Student Success Story: Khumar Ibrar


Many students helped by Workforce funds face hurdles as they train for a new job, and Khumar Ibrar is no exception.

Khumar has excelled at Highline for four years, juggling classes and homework with the challenges of raising six young children.

She started pre-requisites for Highline’s Respiratory Care program when her twins were just six months old and her quadruplets were toddlers, and she hasn’t taken a quarter off since. Khumar is now on track to finish her Respiratory Care AAS degree this spring, with a GPA (at press time) of 3.7.

“If I didn’t get childcare, I couldn’t do anything,” said Khumar, who receives free child care through Workforce’s BFET program.

Workforce and Federal Financial Aid funds have also helped pay for her program.

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Health Information and Job Fair March 4

Students and the public can meet representatives from several local health care employers at the Allied Health Job Fair. The fair will run from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. March 4 in the Mt. Townsend Room of the Student Union building.

Representatives are recruiting for part time, full time, on call and temporary jobs in health care.

From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., attendees can learn about their health at the Health Information part of the fair. Visit the Mt. Constance, Mt. Olympus and Mt. Townsend rooms at the Student Union to get your blood pressure, body composition, fitness levels and lung capacity checked.

Attendees can also learn about health topics that include chronic disease, infectious disease, nutrition, eating disorders and fitness.

Learn to Set Academic Goals at ERS Workshop

Students wrestling with a low GPA can learn to create and track goals for success at an Employment Readiness Scale workshop.

The workshop will run from 1-3 p.m. Feb. 25 in Building 10, Room 105.

The workshop helps students meet educational and employment objectives. It teaches goal setting and strategies to cope with challenge.

RSVP is required – e-mail workshop facilitator Robyn Richins at

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Workforce Manager Takes New Position at Highline

Tanya Powers, Workforce Education Service’s program manager, will leave the Workforce office this week to start a new job as Director of Applied Baccalaureate and Workforce Education at Highline.

Tanya has served as program manager for Workforce for the past year and half. She came to Highline from Seattle Central Community College, where she worked in Workforce Education and taught in the Bachelor of Applied Behavioral Science program. She is currently completing her doctoral program in Educational Leadership at Seattle University.

In her new position, Tanya will no longer supervise the Workforce office. Loyal Allen, Workforce advisor, will serve as interim manager.

We wish the best of luck to Tanya. She will be missed!

Reduced Fare Orca Cards

Is the cost of a bus ride getting you down?

To learn if you might be eligible for reduced ORCA fares, attend an ORCA Reduced Fare and Health Benefit information session 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 4 in Building 8, lower level.

Kent Public Health Outreach Specialist Ted Christie will answer questions on new ORCA discounts that start March 1.

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Next Career Connections Event Feb. 24

The next Career Connections event, hosted by Highline Alumni Relations, will run from 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 24 in Building 2.

Highline alumnus and recruiter Stephanie Falls, from Filter Digital, will discuss job opportunities at Filter. She’ll also share job hunting tips and her insights on the job market and answer questions. Stephanie has worked as a recruiter for several large companies, including Amazon.

The event is a great way for those pursuing careers in web design, graphic design, marketing, animation or similar fields to meet industry representatives first-hand.

Students and alumni of all programs are invited.

Filter Digital, based in Seattle, specializes in digital content and staffing.

Looking for a Tech Internship?

Students can search for internships in the technology field at a Web site created by students in the Computer Information Systems/Computer Science Department.

The CIS Internship Portal is at

At the Web site, students can also:

• build a resume
• register for internship class CIS 140
• fill out Highline internship paperwork
• learn the details of how internships work at Highline
• search for paying jobs.

In addition, faculty and employers can post internships.

Learn to Manage Money at Budgeting Workshop

Learn techniques to manage money and move toward financial self-sufficiency at a Financial Management Workshop. The workshop will run from 1-4 p.m. Dec. 16 and Dec. 17 in Building 10, Room 207.

George Thompson from the School Employees Credit Union of Washington will speak about identity theft and managing finances. 

WorkFirst/Workforce advisor Robyn Richins will teach budgeting resources and tips.

RSVP is required – e-mail Robyn Richins at

Workforce Student to Speak at Legislative Breakfast

Ruth Krizan

Workforce student Ruth Krizan will speak at Highline’s Legislative Breakfast tomorrow morning, Dec. 3. The event, held at the Student Union, gives students a chance to share their concerns with state representatives and senators.

“We want to give legislators stories so the programs that help students get in and stay in school can stay funded,” Krizan said. “We want them to protect that.”

At the event, Krizan will share her personal story and describe how Workforce Education funding has helped her.

“I wouldn’t be here without Workforce,” she said. “For years I’d been dreaming about going back to school.”

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