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News Links | March 1, 2016

March 01, 2016 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

Winery of WWCC enology grad turning heads in Woodinville

Chris Peterson, an early graduate of Walla Walla Community College’s Enology and Viticulture program in 2003, is gaining a reputation for his up-and-coming winery with co-owner Marty Taucher, reported Great Northwest Wine.
Walla Walla Union-Bulletin, Feb. 29, 2016

Skagit Valley College program inspires students to help others

For years, Steven Simmons’ life was on a bad track. He struggled with drug addiction, which at its worst led him to homelessness and to living day to day in abandoned buildings. ... Drug court, another jail alternative program in which Simmons participated, changed that. Now, Simmons is a student in Skagit Valley College’s Human Services program who wants to help others.
Skagit Valley Herald, Feb. 29, 2016

Green River College student newspaper wins awards

The Current, Green River College's print and online student newspaper, recently won two awards at the National College Journalism Convention. The staff placed fourth in the Special Section category for its 2015 fall quarter issue celebrating the college's 50th anniversary and took sixth place in the Best of Show category, which measures the overall quality of the publication compared with others in its class.
Kent Reporter, Feb. 29, 2016

Green River College's Jennings receives award

Ross Jennings, vice president of International Programs and Continuing Education at Green River College, received the Dr. Werner O. Kubsch award at the Community Colleges for International Development (CCID) annual conference.
Auburn Reporter, Feb. 29, 2016

Editorial: UPS makes historic choice for president

In the final week of Black History Month, the University of Puget Sound made history on Friday by naming its first African-American president. UPS' appointment of Isiaah Crawford was historic not only for the 128-year-old liberal arts campus in Central Tacoma, but also for the small cluster of universities in Pierce County. ... That a black leader would be chosen to lead a Tacoma four-year education institution is not a revolution so much as an evolution. On the two-year college scene, Lonnie Howard serves as the current president of Clover Park Technical College, and Lyle Quasim previously held the same post at Bates Technical College.
The News Tribune, Feb. 29, 2016

CSI Centralia: College criminal justice program stages mock crime scene

Students walking to and from classes through the Centralia College esplanade Thursday morning saw a scene straight out of “CSI,” complete with fake blood, boot prints and a murder weapon. Associate professor Tadd Belden, of the college’s criminal justice program, said it’s important for students to get practical experience through mock crime scenes.
The Centralia Chronicle, Feb. 26, 2016

Opinion: Removing barriers to employment for our veterans

Our region has a lot to be thankful for. Along with Puget Sound, Mount Rainier, and the Seahawks, part of what makes the area special are the tens of thousands of military members and veterans who call it home. Thankfully, in our region employers understand that servicemembers have the training and experience to be able to do a job well. In addition, we’ve seen institutions like Olympic College provide extraordinary opportunities for veterans to continue their training.
North Kitsap Herald, Feb. 25, 2016

Kirkland college names two students to the 2016 Phi Theta Kappa All-Washington Academic Team

Lake Washington Institute of Technology (LWTech) in Kirkland has named students Tiffany Ruiz and Marc Allen to the 2016 Phi Theta Kappa All-Washington Academic Team. Phi Theta Kappa, the International Honor Society for two-year colleges, recognizes 20 college students for their scholastic achievements each year.
Kirkland Reporter, Feb. 25, 2016

TCC Gallery flavors things up with ‘Sugar and Spice’ show

The Gallery at Tacoma Community College recently opened its annual themed exhibit. Past themes include Greek mythology, social justice, found photos and pop art, and this year’s theme is “Sugar and Spice.”
Tacoma Weekly, Feb. 25, 2016

The man behind the conversation at "Skagit Talks"

Inside a recording studio at KSVR-FM, Skagit Valley College’s student radio station, Joseph McGuire is scribbling on an index card as he records an interview for an edition of “Skagit Talks,” the local news and talk show he has produced for the past decade.
Skagit Valley Herald, Feb. 21, 2016

Trends | Horizons | Education

College board blocks nonstudents at Saturday SAT

The College Board has tightened security for this Saturday's administration of the SAT, which will be the first to reflect recent changes made in the test.
Inside Higher Ed, March 1, 2016

