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News Links | November 10, 2015

November 10, 2015 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinions

The United States Marine Corps: A 240-year tradition | Veterans Day feature

By Emily Hall, who served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 2010-13. She is now a student at Olympic College and an intern at the North Kitsap Herald. Kyle Broussard was a sergeant in the Marine Corps as a rifleman and the top-scoring Designated Marksman of his unit, serving from 2009-14. He attributes operation readiness to open and honest communication. ... Broussard now attends Olympic College, where he is the general manager of the campus monthly publication, The Olympian. He is ambitious and plans on one day studying law at the University of Washington.
North Kitsap Herald, Nov. 9, 2015

Skagit Valley College rakes in the grants

Complementing the college's recent federal grants, Skagit Valley College has also been chosen as one of 30 colleges nationwide to participate in a multiyear Pathways Project, led by the American Association of Community Colleges and funded through a $5.2 million grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The project aims to help community and technical colleges better help students from the beginning of their educational careers to the end.
Skagit Valley Herald, Nov. 9, 2015

King County Council recognizes Green River College’s golden anniversary

The Metropolitan King County Council on Monday recognized Green River College as the school celebrates its 50th year of serving the communities in south King County.
Kent Reporter, Nov. 9, 2015

Quinault youth attends event at White House

A member of the Quinault tribe was among 27 Native American young people from across the country who attended the 2015 White House Tribal Nations Conference. Shavaughna Underwood, 19, is a graduate of Taholah High School and a student at Grays Harbor College.
Peninsula Daily News, Nov. 8, 2015

"Giving Backpacks" man in Spokane focusing on education

The Spokane man who started "Giving Backpacks" in August has decided to go back to school to help him give back more to his community. Rick Clark was inspired to start "Giving Backpacks" in August after a picture of him hugging homeless boy he had just bought food for at an STA bus stop went viral. ... Clark is now a full time student at Spokane Community College and hopes to use his education to make bigger changes within his community.
KREM, Nov. 8, 2015

New LCC director welcomes return to community college teaching

Betsy Richard is making a gentle entrance onto Center Stage. She says she wants to get better acquainted with the local acting community — and audiences — before charting her course. But people who attend plays at Lower Columbia College will notice some changes with Richard’s first production, “Almost, Maine.”
Longview Daily News, Nov. 7, 2015

Drones go to college: Northwest universities add programs in unmanned aerial systems

If you want to go to college to learn how to design, build, fly or fix a drone, your time has come. Many institutions of higher learning around the Northwest are recognizing that unmanned aircraft could become a key technology of the future. ... Within the last year, Central Oregon Community College in Bend and Green River College in Auburn, Washington, established Associate of Applied Science degrees in unmanned aerial systems.
KUOW, Nov. 5, 2015

SVC production draws inspiration from Native American myth

Growing up in Skagit County, Damond Morris was surrounded by the figures and myths of Native American tribes. “I had a lot of friends who were Native American, whether in Skagit or Lummi,” he said. “I’d always been connected to it, although not always been aware of my connection to it.” Now Morris, director of the drama department at Skagit Valley College, is overseeing a production that fuses some of those myths to one of the oldest stories in Western culture.
Skagit Valley Herald, Nov. 1, 2015

Trends | Horizons | Education

Starbucks extends military tuition benefit

The Starbucks Corporation this week announced that it will offer a tuition-free education to a spouse or child of its employees who are veterans or active-duty members of the U.S. military.
Inside Higher Ed, Nov. 10, 2015

Racial disparities in higher education: an overview

Racism on American campuses is a matter of national concern again this week following protests at the University of Missouri at Columbia that led on Monday to the resignations of both the campus’s chancellor and the system’s president. ... While the situation in Missouri is dramatic, and the protests there particularly successful, racial tensions have flared up on several campuses in the past year. Those events draw attention to continuing racial disparities in higher education, where African-Americans make up a small portion of professors, presidents, and selective-college enrollments. Let’s take a look at some relevant data.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, Nov. 10, 2015

Are elite college courses better?

Study's preliminary findings suggest that teaching quality and academic rigor are not necessarily stronger at prestigious institutions.
Inside Higher Ed, Nov. 9, 2015

Richer data on college applicants help the prospects of low-income students

Systematically providing selective colleges with detailed information about applicants’ high-school backgrounds could significantly raise the admission rates of low-income students, a new study concludes.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, Nov. 7, 2015

Politics | Local, State, National

Colleges flex lobbying muscle

Colleges and universities have become one of the most effective lobbying forces in Washington, employing more lobbyists last year than any other industries except drug manufacturing and technology. There are colleges in every congressional district, and 1 in 40 U.S. workers draw a paycheck from a college or university.
The Wall Street Journal, Nov. 8, 2015

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