by Judy Lightfoot, Crosscut
On August 11, 2015 – King County Executive Dow Constantine joined community leaders for a panel discussion at Northeastern University-Seattle on the proposed Best Starts for Kids initiative.
Also on the panel were Maud Daudon, President/CEO of Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, Michael Brown, The Seattle Foundation’s Vice President of Community Leadership, and Dr. Michelle Barnes, early childhood education faculty at Everett Community College and alumna of Northeastern’s Doctor of Education program. Dean Tayloe Washburn moderated the event.
Puget Sound Business Journal:
By: Adam Worcester, Contributing Writer
The alarming disparity between Washington state’s 25,000 open tech jobs and the lack of qualified local applicants to fill them has been well-documented.
The Puget Sound Business Journal ran Dean Tayloe Washburn’s editorial August 7, 2015, “Invest in kids now, not later.”
Dean Washburn explains why Best Starts for Kids is an important initiative and sets the stage for the upcoming Speaker Panel discussion on Tuesday, August 11.
Also check out this week’s Dean’s Corner blog with a preview of the panel by Panelist Dr. Michelle Barnes, as she discusses early child development and her experience in Northeastern’s Doctor of Education program: Speaker Panel preview: Doctor of Education alumna discusses importance of early childhood development
Northeastern University–Seattle invited friends, neighbors and members of the global Northeastern network to raise a toast and celebrate the recent expansion of the South Lake Union campus.
Our growth here at the Seattle campus of Northeastern University continues. In May, we celebrated our first class of graduates. Our continued growth of close to 300 students has fueled our expansion into a new space at 225 Terry, in the Terry-Thomas Building. Our expansion adds an additional 10,000 square feet of classrooms and collaboration space, just blocks from our original 401 Terry Ave N. campus. We also grew our footprint at 401 Terry Ave N. by approximately 5,000 square feet in office and meeting space.
When looking to our new space, we wanted a design that matched our Northeastern University spirit, but also gave us lots of space for our students, staff and faculty to meet and work together. I recently spoke with Kay Kornovich, NCARB, LEED AP Managing Director, of Perkins+Will Seattle, who designed our new space and our original space at 401 Terry Ave N. to talk about the unique design features of our new campus.
As discussed in recent blog posts, ever since the visit by Rev. Jesse Jackson to the region last December, a growing number of companies, individuals and organizations have come together to figure out practical strategies which will make the Puget Sound region THE region where talented women and minorities with tech skills will want to work and stay.
This regional effort took a big step forward at the Speaker Series: Women & Minorities in Technology event that took place earlier today at Northeastern. Dr. Carla Brodley, Northeastern’s Dean of the College of Computer and Information Science, led a panel of national experts on this topic: Gwen Houston, Microsoft’s General Manager of Global Diversity and Inclusion; Dr. Telle Whitney, CEO of The Anita Borg Institute and co-founder of the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing; and Dean C. Garfield, CEO and President of the Information Technology Industry Council (ITIC).
Read the Dean’s report here: Rev. Jesse Jackson Returns to Northeastern to Talk About Increasing Diversity in Tech Sector
KUOW coverage: Jesse Jackson To Amazon: You Need More Diversity
Northeastern University is expanding its Seattle campus.
The Boston-based university, which opened a Seattle branch in 2011, has taken over 10,665 square feet of space in the four-story Terry-Thomas building just one block away from Northeastern’s current location in South Lake Union near the Amazon.com campus.
The university needed the extra room after demand skyrocketed for its computer science program, which has seen a 400 percent increase in enrollment over the past year. The expansion will allow Northeastern to accept more students, who will begin taking classes in the new building this week.
Read the full Geekwire article
Meeting the Puget Sound’s demand for high quality Computer Science Employees – Northeastern names Dr. Ian Gorton as the Director of Computer Science at their Seattle Graduate Campus
While the Puget Sound region is thriving, the prosperity generated by our vibrant economy is not shared by all. Our historically robust middle class is steadily shrinking, as income is increasingly concentrated among the wealthy.
Expert panelists and regional leaders from local government, business and labor sectors will identify specific ways we can blend our social equity and economic growth goals for our region, including steps by local government and voluntary actions businesses in our community can take to materially benefit their employees and the workers of the businesses they sub-contract with.