By Marcella Bombardieri
SEATTLE — Across the street from Amazon headquarters, flanked by a prestigious biology institute on one side and a Filipino-Vietnamese food truck on the other, sitsa storefront in a booming biotech enclave of the city. The space is decked in red and white, with modernist lounge chairs and molecule-shaped sculptures suspended from the ceiling.
Northeastern University-Seattle and Seattle Works have partnered to offer scholarship opportunities to Seattle Works volunteer leaders and leadership training graduates in a variety of graduate programs at Northeastern’s College of Professional Studies. A kick off party to commemorate this partnership was held on March 6th where attendees learned about both organizations and what this partnership now offers.
Eligible Seattle Works members will receive a scholarship covering 10 percent of the tuition for Northeastern University—Seattle’s online and hybrid career-focused graduate degree programs in areas including corporate and organizational communication, digital media, global studies and international relations, the doctor of law and policy, nonprofit management, project management, and many others. Scholarship recipients will also receive a number of benefits including access to speaker and learning series.
For the past 25 years, Seattle Works has connected thousands of individual and team volunteers to a wide variety of public service projects and provided leadership training in nonprofit management and related areas. It has managed volunteer projects for such companies as Microsoft, Accenture, Starbucks, Jet Blue and UPS, among many others.
“Seattle Works volunteers aim to strengthen their communities and themselves. Pursuing graduate study at a first-class organization like Northeastern University—Seattle is a natural next step in growing as a professional and as a community leader,” says Tara Smith, executive director of Seattle Works.
“Seattle Works and Northeastern are a natural fit, as we both offer programs and opportunities to help young professionals create and translate knowledge to meet global and societal needs,” says Tayloe Washburn, founding Dean and CEO of Northeastern—Seattle. “By partnering together, we can help strengthen our region even more effectively.”
To learn more about the partnership, contact Claire Lewis at firstname.lastname@example.org or at (206) 467-5488
Northeastern University- Seattle hosted a game design workshop where Professor Jay Laird directed a packed room through game design exercises and the Masters in Digital Media offered by Northeastern. Each group was tasked with developing their own games complete with rules and modes of play. The night was fun and full of laughs as each group creatively worked through the assigned tasks all the while learning what it means to be a game designer.
Professor Laird also touched upon the GAMES initiative and how Northeastern University- Seattle is breaking ground in video games designed for social change. The GAMES initiative focuses on getting and keeping middle school aged girls interested in STEM fields and topics through the use of targeted video games.
Below is a video of the work Northeastern students have done and a taste of what a Northeastern education can yield in the field of game design.