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News Links | January 26, 2016

January 26, 2016 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

Nine Washington community colleges on list of 150 best in country

Nine Washington community colleges — including seven in the Puget Sound region — are on the list of the nation’s 150 best, as picked by the nonprofit Aspen Institute. The list includes Everett Community College, Highline College, Olympic College (Bremerton), Pierce College-Fort Steliacoom, Renton Technical College, South Puget Sound Community College, Tacoma Community College, Clark College (Vancouver) and Whatcom Community College.
The Seattle Times, Jan. 26, 2016

New grant will help community colleges share their best ideas

Washington’s community colleges have won a $500,000 grant to create a center for faculty and staff, making it easier for them to share ideas about how to better educate students at the 34 community and technical colleges around the state. The money will create a Student Success Center, a type of supportive center already in place in seven other states, including California. The centers are designed to bridge the gap between policymakers and practitioners, and help nurture new ideas. 
The Seattle TImes, Jan. 26, 2016

Centralia College to test new emergency alert system

Centralia College will test its new emergency alert systems on Wednesday. At 10 a.m., the college will tests its e2campus system, which provides text messages and other alerts to subscribed users and its on-campus computer network alert system.
Centralia Chronicle, Jan. 25, 2016

YMCA gives dinner, showers, haircuts to homeless, families in need

It was simple haircut, provided for free by students of the Everett Community College School of Cosmetology, but for families like the Christiansens, it made a huge difference.
Arlington Times, Jan. 25, 2016

Former felons find comfort in nonprofit, 'Been There, Done That'

For 30 years, Daphne Kraabell weathered the highs and lows of meth addiction. She’d walk around with $20,000 to $30,000 in her pocket, the earnings of the drug deals that supported her addiction. But she faced prison time twice for those same deals — nearly two years the first time and four years the second time. Now several years removed from her last prison stint, Kraabell’s life looks much different. She’s in her fifth quarter at Lower Columbia College, where she studies chemical dependency. Kraabell, 51, regularly makes the college’s president’s list, and she hopes to someday become an advocate for people like herself who have struggled with addiction.
Longview Daily News, Jan. 23, 2016

Transgender bathroom rule likely to affect schools

Several years ago, when Cynthia DeVille went to use a women’s restroom at a Missouri truck stop early in her transition from a man to a woman, it didn’t go unnoticed. “One of the men turned around and said, ‘You’re going into the wrong restroom,’ ” said DeVille, now 53 and a Columbia Basin College student. ... The matter recently shot to the forefront when the Washington State Human Rights Commission announced transgender people have the right to use public restrooms of the gender they identify with, based on the state’s non-discrimination law.
Tri-City Herald, Jan. 23, 2016

Potential food vendors learn about the business in Mobile Vendor University

The Pasco Specialty Kitchen hosted another Mobile Vendor University to teach future vendors a little bit about the business before they get started in it. The Mobile Vendor University is basically a series of classes that teach potential vendors all about the food business.  They will learn everything from operations, to menus.  These new faces soaked in the information to make sure they can jump start their business the right way. Even some successful vendors in the Tri-Cities showed up to give their words of advice so these potential vendors will not make the same mistakes they did. Columbia Basin College is also involved, so at the end of the university, the budding vendors will have certification.
NBC Right Now, Jan. 23, 2016

Business Expo packs ATEC building

61 local businesses filled the ATEC Building at Big Bend Community College Tuesday night for the Moses Lake Chamber of Commerce's Business After Hours and Expo event.
Columbia Basin Herald, Jan. 22, 2016

$7M grant to help clear career path for community-college students

A $7 million grant will allow Washington’s community colleges to clarify and simplify the path students must take to different career fields. ... A $7 million grant will allow Washington’s community colleges to clarify and simplify the path students must take to different career fields. ... For example, Columbia Basin College in Pasco recently struck an agreement with Eastern Washington University that helps students pick the classes they need in community college based on their intended major at Eastern. ... On Wednesday, researcher Jenkins spoke to hundreds of Washington community- and technical-college administrators during a conference at Clover Park Technical College in Lakewood. ... That’s led to unique partnerships, such as an engineering degree offered by Olympic College in Bremerton through a partnership with Washington State University.
The Seattle Times, Jan. 21, 2016

