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News Links | February 9, 2016

February 09, 2016 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

From high-school dropout to medical student: one man’s remarkable journey

He hoped to one day be the manager at a fast-food restaurant, but Timothy Woodiwiss ended up using his community-college degree as a springboard to something much more ambitious: medical school. ... The 29-year-old was one of 34 students honored by the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges [Association of College Trustees] for using a two-year college education as a springboard to a new life. ... “You just read these and you cry, you cry, literally,” said Joanne Schwartz, a trustee for Centralia College, who has been helping select the award winners for the last five years. ... Big Bend Community College in Moses Lake was Woodiwiss’s springboard to college.
The Seattle Times, Feb. 8, 2016

Opinion: Support making difference for Tacoma-grown students

It takes more than scholarships to graduate from college. Kavitha Cardoza’s article for The Washington Post accurately describes some of the challenges that cause first-generation students to struggle in completing college. Tacoma students are fortunate to have partners across our community who work together to support them in overcoming these challenges. ... Tacoma Community College is piloting a new program this year for first-year students in which a staff member meets with students and tracks their progress, familiarizing them with time management and academic planning tools along with ways to become acquainted with key faculty and staff.
The News Tribune, Feb. 6, 2016

Pierce College announces 2016 Distinguished Alumni

Pierce College is proud to announce the selection of four esteemed alumni to honor during the 2016 Distinguished Alumni celebration. Nominees are selected based on their achievements in academics, business, community or humanitarian support, or personal triumph over adversity.
The Suburban Times, Feb. 6, 2016

EvCC adds new program to train new kind of workforce

Unlike decades ago, the current surge in demand for welders and other vocational skills in the Puget Sound region is more than a search for blue-collar workers. Increasingly specialized industry requires knowledge of robotics, electronics, programming and fabrication along with a solid foundation of welding, hydraulics and mechanics. The new mechatronics program at Everett Community College, slated to open this fall, is gearing up to train a new kind of workforce.
Everett Herald Business Journal, Feb. 5, 2016

Inslee touts LCC's University Center, Running Start

Keep doing what you’re doing, Gov. Jay Inslee told staff and students at Lower Columbia College on Friday. The governor toured the college to learn about how it’s shortening the path between high school and college degrees. He commended LCC’s University Center, through which LCC students have access to more than 10 bachelor’s degree and two master’s degree programs. Inslee said the center, opened in 2013, is a way to discourage brain drain by providing higher education that keeps workers close to home.
Longview Daily News, Feb. 5, 2016

Colleges looking to help accelerate catch-up process to get students on track

Students who do not fare well in college entrance exams must take remedial or pre-college courses, which can require a lot of time and money. ... The Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges report 54 percent of recent high school graduates take at least one remedial class if attending a two-year college. ... At Yakima Valley Community College, officials also look for ways to get students back on track. Kerrie Cavaness, the arts and sciences dean, pointed toward a number of programs that help their underprepared students. Its accelerated classes, for instance, allow students to take both the remedial and freshman courses at the same time.
Yakima Herald, Feb. 5, 2016

Dr. John E. Roueche highlights CPTC, Bates Joint Faculty inservice event

Clover Park Technical College welcomed Dr. John E. Roueche to its Lakewood Campus for a special joint faculty inservice meeting with Bates Technical College in the McGavick Event Center on Feb. 5. ... CPTC President Dr. Lonnie L. Howard is a product of Dr. Roueche’s Community College Leadership Program at the University of Texas at Austin, and welcomed the opportunity to show his mentor the college he serves at as president, more than a decade after he completed the doctoral program. ... Dr. Howard was joined by Bates President Dr. Ron Langrell, who first met Dr. Roueche more than 30 years ago, and Presidents Dr. Luke Robins (Peninsula College), Dr. Eileen Ely (Green River College) and Dr. Ryan Carstens (Spokane Community College), who are all graduates of Dr. Roueche’s program.
The Suburban Times, Feb. 5, 2016

GED score change gives more students certificates

On Jan. 26, the GED Testing Service retroactively lowered the passing score for the GED test from 150 to 145. ... The score change was made after the GED test was overhauled in 2014. At that time, the test went from five tests to four and was aligned with state common standards, said Raju Hegde, the dean for adult education at Spokane Community College. This made the test more difficult, he said.
The Spokesman-Review, Feb. 3, 2016

Green River College unveils new student union building

As a student at Green River College, Chelsea Fletcher wanted a space on campus for students to gather outside of the classroom. Ten years later, her vision is a reality. Fletcher took part in a ribbon cutting ceremony for the Mel Lindbloom Student Union on Monday at the college’s main campus in Auburn.
Kent Reporter, Feb. 3, 2016

Trends | Horizons | Education

Why is tuition so high?

