Workforce Education Success Story: Ryan Harmon

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When Ryan Harmon started an Information Systems Project Coordinator program at Highline in March 2013, he planned to load up on courses and graduate as fast as he could.

He did finish his two-year AAS in a speedy six quarters, then immediately landed a Technical Project Manager job at the tech company Good Done Great.

But while at Highline he found himself doing a great deal more than his academic studies.

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Network with Health Recruiters at Career Connections Event

Highline students and alumni are invited to meet recruiters from Providence Health Services and network with each other at Highline’s next Career Connections event.

The event will run from 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 18 in the Mt. Constance/Mt. Olympus rooms of the Student Center.

The recruiters will give a presentation with question-and-answer session from 5-6 p.m. Networking and appetizers will follow from 6-7 p.m.

The recruiters will talk about careers at Providence, the current job market and job hunting tips and strategies.

The event is organized by Highline College Alumni Relations.

For information, e-mail Madison Gridley at

Struggling In Your Classes? Get Help 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. Nov. 12 in Building 14, 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

For information, see:

Participate in Highline Student Survey

Highline College is conducting an online survey of current students to help with future planning. The National Media Preferences survey asks students how they use media and how they spend their time.


Participants will be entered in a drawing to win a $150 Amazon Gift Card.


The survey is open through Nov. 14 and takes about 20 minutes to complete. It is voluntary and confidential.


To participate, look for the invitation in your student e-mail, or visit:



Fall Job Fair Oct. 30

Network with local employers at Highline’s Fall Job Fair Thursday, Oct. 30. The fair will run from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Mt. Constance and Mt. Olympus rooms and in the Mt. Townsend Hallway of the student union.

The free event is open to all current and future job seekers, students, alumni and the community. It is also open to people looking for volunteer work.

Over 50 local employers will be on site. Attendees should dress professionally, bring copies of their resume and be prepared to speak with recruiters about their education, skills and career goals.

For information, see

If you need help on your resume or have questions, call Student Employment at 206-592-3350 or e-mail

Identify Your Career Strengths at Free Workshop

Identify your career strengths and goals, increase confidence and learn to articulate your value to employers and others at a Dependable Strengths Workshop.

The workshop will run from 1-5 p.m. Nov. 18 and Nov. 19 in Building 21, Room 104. It’s facilitated by WorkFirst/Workforce advisor Robin Richins and Susan Greenlee, WorkFirst GED Transition Coordinator.

RSVP is required – call Women’s Programs at 206-592-3340 or e-mail Robyn Richins at

Funding Available for New Medical Program

Grant funding is available for Highline’s new HEET-MA program.

The program is for people who need to pass a national exam or earn credits to get their medical assistant state credential. Applicants must currently work as medical assistants or have medical assistant training and work in healthcare.

The HEET grant covers most of the costs of classes. Workforce funding can cover the remainder if the student is eligible. Students earn Highline College credits.

For information, call the Continuing Education office at 206-870-3785 or Jennifer Johnston at 206-592-4145.

Get Help Choosing Your Classes

Pre-Advising will run from 9:30-10:45 a.m. Mondays (except holidays) in Building 13, Room 104 through Dec. 29, 2014.

New and returning Workforce and WorkFirst students who need help deciding which classes to take can attend a Pre-Advising session to prepare for class enrollment.

Robyn Richins, Workforce/WorkFirst advisor, facilitates.

Before attending pre-advising, students should attend Workforce or WorkFirst orientation. For orientation details, see:



Career Fair on Campus Aug. 26

Job seekers are invited to a free WorkSource Back2Work Now Career Fair 1-4 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 26 on the Highline College campus at the Higher Education Center, Building 29.

Participants will get help with their resumes, learn new interview skills and gather information on training resources. They can also meet recruiting employers, including: Amtrak, the City of Kent, Fred Meyer, Hexcel, Highline College, New Era Staffing, Safeway, Service Linen Supply, SmartTalent Staffing, ThyssenKrupp Aerospace and more.

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