LWTC Receives 3 WSSC Initiative Grants

May  25, 2010

Lake Washington Technical College (LWTC) has received three grants from the Washington State Student Completion Initiative (WSSC), a project co-founded by the Washington State Legislature, The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and The Ford Foundation.
LWTC's three funded proposals are:

  • A developmental education level I-BEST (Integrated Basic Education Skills Training) pilot project developed by Doug Emory, Dean of General Education, Hospitality & Service Industry Programs, and faculty members William Bricken, Mihaela Cosma, and Nolan Koreski. The project is designed to help automotive program students complete their mathematics requirement by integrating required portions of the math curriculum into the automotive program. The project relies on strong faculty collaboration and co-teaching of certain concepts within the technical program classroom.
  • Librarians Heather Davis and Cheyenne Roduin will assist state faculty in designing 81 on-line general education courses under the Open Course Library project. Davis and Roduin will identify relevant, high quality instructional materials (open content, open textbooks, commercial content, existing library resources, etc.) for course use, integrate appropriate information literacy modules and assignments into the courses and help faculty copyright content.
  • Dr. Grace Lasker, a member of the Energy & Science Technician faculty, will work with faculty from Cascadia Community College and Bellevue College to develop Chemistry& 121, Introduction to General Chemistry for the Open Course Library project. The team will develop the course using Open Access materials making it easier for instructors to access lessons, laboratories, and other supporting information. In turn, students will have access to more affordable class documents and textbooks.
The Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges (SBCTC) launched WSSC in October 2009 with the aim to dramatically increase community college completion rates. The initiative, one of the most comprehensive completion efforts in the country, is designed to launch new programs and expand successful pilot programs aimed at addressing key barriers to student success.
The initiative is supported by the state Legislature, a $5.3 million investment by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and $800,000 grant from the Ford Foundation.
WSSC focuses state and local attention on several "key achievement points" that research shows students must pass on the road to graduation, among them successfully completing pre-college or other remedial courses and completing a college-level math course.