News Links | December 24, 2015
System News | Opinion
Big Bend Community College received $30,000 in grant funds to provide scholarships
and services to help childcare workers earn a degree or certificate in Early Childhood
Education. These Early Achievers Scholarships provide financial help for tuition,
books, and student support. There are four "stackable" certificates and an associate
degree offered in BBCC's Early Childhood Education Program.
KXLY, Dec. 23, 2015
In the summer of 2015, the College Affordability Program was signed into law. The
program would cut tuition at all of Washington’s public colleges and universities
over the next two years. Four-year schools would see tuition cut by 15-20 percent,
and Washington’s 34 two-year schools would see tuition drop by 5 percent. This was
a great step, lawmakers acknowledged at a recent breakfast hosted by Tacoma Community
College, but more needs to be done to continue to make college affordable and accessible
The Suburban Times, Dec. 23, 2015
A dead yearling humpback whale that washed ashore in Gig Harbor last week was hitched
to the stern of a boat Wednesday and towed across the Tacoma Narrows to the Thea Foss
Waterway. ... Volunteers with Highline College’s Marine Science and Technology Center
helped organize Wednesday’s effort.
The News Tribune, Dec. 23, 2015
LeMay America's Car Museum recently introduced a new interactive station for kids
aimed at teaching them about conservation. The Road Trip Challenge kiosk – a touch
screen game installed in the body of a 1998 Mustang – was unveiled on Saturday, Dec.
19 in the Tacoma museum's Family Zone. ... The station was designed by Larry Ackerley
of Space & Experience Design and built by students from Renton Technical College's
Automotive Technology Department. Once kids climb inside the Mustang, they can use
an app to build their car and make choices that help them get to their destination.
Tacoma Weekly, Dec. 23, 2015
Jerry Schmidt admits he only gets about three hours of sleep a night. That helps explain
how he has been able to put together popular community events in Spokane and keep
them alive and growing. Schmidt is the event director for the Winter Glow Spectacular
light display in Riverfront Park that runs through Jan. 1. ... Welding students at
Spokane Community College built the frames for the displays. Students at Spokane Valley
Tech built trees.
The Spokesman-Review, Dec. 23, 2015
Trends | Horizons | Education
Community college is often perceived as the underdog in American higher education.
Many of these colleges are plagued by treacherous drop-out rates, poor teaching standards
and dismal job prospects. [The Stella and Charles Guttman Community College President
Scott] Evenbeck, however, thinks we need to stop taking such a negative view of community
PRI, Dec. 19, 2015
Politics | Local, State, National
Virginia boasts one of the most lauded public higher education systems in the country.
Yet the financial support the state provides that collection of 39 universities and
community colleges is among the lowest in the nation. Years of state funding cuts
have led to tuition hikes and an increase in the average amount of student debt. Now Gov.
Terry McAuliffe (D) is trying to reverse that trend with an injection of $240 million.
If his two-year spending plan is successful, it will be the most significant investment
Virginia has made in its college and universities in well over a decade.
The Washington Post, Dec. 24, 2015
Washington state is spending more to comply with the state Supreme Court's 2012 McCleary
decision, but lawmakers also have had to fill budget holes left by the 2008 "Great
The Seattle Times, Dec. 23, 2015
The thing about kicking the can down the road is that eventually you run out of road. That
is the conundrum facing the Legislature when it convenes in January, with the leash
for funding public schools growing ever shorter. Lawmakers have known since the 2012
state Supreme Court ruling in McCleary v. Washington that a big bill is coming for
their constitutionally mandated “paramount duty” of adequately funding public education,
yet progress has been slow.
The Columian, Dec. 22, 2015
To pay for his education initiatives, Inslee has revived proposals to eliminate four
tax loopholes that, however questionable, have survived previous assaults. These are
opportunities only in the sense they bait Republicans happy for more chances to denounce
tax hikes in an election year. The governor asserts more money for K-12 education
outweighs the need for such things as excise tax exemptions for banks selling off
foreclosed real estate, and the use tax exemption on fuels refineries consumer internally.
The Spokesman-Review, Dec. 22, 2015