Sports analyst and former Seattle Seahawk Mack Strong is set to emcee the Bellevue College Foundation’s 17th Annual “Become Exceptional” Luncheon April 27 at the Meydenbauer Center in Bellevue. This is the second year Strong will emcee the Foundation’s marquee fundraising event.
Strong, a sports analyst with Root Sports Northwest, is the NFL’s Pacific West Director of the newly founded Legends Program. Strong and his wife Zoe’s passion for youth motivated them to establish the Mack Strong TEAM-WORKS Foundation, a nonprofit providing mentoring programs that assist urban youth from at-risk communities to develop strong minds, strong bodies and strong character in order to succeed. The program reaches over 350 students annually throughout the Northwest.
Leslie Heizer Newquist, Dean of the Health Sciences, Education, and Wellness Institute, and Glenn Jackson, Director of High School Initiatives, will be the featured speakers at the luncheon from Bellevue College.
Leslie Heizer Newquist has served as Dean of the Health Sciences, Education, and Wellness Institute (HSEWI) since 2014 where she oversees and manages a diverse suite of 16 program areas, which range from nuclear medicine technology to nursing to physical education. In addition to certificates, two-year degrees, and bachelor’s degrees, HSEWI includes grant initiatives such as Hospital Employee Education and Training (HEET), which offers onsite training to hospital employees to help them move up the career ladder.
This past fall, BC opened the doors to a new, 70,000-square-foot facility for HSEWI. This building boasts laboratories and learning spaces integrated into one area, two dedicated skills labs with 20 hospital beds, a five-room medical simulation lab, two radiology labs with X-ray machines and separate labs for radiation therapy, nuclear medicine technology and phlebotomy.
Glenn Jackson’s work in high school programs began with the CEO (Career Education Options) program, which is designed for students aged 16-21, without a high school diploma, to receive education and job skills. The program provides students with a second chance at their education, and provides them with the tools they need to succeed in the college environment and realize their potential as students and members of the community.
CEO recently joined other high school programs to create the Center for High School Programs, which includes: Running Start, Summer Enrichment, College in the High School, and Tech Prep College Connections. These diverse programs and educational alternatives are geared toward individuals aged 16 and up, whether or not they are currently enrolled in high school. Jackson’s own higher education journey has helped to shape High School Programs into what it is today. He came to BC in 1997 as a food service employee. At age 32, GED in hand, he decided take a class and joined TRiO, a program which provides individualized academic advising to students with limited income, disabilities, or who are the first in their families to attend college. Over the next several years, Jackson continued to work toward his educational goals, all the while, working in the cafeteria kitchens and then in the child care center. He went on to receive a bachelor’s in human development from Washington State University and a master’s in human services and counseling from Capella University.
The luncheon, which raised over $255,000 last year, provides crucial funding for academic- and need-based scholarships, as well as programs that support quality educational opportunities for all BC students. Nearly 700 community and business leaders are expected to attend the luncheon, the Foundation’s biggest fundraising event of the year.
Foundation scholarship recipients David Joseph and Beatrice Durr-Gil will also be in attendance and will speak from the student’s perspective, sharing the crucial element scholarship funding provides for theirs and many other’s academic success.
What: Bellevue College Foundation’s 17th Annual “Become Exceptional” Luncheon
Where: Meydenbauer Center, 11100 NE 6th St. in Bellevue
When: Wednesday, April 27; doors open at 11:30 a.m., program runs 12 to 1:30 p.m.
Cost: Guests are encouraged to make a donation of $200 or more.
More information: Visit http://www.bellevuecollege.