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News Links | December 22, 2015

December 22, 2015 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

Opinion: Helping college students find their paths

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

CBC, EWU pen agreement to send more students toward Cheney

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

CPTC: Student leader finds success as software engineer

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

Columbia Basin College to start food truck training

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

Grays Harbor College to offer first four-year degree

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

Kirkland college student earns manufacturing scholarship

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

'Santa' class rehabbing car so Peninsula College student can care for son

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

CBC considering student housing for Pasco campus

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

Students pitch products during business week at Centralia College

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

Green River College educator receives Evergreen Teacher Excellence Award

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 child development centers receive national recognition

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 Education Programs.
The Suburban Times, Dec. 17, 2015

Centralia College offers new FANUC robot certification

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 settings.
Business Examiner, Dec. 16, 2015

CPTC: ‘Never stop learning’

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 of education.
The Suburban Times, Dec. 16, 2015

Brewing class on tap for Skagit Valley College

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

CBC joins effort to help train new food truck operators

[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

Local duo featured in short documentary on Down syndrome

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 BTC President Des McArdle dies

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

College program for students with intellectual disabilities grows

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

Teacher shortage has schools in ‘crisis mode,’ survey finds

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

More grads have 'excessive' debt

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

Opinion: American higher education is a house divided

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 of expression.
The Washington Post, Dec. 18, 2015

Washington’s graduation rate rising, but still lags national average

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

Downward spiral on enrollments

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 say.
Inside Higher Ed, Dec. 16, 2015

Easing access to public benefits

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 in college.
Inside Higher Ed, Dec. 16, 2015

Politics | Local, State, National

Obama on protests and hearing the other side

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

Report: State not moving fast enough on education turnaround

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

Boost from a budget deal

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

Clinton, Sanders debate college plans

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

How does a college get an exemption from Title IX?

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

Editorial: State must act on education funding, not just plan

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

Opinion: State Superintendent Randy Dorn on Gov. Jay Inslee’s proposed education budget

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

Governor proposes a raise for Washington’s teachers

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

McCleary 8 ends the year without school funding plan

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

Wash. court ruling could be roadmap to charter opponents in other states

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

Spending deal would increase NIH funds and maximum Pell Grant

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

These justices can't get Washington state to pay McCleary fines

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 no.
KUOW, Dec. 14, 2015

Editorial: NCLB reform shows hope for students

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, D.C.
The Olympian, Dec. 12, 2015

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