Highline College among nation’s leading community colleges

Top 150 recognition makes college eligible for 2017 Aspen Prize

Last week Highline College was named one of the nation’s top 150 community colleges by the Aspen Institute College Excellence Program. The honor gives Highline the chance to compete for the 2017 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence and $1 million in prize funds.

“Being recognized as one of the top 150 community colleges in the nation reflects Highline’s innovative efforts to support student access and attainment,” said Dr. Jack Bermingham, president of Highline College. “My colleagues take great pride in their success in making a difference in the lives of our students, working together every day to create equitable and inclusive opportunities.

” The Aspen Prize is the nation’s signature recognition of high achievement and performance among America’s community colleges. It recognizes institutions for exceptional student outcomes in four areas: student learning, certificate and degree completion, employment and earnings, and access and success for minority and low-income students.

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How do you get around Downtown Burien?

The City of Burien is preparing a Downtown Mobility Plan, and we want to hear from you! The Plan will focus on how you get to Downtown Burien and how you get around it once you're here. It will drive how we improve the overall look and feel of our city's core. And you're invited to share your insights at our Storefront Studio later this month.
WHEN:           Wednesday, February 24, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
                       Thursday, February 25, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
WHERE:         Discover Burien, 427 SW 152nd Street
The Storefront Studio provides you a chance to drop in, speak directly with staff and consultants, see work in-progress, learn about the process, take part in activities, and make suggestions to influence the Plan.

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Amanda's View: Living history

By Amanda Knox

My sister Deanna observes that Oma and I answer the phone with the same drawn-out and sing-song-y, “Hallooo!” We entertain ourselves in similar ways, dancing whether we have a partner or not, singing aloud whether we know the lyrics or not, sans embarrassment. We both read books voraciously, nurture children and animals compulsively, call people for no other reason than to say hello, or, in Oma’s words, “just checking to make sure that you’re still alive.” Both of us harbor deep, difficult-to-articulate hurt. Difficult to articulate because of how entrenched and visceral it feels, but also because the trauma is hard for many people to relate to. You know the uncomfortable pressure of witnessing or listening to another person’s suffering that leaves you feeling inadequate, hollow, defeated. It’s an isolating experience for everyone, teller and listener. All the more reason why it means so much to have someone you can call up who can comfortably listen. For me, that’s Oma.


“Hallooo, Amanda! You won’t believe what Ole found for me.”

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