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News Links | November 4, 2015

November 04, 2015 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinions

Edmonds Community College healthcare program receives $15 million grant

Edmonds Community College’s Innovations in Creating Access To Careers in Healthcare (I-CATCH), recently received a five-year $15 million healthcare training grant in partnership with Everett Community College and Skagit Valley College. … CATCH is a multi-year, multi-million dollar federally funded initiative that began in 2010. … The program’s goal is to serve 250 individuals each year; 120 at Edmonds Community College, 80 at Everett Community College and 50 at Skagit Valley College.
Mountlake Terrace MLT News, Oct. 28, 2015

Finishing college, not just high school, is Tacoma group’s new mantra

When Graduate Tacoma launched in 2010, the goal was to boost Tacoma’s high school graduation rates out of the basement. At that time, only 55 percent of students finished high school in four years. By 2014, the school district had recorded a 78 percent graduation rate — the highest since the state began tracking the numbers in 2003. The numbers were up at every Tacoma high school and across income and demographic lines. Now, Graduate Tacoma supporters have set their eyes on a bigger prize: college completion for those TPS graduates. … Andrea Garcia, a Foss High School graduate who now studies at Tacoma Community College, said her mentor from Peace Community Center, Kelsey Fischer, helped her navigate high school. …“I couldn’t have graduated, gone to college — or stood on this stage today — if it wasn’t for all the help I encountered,” Garcia said.
The News Tribune, Oct. 30, 2015

CBC awards over one million dollars in scholarships this year

On Friday, the Columbia Basin College Foundation gave away over one million dollars in scholarships. When the foundation first began awarding students 30 years ago, they only gave away five awards worth $5,000 each. This year they gave away a record number of scholarships: 568.
KNDO/KNDU NBC Right Now, Oct. 30, 2015

Student success program Pathways Project coming to South Seattle College

South Seattle College … has been selected to participate in the Pathways Project led by the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC). Through a highly competitive selection process, South was one of only 30 institutions from across the country chosen to participate in this project that is focused on student success and college completion. The AACC is coordinating a national partnership to build capacity for community colleges to implement a pathways approach to support student achievement and college graduation. The project is funded through a $5.2 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
West Seattle Herald, Oct. 31, 2015

In our view / cheers: Clark College STEM building

Clark College is continuing to progress on a building to house its science, technology, engineering and math programs, even at a difficult time for the college.
The Columbian, Oct. 31, 2015

New bachelor program approved at Centralia College

The State Board for Community and Technical Colleges unanimously adopted a resolution to approve Centralia College’s application to offer a bachelor’s degree in Information Technology: Application Management.
Centralia Chronicle, Oct. 31, 2015

Pierce College holds series of emergency preparedness training

Pierce College Campus Safety is holding four training sessions on each campus, designed to prepare the college community to respond to the threat of an active shooter on campus. These training sessions are designed to provide individuals with the tools necessary to developing a survival mindset in the face of a potentially life-threatening situation.
The Suburban Times, Oct. 31, 2015

Edmonds Community College Foundation to host Breakfast for Champions

The Edmonds Community College Foundation will hold its annual Breakfast with Champions event on Nov. 5 so the foundation can acknowledge and celebrate over 170 student scholars and the many generous donors who make the Foundation scholarships possible.
My Edmonds News, Nov. 1, 2015

School Winners: Hilton honored by White House

Lela Hilton, part-time English instructor at Edmonds Community College, met President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama on Sept. 10, when she joined colleagues to accept the National Humanities Medal for her involvement with the Clemente Course in the Humanities.
The Herald (Everett), Nov. 2, 2015

CPTC faculty receive training on active threats

Clover Park Technical College’s in-service day for faculty … included training on how instructors can recognize and respond to the threat of an active shooter on campus. … Institutions of higher education are placing more of an emphasis on moving from an older “lockdown/safe room” model toward a doctrine of “Run, Hide, Fight,” in response to an active threat. A brainstorm session followed the training to gather input about how to involve students in preparing for and responding to an active threat.
The Suburban Times, Nov. 2, 2015

Bates: Transforming futures with valuable support services

Enrolling in college can be a daunting task. But with the help of Bates Technical College’s Pre-college Transition Services, students find a supportive path to transforming their lives. Andrea Cobb, the college’s Pre-college Transition Specialist, provides valuable support and encouragement to students as they navigate through the complex process of transitioning from pre-college or military into a career education program.
The Suburban Times, Nov. 2, 2015

Pierce College hosts Japanese nursing students during three-day study tour

For three days in October, nursing students from Japan spent time at Pierce College, learning about the American healthcare system, visiting local medical centers, and sharing their traditions with the college community. The Pierce College Nursing and International Education departments helped design a program that would benefit all nursing students, as they shared cultural traditions and healthcare practices from their home countries.
The Suburban Times, Nov. 1, 2015

Peierls Foundation honored at Lake Washington Institute of Technology benefit

Brian Peierls from the Peierls Foundation was honored this morning with the first ever “Distinguished Friend of the College” award at the annual LWTech Foundation "Bright Futures Benefit Breakfast" for their contribution of more than $800,000 to the high school programs at Lake Washington Institute of Technology (LWTech) over the past 20 years. The Peierls Foundation just announced its 2015 donation in the amount of $66,000 to the LWTech High School Programs, their largest single donation to-date.
Kirkland Views, Nov. 3, 2015

