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News Links | December 24, 2015

December 24, 2015 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

BBCC introduces scholarship funds for childcare workers

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

State lawmakers pledge to continue support for affordable college education

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 for students.
The Suburban Times, Dec. 23, 2015

Dead whale towed from Gig Harbor to Tacoma

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

Kids invited to take the Road Trip Challenge

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

Winter Glow shines under the tireless work of Jerry Schmidt

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

Are we underestimating community college students?

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 college students.
PRI, Dec. 19, 2015

Politics | Local, State, National

McAuliffe’s $240M higher education spending plan is a bigger deal than you might think

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 among top states for increases to education spending, study says

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 Recession."
The Seattle Times, Dec. 23, 2015

In Our View: Can Has Been Kicked Enough

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

Editorial: Inslee budget right on fires, mental health; wrong on education

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

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