Welcome to Winter Quarter. Let’s be thankful that we are not in the same blizzard situation as the east coast. Although it’s been a short week, I know that everyone has been extremely busy. Thanks to the help desk volunteers, the Kodiak Korner staff, and the International Programs staff who have done extra duty this week.
We know we’re full and enrollment is good. On Wednesday we received a message that all on-campus parking lots were full by 10:30am and that the Truly Shuttle was being heavily utilized. I am hopeful that the $29M loan to build new parking will be authorized by the legislature this month and we can proceed with those projects.
Legislative activities have consumed most of my time this week. Tuesday night was a Kenmore send-off for the 46th district legislators. Wednesday night was a send-off for the 1st district legislators (which we hosted with UWB, the City of Bothell, and our student governments), and yesterday morning was an entire eastside breakfast with legislators. From all of these events, what have I learned?
I’ve learned that there is momentum to add a few more dollars to the capital budget this session to fund the community colleges’ construction list as far down as our project. If we indeed receive our $3.5M in design money in the next 2 months, our Best Case Scenario is to open CC4 by January 2022 (4 years from now). I’m not sure if “construction project” and “best case scenario” have ever been used in the same sentence before, but we can hope.
There are other initiatives being discussed about raising full- and part-time faculty salaries and adding conversion faculty positions to each community college, but I don’t have a prediction on their outcomes. I will be lobbying for those things however when I am down in Olympia this quarter. My first visit is on Monday when I’ll be meeting with a least 7 different legislators to review Cascadia’s and the system’s priorities.
I want to conclude today with interesting and happy news about the success of our baccalaureate students in Sustainable Practices. I’m quite happy that within 6 months of graduation we have students doing this kind of work:
- Sales Associate at Recology in Bothell
- A student launched his own company offering regulatory and sustainability consultation for the cosmetics industry.
- Sustainability Educator at City Growers in Brooklyn, NY
- Employee Transportation Specialist with Swedish Medical Center
- Parks Maintenance employee with Carlsbad (CA) Parks and Rec
- Solar System Designer with Artisan Electric
Have a great weekend.