LWTech's Associate Student Government team members will be meeting with the following legislators in early February:
LWTech President Amy Morrison, along with other SBCTC college presidents met with Washington State Representative for the 48th Legislative District, Vandana Slatter.
Thank you @SlatterVandana for spending time with my colleagues this morning, presidents @SBCTCWashington. Great to see you and hear about your vision of how we can support the workforce of the future! #LWTechgrateful— Amy Morrison, Ed.D. (Goings) (@LWTechPrez) January 27, 2021
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We appreciate the Governor’s proposed $37 million investment in our budget priorities related to racial equity, technology and job training.
We are concerned, however, about the much higher $137 million in cuts that would come in the form of salary freezes and reductions and mandatory furloughs. Faculty and staff would take 24 furlough days over the biennium, which would directly impact students’ classroom experience and delay progress toward certificates and degrees.
We are very grateful the Governor’s proposal to make significant capital investments in our colleges. I’m particularly pleased that the proposal includes construction funding for our Center for Design. You can see the preliminary design for this exciting new instructional facility here: LWTech's Center for Design.
As we work together this session to prepare fellow Washingtonians for an equitable economic recovery, you can always find all of LWTech’s legislative information at our website.
Thank you for your continued support of Washington’s community and technical colleges.
LWTech President Amy Morrison testified in support of Governor Inslee's capital budget and construction funding for SBCTC and the LWTech.
Thank you @dsfrockt for hearing my testimony this evening on behalf of @TheLWTech and @SBCTCWashington in support of the Governor's capital budget proposal. We appreciate your support. #LWTechgrateful— Amy Morrison, Ed.D. (Goings) (@LWTechPrez) January 13, 2021
Thank you @SlatterVandana for meeting with @LWTech faculty, staff, and student leaders yesterday. We are so grateful for your leadership and advocacy for students and employees @SBCTCWashington. #LWTechgrateful— Amy Morrison, Ed.D. (Goings) (@LWTechPrez) January 6, 2021
Thank you @SteveTharinger & @RepKloba for hearing my testimony first thing this morning in support of @GovInslee's capital budget and construction funding for @SBCTCWashington & @TheLWTech. Good to see you bright and early!— Amy Morrison, Ed.D. (Goings) (@LWTechPrez) January 14, 2021
Additional facts about Lake Washington Institute of Technology can be viewed in the 2021 Field Guide.
Total headcount: 5,938
Total full-time equivalent (FTE): 3,161
Students of color: 45%
If the system’s operating budget request of $72 million is fully funded, Lake Washington Institute of Technology would receive approximately $1.7 million in additional funding.
If the system’s capital request of $776 million is fully funded, Lake Washington Institute of Technology will receive $32.5 million for construction of the Center for Design project, and approximately $6.1 million for operation, maintenance, repairs and minor improvements of its existing facilities.
As the only public institute of technology in Washington state, Lake Washington Institute of Technology (LWTech) provides students with the latest, in-demand skills relevant to today’s workplace. LWTech offers 10 applied bachelor’s degrees, more than 40 associate degrees and 80 professional certificates, in 41 areas of study, including STEM-focused programs in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.
With our affordable and accessible programs, LWTech is primed to help people of every age and background survive this economic crisis and thrive on the other side, with better jobs than they had before. New high school graduates, laid-off workers, seasoned employees, future university students — all types of students count on LWTech to reinvent themselves. And as a technical college that serves Washingtonians hardest hit by this crisis, we are key to creating a stronger and more inclusive economy post-COVID.
On behalf of students like Monica Shoemaker, we urge the Legislature to avoid cutting higher education funding at a time when people and employers need it the most. With investments through the Workforce Education Investment Act, our college has moved forward with the Guided Pathways reform movement to increase completion rates, retained and hired more faculty to teach high-demand programs like nursing, and strengthened student advising and support services. Now is the time to maintain this positive momentum, not return to the devastating budget cuts of the past.
We are also asking the Legislature to make targeted investments in technology, worker training and retraining, and high-demand programs sought by students and employers.
