News Links | December 22, 2015
System News | Opinion
By Jan Yoshiwara, deputy executive director for Education Services at the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges. Often, first-generation, low-income students get to college without a support network
of friends or family members knowledgeable about college life. That leaves them with
nowhere to turn when they struggle with the transition to college and navigating through
the college system. The beauty of community and technical colleges is that we offer
access, flexibility and a wide variety of choices. Yet for some students, that very
flexibility leaves them adrift as they struggle to define goals and figure out which
courses to take. Thanks to a $7 million grant from College Spark, the Washington State
Board for Community and Technical Colleges will develop and implement Guided Pathways,
a program that will reduce and simplify the number of choices about course selection
a student must make, informing and supporting those choices, and directing students
into an intentional, comprehensive program of study within one or two terms.
Everett Herald, Dec. 21, 2015
A new agreement between Columbia Basin College and Eastern Washington University aims to drive more of the college’s graduates interested
in obtaining four-year degrees to attend the university’s Cheney campus. The institutions
announced the new program, called Destination Eastern, last week.
Tri-City Herald, Dec. 21, 2015
The Student Leadership & Service Center at Clover Park Technical College is known as a one-stop shop for all things campus life. For one CPTC student, the
SLSC ended up being the location that resulted in two major and important life events.
Before Nate Oelrich graduated from CPTC in 2013 with an associate’s degree in applied
technology through the Computer Information Technology Program (now known as Computer
Programming and Web Development), he served as the Associated Student Government vice
president for student activities, and spent quite a bit of time in the SLSC.
The Suburban Times, Dec. 21, 2015
You could be seeing some familiar faces in food trucks shortly... Columbia Basin College has paired with the Pasco Specialty Kitchen to offer training on the food truck business.
Students can now register for the Mobile Vending University program. Through the five-course
series, Columbia Basin College will give certificates to those who complete the program.
KEPR TV, Dec. 21, 2015
For the first time in its history, Grays Harbor College will offer a four-year degree. The college has received approval from the Northwest
Commission of Colleges and Universities to offer a bachelor of applied science in
the field of organizational management. ... The college also is awaiting approval
of a four-year degree in forestry management, which is being developed in partnership
with Green River College. Another four-year degree in teacher education is in the early development stage.
The Olympian, Dec. 20, 2015
Fifteen students pursuing careers in manufacturing, including Lois Felker of Kirkland,
each earned between $2,500-3,500 toward their post-secondary studies from Nuts, Bolts
& Thingamajigs, the foundation of the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, Intl.
(FMA). Felker is studying welding technology at Lake Washington Institute of Technology in Kirkland.
Kirkland Reporter, Dec. 20, 2015
She'll get a head gasket in her holiday basket. Actually, Hannah Hoffmaster will
receive a whole rebuilt engine for the Subaru she uses to drive her ailing son to
and from Seattle Children's Hospital each month. Playing Santa in this story are Peninsula College Foundation Director Getta Rogers and the school's automotive technology program director,
Mike Hansen. And the elves? They're Hansen's second-year students, who'll rebuild
the 250,000-mile-old motor.
Peninsula Daily News, Dec. 19, 2015
A four-year university might not be the only option for Tri-Citians seeking an on-campus
living experience while pursuing a degree. A recent Columbia Basin College study looked at various data about the student body and surveyed more than 900 current
students and found demand for housing for up to 250 students at the Pasco campus.
The Tri-City Herald, Dec. 19, 2015
When more than 400 juniors from Centralia and W.F. West high schools started the annual
Washington Business Week program on Monday, few knew the first thing about running
a business. ... Many students were nervous. Some didn’t want to be there at all. Almost
all were placed in teams with people they’d never met, some from another high school. Just
a few days later, on Thursday, students were confidently weaving through the packed
Centralia College gym seeking out investors for their newly-formed companies.
Centralia Chronicle, Dec. 18, 2015
The Evergreen State College in Olympia recently honored Spencer Murphy, of Green River College, with a Teacher of Excellence Award, honoring teachers who have had a significant
impact on the lives of students.
Kent Reporter, Dec. 18, 2015
One of America’s top community colleges spurs economic prosperity, educates local prison inmates — and serves wine at its lectures
The Washington state college’s enology and viticulture program has built an impressive
wine industry practically in its back yard. Students learn to grow, harvest, bottle
and taste their own wines. “One of the things I love about this program is that over
half our lectures involve glasses of wine in front of us, which we smell, sip, spit,
analyze and talk about endlessly,” says one Walla Walla Community College student named Alex. The Washington statecommunity college is doing more than educating
future wine connoisseurs, however. Their enology and viticulture program has contributed
thousands of jobs to the local economy, and hundreds of thousands of dollars in earnings.
Impressive achievements for a public college in a rural city.
