The House Higher Education Committee recently heard Northeastern University – Seattle Dean and CEO Tayloe Washburn and Chairman and Wissner-Slivka Chair in Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Washington, Hank Levy, talk about the urgent needs for Washington State to ramp up its investment in K-12 and higher education computer science programs. At present, the workforce needs of the technology companies in Washington far outstrip the ability of all Washington State educational institutions to provide qualified workers. The state’s ability to grow jobs and keep the companies presently in Washington is at risk, making this an essential public policy priority to take action to narrow this technology talent gap.
Rep. Drew Hansen of Kitsap County is a member of the committee who heard Washburn and Levy speak. Rep. Hansen’s bill (HB 1472) takes a step in remedying this major policy challenge for the state. HB 1472 would require school boards to approve AP Computer Science as equivalent to high school science as well as math, and to denote on a student’s transcript that it qualifies as a math-based quantitative course for students who take it in their senior year. It would also create a competitive Grant Fund made up of two parts: one part to support professionals co-teaching computer science, and one part to support upgrades in technology, curriculum, and teacher knowledge and skills in computer science. Finally, it would put in place a State Computer Science Professional Shortage Task Force to examine strategic opportunities for public and private investment in increasing computer science education, including employer co-investment. The purpose of the task force is to develop a strategic plan with specific short and longer-term strategies to increase the number of graduates from high schools, community and technical colleges, and four-year colleges and universities who are prepared to enter the workforce or continue their education in computer science.
Both Dean Washburn and the members of the Washington State Technology Industry Association are actively involved in suggesting refinements to this legislation and moving the bill forward. If you have any questions, ideas or want to be involved, please contact Dean Washburn at: email@example.com. A link to the proposed Substitute HB 1472 is here. You can contact Rep. Hansen directly at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
What does this mean? Networked for life means that you, as a Northeastern University – Seattle student will be networked to others locally, regionally, nationally, and possibly even internationally during your program and after, as an alumni. Since Northeastern University has many high quality on-line and hybrid programs, it is quite likely that you will be “in class” with students from all over the United States and sometimes the Globe. You are networking from day one of your program, and your network as a NU alumni is vast after you graduate. With such a large alumni basis, you will be forever connected to other NU alumni throughout the world.
Furthermore, since the faculty and students at Northeastern are connected to real-life situations and engage with hundreds of companies and businesses, the students and faculty are networked! You truly will be networked for life as you call on professors and students during your program, and colleagues, friends, and other alumni throughout your career.
We invite you to come and visit our new campus, and consider the programs we offer so that you can become networked for life!
Claire Lewis and Stephanie Pure represented Northeastern- Seattle at the Hamomi Children’s Centre’s Fourth Annual Dinner and Auction held at the St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church on February 2nd. Packed with 400 friends and supporters of the organization, it was the perfect opportunity to learn more about Hamomi and support our three Northeastern co-op students and international affairs majors, Anna Bornstein (who created this co-op opportunity in 2012), Shivangi Shah and Sarah Whetstone, who all flew out from Boston to help make the night a huge success!
Hamomi Children’s Centre is a nonprofit organization located in Nairobi, Kenya. Hamomi, a localized word meaning “harmony,” was founded in 1999 and functions as a primary school and center for children in the Kangemi slum. Over the years, Hamomi Children’s Centre has become more than just a school. Hamomi believes in order for children to get the most out of an education, their basic needs must first be met. This is why Hamomi also provides its students with basic needs such as food, clothing, and placement with guardians.
The program featured performances by the children of the MLK Community Center, an array of local and African auction items, and a traditional Kenyan family-style dinner were an unforgettable part of the evening; however, the highlight of the evening was learning that of Hamomi’s graduating 8th grade class, ALL the students passed the required exams necessary to enter high school.