At Lake Washington Institute of Technology (LWTech) our mission is “to prepare students for today’s careers and tomorrow’s opportunities.” We are engaged in creative partnerships with local businesses and polytechnic partners to enhance students’ educational experiences. Being situated at the region’s high-technology epicenter, close to major employers such as Microsoft and Google, has presented unique opportunities for LWTech. We are well-positioned to meet these opportunities as evidenced by the fact that graduates of LWTech’s design and technology programs (encompassing art, design, science, technology, and engineering fields) have found well-paying work with these and many other technology-focused companies.
Current facilities at LWTech do not support the needs of our students, business partners, and industry. We are at risk of lost relevance, unable to provide the quality and type of education necessary for students to reach their potential. A new building sized to accommodate growth and designed for creative and collaborative learning would address these shortfalls, and assure into the future the success of our growing design and technology programs.
We propose the Center for Design (CD), a 56,500 gross square foot facility dedicated to design and technology. We view these fields as essential drivers of 21st century innovation and prosperity. The CD will be an immersive STEAM facility, merging traditional STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) training with Art instruction. To demonstrate the value we place in this concept and how it reinforces the highest potential of an institute of technology, we propose the Center for Design be located on grounds immediately north of our main campus entrance, in essence becoming our public face. The CD will prepare students for roles in a global economy in which the ability to innovate and engage in multidisciplinary collaboration is an expectation of “today’s careers and tomorrow’s opportunities.”
AFT Washington is a state federation of 39 locals that represent thousands of education workers, including Head Start educators, bus drivers, nutrition workers, paraeducators, faculty and staff at 19 community and technical colleges, and faculty at the regional 4-year public universities.
We have used a racial equity lens in crafting this 2021 Legislative Agenda and will apply it in assessing the impact of legislation we propose. We recognize the urgent need to dismantle systems of racism and the connections between economic and racial oppression.
PreK-12 Even though the state has a constitutional obligation to fully fund basic education, this hasn’t stopped districts from making bad decisions such as laying off the frontline workers who kept services running when school buildings were closed in the spring. All members of the education team—from bus drivers, nutrition workers, custodians, paraeducators, to teachers – are needed to deliver basic education to Washington’s students.
Community and Technical Colleges Washington has some of the nation’s best community and technical colleges. These colleges can play an important role in economic recovery. However, this system entered the pandemic underfunded. Cutting budgets now means thousands of fewer classes, program closures, inadequate student supports and layoffs. Following through on shared goals of diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) in higher education means saying no to budget cuts. We must invest in equity.
Progressive Revenue We are in the middle of a global pandemic and a revenue crisis. At the same time so many people are suffering, corporate profits are rising at a record pace. Many leaders, organizations, community groups have stated that, to adequately address this crisis and take steps such that the next crisis is not yet another tragedy for communities of color and working people, we must invest in the public good now. Public education and public sector jobs are key parts of that public good that we need to invest in. The only way we can do this is through raising progressive revenue. There are many policies we support, including the following:
Labor We will generally support bills identified in the United Labor Lobby, prioritizing those bills that address our members’ needs and concerns. One of the top concerns in the labor community is addressing the childcare crisis. The economic burdens of inadequate childcare funding from the state fall disproportionately on women and people of color. The state must invest more in childcare.
Social Justice We will support bills identified by our community partners, including the Communities for our Colleges Coalition, Racial Equity Team, Washington CAN, Washington Voting Rights Coalition, and others, that create equity and social justice for Washingtonians.
The following issues were developed by CTC students. This agenda represents the issues Washington State Community & Technical College students have identified as their highest priorities for advocacy during the upcoming year.
Increase College Affordability and Financial Assistance For CTC Students
College affordability means more than paying for tuition. Additional factors such as textbook costs, housing, food, and utility bills impacts students’ ability to attend college. While grateful for this resource, the Workforce Education Investment Act is estimated to help 110,000 students, this legislation was passed prior to the COVID-19 outbreak. The new economic phenomenon brought on by the pandemic, jeopardizes resources available to students. A high school diploma is no longer enough to give a person equal access to quality employment without a post-secondary education. To meet this demand, every resident of Washington State should have an equitable opportunity to pursue higher education. This makes our workforce more competitive and strengthens our State’s economy. The legislature should expand access to in-state tuition programs and adopt an innovative model that supports academic completion for CTC students, specifically, the Workforce Education Investment Act.
