Dear Colleagues, ctcLink 1st Year Anniversary – Join us for Treats!

It’s almost time to acknowledge the past year’s EXTENSIVE work implementing ctcLink. While work towards stabilization continues, it is important to acknowledge the gargantuan campus effort to get us where we are today.

With this in mind, ALL faculty, staff, and administrators are invited to attend the following afternoon event as a small token of appreciation for your ongoing efforts. PLEASE NOTE: The Program Repeats at 12:45 and 1:45pm so folks can split attendance into departments as needed for coverage.

                                Event:                   1st year Anniversary of ctcLink Implementation

                                When:                   Friday, March 17th from 12:30pm – 3:00pm

  Program Repeats at 12:45 and 1:45pm so folks can split attendance in departments

                                Where                   QUIET Dining Room, Bldg 9000 or Via Zoom for Remote Folks:

                                Who:                     All Employees!

                                What:                    Cake and Cookies galore

                                                               Kahoots Trivia, ctcLink Star Awards, Music, etc.

Kickoff will begin at 12:45pm with acknowledgments of thanks from President Jack Kahn and ctcLink Project Manager Ann Garnsey-Harter. The program repeats at 12:45 and 1:45pm so folks can split attendance into departments. Employees are welcome to drop by anytime during the 2.5 hr event to grab an afternoon treat, enjoy the activities, and connect with others.

SUPERVISORS: Please work with your staff to find a time that folks can attend from your unit.  We would love to see as many folks as possible participate.  

 See you there!

Veronica Zura
Executive Director of Human Resources

Shoreline Community College  |  206.546.7858

Trust Memo Update #4 

Good afternoon folks, 

First my apologies for the time it has taken to get this trust memo out. With so many things happening (and several institutional messages coming to campus), I wanted to try and get this to you when things were a bit quieter. 

First an update on Trust items from the last memo

1.    We had a successful open event where we invited three different colleges to discuss their participatory governance process. The College Council will have voted this week on a process to determine a participatory governance process for SCC. 

2.    The DEI strategic plan process is well on its way! 

3.    Pro-D update: I will provide in my weekly email! 

4.    We did one training with administrators and classified staff supervisors on best-practices in “including staff and faculty in planning.” This is an item I need to pay more attention to and likely develop a more structured/intensive training for all of us. 

5.     The remote work policy process was discussed in Executive Team (ET) this week and next steps will be shared within the month. We are getting there! 

6.    The coffee RFP has been released to the community! 

7.    My revised outcomes (with your recommendations) have been approved by the board of trustees

And finally, the last item from the last memo: 

*More items will be added to the Trust work for the next 6 months* 

The one I want to discuss this month has to do with the structure of Student Learning, Equity, and Success (SLES). In the very first Trust activity, a few people remarked that having one VP over Instruction and Student Services (SLES) had downsides for the College. The reasons given were varied, but it has been something I have been thinking about since I came to Shoreline. 

Originally, I really loved the idea of one VP. When I was a VP of Instruction, it was challenging at times to get “both sides” working together, even though I worked with wonderful colleagues along the way. I was looking forward to seeing this unification “in-action.” 

Having been here now eight months and having learned of the significant areas of improvement needed across the College (including accreditation, lowered enrollments, and various specific operational challenges in Students, Equity, and Success), I believe we need to go back to the model you all had previously which is to have a VP on the Instruction side as well as a VP on the Student Services side. Both areas have significant items needing to be prioritized, addressed, and improved and I think one ET leader is insufficient given the current state of the College.  

We also need to focus on collaborative revisioning in both areas. Instruction needs to align their practices with the president’s goals (and eventually new strategic plan) so that they are proactively reaching out to multiple underserved communities and creating many new structured instructional pipelines for these groups to benefit from all we have to offer. On the Student Services side, we need to develop and implement a DEIA- based retention plan that identifies students’ long-term needs and acts on those needs week-by-week in a planful and structured fashion.  Due to lower enrollments from COVID-19 and a historic trend of decreasing enrollments, this is a primary need at the College and it is URGENT that we amplify practices immediately. 

Given the strong background Dr. Phillip King brings to Student Services and the great work he and his team have done thus far in developing “just-in-time” interventions for students, and a terrific DRAFT retention plan, I have asked Dr. King to serve as VP – Student Services once a new VP-Instruction has been recruited and hired. I have been working with Dr. King on this transition and will of course continue to do so. 

I will be working with the campus community ASAP to recruit a DEIA-centered and participatory governance-focused Vice President – Instruction who can work with us to focus on these needed changes. Ideally, the need for this position should come out of the campus-wide Area Review planning process, but at times the urgency of a decision requires the President to make a decision in the absence of College structure. I cannot wait until the planning process is complete this academic year because I deem the changes needed to be urgent for the health of the College. In terms of funding this additional VP position, I will work with ET and the Budget Office to ensure this is a budget-neutral decision. I have taken one step to that end by putting one admin position recruitment on pause.  

