Community and technical college board to hear limited license legal technician program development
(This release was revised March 25 to correct the name of Highline Community College’s BAS degree.)
OLYMPIA, Wash. – Chief Justice Barbara A. Madsen of the state Supreme Court is scheduled to discuss a new legal professional license – the first of its kind in the nation – at a study session of the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges in Olympia Wednesday, March 26, from 10 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Chief Justice Madsen and a panel of experts are first on the agenda.
Approved by the Supreme Court in 2012, the Limited License Legal Technician license allows holders to provide limited family law advice directly to clients. Training for the new profession will begin in spring 2014 at Highline Community College, Edmonds Community College, Tacoma Community College and Spokane Community College.
Board members will also hear a presentation on Year Up, a one-year intensive training program that provides low-income young adults a combination of hands-on skill development, college credit and workplace internships. The work session will additionally include an update on the operating budget and tuition status following the close of the 2014 state Legislative session, and on the SBCTC’s own 2015-17 operating budget development process.
A regular meeting of the State Board will be held the following day, Thursday, March 27 from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Board members will hear presentations on ways to improve pre-college math education and on State Board of Education college readiness policies. Members will also give final consideration to bachelors of applied science degrees and Cascadia Community College (Sustainable Practices), Clark College (Dental Hygiene), Clover Park Technical College (Manufacturing Operations), Highline Community College (Applied Behavioral Science), Skagit Valley College (Environmental Conservation) and Yakima Valley Community College (Applied Business Management).
The study session and business meeting will be held at the SBCTC office, Cascade conference room, 1300 Quince Street S.E. in Olympia. Both meetings are open to the public.