State of the College: Good news, challenges at Clark

Clark College President Bob Knight shared plentiful good news during his annual State of the College address Thursday in Gaiser Hall.
The Columbian, Jan. 21, 2016

Kent’s O’Neal vies for regional chef top honors

Holly O’Neal of Kent is one of three chefs who will compete for the title of American Culinary Federation (ACF) Western Region Student Chef of the Year. ... O’Neal is nutrition assistant/cook at Virginia Mason Medical Center, Seattle. She recently graduated with an associate degree in culinary arts from Renton Technical College, where she received a 2014 Les Dames d’Escoffier scholarship.
Kent Reporter, Jan. 21, 2016

Local planetarium talks about rare planet alignment

Mercury, Venus, Mars, Saturn and Jupiter are all visible to the naked eye over the next few weeks. The unique alignment began yesterday and can be seen through February, but Erin Steinert of the Bechtel National Planetarium says the best time to see it will be Feb. 2 at 7 a.m., when Mercury will be further from the sun. ... The planetarium, located at Columbia Basin College, will be pointing out the planets during their shows and showing visitors where they can see them on their 36 ft. wide dome.
KVEW TV, Jan. 21, 2016

CPTC: Sustainability in the community

When the idea to design and build a shed at the University of Washington Tacoma’s Giving Garden was presented to Dan Smith as part of his master’s degree program at the college, he thought it was a great idea. But if the Clover Park Technical College Sustainable Building Science instructor were to take on the task, he wanted to pump it up a bit.
The Suburban Times, Jan. 21, 2016

Trends | Horizons | Education

New passing score for the GED

The GED Testing Service today announced that it will lower the passing score for the GED, a test that serves as the equivalent of a high-school degree. At the same time the service, which Pearson and the American Council on Education own jointly, said it was adding two new, optional levels above the passing score (and the previous passing level) that will allow students to signify college readiness or to earn ACE recommendations for college credits.
Inside Higher Ed, Jan. 26, 2016

Faulty predictions?

The College Board has claimed for decades that the SAT's strength is that it predicts the grades students will earn in the first year of college. But what if, in many cases, it doesn't? A study released Monday suggests that hundreds of thousands of students a year may have SAT scores that predict they will receive either better or worse grades than they are actually likely to receive.
Inside Higher Ed, Jan. 26, 2016

'A trusted network' for scholarship

A group of liberal arts colleges and research universities are exploring how they could share expertise and services through a Digital Liberal Arts Exchange, easing the burden on colleges to be jacks-of-all-trades and allowing them to specialize in what they do best.
Inside Higher Ed, Jan. 25, 2016

Five more states to create student success centers

Five additional states will create statewide student success centers in an effort to help more community college students earn a credential. ... The new states are Hawaii, New York, North Carolina, Virginia and Washington.
Inside Higher Ed, Jan. 22, 2016

Progress on remediation

New report from Complete College America gives a first look at how pairing additional resources with introductory college courses can help students who need remediation.
Inside Higher Ed, Jan. 22, 2016

The proof liberal arts colleges need?

Study links certain traits of undergraduate education to success in life: meaningful interaction with professors, studying a variety of fields outside the major and having classroom talks that go to issues of ethics and life.
Inside Higher Ed, Jan. 22, 2016

4,000 to lose jobs as Pearson restructures

Education giant Pearson plans to cut 4,000 positions -- 10 percent of its workforce -- as part of a global restructuring process, the company said on Thursday. Declining college enrollment in the U.S., fewer students taking vocational courses in the U.K. and a slump in textbook sales in South Africa are among the reasons that led the company to overestimate its earnings, which have fallen about $325 million from their peak, Pearson said in a news release.
Inside Higher Ed, Jan. 22, 2016

GED Testing Service to lower score it takes to pass

Thousands who failed the GED exam could retroactively receive their diplomas in a couple of months because the score required to pass the test will soon be lowered. The drop — from 150 to 145 to pass, expected to start in March — is being made because studies showed GED students in some states were performing better in college than high school graduates, according to the national company that administers the high school equivalency test. 
The Seattle Times, Jan. 21, 2016

