Skip to content

News Links | February 16, 2016

February 16, 2016 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

Want to work at a brewery? Here’s how

Once upon a time, people landed jobs in the brewing industry simply by asking. Many breweries were looking to hire pretty much anyone who was eager, energetic and willing to wash kegs, clean stuff, and learn the rest. That’s changed. It’s not so easy to land a job at a brewery these days, but the Craft Brewing Academy at Skagit Valley College, a new program that begins this spring, wants to help you start a career in the craft beer industry.
The Seattle P-I, Feb. 14, 2016

LCC welding competition promotes the trade

It may have looked like just another evening outside Lower Columbia College’s vocational building Thursday night. But inside, bright blue and orange sparks flew as dozens of high school students shaped, bent, cut and joined steel during the college’s ninth annual welding competition.
The Daily News, Feb. 13, 2016

When a $100M installation doesn't go as planned

Michael Scroggins, deputy executive director of the community college system’s information technology division, said the system has learned “significant lessons” from the pilots [Community Colleges of Spokane and Tacoma Community College], which should make the next three waves of the rollout less painful. In an interview with Inside Higher Ed, he said the system has a strategy and the support to keep the project moving. “In the history of the community college system, we’re going to look back and say this is the biggest thing we accomplished in the last 30 years,” Scroggins said.
Inside Higher Ed, Feb. 12, 2016

Veteran honored as top scholar at CPTC

After 17 years serving in the Army, Deronda Thomas was ready to take the next step in her career. She retired as a staff sergeant, leaving with training as a chemical Soldier and administrator, to work with computers. Thomas, currently a student at Clover Park Technical College in Lakewood, was chosen as a top community and technical college student in Washington state for her 3.97 GPA and countless community memberships.
Northwest Guardian, Feb. 11, 2016

Green River College students ring in Lunar New Year

Green River College students celebrated Lunar New Year last Friday evening with a party in the new Mel Lindbloom Student Union, which opened earlier in the week.
Kent Reporter, Feb. 11, 2016

Bremerton council votes to sell old CenCom to Olympic College

The old CenCom building, a former toll booth headquarters and 911 dispatch center on Warren Avenue, will soon be part of Olympic College. The Bremerton City Council on Wednesday voted 5-2 to sell the sturdy 5,700-square-foot structure to the college for $115,000, plus closing costs.
Kitsap Sun, Feb. 11, 2016

Meet Angela Thomas, Pierce College Fort Steilacoom All-Washington Academic Team member

Angela Thomas has logged more than 900 hours as a volunteer working with underprivileged youth in her community. She is working toward her master’s degree in teaching, to gain skills and knowledge necessary to begin a rewarding career as a music teacher. ... When Thomas received confirmation that she would represent Pierce College Fort Steilacoom as a member of the All-Washington Academic Team, she could hardly believe the news.
The Suburban Times, Feb. 11, 2016

Trends | Horizons | Education

'Breakpoint' in higher ed

How much does higher education need to change to preserve the qualities of colleges and universities that are important to students, faculty members and society? That's the question Jon McGee asks and answers in his new book, Breakpoint: The Changing Marketplace for Higher Education.
Inside Higher Ed, Feb. 16, 2016

Where are the minority professors?

An examination of the demographics of more than 400,000 professors at 1,500 colleges shows where those of each rank, gender, race/ethnicity, and tenure status can be found.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, Feb. 14, 2016

State preschool program posts above-average rates of kindergarten readiness

The percentage of children ready for kindergarten after attending Washington's subsidized preschool program exceeded the state average.
The Seattle Times, Feb. 12, 2016

Overrated men

Do the biology students celebrated (perhaps undeservingly) for their intellect always seem to be male? A new study says the answer lies in gender bias.
Inside Higher Ed, Feb. 12, 2016

Applicants want mix of old and new technology in recruitment, survey finds

Now that most teenagers have access to a smartphone, they want colleges to text them — except when they don’t. Student recruitment is complicated like that, as a new national survey of college-bound students suggests.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, Feb. 11, 2016

Backgrounds and beliefs of college freshmen

For five decades, researchers at the University of California at Los Angeles have surveyed the nation's incoming freshmen to learn more about their backgrounds, views, and expectations.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, Feb. 11, 2016