New grant program for digital research

The National Endowment for the Humanities and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation are partnering to encourage more scholars to pursue digital-first research projects, the organizations announced on Monday.
Inside Higher Ed, March 1, 2016

Transcript of tomorrow

New transcripts and technologies take shape as colleges participating in the Comprehensive Student Record Project test new ways to track what students do in college.
Inside Higher Ed, Feb. 29, 2016

Opinion: Students in 21st century need portfolio more than diploma

In conversations with parents, educators and community members over the years about the kind of adults they hope their children become, it has been common to hear characteristics such as happy, curious, compassionate, thoughtful, responsible, confident, self-directing, etc. The list goes on, but rarely have I heard a parent say they want their child to grow up to be submissive, alienated or standardized. If this is truly the case, then it leads us to consider whether what we are doing now in our high schools is really consistent with what we say we want?
Everett Herald, Feb. 27, 2016

Trapped in the community college remedial maze

A majority of students with A and B grade point averages in high school still require developmental education at the community-college level, raising new questions about the skill level of incoming college students and the ways institutions measure their abilities. This is especially worrisome for students of color given that half of Hispanic college students and nearly a third of black college students start their higher-education paths at community colleges.
The Atlantic, Feb. 26, 2016

Opinion: Pathways in name only

Most completion-oriented pathways reforms lack an overarching vision and fail to live up to their promise, writes Mary Rittling.
Inside Higher Ed, Feb. 26, 2016

Race, gender and scientists' credibility

A study of attitudes in the United States, Canada and India has linked ideologies with the way people assess the credibility of researchers.
Inside Higher Ed, Feb. 26, 2016

How to succeed in China

According to one study, universities have a greater chance of securing the necessary approval from China’s Ministry of Education if they are highly ranked and European, affiliate with a Chinese university, do not opt to adopt a Chinese corporate form known as “legal person status,” and offer programs in IT, science or engineering.
Inside Higher Ed, Feb. 26, 2016

Who's regulating troubled for-profit institutions? Executives at other troubled for-profit institutions

Plenty of accreditors have come under scrutiny for failing to hold colleges — especially for-profit institutions — accountable for low rates of graduation and high rates of student-loan default. But none has felt more heat than the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools, or Acics.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, Feb. 26, 2016

Politics | Local, State, National

Trump U in the spotlight

State regulators, not the federal government, were in the best position to crack down on Donald Trump's now-defunct educational venture, which has become a hot campaign issue.
Inside Higher Ed, March 1, 2016

Opinion: Along with funding education, state has to be accountable for it

Accountability should be the most important word in the legislative process. The Legislature should stop by law the use of property tax levy and bonds for financing education. Washington state government should fund every penny of K-12 education. If it is — and in fact it is — the state's responsibility to fund education then it should be the state's responsibility to account for the money and the academic achievement.
Everett Herald, Feb. 27, 2016

Opinion: STEM education may not be worth subsidizing

From an economics perspective the irony is something more than just a whimsical look at our human inconsistencies. It raises a question for public policy: would we get more economic growth from putting our money into STEM courses because that's where the money is for graduates; or from broadening our educational goals to include a better understanding of and familiarity with STEM course content for all high school and college graduates?
Everett Herald Business Journal, Feb. 26, 2016

Smooth ride for would-be secretary

In a confirmation hearing, the Senate education committee seemed confident that John B. King Jr. would be approved as education secretary.
Inside Higher Ed, Feb. 26, 2016

House passes Democratic budget proposal

The House in Washington passed the Democratic supplemental budget proposal on a 50-47 vote on Thursday, approving the plan which seeks money to reduce homelessness and raise the state's portion of the lowest starting salary for public school teachers to $40,000 a year.
The News Tribune, Feb. 25, 2016

Feds eye disparities in supports for SAT, ACT

As more states embrace the SAT or the ACT as their mandated high school test, a new gulf is opening between students with disabilities and those without, and it's caught the eye of the U.S. Department of Justice.
Education Week, Feb. 24, 2016

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