Steven Hanson, SCC's 13th president, arrived on campus Oct. 13, 2003. His first day coincided with the college's
accreditation visit. An auspicious start, to say the least.
SCC had just welcomed its first class of Moody Bible Institute aviation maintenance students and was gearing up
for an exciting $1 million CCS Foundation endowment campaign to fund a new humanities center located on the second
floor of the Learning Resources Center. Its goal? To develop programs and projects incorporating the humanities
across curriculum - be it business, arts and sciences, or career-technical.
Bolstered by a generous gift from retired Spokane physician Cornelius Hagan, the Hagan Foundation Center for the
Humanities was dedicated Sept. 26, 2005. Its inaugural quarter-long study project, "Culinary Culture," brought the
campus together in fall quarter 2005 to study the social, physical, and symbolic meanings of food in society.
Future topics would include World War I, sustainability, and heroes.
The Center went on to win an Association of College and Research Libraries EBSCO Community College Learning
Resources Program Achievement Award in 2007.
Hanson further supported SCC's commitment to a developing robust liberal arts community by establishing the
student-funded SCC President's Speakers Series, bringing nationally regarded experts in the sciences, arts,
journalism, and social activism to SCC for free community-wide lectures at least twice a year. Past presenters
have included National Public Radio's Scott Simon, author Linda Lawrence Hunt, and neuroscientist Robert
Over the next five years, many SCC programs would also become involved in complex partnerships, serving the
community colleges' rural education centers and, in one unique case, two community colleges on the west side of
The IEL Colville's first licensed practical nurse class graduated in March 2006, marking the successful
conclusion of a joint IEL-SCC collaboration with the community and local Workforce Development Council that
ultimately earned one of Gov. Chris Gregoire's annual Best Practices Awards.
Using videoconferencing links provided through a partnership with Inland Northwest Health Services, Northwest
TeleHealth, and the Virtual Possibilities Network, SCC's surgical technology faculty taught Perioperative
Nursing and several other continuing education offerings to students in Omak and Colville, Washington.
And in partnership with Tacoma's MultiCare Health System and Puyallup's Good Samaritan Community Healthcare,
SCC's cardiovascular technology program offered classes via videoconferencing to students at Tacoma Community
College and Pierce College with the two health care systems providing local classroom and cardiovascular lab
space. The collaboration was conceived to help offset a shortage of cardiovascular technicians in the region.
Existing SCC programs blossomed: That faint odor of fresh cooked French fries emanating from the Automotive
Building meant students were retrofitting a 1997 Ford F-250 pick-up with a vegetable oil fuel tank and
learning about alternative fuel sources at the same time.... SCC horticulture students wowed the community
with new types of poinsettias they cultivated for distributors Paul Ecke Ranch and Fischer USA...and unique
classes like Hospitality Math were developed to help students in specific career-technical programs such
as culinary arts see how traditional math processes like percentages, fractions, and metric conversion fit
into their chosen career fields.
Hanson took college finances very seriously. Honoring a 2004 CCS Board of Trustees mandate for each unit of
the district to set aside a reserve account containing a minimum 5 percent of the college's annual revenue,
he worked closely with his executive staff and the campus community to bring about the desired results. The
college reserve remains intact to this day.
All work and no play? Forget about it.
Hanson and his team liked to have a little fun now and then with an assortment of employee appreciation
events which included a Mid-Winter Blues Bash, designed to shake off the winter doldrums with dessert
(sugar!), beverages (sugar!), door prizes, music, games and - the high point - when aspiring campus
comedians took over the mic and told goofy jokes.
SCC faculty and staff also scored big with their Adopt-an-Athlete program, matching CCS basketball
players with staff volunteers who attend History2000s games and schedule meals and regular "hanging-out time"
with their athletic adoptees.
During Hanson's tenure, several new programs and services popped up as well: SCC's Transfer Advising Center
celebrated its grand opening in September 2005, as did a Wireless Café in the Lair-Student Center. In
2005, SCC also assumed administration of Sacred Heart Medical Center's School of Radiologic Technology,
allowing the college to offer a two-year associate in applied science degree in radiology technology.
Diagnostic sonography was added in 2006.
A new Student Health Center opened on campus one year later. The two-year degree program, massage therapy,
started Summer Quarter 2007, and the Center for Entrepreneurship at SCC opened its doors Fall Quarter 2007,
offering a one-year certificate in integrated business and entrepreneurship.
In 2006, SCC also became one of the first community colleges in Washington to sponsor a Summer Academy for
Native American students in 8th, 9th or 10th grades. The program focused on students' cultural history,
literature, folklore, and traditions and emphasized continuing education on through college.
Also beginning in 2006, the IEL and SCC partnered once again to deliver I-BEST (Integrated Basic Education
and Skills Training) to adult education students who required English as a Second Lanaguage and/or GED
instruction as well as career-technical training. In its first quarter, launched in spring 2006, students
tackled core competencies in manufacturing trades, moving to select a specific career field in CNC
machining, welding, or hydraulic/pneumatic automation. Sixteen adult education students, including eight
non-native English speakers, began the program in spring 2006.