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May 2, 2017

Community colleges key to Washington’s economic future


Business leaders and government officials worried about Washington’s economic future should keep their attention focused on the state’s community and technical colleges.

- Seattle Times Editorial Board


Leaders focused on the jobs of the future, whether in business or government, already know the importance of the training and education available at Washington’s community and technical colleges.

It is disappointing that the Legislature, under court pressure to fully fund K-12 schools, seems to be eyeing higher education and early learning for cuts. The state Senate used cuts to community and technical colleges to help balance its proposed biennial budget.

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July 11, 2016


Looking ahead with Dr. Shouan Pan

Photo: Dr. Shouan Pan

Seattle Colleges begins the fiscal year with a new chancellor, Dr. Shouan Pan. Dr. Pan was most recently the president of Mesa Community College in Mesa, Ariz. Read more about Dr. Pan.

In his words:

Seattle’s landscape is changing. We are attracting global companies, which breathes new life into local industry. We have the opportunity to research their workforce needs, and determine how we can best meet them and prepare our students for employment. We also have the opportunity to strengthen our relationships with school districts and universities; business and civic organizations; chambers of commerce; and the City’s economic development office. Together, we can truly serve the needs of our students, employers and community.

I am excited to be here, and look forward to working with faculty and staff to take the Seattle College District to the next level of excellence.

Photo: Dr. Shouan Pan
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