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News Links | December 31, 2015

December 31, 2015 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

Korean astronaut living in Puyallup now talks like a local

Soyeon Yi is starting to sound like a local. She’s gardening and complaining about traffic congestion. ... But Yi isn’t the average Puyallup resident. The 37-year-old transplant who moved here last year was the first Korean to fly in space. ... For now, she’s working part-time with Pierce College developing an advanced STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) program for high school students looking to receive college credit. She also has a teaching gig lined up at Everett Community College starting in January.
The Olympian, Dec. 30, 2015

TCC welcomes new administrative services VP

Tim Gould begins his new role as Vice President for Administrative Services at Tacoma Community College Jan. 13, 2016. His areas of responsibility include Financial Services, Facilities, and Information Systems.
The Suburban Times, Dec. 30, 2015

Photos: Images that told the stories of 2015

Tacoma Community College student Michael Kieszling listens to the heartbeat and breathing of “Eve,” a human patient simulator in the H.C. Joe Harned Center for Health Careers which opened in September, 2014.
The News Tribune, Dec. 30, 2015

Highline College program, with new $80K grant, brings urban agriculture classes, resources to area residents

Improving access to healthy food for South King County residents is one goal of Highline College's new Urban Agriculture/Food Security project. The project was recently awarded a two-year, $80,000 grant from the King Conservation District (KCD) Regional Food System program.
Auburn Reporter, Dec. 29, 2015

TCC’s Harned Center achieves LEED Gold Certification

Tacoma Community College is proud to announce that the Harned Center for Health Careers building has been awarded LEED® Gold Certification for New Construction, which was established by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and verified by the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI).
The Suburban Times, Dec. 29, 2015

Trends | Horizons | Education

Too few students taking state exams; Washington could face sanctions

Washington is one of 12 states that could face sanctions if it fails to get more students to take state exams next spring. The U.S. Department of Education has sent warning letters to Washington and the 11 other states where participation rates on state reading and math tests fell below the required 95 percent.
The Seattle Times, Dec. 29, 2015

Politics | Local, State, National

In California, six bills to increase computer-science instruction in school

Half a dozen bills before California’s state Legislature address the growing concern that California students don’t have the computer science skills necessary to thrive in the modern workforce. Educators and tech industry leaders in that state would like high schools to teach students more than just how to use a computer – the goal now is for students to be able to program one. Computer science shouldn’t be a niche field for the highly educated any longer, advocates say.
The Seattle Times, Dec. 31, 2015

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