Another great moment of the evening was when Hamomi USA Executive Director Susie Marks recognized the hard work and dedication of the Northeastern co-ops who were boarding a red-eye flight the next day in order to be back for class in Boston on Monday morning. Our table captain, Kathy Fisher, Hamomi volunteer and supporter has attended each annual event and remarked that “The co-op students have been invaluable to [the event’s] success.” Hamomi USA has worked tirelessly over the past four years in order to help the Hamomi school in Nairobi become self-sustainable. Hopefully Northeastern co-ops will continue to be a part of this amazing organization and beautiful vision for the future!
To learn more about how a Northeastern co-op student can make a difference in your organization, visit www.northeastern.edu/centralcoop/
Or contact Stephanie Pure: email@example.com | (206) 467-5484.
Want to learn more about Hamomi? http://hamomi.org/
On January 22, 2013, the Washington State House of Representative’s Higher Education Committee, chaired by Rep. Larry Seaquist, conducted a hearing on the higher education needs of the aerospace and software industries. Hank Levy, Chair of the University of Washington’s College of Computer Science and Tayloe Washburn, Dean of Northeastern University-Seattle campus, both testified on the needs of the software industry. Chairman Levy’s powerpoint can be found at this link: here.
Dean Washburn focused on the initiative he is Chairing with the Washington Technology Industry Association’s (WTIA) Workforce Development Committee. WTIA is pulling together higher education leaders from across the state to work with technology companies over the next 12 months to materially increase the capacity of all higher education institutions to meet the urgent needs of our technology startups, medium and large companies – all of whom face a dire shortage of qualified employees with computer science training. If you would like more information on the WTIA statewide initiative or would like to offer your ideas, contact Dean Washburn at firstname.lastname@example.org. Washburn asked the state legislators to recognize both the opportunity for new jobs in this state if we step up to this challenge, and the impending situation, in the form of lost jobs and departing companies, if we fail to take action.
To watch Dean Washburn speak, click >> here.
The Northeastern University Seattle Graduate Campus had a very successful Open House event yesterday from 4-7pm. Over 500 people attended and enjoyed local music, food, and drinks in a celebratory atmosphere. Attendees experienced the dedicated campus space as well as the classroom space while they learned about Northeastern, degree programs, the Co-op program, research interests, community outreach, and met staff, students, and alumni. Welcoming remarks came from: Campus Dean & CEO Tayloe Washburn, King County Executive Dow Constantine, and Seattle City Council President Sally Clark. In attendance were an additional three City Council Members; media representatives from Geekwire, Northwest Science Writers, The Seattle Times and Xconomy; and dozens of alumni – including 1950 graduate Ralph Burwell (CoE) and Seattle Chapter Alumni President Cathy Sullivan and husband Kevin, (both CCIS 2005). Raffle winners of the iPad, Microsoft Tablet, NU Gear/Amazon gift card, and Tom Douglas gift card were two current students (MPA and MBA) and two community members. You can read more about the Open House here. Please enjoy a few photos from this exciting event below and online!
With South Lake Union alive with activity, Northeastern University – Seattle, a Boston private research university, has just opened its South Lake Union satellite campus. In a space shared with the Institute for Systems Biology at 401 Terry Ave. N., the new space is small but efficient, says Tayloe Washburn, Dean of the satellite location, who was planning an open house for more than 400 guests on Jan. 17 and who moved into his office two weeks ago.
Read the full article here.
Northeastern University to Host Seattle Graduate Campus Open House with King County Executive Dow Constantine
SEATTLE, Wash. – Northeastern University, a private research university and a leader in worldwide experiential learning announced that its recently launched Seattle campus will host an Open House event on Thursday, January 17 from 4-7 p.m. PST.
King County Executive Dow Constantine and Seattle City Council President Sally Clark will be speaking at the event for the community, welcoming the university to Seattle, and celebrating the opening of Northeastern’s new South Lake Union graduate campus.
Northeastern University–Seattle offers graduate degree programs that are strategically aligned with the Pacific Northwest’s top industries in science, technology, business, and healthcare—matching Northeastern’s educational and research strengths with the region’s economic opportunities. The degrees focus on high-demand fields such as cyber security, health informatics, computer science, bioinformatics and engineering.