This month, I will look at the original trust memo and add additional items to work on for next month’s memo.  

Have a great rest of your week. 



Jack S. Kahn Ph.D.



Shoreline Community College

16101 Greenwood Avenue North

Shoreline, Washington 98133

(206) 546-4552

One Planet: An Eco-Focused Art Exhibition

The Shoreline Art Gallery is currently accepting submissions for the 2023 Earth Week Exhibit which will take place from April 14-28 in the 1000 Building.

Submissions should be made from recycled or
found items OR have a sustainability or eco-focused message or theme.

Interested individuals should e-mail Gallery Director, Zach Mazur ( by Friday, April 7th with the following information:

  • Description of submission including title, date, media, dimensions and method by which the piece should be displayed (e.g. standing, wall mounted, digital, etc.)
  • Photograph of submission: If your work is visual, please include a clear photograph or sample of the work/s you are considering.

Exhibition media may include but is not limited to:

  • Works of visual art (i.e. drawings, paintings, photographs, sculptures, etc.) Please note: 2-dimensional work must be framed and equipped with hanging devices
  • Musical performances or sound-based media (filmed or recorded)
  • Film/video productions or digital art
  • Written or spoken word such as short stories or poetry
one planet art exhibition call for proposals information listed on a graphic

Employee ORCA Card Survey – Updated Link

Hello! Would you be interested in the possibility of obtaining an Employee ORCA Card? Please take the survey below to let us know!

Please retake the survey (if you already took the first one), as there was an error in the earlier format. This survey will be open until April 1st, 2023. Google Sign-In not required.

*Survey responses may help us bring this great program back to Shoreline CC!


-Unlimited-use ORCA cards for all employees

-Employee cost-sharing option (i.e. employee pre-tax payroll deductions)

-Add value to cards monthly/as needed

-Online card management & direct customer support

-Vanpool & Vanshare subsidy (van to use for vanpool with paid gas, insurance, maintenance, etc.)

-Home Free Guarantee emergency rides (up to 8 rides for free per person via taxi, if regular transit ride home is missed due to emergency or unexpected late work)


Office of Safety & Security

Important information about Washington State Long Term Care called WA Cares

Greetings Staff~

See the message below from Delene Bryant in Payroll.

Important information about Washington State Long Term Care called WA Cares:

All Employees:

Below is detailed information on what you need to know about WA Cares; LTC also known as  Long Term Care (this is NOT LTD: Long Term Disability).  Deductions will resume in July 2023:

How it works

  • The WA Cares Fund is a new program that gives working Washingtonians access to long-term care coverage when they need it. WA Cares is designed to help you live independently in your home as long as possible. Benefits can be used for a wide range of services like in-home care, paying a family caregiver, home safety modifications, home-delivered meals, transportation and more.
  • WA Cares is self-funded by worker contributions and investment earnings on those contributions. Working Washingtonians earn $36,500 in lifetime long-term care insurance coverage (adjusted annually for inflation) by contributing 0.58% of their wages in premiums during their working years.
  • You will only contribute to WA Cares Fund while you’re working. Once you retire or if you leave the workforce temporarily, contributions stop.
  • Workers begin contributing to WA Cares on July 1, 2023. The typical (median) earner will contribute about $24/month. You can estimate your own contribution using a calculator on the WA Cares Fund website.

Private insurance exemptions

  • Under current law, these exemptions are permanent and if you have received an approved exemption, you will not be able to enroll in WA Cares.
  • If you previously applied for a private insurance exemption and received an approval letter from the Employment Security Department (ESD), your exemption is still valid. You do not need to reapply for an exemption, but you should make sure your employer has your exemption letter on file.

Please submit your exemption letter to

If you can’t find your exemption letter, you can download a copy from the Secure Access Washington account you used to apply for the exemption.

New exemption categories As of Jan. 1, 2023, you can apply for an exemption from WA Cares if any of the following applies:

• You live outside of Washington.

• You are the spouse or registered domestic partner of an active-duty service member of the U.S. armed forces.

• You have a non-immigrant work visa.

• You are a veteran with a 70% service-connected disability rating or higher.

These exemptions will be available on an ongoing basis. You will qualify for these exemptions only as long as these circumstances apply. If you no longer qualify for your exemption, you will be required to notify ESD and your employer within 90 days. Exception: Veterans with a 70% service-connected disability rating or higher will receive a permanent exemption.

Additional resources

In January, WA Cares hosted a webinar on WA Cares Basics: What Workers Need to Know. Watch the recording on YouTube.

You can also find more information on the program’s website:

To stay up to date on WA Cares news and events, subscribe to the program’s mailing list.

Delene Bryant
Payroll Manager
HR & Employee Relations

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