnerships with Industry

Technology Transfer Partnerships:
• Dr. Fred Holt, Center for Commercialization, University of Washington (“C4C”)
• Tom Schulte, University of Washington Entrepreneur-in-Residence and CEO of Nexgenia

Workforce Training Partnerships:
• Dr. Jill Wakefield, Chancellor, Seattle Colleges
• Joe Jahn, President and CEO, Vaupell

4:30 Adjourn.

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