A new study asserts that increased student aid, not faculty salaries or state cutbacks, drives prices higher.
Inside Higher Ed, Feb. 9, 2016

Report finds black students in nonlucrative majors

Black students enroll disproportionately in majors that are not the most lucrative, according to a report being released today by the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce.
Inside Higher Ed, Feb. 9, 2016

Phoenix owner seeks fresh start

U of Phoenix's new owners could be looking to make major changes as the for-profit eyes transition to being a privately held company.
Inside Higher Ed, Feb. 9, 2016

Low income, high graduation rate

Two new studies suggest many colleges may be too quick to write off low-income students and community college transfers. Money and extra support change the equation, at least for some.
Inside Higher Ed, Feb. 8, 2016

College readiness of low-income students stagnates

Roughly one in four of the 1.9 million high school students who graduated in 2015 and took the ACT are from low-income backgrounds, meaning their annual family incomes are less than $36,000. This group continues to lag in college readiness, according to the latest version of an annual report from the testing organization and the National Council for Community and Education Partnerships.
Inside Higher Ed, Feb. 5, 2016

Politics | Local, State, National

Obama crackdown on college fraud

A new team at the Education Department will investigate and punish colleges that mislead students or otherwise violate federal laws.
Inside Higher Ed, Feb. 9, 2016

Education Dept. creates ‘enforcement unit’ to police college wrongdoing

The U.S. Education Department, which has been sharply criticized for its slow response to problems at the now-defunct Corinthian Colleges, is pledging to react "more quickly and efficiently" to allegations of wrongdoing by colleges.
The Chroncile of Higher Education, Feb. 9, 2016

Bill would give college dropouts money to finish

A bill in the state Legislature would give people who didn’t graduate from college — but are only a quarter’s worth of classes away from doing so — the chance to go back and get their degree for free. The Free to Finish College bill passed out of the House Higher Education Committee last week with support from both parties.
The Seattle Times, Feb. 8, 2016

Studies from community college trustee group

The Association of Community College Trustees released two white papers today. One examines how leaders from the two-year sector can partner with local school districts to close the gap in college readiness. The other paper tracks how Latino students are faring at community colleges.
Inside Higher Ed, Feb. 8, 2016

Obama seeks tax credits for hiring community college graduates

President Obama is looking to create new tax benefits for employers who hire the graduates of certain community college programs as an effort to boost collaboration between businesses and higher education.
Inside Higher Ed, Feb. 8, 2016

Education Dept. adds requirements for accreditors

The U.S. Department of Education this week introduced several new requirements for accreditors, adding to the slightly beefed-up new rules it announced in November. The department has pushed more aggressive reforms to the accreditation process, including a request for the U.S. Congress to drop its ban on imposing specific standards on accreditors. But those ideas are unlikely to come to fruition during the Obama administration's final year.
Inside Higher Ed, Feb. 5, 2016

Editorial: Give students freedom to learn free speech

Regardless of what one thinks of the future of newspapers and other print media, journalism in some form will — must — continue as a vital part of our society and democracy. And that requires journalists who are trained as much in journalism's responsibilities as in its rights. For many that education starts early in public middle schools and high schools, then continues at colleges or universities. Legislation now in the state Senate would clarify the rights of students to free expression and stress to them their responsibilities.
Everett Herald, Feb. 4, 2016

Students, librarians urge professors to use free, online textbooks

A student advocacy group, along with one of the University of Washington’s top librarians, is urging faculty members to take a good look at using more free online textbooks. And two bills in the state Legislature would promote and facilitate the use of such open-source textbooks and course materials. ... Nearly a third of students surveyed by PIRG recently said they had to use financial-aid dollars to pay for textbooks. And when broken down by college type, the survey showed that the cost had a disproportionate impact on community college students, 50 percent of whom had used financial aid to cover textbook costs.
The Seattle Times, Feb. 4, 2016

Sen. Liias, AG Ferguson unveil bills to reduce student loan debt

College students could gain relief from crushing student loan debt through a trio of bills unveiled today by Sen. Marko Liias of the 21st Legislative District and Attorney General Bob Ferguson.
Edmonds Beacon, Feb. 4, 2016

Rep. Pollet, Sen. Frockt, submit free community college proposal, will get public testimony in house Higher Education Committee

The House Higher Education Committee heard public testimony today on HB 2820, the Washington Promise. Rep. Gerry Pollet, (D-Seattle), introduced the Washington Promise program in the House, while Sens. Pramila Jayapal (D-Seattle) and David Frockt (D-Seattle) have pushed the measure in the Senate. The bills would provide two years of guaranteed tuition at community and technical colleges for all eligible Washington residents.
Bothell Reporter, Feb. 3, 2016

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