Politics | Local, State, National

Sen. Murray wants students to be able to refinance federal college loans

U.S. Sen. Patty Murray is working on a rewrite of the federal government's Higher Education Act, and wants provisions that would allow students to refinance federal college loans.
The Seattle Times, Feb. 16, 2016

Nonprofit politics

Campaign season poses unique challenges at colleges where students want to take sides but the college itself cannot.
Inside Higher Ed, Feb. 16, 2016

Scalia and higher ed

Justice's death may not change outcome on affirmative action, which he opposed. His record includes key votes and dissents on issues of black colleges, hate speech, single-sex public higher education and church-state line.
Inside Higher Ed, Feb. 15, 2016

Opinion: School policies set students up for college failure

Paradoxically, while we push more and more young people to college, high schools and community advocates are adopting practices that make it more difficult for them to succeed, especially first-generation and minority students.
The News Tribune, Feb. 14, 2016

Antonin Scalia’s death probably won’t affect ‘Fisher,’ but It could change the future of affirmative action

The death on Saturday of Antonin Scalia, the sharp-tongued justice who shaped constitutional debates for nearly 30 years, could end up shifting the Supreme Court’s ideological balance. But his absence is unlikely to affect the highly anticipated ruling in Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin, the pending legal challenge to race-conscious college-admissions policies. In short, the math still seems to favor the court’s conservative wing.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, Feb. 14, 2016

Student journalists in state may get more free-speech protection

Washington state senators are considering legislation that would ensure student journalists are not subject to unnecessary censorship by school authorities, following a wave of efforts nationwide to clarify students’ rights to free speech in publications and broadcasts.
The Seattle Times, Feb. 14, 2016

Opinion: Legislation would protect student speech and schools

Freedom of expression is perhaps the most fundamental, non-partisan value we hold dear as citizens. The most clear and thoughtful legislation in the country regarding freedom of expression rights and responsibilities for students in our public high schools and colleges has been introduced by state Sen. Joe Fain, Auburn, and co-sponsored by leaders from both sides of the aisle. The time to pass Senate Bill 6233 is now.
Everett Herald, Feb. 13, 2016

Will more money for schools really help kids? New study may have long-term answer

While research is mixed on whether increases in school spending lead to better results for students, a study suggests that influxes of dollars from court decisions lead to higher graduation rates and earnings, especially for low-income students.
The Seattle Times, Feb. 13, 2016

Clinton draws attention to feature of her college plan

Both Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton used Thursday night's debate to reiterate their support for plans that would make public higher education free (under the Sanders plan) or debt-free (under the Clinton plan). But Clinton drew attention to one feature of her plan that isn't in the Sanders plan. Both plans anticipate a federal-state partnership, but the Clinton plan has provisions for public colleges in states where the governors and legislatures refuse to provide their share of the match.
Inside Higher Ed, Feb. 12, 2016

Obama to nominate King as secretary of education

In a reversal, President Obama now plans to nominate John B. King Jr. as secretary of education, the White House announced Thursday.
Inside Higher Ed, Feb. 12, 2016

Washington keeps moving toward new college savings plan

While Washington's prepaid tuition program remains on hold, the state took small steps toward opening a second college savings plan this week. The Senate Ways and Means Committee on Tuesday passed a bill that would establish a more traditional 529 savings plan.
The Bellingham Herald, Feb. 11, 2016

Nearly $164M in refunds for Washington's prepaid tuition

Nearly $164 million in refunds have been processed for Washington's prepaid tuition program since the state agency told people they could ask for their money back in September.
The News Tribune, Feb. 11, 2016

Washington Senate takes a detour on school funding plan

The Washington Senate has taken a detour on the road toward meeting the Supreme Court's demand to fix the way the state pays for public schools. The Senate Ways and Means Committee on Tuesday evening passed a new approach to dealing with local levy dollars that lawmakers said either makes more progress or wrecks the Legislature's chances of reaching a bipartisan deal this session.
The Bellingham Herald, Feb. 10, 2016

Last Modified: 2/9/18 11:38 AM
starburst graphic