Anxiety, depression, or mental health other conditions complicates a student’s college experience. At some CTC colleges, over 50% of the cases served by the Disability Support Services office relate to mental health. Given the number of students with mental health issues, mental health counseling available at CTC’s is inadequate. CTC students need access to increased mental health services while enrolled. We ask for funding for mental health treatment so colleges can do more to serve students with mental health needs. We propose that the Legislature increase the spending for community and technical colleges to a rate of $6 million, allowing each college to have a counselor to student ratio of at least 1,250:1.
Lack of access to childcare is a problem in our state and may contribute to inequity among students with children. COVID-19 has exacerbated this problem. Many students struggle to find affordable childcare options, creating a barrier to beginning or finishing their education. The Working Connections Child Care Program helps low-income families pay for childcare. We ask for an expansion of the Working Child Connection Care Program, to give more families access to affordable childcare, allowing students to further their education and careers.
In addition to the legislative issues noted above, CTC students identified the following seven (7) issues, in no particular order, that association members could explore at the local level. (1) supporting part- and full-time faculty: increasing funding to hire full-time faculty, (2) funding Strengthening CTC training: saving the grant, (3) Homelessness in higher education: Support 22SB 5800 for colleges to support homeless students, (4) Increase the WASFA assistance for students, (5) Washington College Grant: Increasing funding or keeping the same funding level, (6) developing tech equity for CTC students: increase funding to all CTC’s and (7) textbook affordability: Pass HB 1470.
Equity, Diversity and Inclusion work is woven into the foundation of what we do at LWTech to eliminate barriers to student success. We lead with equity as one of the fundamental pillars of our efforts in this space. Lake Washington Institute of Technology has embraced the ideal that we will strive together to dismantle systemic racism, address systemic injustices and create sustainable antiracist solutions, policies and opportunities that embrace people from all walks of life. Our commitment is to hold ourselves accountable and to value our collective diversity as a community.
After a work-related injury ended Monica Shoemaker’s career as a hairstylist, she found her true calling: working with people with addictions. In 2018, Monica was named to the Phi Theta Kappa All-Washington Academic Team, and was named a 2018 Coca-Cola Academic Team Gold Scholar. She graduated with her AAS in Social and Human Services in the spring of 2018, and a BAS in Behavioral Health in 2020. She’s now working for a nonprofit organization as a crisis intervention specialist.
The thing I love about LWTech is the sense of community on campus. You get to know so many great and wonderful people from different backgrounds and different goals, you learn so much from each other. LWTech has meant a lot to me, I've been a student there for 3 years and have made so many great memories and friends along the way. LWTech has been both my educator and my employer, and has helped me grow in so many ways. There are tons of opportunities to learn on campus as well as network with others. LWTech prepared me for the real world!
To students considering attending LWTech, I would say it’s easily the best choice you could make. LWTech works hard at making sure each individual’s voice is heard. Here you are more than a walking tuition. Your individual goals matter! LWTech can assist you in helping you achieve those goals.
- Sara Gonzalez
ASG Vice President
LWTech is my second home. I have built great relationships with my classmates, teachers, and staff. Being at LWTech has been an amazing experience for me that has helped me grow personally and professionally.
- Franco Garinaldi
I definitely would recommend LWTech and would encourage students to study hard and inform themselves as much as possible about the several academic opportunities the Institution offers. Our college takes the educational mission to heart, here you will find people that will support you and guide you on the path to your degree.
- Cicillia Campos
LWTech has successfully created an environment where you are given the tools to succeed. Prior to this school, I was scared of the college environment and felt like it was something I would fail at. When I started at LWTech, I had a wonderful professor that re-taught me high school math and helped me get the courage to start college. Since starting my program, my confidence has skyrocketed. I have grown so much in such a short period of time. I would highly suggest if there is something you want to learn, try LWTech.
- Diandra Dunham
ASG Public Relations Officer
I really recommend LWTech for those who want to grow in their career and, especially, for students who are parents, like me, and who need support to continue their academic activities with the assurance that their child is being taken care of by qualified professionals. The Early Learning Center is an amazing place, with great teachers for my son, and it helps me feel safe in class. LWTech is really a great school.
- Marta Santone
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