PRI, Dec. 17, 2015
Pierce College is proud to announce the Garnero and Milgard Child Development Centers have each been
awarded accreditation by the National Accreditation Commission for Early Care and
The Suburban Times, Dec. 17, 2015
If you ever wanted to operate those fancy, sci-fi looking robot arms that you see
in manufacturing facilities, now’s your chance. Centralia College is offering Washington State’s very first FANUC Certified Education Robot Training
(CERT) program, providing the necessary skills to operate FANUC robots used in industrial
Business Examiner, Dec. 16, 2015
Julie Wellborn discovered her passion more than two decades ago while a student at
Clover Park Technical College. After she graduated from the Licensed Practical Nursing Program in 1994, Wellborn
has enjoyed a successful career in the health care field, and never stopped her pursuit
The Suburban Times, Dec. 16, 2015
Anacortes Brewery co-owner Allen Rhoades knows how difficult it is to find trained
brewers locally. So difficult that he helped train his business’s two brewers basically
from scratch, including his most recent pupil Evan Barnett. ... It won’t be hard to
find trained brewers for long, though, as Skagit Valley College’s new Craft Brewing Academy is set to begin in April.
Skagit Valley Herald, Dec. 15, 2015
[Rex] Richmond hasn’t launched a food truck of his own, but he said he’s glad he took
the courses last summer as it gave him the option to expand his skills and abilities
when it came to a food-related business. Organizers are bringing the program back
in mid-January with some improvements. They are planning to increase the number of
participants to 20 and through a partnership with Columbia Basin College in Pasco, offer continuing education certification, which could be an asset if seeking
a bank loan.
The Tri-City Herald, Dec. 15, 2015
A two-minute documentary commercial featuring a pair of Moses Lake men with Down syndrome
is set to air on KXLY three times next week. The documentary commercial was produced
by Pamela Curnel, a Moses Lake woman who also recently produced the Special Star pageant
for girls and women with Down syndrome in the Columbia Basin. The piece is titled
“When You Believe” and stars James Smith and Scotty Carter, two local men with Down
syndrome who recently enrolled at Big Bend Community College (BBCC).
Columbia Basin Herald, Dec. 15, 2015
Former Bellingham Technical College President Desmond McArdle died Saturday, Dec. 12. He was 76. McArdle first arrived
at the Lindbergh Avenue campus as a counselor in 1972. At that time, the school was
Bellingham Vocational Technical Institute and was part of Bellingham School District.
The Bellingham Herald, Dec. 15, 2015
One of the big challenges facing people with intellectual disabilities is unemployment. It
can be tough to find a career when you aren't able to get into college and can't keep
up with other students. A local program designed just for these young adults is expanding,
in part, because it works. Isabel Flores has an intellectual disability, but on a
recent Monday she was off to class at Highline College. Highline has a unique program just for students like Isabel, many of whom were in
special education in high school and now want a career.
KING 5, Dec. 14, 2015
Trends | Horizons | Education
A Washington survey shows that principals across the state are in “crisis mode” because
of a shortage of substitute and full-time teachers. Governor Jay Inslee has proposed
boosting teachers’ starting pay to address the shortage.
The Seattle Times, Dec. 21, 2015
An analysis finds a steady rise in the proportion of college graduates paying too
high a percentage of their annual income to repay student loan debt.
Inside Higher Ed, Dec. 18, 2015
Higher education is increasingly a house divided. In the sciences and even the humanities,
actual scholars maintain the high standards of their noble calling. But in the humanities,
especially, and elsewhere, faux scholars representing specious disciplines exploit
academia as a jobs program for otherwise unemployable propagandists hostile to freedom
The Washington Post, Dec. 18, 2015
Washington state's 78-percent high school graduation rate for the Class of 2014 is
the highest since 2010. But Washington lags the nation for students as a whole and
in every sub-group.
The Seattle Times, Dec. 16, 2015
The several-year decline in enrollment in American colleges and universities continued
and arguably intensified this fall, driven by sharp dips in numbers of students at
for-profit colleges, full-time students at community colleges and students aged 24
or more, according to new data from the National Student Clearinghouse. Given the
characteristics and institutions of the students fueling the declines, it seems likely
that the slowly improving job market is the major cause, clearinghouse researchers
Inside Higher Ed, Dec. 16, 2015
A new report from the Center for Law and Social Policy recommends supplementing financial
aid with other government assistance programs to help low-income students succeed
Inside Higher Ed, Dec. 16, 2015
Politics | Local, State, National
In an interview with National Public Radio, President Obama reiterated his support
for students who this fall held numerous protests over racial conditions on campuses,
and he reprised criticism of students who seek to keep certain speakers off campus.