Northeastern’s existing faculty will teach courses both online and on site at Northeastern University–Seattle. This hybrid learning approach is ideal for working professionals because it combines the traditional benefits of face-to-face instruction with the flexibility of online learning.
At the Open House, prospective students are invited to join Northeastern alumni and community leaders to learn about the global employer network Northeastern University–Seattle brings to the Pacific Northwest. In addition to the range of degree programs, guests will have the opportunity to learn more about the hybrid learning approach.
Northeastern University–Seattle Graduate Campus Open House
Thursday, January 17
4 p.m. until 7 p.m.
401 Terry Avenue N.
South Lake Union
Seattle, WA 98109
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About Northeastern University
Founded in 1898, Northeastern University is a leader in worldwide experiential learning and interdisciplinary research that focuses on global challenges in health, security, and sustainability. Northeastern offers a comprehensive range of undergraduate and graduate programs leading to degrees through the doctorate in seven colleges, the D’Amore-McKim School of Business and the School of Law, as well as select advanced degrees at graduate campuses in Charlotte, North Carolina, and Seattle.
The Northeastern University–Seattle graduate campus delivers industry-aligned degrees to meet the needs of the regions’ high-profile business sectors. Graduate degrees ranging from cyber security and computer science to health informatics, leadership, and engineering, are delivered through an innovative hybrid educational model (on-line and on campus) to offer working professionals the flexibility they need to advance their careers.
For more information about Northeastern University–Seattle, visit www.northeastern.edu/seattle.
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Northeastern-Seattle played a prominent role at Economic Development Council of Seattle and King County (formerly enterpriseSeattle)’s 41st Annual Economic Forecast Conference last week at the Washington State Convention Center. The Conference focus was on the urgent shortage of qualified technology workers in the Puget Sound region. This problem is created in part by the tremendous success of the region and state in attracting technology companies of all sizes and shapes, including globally-respected giants, Microsoft, Amazon, Real Networks, F5 Networks and hundreds of other companies.
Northeastern University-Seattle’s Dean & CEO, Tayloe Washburn gave a talk over lunch to the 700 attendees, in which he outlined the action being taken by the Washington Technology Industry Association (WTIA) to tackle this issue in 2013. Washburn chairs the WTIA’s Workforce Development Committee, and is coordinating its efforts with many other higher education institutions in the state.
For a copy of the WTIA Workforce Development Committee goals and 2013 strategy, click here.
Northeastern – Seattle officials have recently met with Boeing Commercial Airplane leaders in Seattle to identify areas in which Northeastern can help Boeing in its recruitment and training of the new generation of workers needed to ensure its global leadership in commercial aviation.
This article identifies how Northeastern researchers at the Boston campus have teamed with Boeing to help ensure the safety of the Boeing 787 Aircraft built in Seattle.
The 787 is the world’s most popular commercial aircraft.
Read the full article here.
The “adult learner” or “mature student” traditionally had been defined as those individuals going to college later than the age of 18 for their bachelor’s degree but enrolling like a typical undergraduate student – someone living on campus, etc. However, over the past twenty years, the definition of an adult learner has been changing — most adult learners today are considered adults who are going back to school with a family or job or other demands in life.
For undergraduates, the terms “traditional age and non-traditional age” are used more and adult learning can be at any level of education. Most adult learners are individuals who juggle many items of life while attending classes and pursuing a degree. They generally have life experiences that affect their views on education in the classroom; they often challenge what they are learning; and they are also generally self-motivated and self-directed. Adults sometimes are worried that they have been out of school too long to return to any sort of tertiary education. In reality, however, they tend to be very motivated and often succeed in a program with a better overall educational experience.
I really like this definition of an adult learner:
“Adult learners are lifelong learners who generally are 25 years or older, and/or have additional responsibilities such as family, career, military, or community, and are seeking a degree or other educational offering (credit or non-credit) to enhance their professional and/or personal lives.”
Angela L.E. Walmsley, Ph.D., Associate Dean – Academic