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December 29, 2015 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

More students enrolling at Big Bend Community College

Enrollment numbers increased for Big Bend Community College in 2015. School officials released enrollment numbers for the 2015 fall quarter, showing full-time student enrollment increased 3 percent and total student enrollment, including part-time students, went up by 6 percent.
iFiber One News, Dec. 29, 2015

Washington partners with U. of Texas to improve college math

Practically every week, Bill Moore reads another article that examines what amount, and type, of math that college students really need in order to get a degree. That’s why Moore, director of K-12 partnerships for the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges (SBCTC), is pleased that Washington recently became one of five new states to join a partnership with the University of Texas’s Dana Center to improve the state’s college math pathways.
The Seattle Times, Dec. 28, 2015

UW course on law and justice really comes to life when it’s held behind bars

A University of Washington professor has taught inmates and undergraduates together in the Monroe state prison, which enriches the experience for both. ... Studies show that inmates who earn college degrees have lower rates of recidivism, said Marty Brown, executive director of the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges. The state community-college system already runs vocational classes in prison and could offer academic classes, as well, if they were allowed, Brown said.
The Seattle Times, Dec. 27, 2015

Big Bend gets grant to support ECE program

Big Bend Community College (BBCC) recently received $30,000 in grant funding that will provide scholarships, which are available immediately, for child care workers seeking a degree or certificate in early childhood education.
Columbia Basin Herald, Dec. 26, 2015

Inside the proposals to grow light rail with Tacoma’s population

When President Obama signed a $305 billion highway bill this month, he reauthorized a grant program that is being leaned on for nearly half the $153 million cost of the Tacoma Link expansion through the Hilltop neighborhood to South 19th Street. ... Before that project ever breaks ground, Sound Transit is working up plans to ask the region’s voters to approve another long-term plan that could include stretching the Tacoma Link line even farther: 3.7 miles straight west on South 19th Street to Tacoma Community College.
The News Tribune, Dec. 26, 2015

A timeline: 90 years of education at Centralia College

1925 – Founded by Centralia superintendent of schools, C.L. Littel, Centralia Junior College [Centralia College] opens its doors on Sept. 14 on the third floor of Centralia High School. There are 15 students and six teachers. No tuition is charged.
Centralia Chronicle, Dec. 25, 2015

Peninsula College students receive Longhouse Scholarships to cover tuition and fees for one year

Five Peninsula College students have been awarded the Longhouse Scholarship. James Horejsi, Abraham Venske, Michael Trainor, Kriska Obermiller and Alisa Lawrence were recently honored in the House of Learning Longhouse at Peninsula College’s Port Angeles campus. The Peninsula College Longhouse Scholarship was established in 2012 to support the academic success of tribal students. It is a one-year scholarship that provides tuition and fees for full-time students.
Peninsula Daily News, Dec. 24, 2015

Trends | Horizons | Education

Opinion: What higher education can do about Yik Yak

I have come to three conclusions. First, to the degree that Yik Yak is a mirror to ourselves, it is important to hold that mirror up for review and deep, meaningful discussion about what we see in that reflection. Second, colleges and university should insist that Yik Yak and other such sites establish a policy prohibiting employees from both soliciting or self-seeding content. ... Third, speaking of the regulatory environment, activity such as seeding would also likely constitute fraud.
Inside Higher Ed, Dec. 21, 2015

Politics | Local, State, National

Editorial: It’s up to states to make good on promises of new federal education law

Washington state officials must demand better results from public schools now that Congress has given states more responsibility for student success.
The Seattle Times, Dec. 27, 2015

McCleary education funding case still far from being resolved

When the McCleary family of Jefferson County and the Venema family of Snohomish filed a lawsuit against the state of Washington over education funding in 2007, arguably no one expected it to still be unresolved almost a decade later.
Yakima Herald, Dec. 26, 2015

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