Opinion: I owe it all to community college

By Tom Hanks, actor, producer and director. His 2011 film “Larry Crowne” was inspired by his years at Chabot College. In 1974, I graduated from Skyline High School in Oakland, Calif., an underachieving student with lousy SAT scores. Allowed to send my results to three colleges, I chose M.I.T. and Villanova, knowing such fine schools would never accept a student like me but hoping they’d toss some car stickers my way for taking a shot. I couldn’t afford tuition for college anyway. I sent my final set of stats to Chabot, a community college in nearby Hayward, Calif., which, because it accepted everyone and was free, would be my alma mater.
The New York Times, Jan. 14, 2016

Crossing the Mexican-American border, every day

El Paso is the largest metropolitan area on the Texas border, and the El Paso-Juarez-Las Cruces region calls itself one of the largest binational regions in the world, with 2.5 million people. Thousands of people cross both ways over the border every day — Mexican elementary kids heading to U.S. public schools, U.S. residents working in Ciudad Juarez, students like [Valeria] Padilla attending U.S. colleges and universities. But binational doesn’t mean unified — not when it’s so difficult to get back and forth between two countries, and when there’s such a strong us-versus-them mentality coming from one side.
The Atlantic, January 2016

Politics | Local, State, National

Editorial: Can Washington state afford free community college?

Last week a group of Democratic legislators proposed free tuition for state residents to attend community and technical colleges (although they’ve offered no substantive plan to come up with an estimated $100 million a year to cover the cost). Stop it. Just stop it. Lawmakers should be focusing on solving serious problems rather than seeking public attention and adulation with hollow, unrealistic proposals.
Walla Walla Union Bulletin, Jan. 26, 2016

State support on the rise

State support for higher education is up 4.1 percent this year, according to a new report. The Grapevine report, released today, shows a slow but steady increase in state funding over the last few years. Between the 2015 and 2016 fiscal years, 39 states reported increases in state funding, while only nine reported decreases.
Inside Higher Ed, Jan. 25, 2016

State spending on higher education continues slow improvement

State spending on higher education continues its slow climb out of the depths of the recession. For a third consecutive year, overall state appropriations for higher education increased by a modest amount ­— 4 percent — according to preliminary figures from an annual survey.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, Jan. 25, 2016

Legislators push for free tuition at community, technical colleges

Tuition at the state’s community and technical colleges would be free for many state residents under an ambitious proposal that takes up President Obama’s call to expand educational opportunity, yet so far provides no way to pay for it.
The Seattle Times, Jan. 24, 2016

Is community college already free? It’s more complicated than that, researchers say

One critique of the free-college movement, or even debt-free college, is that students have plenty of low-cost options within higher education. For instance, community colleges. “Public two-year colleges … are free or nearly free for low-income students,” wrote Sen. Lamar Alexander, chairman of the U.S. Senate’s education committee, in a July 2015 op-ed in The Wall Street Journal. Really? Two researchers took up the question and concluded the reality is more complex. In a policy brief, Sara Goldrick-Rab and David Monaghan, founding director of the Wisconsin HOPE Lab and a senior researcher at the lab, respectively, write that several factors complicate the picture.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, Jan. 22, 2016

Funding issues haunt Legislature’s response to education reforms

Teachers’ compensation, teacher-shortage, the educational opportunity gap and school districts’ operating levies are all on Washington state legislators’ agenda this session as the state Supreme Court’s McCleary mandate — along with the court’s $100,000 per day contempt citation — loom over the proceedings.
Bothell Reporter, Jan. 22, 2016

Ed Dept. pledges transparency on Title IX exemptions

The Education Department's Office for Civil Rights has pledged to make it easier for prospective students to find out if colleges they may want to attend have applied for or received exemptions to parts of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972.
Inside Higher Ed, Jan. 22, 2016

GET tuition program refunds too much money, wants it back

About 40 people who requested refunds from the state’s Guaranteed Education Tuition (GET) program got extra money in their refund check, and state officials began calling them this week to ask them to ask for the money back.
The Seattle Times, Jan. 21, 2016

Opinion: We can do more to open higher education doors

By Rep. Derek Kilmer, D-Gig Harbor. We face a challenge in the 21st century. On one hand, whether you go to work in a factory or an office park, more jobs are requiring more skills. The Department of Education has noted that by some estimates, 66 percent of job openings by 2020 will require some form of higher education. On the other hand, the sticker-shock of attending college – from tuition to books to housing – has never been greater.
The News Tribune, Jan. 20, 2016

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