CCS is a vibrant, comprehensive learning community with educational opportunities for students of all ages and abilities. Profitable Ideas Exchange, Vice President Prior to this fall, Running Start was geared exclusively toward high school students on the path to a four-year degree. 501 N Riverpoint Blvd, Suite 203 PO Box 6000, MS 1005 Spokane, WA 99217 Phone: 509-434-5123. Morgan Stanley Wealth Management, CEO At a meeting before the bill was signed, Dempsey says she and Doug Edmonson, executive director of career and technical education and technology at Mead School District, realized they could build on the state’s Running Start program and tailor it to college trade degrees. “There’s a lot of costs associated with Running Start students in those technical programs. Give directly to The Spokesman-Review's Northwest Passages community forums series -- which helps to offset the costs of several reporter and editor positions at the newspaper -- by using the easy options below. Kiemle & Hagood Company, Director, Compensation & Benefits Any time you do something new, there’s the possibility that you missed something.”. “It’s about looking at a program and working with the high school to say okay, this aligns, the theory of brakes is now counting as a science — (those students) don’t have to take chemistry.”. “Some of the programs we have on campus are a little more challenging to put in the career pathway, because of age requirements for clinical settings, health care programs in particular,” Brockbank says. Spokane Community College’s Jessica Dempsey and Kevin Brockbank have championed the new Running Start for Careers program. Gordon Hester, Vice President SCC President Kevin Brockbank says Running Start for Careers was created in part to address issues of equity. About 70 Running Start for Careers students are involved in 21 trade degree or certificate programs now, Dempsey says. “One of the places students get caught on is professional tools,” Brockbank says. Betsy Lawrence. The Community Colleges of Spokane Foundation says a $500,000 donation from a local charity will provide $4,000 scholarships to more than 100 students over the next five years. The CCS Foundation said it provided more than $437,000 in scholarships and emergency assistance to students last year. You can reach us at Sharon Robertson, donor relations manager at Community Colleges of Spokane Foundation, says the goal for the initiative is to raise $500,000. 2020 has been a stressful year for myriad reasons. Spokane International Airport. Brockbank says that the current cohort of Running Start for Careers students is paying for books and tools. Burke Blevins was the president and CEO of Spokane-based VPI Quality Windows until last spring, when it was acquired by a Charlotte, North Carolina-based manufacturing company, JELD-WEN. “The more students we can graduate in those programs who have a desire to work in that field, the better job we’re doing of fulfilling our mission as a workforce education entity, and helping our local employers with quality graduates.”. Those programs include paralegal, hydraulics, welding, and fire science. Get the day’s latest Coronavirus news delivered to your inbox by subscribing to our newsletter. But we’re doing what’s best for the kids.”. After the legislation passed, Dempsey began working with Mead High School counselors to create a course of study that would satisfy high school graduation requirements and college trade degree requirements. One possible consequence, he says, is that Running Start for Careers students could fill spots in some programs that would otherwise have been filled by traditional students. The gift came from the Krumble Foundation, a Spokane-based charity founded last year by Burke and Muriel Blevins, according to the CCS Foundation. Potlatch Corporation, Japanese Instructor “We will lose dollars. Erik Larson. Kathy Pearson. Dempsey says that prior to Running Start for Careers, it was difficult for students to complete a trade degree concurrently with their high school education. May 19, 1883, stipends of up to $3,000 for those working in unpaid internships, College visits go virtual: With most campus tours canceled, prospective students are booking viewings online, Greenacres teacher doing double duty leading pottery and phys ed remotely …, Spokane Public Schools to seek $221 million replacement levy in February …, SPS first-graders back Nov. 9; second-graders Nov. 30 …, Russell Wilson, Ciara fund charter school in Seattle area …, Annual health and dental insurance enrollment period open now. Brockbank says trade degrees can be especially difficult for low-income students to access because Running Start students are responsible for any costs beyond state-paid tuition. He also wants to expand the number of programs in which Running Start for Careers students can enroll. As a reporter, she loves learning about Spokane's many growing industries. She enjoys travelling with her husband, snuggling with her cats, and cross stitching. Jacob Parks. “If you want to go into the automotive program, for example, one of the requirements of that is to have professional tools. “Now that we no longer have the business, we have established the Krumble Foundation to help the Spokane community by supporting motivated individuals in need as they complete their education and improve their earning power.”. Thanks to our Board of Directors who volunteer their time and talents to help us fulfill our mission of changing students’ lives! The program was created in 2019 after the Washington state legislature passed House Bill 1599. Edmonson says he knew when pitching the idea to Mead School District Superintendent Shawn Woodward that making Running Start for Careers an option for Mead students would mean fewer students enrolled in Mead schools full-time. That would mean less funding from the state for Mead schools. “That was the most difficult piece: what are the 24 credits you need to graduate from high school, and how do we make that happen in each of these programs?” Dempsey says. Through scholarships, program support, and emergency aid, we provide the support and encouragement CCS students need to stay focused on their schooling and achieving their dreams. That initiative last month won Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines’ Strong Communities award in the urban division and was awarded $15,000. CCS Foundation. Previously, Piper served as president of the Spokane Symphony Endowment Board, Community Colleges of Spokane Foundation, Spokane Symphony Board of Trustees, KPBX Public Radio Board of Directors and Junior League of Spokane. It’s about $2,000 right away. Running Start for Careers has been in the works for about a year, says Jessica Dempsey, SCC dual enrollment manager. If you’re a low-income student who doesn’t have the resources to buy a $600 set of knives and a chef’s hat, we’ve just excluded that group from that opportunity.”. “But as we get a little more experience under our belts and figuring out how this works, then we’ll start working on the programs that are a little bit more difficult to make pathways into.”, ©2020 Journal of Business. Edmonson says he saw the need for an equivalent for students interested in the trades. Community Colleges of Spokane Spokane Community College Spokane Falls Communtiy College. He is now a vice president of VPI. Spokane Community College, Vice President Spokane Falls Community College, Supervisor Her colleague Edmonson says that of the 21 trade degree programs SCC offers through Running Start for Careers, Mead High School uses 16; the other five are similar to programs Mead already offers. The original Running Start program, in which about 300 Mead students are enrolled, started in 1992 and focuses exclusively on college-bound students. “Employers have been really excited about the idea that we’re creating a secondary pipeline and getting more students in the door to that kind of training, which in turn creates more employees, but also exposes those students to those trades as real careers,” Brockbank says. Avista Utilities, Founder, Treatment Creative Services Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc, Inland Pacific Chapter, Regional Business Manager Brockbank says SCC faces some risks in implementing the Running Start for Careers program. The foundation gives out more than $500,000 to students at SFCC and SCC every year. That initiative last month won Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines’ Strong Communities award in the urban division and was awarded $15,000. To help address these barriers, the Community Colleges of Spokane Foundation has launched an initiative to raise scholarship funds for students for books, course fees, and equipment. Jordan Page. The CCS Foundation said the money will go to students in high-demand programs with ample job opportunities, including the nursing program at Spokane Community College and the physical therapy assistant program at Spokane Falls Community College.