Bellevue College opens professional-grade health sciences facility

Bellevue College opened the doors … to the new Health Sciences, Education and Wellness T-Building, a 70,000-square-foot facility featuring laboratories and learning spaces integrated into one area. Prior to the new building, students from the different disciplines were separated, as were different types of facilities. Now, nursing students can practice the full-range of patient care, including transporting their dummy “patients” on a gurney to X-ray machines and other technology for diagnosis.
Bellevue Reporter, Nov. 3, 2015

Our Voice: Providing two free years of college a worthy goal

There was a time when a high school diploma was enough to find a good job and start on the path to a middle-class lifestyle. Those days are long gone, however, according to the U.S. Department of Education. Now economists predict that by 2020, nearly two-thirds of jobs in the United States will require some type of higher education or specialized training beyond high school. But getting that degree or certificate is out of reach for too many hard working students because they can’t afford to pay for it. That’s why Columbia Basin College President Rich Cummins is supporting America’s College Promise program, which was launched by President Obama earlier this year. Last month the College Promise Campaign began asking community college administrators and others in higher education to start promoting the idea of reducing the financial burden for the first two years of college. Cummins said it is “important to have these conversations because it’s about prosperity in our community.”
Mid Columbia Tri-City Herald, Nov. 3, 2015

Trends | Horizons | Education

Pell Grants in high school

The Obama administration will help some high school students pay for college courses while still in high school by allowing limited access to Pell Grants. When low-income students take credit-bearing college courses while still in high school, research has shown they are more likely to graduate from high school, enroll in college and then stick with it.
Inside Higher Ed, Nov. 2, 2015

New data on adjuncts

Teaching is the primary source of income for nearly three-quarters (73 percent) of adjunct faculty members, and two-thirds have actively sought a tenure-track position. Some 38 percent have been on the market for a tenure-track job for five or more years. Those are some of the preliminary findings of a survey of part-time faculty members released Friday by the New Faculty Majority, a national adjunct advocacy group.
Inside Higher Ed, Nov. 2, 2013

Many colleges now see centers for teaching with technology as part of ‘innovation infrastructure’

In the past few years, many colleges have expanded the scale and scope of centers that support teaching and learning with technology, as part of an effort to build a new “innovation infrastructure” for instruction. … One key change has been the creation of new or redefined administrative jobs at colleges intended “to lead their academic-change initiatives.” And the survey found that several colleges have reconstructed their centers for teaching and learning to focus more on student success than just on faculty development, working more often across various departments such as student services and academic affairs.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, Nov. 3, 2015

Study finds for-profit degree no better than a community college certificate

You read it everywhere: advice to prospective college students that they look first to public community colleges rather than for-profit schools, which can be five times as expensive. Now a study by researchers at the University of Missouri finds that hiring managers show no preference for hiring people with for-profit college credentials compared to those holding comparable credentials from public community colleges.
Consumer Affairs, Nov. 3, 2015

How to talk to regular people about what’s happening to college prices

The latest data on college costs, released on Wednesday, show that they continue to climb. But what’s a nonexpert to make of that news — and how can experts craft the right message for each group?
The Chronicle of Higher Education, Nov. 4, 2015

Recession-era woes subside

The tuition hikes and high federal borrowing and default rates that hit higher education in the recession's wake continue to stabilize and diminish, according to the College Board.
Inside Higher Ed, Nov. 4, 2015

Interactive: Tuition and fees at thousands of colleges

The College Board has released its annual report on college prices. Browse the charges at more than 3,100 colleges and universities, with historical data to 1998.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, Nov. 4, 2015

Another commission will take on the future of higher education

The "future of higher education" landscape — already ringing with cacophonous predictions from all manner of task forces, books, conferences, and self-styled disruptors — is about to get another. This week the American Academy of Arts and Sciences will announce its own Commission on the Future of Undergraduate Education.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, Nov. 4, 2015

Politics | Local, State, National

Solving yesterday's problems constrains tomorrow's solutions: Overregulation of competency-based education

While most programs are still being designed within traditional credit-hour frameworks and thus Title IV rules of financial aid disbursement, an increasing number seek to be untethered to the credit hour and its trumping of time over actual learning. They have the support of leaders in the Education Department, the White House and both parties of Congress. Enter the OIG … [which] reasserts the use of the “regular and substantive interaction between faculty and students” rule to distinguish between conventional Title IV-eligible programs and correspondence programs, which have greater restrictions on aid eligibility and ruinous stigma attached to them. The OIG, acutely aware of the abuses in correspondence programs in the 2000s, takes a very conservative interpretation of the rule and posits a traditional faculty instructional role. However, many of the most innovative CBE programs unbundle that role, using faculty members in various ways, such as subject matter experts, reviewers and for learning support, while relying on “coaches” for some of the advising and mentoring roles often associated with faculty.
Inside Higher Ed, Oct. 26, 2015

Broad coalition's goals for the Higher Education Act

A coalition of 12 organizations, including New America, the Business Roundtable, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the Center for Law and Social Policy, on Wednesday released a set of shared principles for policy makers to consider in the run-up to the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act, the law that governs federal aid programs. While the groups have different takes on many issues in higher education, they said the current formulation of the law does not meet the needs of students for high-quality, affordable and relevant educational opportunities.
Inside Higher Ed, Nov. 4, 2015

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