Shoreline Community College student earns prominent state-wide recognition 

Former Shoreline Community College (Shoreline) student Zubeir Abdi was one of the 31 community and technical college students honored by the Washington State Association of Trustees (ACT) Monday night at the annual Transforming Lives awards ceremony, a highly prestigious state system-wide recognition.

Transforming Lives (L-R: Trustee Tom lux, Student Zubeir Abdi, Trustee Rebecca Chan)

(L-R: Trustee Tom lux, Student Zubeir Abdi, Trustee Rebecca Chan)

Community and technical college students to be recognized by trustees

OLYMPIA, Wash. — The Washington State Association of College Trustees (ACT) will honor 31 community and technical college students Monday night at its annual Transforming Lives awards ceremony, sponsored by College Spark Washington. The annual ceremony recognizes current and former students of community and technical colleges whose lives were transformed by attending their college. The winners were nominated by their college’s board of trustees.

From the winners, ACT selected six as keynote speakers. This year’s speakers are:

  • Mohamad Imran, Bellevue College
  • Rita Nichols, Cascadia College
  • Ryla Christianson, Columbia Basin College
  • Bessie Gordon-Verrett, Green River College
  • Lulu Yao, Lake Washington Institute of Technology
  • Eva Brown, Whatcom Community College

“Students care for their families, hold full-time jobs, and face financial hardships, but they never lose sight of their educational goals,” Pat Shuman, ACT president and Tacoma Community College trustee, said. “Transforming Lives is one way we recognize our students and celebrate their incredible accomplishments.”

The six keynote speakers will receive $500 from ACT, and the winners will receive $250.

The other Transforming Lives winners are:

  • Stacy Coffey, Bates Technical College
  • Julián Adame Núñez, Bellingham Technical College
  • Colton Reynolds, Big Bend Community College
  • Jennifer Massey, Centralia College
  • Leilani Towner, Clark College
  • Edward Barnes, Clover Park Technical College
  • Jennifer Cunningham, Edmonds College
  • Jake Avilla, Everett Community College
  • Alondra Diaz Merino, Grays Harbor College
  • Evgeniya Tulyaeva, Highline College
  • Vidal Villagran, Lower Columbia College
  • Richard Wilbur, Olympic College
  • Tim Atkisson, Peninsula College
  • Ciara Colon, Pierce College Fort Steilacoom
  • Brenda Rodriguez, Pierce College Puyallup
  • Abubacar Kanteh, Renton Technical College
  • Zubeir A. Abdi, Shoreline Community College
  • Silvia Herrera Avila, Skagit Valley College
  • Patricia Gonzalez, South Puget Sound Community College
  • Shawna Donaldson, Spokane Community College
  • Cierra Grove, Spokane Falls Community College
  • Michele Hart, Tacoma Community College
  • Catherine Katelnikoff, Walla Walla Community College
  • Eva Anaya-Luna, Wenatchee Valley College
  • Esmeralda Diera, Yakima Valley College

Improvements on the Horizon for Shoreline Early Alert 

Hello campus community: 

As you may have heard, Shoreline Early Alert will see some major improvements this academic year.    Please continue reading to learn more about the upcoming changes. 

What’s happening? 

This year, Shoreline Early Alert is moving from Formstack to a much simpler, more transparent process in Starfish, our student success & retention platform.  The new Starfish process will be easier to use: faculty will no longer be required to enter basic information such as student ID number; rather than needing to hunt down the form each term, it will come directly via email early in each term; and instructors will be able to can see the outcome of their submission in Starfish. 

What’s the timeline? 

  • Early Winter – Conduct a small test of the Starfish SEA process between weeks 2 and 4 of Winter term.  During this time, the SEA Formstack will remain open and available for use with other students not included in the pilot. 
  • Mid-Winter – Collect and analyze feedback from participants.  The Starfish team will use this information to make improvements to the process. 
  • End of Winter – Keep an eye on DAAG for an update about the results of the Starfish SEA pilot.  Faculty and staff will also have the opportunity to preview the new process before the full rollout later on this year. 
  • Spring – We’ll do additional testing and refinement of Shoreline Early Alert in Starfish 
  • Summer – Decommission the SEA Formstack and formally replace with the improved Starfish process 

Who is participating in the Winter pilot? 

We’re conducting the pilot using a small set of students who have designated support staff. 

Instructors teaching students in the test group will soon receive an email with instructions, and a link to the new Starfish SEA process. 

Referrals made through the new SEA process will be handled by designated support staff who have already received special training.  Academic advisors will not need to take any action and should continue handling the Formstack SEA referrals as usual. 

If you have any questions, please contact Caitlin Jacques, Shoreline’s Starfish Business Analyst, at   

Important Update about Enrollment Management (Updated)

Hello Campus Community, 

I am writing to you with an important update about enrollment at the College. On January 17-18, two consultants from an enrollment management firm called Ruffalo Noel Levitz (RNL) will visit our campus to complete a full analysis of our student services/enrollment-centered business processes with folks within different departments, including the admissions, advising, athletics, marketing, outreach & recruitment, and special student populations teams, as well as with students, deans, faculty representatives, and college leadership.  

Following their visit, the two consultants will write and share a report that senior college leadership will leverage in making key decisions as part of our Strategic Enrollment Management (SEM) efforts. We will highlight their findings with you all in the months to come.  

As a reminder, SEM defines a coordinated, campus-wide plan that guides how a college identifies, recruits, enrolls, retains, and graduates students with a strong focus on student success and alignment with the college’s overall mission & goals and its financial stability. For example, a college might focus on targeted marketing efforts within different student communities and/or change parts of its admissions process to reduce bureaucratic barriers to students.  

As our community continues the process of healing and rebuilding, college leadership is committed to reducing barriers and challenges to students, creating more accessible, equitable, and inclusive business processes, and better supporting a diversity of students from all backgrounds, particularly those from underserved and unrepresented communities. Our goal is to strengthen enrollment and dynamically nurture the success of our students from application to graduation. 

Each of you has devoted much time and energy to supporting our students amid many transitions and challenges over the last few years. We appreciate you and look forward to collaborating with the College in the work ahead. 


Phillip J. King 

Vice President for Student Learning, Equity, & Success

College & Career Success 101: A Course for New Students

Hello Campus Community, 

As the Winter Quarter approaches, we want to make sure you are informed about COL 101, a course designed for new students at Shoreline. You are invited to use this information as an opportunity to encourage your students to take the class. 

COL 101: Introduction to College & Career Success is a key part of our Guided Pathways effort and of both our Title III grants.  The course helps students explore their academic and career options, learn about campus resources, and prepare for success in college. COL 101 is intended for new, degree-seeking students and will count as elective credits for most degrees. It went through a robust development process. 

We’re in good company: most of our peer institutions offer a comparable course.  In fact, 16 of the 34 community & technical colleges (CTCs) in Washington State have made their first-year success course a requirement, and several more are working toward establishing similar requirements.  

Data show that students who take this type, of course, are more likely to persist and complete their degree or credential, and the positive effects are amplified when combined with other Guided Pathways best practices.  

This year, all new students who are undecided or pursuing a general AA-DTA degree are expected to take the course.  This is currently a “soft” expectation; there are no consequences for students who do not take the course, but we are trying to proactively guide students toward enrolling so that as many as possible can benefit from the experience. 

We’re communicating about the course to students via email messaging, social media outreach, and calling campaigns to new students.  

If you have questions or would like to know more, please contact Brigid Nulty, Shoreline’s Director for Guided Pathways, at  


Phillip J. King 

Vice President for Student Learning, Equity, & Success 

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