Inside Higher Ed, Dec. 22, 2015
Washington is moving too slowly to meet the goals of a state policy board that has
set ambitious 10-year benchmarks to get more students to graduate from high school
and complete college. That’s the warning from the Washington Student Achievement Council,
which completed its first-ever Roadmap Report, a measure of progress since the council
was formed two years ago.
The Seattle Times, Dec. 21, 2015
Congress passes a 2016 spending and tax bill that blows away caps on discretionary
spending to fund more student aid and health research.
Inside Higher Ed, Dec. 21, 2015
In Saturday night's debate, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, the major candidates
for the Democratic presidential nomination, offered different views on the problems
facing public higher education and their plans to help students and families afford
college. While both candidates favor a major infusion of federal funds to allow for
free (in the Sanders plan) and debt-free (in the Clinton plan) public higher education,
they emphasized their differences Saturday night.
Inside Higher Ed, Dec. 21, 2015
A report released on Friday by the Human Rights Campaign concludes that a growing
number of colleges are applying for and receiving waivers from some of the law's provisions.
The group, which advocates for civil-rights protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual,
and transgender people, found that 56 colleges, enrolling an estimated 120,000 students,
have sought and received exemptions from some provisions of Title IX relating to gender
identity and sexual orientation.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, Dec. 21, 2015
The state Legislature has known since 2012 that it must rebuild its education financing
model from the foundation up. That year, the Supreme Court’s landmark McCleary ruling
included a scorching analysis of the state’s decades-long trend of foisting off too
much of the cost of basic education — defined constitutionally as its “paramount duty”
— onto local school levies.
The Seattle Times, Dec. 20, 2015
As we’ve seen in years past, and have come to expect from our state’s “leaders,”
Gov. Jay Inslee’s education budget proposal again falls far short of what is needed
to comply with the orders issued by the Supreme Court in McCleary v Washington. It
makes no substantial progress toward the full funding of basic education.
Maple Valley Reporter, Dec. 20, 2015
Gov. Jay Inslee on Thursday unveiled a plan to give teachers a raise, including increasing
the state’s portion of a teacher’s starting pay by nearly $5,000 next fall to help
retention rates across the state. The governor announced the initiative when he unveiled his
supplemental budget proposal, which would make some tweaks to the current $38 billion,
two-year state budget adopted earlier this year. The biggest changes include putting
more money toward covering the costs of the summer wildfires and into the state’s
mental health system. In Snohomish County, the governor’s plan doesn’t help Washington
State University expand its offering in Everett but would clear the way for Edmonds
Community College to carry out a long-planned project.
Everett Herald, Dec. 17, 2015
Eight lawmakers entrusted with drafting a school funding plan in line with the tenets
of the state Constitution and dictates of the Supreme Court won’t complete their task
this year. The contingent of Democratic and Republican lawmakers met for a final time
in 2015 Monday, adjourning without agreement on the contours or content of a proposal
to put forth in the 2016 session. They plan to gather again Jan. 4 — one week before
the session begins — with hope but uncertainty of reaching an accord.
Everett Herald, Dec. 17, 2015
For an education movement that’s grown exponentially over the past two decades and
scored legislative and legal victories in more than 40 states, the Washington State
Supreme Court’s ruling in September that charter schools are unconstitutional came
as a major blow. Since then, national advocates have been weighing what impact that
decision could have on charter schools in other states. Although the Washington Supreme
Court doesn’t have jurisdiction beyond its state, its ruling could provide a roadmap
for charter school opponents elsewhere, they say.
Education Week, Dec. 17, 2015
Members of Congress have reached agreement on a spending bill for the 2016 fiscal
year that would increase funds for the National Institutes of Health by $2 billion
and raise the maximum Pell Grant by $140, to $5,915. Most other research and education
programs would see current spending levels maintained or get slight increases. The
National Science Foundation would receive an additional $119 million, while the TRIO
and Gear Up college-preparatory programs would obtain $60 million and $21 million
more, respectively. Absent from the bill are policy riders, sought by Republicans,
that would have blocked the Education Department’s “gainful-employment rule,” along
with regulations that define the credit hour, expand state oversight over colleges,
and raise standards for teacher-preparation programs.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, Dec. 16, 2015
Remember when the state Supreme Court fined the state $100,000 a day for failing
to fund basic education? That was last summer, and the fines now add up to about $12
million. So far, Washington state hasn’t paid a dime. That’s because only the Legislature
can set up an account to make paying the fine possible. One excuse is that the Legislature
hasn’t been in session. But when the high court asked lawmakers to return, they said
KUOW, Dec. 14, 2015
Action last week by Congress to overhaul the No Child Left Behind law was a win for
U.S. students. Co-engineered by U.S. Sens. Patty Murray, D-Wash., and Lamar Alexander,
R-Tenn., it was an equally big win for common sense and political pragmatism in Washington,
The Olympian, Dec. 12, 2015