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News Links | November 12, 2015

November 12, 2015 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinions

8-week course teaches soldiers about aviation mechanics

A new eight-week program at South Seattle College is helping service members transition out of the military and into the aerospace industry. Camo2Commerce pays the soldiers' tuition to get hands-on training to become an aviation mechanic. The non-profit aims to help service members make a seamless transition into the civilian workforce.
KING 5, Nov. 11, 2015

Milestone: Students, foundation shine at Peninsula College event

The Peninsula College Foundation celebrated its donors and scholarship recipients at its annual Donor Appreciation Luncheon on Oct. 29 in PC’s Cornaby Center. Ninety students have been awarded scholarships totaling more than $225,000, giving them a much needed boost for the this academic year. Many of these students were in attendance to thank the donors personally and let the donors know how much their gift meant to them.
Sequim Gazette, Nov. 11, 2015

Officials pleased with inaugural Write in the Harbor conference

The first annual Write in the Harbor conference is being hailed a success by conference coordinators. Hosted by Tacoma Community College at the Gig Harbor campus on Nov. 6 and 7, the inaugural conference boasted 75 to 80 registered attendees, according to conference coordinator Maria Hays.
The News Tribune, Nov. 11, 2015

JBLM troops leaving service get help with their next mission: jobs

Next year, in training developed by Pacific Gas and Electric Company and paid for through a federal Labor Department grant, 15 JBLM service members will be able to take courses in a Bates Technical College program in Tacoma that leads to jobs in the utility industry.
The Seattle Times, Nov. 10, 2015

PC provides cybersecurity four-year degree with WWU

Peninsula College has just completed an agreement with Western Washington University for a seamless transition into a four year program in the field of cyber security.
KONP, Nov. 10, 2015

Chehalis Foundation commits $1.5 million to school initiatives

In support of the Chehalis School District’s Student Achievement Initiative, the Chehalis Foundation has agreed to a commitment of $1.5 million over the next five years to help ensure students in the district are career and college ready. ... With approximately 50 percent of W.F. West graduates continuing their education at Centralia College, an adviser will also be put in place at the college to help the graduates with the transition.
Centralia Chronicle, Nov. 10, 2015

Latino students get college pep talk

Latino high school students spent Friday at Skagit Valley College learning about the opportunities available to them in higher education. The event, which was organized by Skagit Valley College Multicultural Recruitment Specialist Diana Peregrina, focused on showing Latino students the benefits of a college education.
Skagit Valley Herald, Nov. 7, 2015

Trends| Horizons| Education

Student protesters nationwide demand free tuition, $15 minimum wage, no student debt

The grassroots group Million Student March says affordable education is a human right. Fed up with rising student debt and the continuing climb of tuition costs, college students across the country are planning to walk out of classrooms today to demand change.
Time, Nov. 12, 2015

Linking occupational training and four-year degrees

Many occupation-focused associate degrees and certificates are not designed to lead to bachelor's-degree pathways, according to a new policy report from New America, a think tank.
Inside Higher Ed, Nov. 11, 2015

Poll on veterans in higher education

A new report from a broad, ongoing Gallup-Purdue University study of quality-of-life measures for college graduates looks at how veterans and active-duty members of the U.S. military are faring in higher education.
Inside Higher Ed, Nov. 11, 2015

New guide to remediation

Colleges and states have spent years working on ways to improve remedial education, especially as they find more students are graduating high school unprepared for the rigors of college. Sixty-eight percent of community college students and 40 percent of students at public four-year colleges take at least one remedial course, and even more students are referred to developmental courses but never enroll in them, according to the Community College Research Center. Now a slate of national organizations and states are endorsing six principles, all in an effort to aid in transforming and improving remediation.
Inside Higher Ed, Nov. 11, 2015

Politics | Local, State, National

Obama takes steps to assure quality of education programs that recruit veterans

In honor of Veterans Day, the White House is announcing new measures to shield veterans from shoddy colleges and vocational schools. On Wednesday the administration will release an updated GI Bill Comparison Tool that will allow veterans to compare colleges based on veteran-specific graduation and retention rates. In addition, the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Federal Trade Commission will sign an agreement to strengthen oversight and enforcement to protect against programs that engage in deceptive or misleading advertising, sales, or enrollment practices aimed at veterans.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, Nov. 11, 2015

Analysis of aid simplification plans

Reforming the system by which students and families apply for student aid is a hot issue in Washington, with numerous plans. The Urban Institute on Tuesday published a guide outlining the provisions of eight different proposals to change the application process for determining eligibility for Pell Grants, as well as three alternatives for determining how much families should be required to contribute.
Inside Higher Ed, Nov. 11, 2015

In GOP debate, Rubio again criticizes philosophy

Senator Marco Rubio stood out during Tuesday’s Republican debate as the only candidate to raise higher education as an issue. The Florida senator criticized an “outdated” higher education system. “It is too expensive, too hard to access, and it doesn't teach 21st-century skills,” he said. On the campaign trail, Rubio has similarly been critical of traditional higher education. As he has on previous occasions, Rubio on Tuesday also singled out liberal arts education for special criticism, calling for a greater focus on vocational training.
Inside Higher Ed, Nov. 11, 2015

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