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News Links | December 15, 2015

December 15, 2015 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinions

Local colleges launch new courses about drones

The job of the future may have you looking up. Unmanned aerial systems, commonly known as drones, have local colleges offering new courses and degrees as many see the potential for future employment. At Green River College in Auburn, George Comollo predicts UAS jobs are about to take off.
KOMO News, Dec. 14, 2015

Lake Washington Institute of Technology hires new VP of instruction

Lake Washington Institute of Technology (LWTech) has hired Dr. Elliot Stern to be the new vice president of instruction and Dr. Suzanne Ames as dean of design, IT and Baccalaureate Development. ... Stern comes to LWTech from Edmonds Community College where he was Dean of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) since 2013. Stern’s higher education experience also includes 10 years at Everett Community College where he served as Dean of Allied Health as well as a tenured faculty member. ... Ames comes to LWTech from Skagit Valley College where she served as Director of Institutional Planning and Effectiveness. Ames has 15 years of experience working in higher education in director and vice president roles, including creating the first Advancement Office for Pierce College.
Kirkland Reporter, Dec. 13, 2015

Big Bend alumni, students overcome all obstacles on road to success

Timothy Woodiwiss dropped out of high school after ninth grade, instead opting to work full time at the McDonald’s restaurant in Ritzville. Now, Woodiwiss is well on his way to becoming a doctor. After dropping out, he got his GED at age 16 from Big Bend Community College so he could legally work full time during school hours, and he was pursuing the possibility of becoming a manager at the fast food restaurant.
Columbia Basin Herald, Dec. 12, 2015

Bates celebrates grand opening of Advanced Technology Center

When Information Technology Specialist student Katie Glaser begins her second quarter next month, she’ll help set up the student network and servers in the Advanced Technology Center at Bates Technical College’s Central/Mohler Campus.
The Suburban Times, Dec. 12, 2015

Editorial: Steven VanAusdle’s legacy at one of Washington’s best community colleges

Steven VanAusdle, the longtime president of Walla Walla Community College, is emblematic of change and creative leadership.
The Seattle Times, Dec. 10, 2015

Editorial: Expanding remote testimony keeps state government accountable

Driving across the Cascades to testify in Olympia during a bill hearing isn’t always doable. If you’re able to take time off work, dicey pass conditions can either delay arrival or prevent you from crossing the mountains altogether in the winter. Suffice it to say, those of us in eastern Washington are location-bound when it comes to participating fully in state government. ... One idea is to have community college interns handle the task ... We agree this would be a good idea, as it gets students involved in state government. Remote testimony for experts calling into lawmakers has been available for some time. Better connections for the public happened last year during the test runs in Spokane and Pasco. Big Bend Community College in Moses Lake is set up as a remote testimony site for the upcoming session.
Columbia Basin Herald, Dec. 10, 2015

Skagit Valley College to move to South Whidbey High School

South Whidbey High School students own the day on campus. Starting in early January, Skagit Valley College’s South Whidbey Center will rule the night.
South Whidbey Record, Dec. 5, 2015

Trends | Horizons | Education

Colleges urged to consider messages they send to low-income students

New research from Northwestern University scholars suggests that low-income students' academic confidence depends in part on their perception of whether the environment is supportive or chilly for their socioeconomic class.
Inside Higher Ed, Dec. 15, 2015

On a retail path

Achieving the Dream promotes increased access to "middle skill" careers for community college students.
Inside Higher Ed, Dec. 15, 2015

Counterprotest larger than fake mass shooting

Only a few rifle-toting people showed up Saturday for what was billed to be a fake mass shooting near the University of Texas at Austin. The controversial event was designed to illustrate what organizers consider the dangers of gun-free zones. ... A larger counterprotest, organized by a group called Mass Farting: Say No to Gun Violence at UT, attracted a larger crowd. Attendees used "fart blaster" toys to make flatulence sounds, indicating their disgust with the movement to bring guns onto campus. (Quite aside from the fake shooting, Texas lawmakers have passed a law that will let carrying guns be legal in many spaces in public higher education in the state.)
Inside Higher Ed, Dec. 14, 2015

The leaky pipeline

Improved transfer pathways from community colleges to four-year institutions may be the best answer to America's college completion woes, say three influential groups that will prod states and colleges on transfer.
Inside Higher Ed, Dec. 11, 2015

A degree when 'life happens'

For some colleges, reverse transfer isn't just a way to hand out degrees to boost completion numbers.
Inside Higher Ed, Dec. 11, 2015

Millennials are still crushed by recession and could be for decades

Nearly half of all millennials still live at home with their parents. But Norris and her teacher husband, Bryan, own their home north of the river. And while studies reveal that many millennials are putting off big life changes — getting married, buying homes, starting families — because they’re paying off hefty student loans, [Amy] Norris graduated owing less than $2,000. The economic news for Americans ages 18 to 34 hasn’t been rosy for quite some time. As a group, millennials are poorer than the young adults of past generations. Census statistics show that a large group of millennials — about 28 million out of 70 million in all — are not enrolled in school and are making less than $10,000 a year at their jobs.
The Bellingham Herald, Dec. 10, 2015

Tacoma continues 5-year climb on graduation rates

A year after surpassing the state average for the first time, graduation rates in Tacoma continue to climb, reaching a new high of 82.6 percent for the Class of 2015. Tacoma Public Schools officials announced the new figure Thursday. It’s the fifth straight year of increases for Tacoma, and the highest since the state began tracking the statistic in 2003. The number represents a 27.3-percent increase from 2010. Tacoma is part of a national trend that has seen graduation rates ticking upward in recent years. The U.S. Department of Education says the nation’s high school graduation rate hit 81 percent for the Class of 2013, the highest level since states adopted a new uniform way of calculating graduation rates five years earlier.
The News Tribune, Dec. 10, 2015

Politics | Local, State, National

ACT launches dual-enrollment initiative

ACT researchers have found that high school graduates who enter college with dual-enrollment credits are more likely to complete a four-year degree in less time than those without the early credits. It's part of the reason why ACT is launching a dual-enrollment initiative to increase the number of high school students in those courses. ... ACT is discouraging schools and states to require students to pay for dual-enrollment courses. Only eight states have eliminated all or most tuition costs for dual-enrollment students, but in nine states students are responsible for the full cost of participating, according to the report. The cost concern has reached the White House as well. The Obama administration is experimenting with allowing access to Pell Grants for high school students in dual-enrollment courses.
Inside Higher Ed, Dec. 15, 2015

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