The Board shall exercise collective authority based upon decisions made by majority vote (minimum of three) in regular or special meetings. Actions taken or policies and procedures adopted shall not be in conflict with state law or with State Board for Community and Technical Colleges regulations governing the operations of the Washington community college system.
By law, no member of the Board of Trustees of the Seattle College District may hold or exercise as an individual the powers granted exclusively to the Board as a collective entity. No individual of the Board may act, negotiate, stipulate, or commit for the Board, the District, or any campus within the district, without specific instruction of the Board, officially recorded. These further limits are placed on individual Board members:
As provided in the Community College Act of 1967 and subsequent legislation, the Board may delegate certain of its powers and responsibilities to the district chancellor where such delegation is deemed necessary and appropriate. For purposes of efficient administration and the successful operation of the District, the following specific powers are delegated to the district chancellor:
Bylaws established by the Board may be amended or repealed; or new bylaws may be established by action of a minimum of three Board members at any regular or special Board meeting, provided that drafts of all proposals for adoption, repeal, or amendment have been furnished to Board members at least one regular meeting prior to the meeting at which they shall be considered.
In accordance with the provisions of the Open Public Meetings Act of 1971, as amended, and instruction from the code reviser's office, the Board, prior to the adoption, amendment, or repeal of any rule (WAC) shall:
As defined in RCW 34.05.010(16), "rule" means any agency order, directive, or regulation of general applicability (a) the violation of which subjects a person to a penalty or administrative sanction; (b) which establishes, alters, or revokes any procedure, practice, or requirement relating to agency hearings; (c) which establishes, alters, or revokes any qualification or requirement relating to the enjoyment of benefits or privileges conferred by law; (d) which establishes, alters, or revokes any qualifications or standards for the issuance, suspension, or revocation of licenses to pursue any commercial activity, trade, or profession; or (e) which establishes, alters, or revokes any mandatory standards for any product or material which must be met before distribution or sale.
Not included in this definition are (i) statements concerning only the internal management of an agency and not affecting private rights or procedures available to the public, and (ii) rules of institutions of higher education involving standards of admission, academic advancement, academic credit, graduation and the granting of degrees, employment relationships, or fiscal processes.
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Green for the 21st Century in Seattle
Innovations in curriculum and operations have earned the 2009 Green Washington Award for the Seattle Colleges
– Central, North and South. All three colleges are active members of the Seattle Climate Partnership and North was an
early signer of the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment. A district-wide Chancellor’s
Sustainability Initiative provides energy, focus and a forum for emerging training and initiatives.
Sustainability is infused into programs ranging from urban agriculture at Central to environmental science,
real estate and building management across the district. Students have funded a sustainability coordinator.
Campus activities include reducing the carbon footprint and promoting recycling and energy conservation, which earned
a “Recycler of the Year” award for South. Last year, the college culinary operations diverted 31 tons of
materials to a regional composting facility – which returned the compost to “green” the college landscape.
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‘Start Next Quarter’
During the economic downturn, thousands of displaced workers turned to the Seattle Colleges at the same
time regional employers reported a need for skilled workers to fill jobs in the new economy. To help both potential
workers and employers, the Seattle Colleges developed Start Next Quarter (SNQ), a two-part initiative
designed to improve the success of dislocated workers who enroll in technical education programs. SNQ invites
prospective students to assess their eligibility for workforce funding online and connects them to a comprehensive
two-day college success workshop held at each campus. The workshops are based on a model developed at one of the
district campuses. Students who complete the workshop are more likely to complete their training programs and to
obtain jobs using their new skills. The project was developed in part through a grant from the League for Innovation,
funded by the Walmart Foundation Bright Futures project to serve displaced workers.
A Model for the Region
The Opportunity Center for Employment and Education at North Seattle College is a regional resource and
the first integrated service center of its kind in Washington state. Since the OCE&E opened its doors in spring 2011,
more than 40,000 people have come for one-stop help in finding a new job, career retraining or to sign up for public
assistance benefits. Founding partners were the state Departments of Social and Health Services and Employment
Security, the college, and the Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County. The campus and the new LEED
Gold Certified 45,000-square foot facility are in the heart of Seattle’s north end and close to a major transit hub.
House Speaker Frank Chopp and Rep. Phyllis Gutierrez Kenney (sponsor of the legislation and a former Seattle District trustee)
championed the OCE&E in the state legislature. The center aims to provide streamlined services in a positive environment,
helping clients succeed in the next stage of their lives.