May 05, 2010
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DATE: May 5, 2010
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Highline Community College supports local economic development
Breakfast explores ways of expanding collaborative efforts with region
DES MOINES, Wash. — Highline Community College President Dr. Jack Bermingham hosted on April 28 the Southwest King County Economic Development Roundtable Breakfast that explored ways for expanding collaborative efforts to improve economic development in the region.
“The college’s support for economic development remains a critical priority in serving the region,” said Dr. Bermingham. “We want to be both a partner and a resource in addressing the development challenges faced by our communities.”
King County Council Member Julia Patterson and Pete von Reichbauer co-sponsored the event and were joined by local mayors, city managers and economic development directors.
“I found the event useful in addressing economic development issues on a regional level,” said Federal Way City Manager Brian Wilson. “I look forward to future meetings where we can openly discuss issues of mutual concern and seek opportunities to collaborate and coordinate.”
One of the college’s top initiatives includes the Southwest King County Economic Development Initiative (SKCEDI), a collaboration between Burien, Des Moines, Normandy Park, SeaTac and Tukwila, the Port of Seattle, King County and the college. The partners work together to build programs focused on increasing jobs and business opportunities in Southwest King County.
In addition, Highline has been a local leader in expanding economic development and supporting workforce development programs, including:
Highline Community College was founded in 1961 as the first community college in King County. With approximately 18,300 students and 350,000 alumni, it is one of the state’s largest institutions of higher education. The college offers a wide range of academic transfer and professional-technical education programs, with day, evening and weekend classes. Alumni include former Seattle Mayor Norm Rice, entrepreneur Junki Yoshida and Washington state poet laureate Sam Green.