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.
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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.
There’s a ping pong table now located on City Hall’s Red Room – the space just off the plaza level that has the water jet fountain. About a year ago, I was touring Northeastern University’s new Seattle campus when I came across one of their ping pong tables. I began playing and had such a good time I thought it would be worth sharing with the public. I asked the University to consider selling the City one of their ping pong tables for a dollar. And, to my surprise, they said yes!
The idea was to allow anyone to play and now they can by signing up at the security desk on the main floor of City Hall. They’ll even be provided paddles and balls if needed.
Stephanie Pure used to be a legislative aide to former Councilmember Peter Stenbrueck and now serves as Senior Director of Business and Community Relations at Northeastern. Stephanie was instrumental in persuading Northeastern to sell us the ping pong table.
BOSTON and SEATTLE, Nov. 25, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Whether teaching six students or 600, what if an instructor could adapt his or her class to meet the needs of every individual by utilizing a new online learning technology?
That’s the goal of a new collaborative effort between Northeastern University College of Professional Studies, Shoreline Community College, and CogBooks Ltd., funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
Called the Adaptive Learning Market Acceleration Program, this program will guide and inform the approach to online classes at Northeastern and Shoreline using technology developed by CogBooks, a leading adaptive learning platform. Adaptive learning technologies hold the promise of transforming online education by making the student the center of the learning experience. In this form of teaching, course content is modified by software to adapt to an individual student’s pace and learning, to fit his or her demonstrated needs.
Collin Tong, Crosscut News
In a state that lags far behind the rest of the nation in the production of science and engineering graduates, Northeastern University’s entry into Washington’s higher education marketplace should be welcome news. However, some in the field worry that the Boston-based school’s arrival might give Washingtonians a false sense of security about the future of higher education.
The private research university opened its Seattle satellite campus last January in South Lake Union. The campus occupies a sleek warren of offices nestled in a building it shares with the Institute for Systems Biology. (ISB’s President is former University of Washington Professor of Molecular Biotechnology Leroy Hood.)
by Melanie Dostis
For the longest time, I had no idea when I would be graduating.
I had no clue what year I was in and at times I wasn’t sure if classes were even part of my plan.
What I do know is that in the gloomy job market college graduates face, I have a chance to avoid the typical employment woes of many grads.
I am part of the co-operative (or “co-op”) education world, an increasingly sought-out solution in higher education to transition students to the workplace. In it, students alternate between the classroom and the workplace.
The indoor quad at the Curry Student Center had an international feel on Thursday night as students who have recently returned from overseas co-ops convened to share their experiences.
Northeastern’s inaugural International Co-op Fair gave about 30 co-op students the chance to tell their stories to peers considering experiential learning in a foreign country.
As part of its mission to prepare students for future success, Northeastern combines classroom learning with real-world experience in some 93 countries worldwide. About 300 students are currently on international co-op, a figure that international co-op director Ketty Rosenfeld expects to grow.
YOU’VE READ THE HEADLINES:
Despite some improvement in job growth for recent college grads, many are still trying to adjust to post-Great Recession life. They’re out of work, working part time, or cobbling together some kind of living by walking dogs, cutting lawns, and painting houses while volunteering in their preferred fields and living in their parents’ basements.
But some of those with bachelor’s degrees, both new to the workforce and not, are coming to a perhaps counterintuitive solution: They’re spending more money, not less, banking their futures on further schooling in the form of master’s degrees, professional certificates, and non-matriculating adult education.