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Puget Sound Skills Center
18010 8th Avenue South Burien, WA 98148

Office Hours:

Monday-Friday: 7:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

17-18 Performance Report

School Information

Grades: 10-12
Enrollment: 132
Facility: Opened in 1972. Remodeled in 1986.

Highlights for 2017-18

  • New Health Science Building opened with state of the art classrooms and labs for Dental Assistant, Nursing Assistant, Biomedical Research and Global Health.
  • Seattle Children’s Research Institute partnership with Biomedical Research and Global Health offered unique guest speakers from doctors and scientist and field trips to Seattle Children’s Hospital and Seattle Children’s Research Institute.
  • We hosted a healthcare forum for King County Career and Technical administrators that included a panel of Evergreen Healthcare, Seattle Children’s Research, UW Medicine, Bloodworks NW, El Dorado, Lifecare Centers and Seamar Dental.
  • 398 students participated in work-site learning and logged over 25,000 hours at clinicals, internships, apprenticeships and work sites.
  • Internships:
    • Translation and interpretation at local elementary schools
    • Teaching Academy at local elementary schools
    • 2 Port of Seattle summer internships with Port Fire Department
    • 3 students were accepted into Seattle Children’s Research Institute
    • STEM Summer Internship Program
    • Fashion Design and Marketing retail
    • Automotive Technology at Burien Nissan
    • City of Des Moines Outdoor Recreation Program
    • Waskowitz Camp Leaders
  • 542 Industry certificates were earned by students for the following:
    • HIV, HIPPA, Bloodborne Pathogens
    • Certified Nursing Assistant
    • CPR/1st Aid
    • Food Handlers
    • ACF Culinarian Graduate
    • IMS 100 & 200
    • IS 320 Wildfire Mitigations
    • WMI Wilderness 1st Aid
    • USCG Personal Survival Techniques
    • FAA 107 UAS
    • FAA Private Pilot
  • 167 ASVAB test-takers for civil and military career exploration.
  • Equivalencies: 405 students earned an equivalency in English, Science, Health, PE, Fine Art or Algebra 2 to reduce the barrier of attending PSSC.
  • College articulations with 12 local colleges and universities including University of Washington, Washington State University, Renton Tech, Bates, Clover Park, Highline, Green River, South Seattle, Seattle Central, DigiPen University and Art Institute. Students had access to over 350 college credits through college articulations.
  • 95% retention rate of PSSC and PSHS students of concern through CARE Team intervention, supports and resources.
  • Over $130,000 awarded in scholarships to PSSC students.
  • Community Service:
    • Dental Hygiene with local elementary schools
    • Nursing WE Day and Blood Drive
    • Student Advisory Council--Thanksgiving Food Drive in partnership with local food bank and collected over 500 toys for families in need with local police department.
    • IT computer build and donate to local elementary students
    • Construction build of a tiny house for Camp Waskowitz
  • Worksource came in early May to do workshops on interviews, 60 second sell and career exploration with students to prepare them for Hiring Fair in late May.
  • PSSC students shared resumes, certifications and newly gained skills at our Hiring Fair with over 40 local companies including Boeing, CHI Franciscan Healthcare, Hilton, Port of Seattle, United Way, YMCA, PACE, ANEW, Les Schwab, City of SeaTac, Construction Apprenticeships and Mock Interview Room. Many were hired for summer jobs, internships and apprenticeships.
  • 89% pass rate of Certified Nursing State Exam and 41 students passed Certified Nursing Assistant State Exam

Plans for 2018-19

  • Schoolwide Literacy focus on writing for portfolio, technical literacy, English equivalencies and ELL support structures aligned with our Annual Action Plan.
  • Continue to expand student support services from the counselor and dean for FAFSA, scholarships, career, social, emotional and academic needs.
  • Programs will update articulation with local colleges expanding college credits and industry certifications and sign new memorandum of understanding (MOU’s) with said colleges.
  • Increase internships and apprenticeships for all programs through Career Fairs, Hiring Fairs, Construction Camp, Port of Seattle and new business partnerships and opportunities.
  • Continue to collect data to track academic and career pathways.
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Invitation to Participate

Invitation to Participate

At Highline Public Schools, one of our four pillars in the district's strategic plan is parent and family engagement. In order to reach our strategic plan goals we will form partnerships with parents and families. Families and community members are encouraged to participate in school activities and in educating students in school, at home and in the community.

How District Funds are Invested

District Funds

HOW HIGHLINE DISTRICT DOLLARS ARE INVESTED (%)

Area

Percentage

Teaching & 
Learning

72%

Support
Services

16.1%

Central Admin

5.5%

Principal’s 
Office

6.4%

Source: Actual 2017-18 expenditures as of August 2018.

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