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News Links | March 3, 2016

March 03, 2016 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

Skagit Valley College using grant money to train employees at local businesses

Skagit Valley College is using state grant money to train employees at Hexcel Corporation and DeLaval Manufacturing through the college’s Customized Training program. ... The grant money was awarded in late 2015 from the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges. ... Skagit Valley College is also using part of a $155,100 grant awarded to Green River College to train new hires at Hexcel Corporation, a composite technology manufacturer in Burlington.
Skagit Valley Herald, March 3, 2016

Mentorship program provides college connection for Ridgecrest students

For fifth- and sixth-graders at Ridgecrest Elementary in Puyallup, a weekly visit from Pierce College students brings confidence and understanding to life after high school in the Puyallup School District.
The News Tribune, March 2, 2016

Inslee gets chance to see College in the High School at work

Gov. Jay Inslee greeted a group of goggled students working on an experiment in an Everett High School advanced chemistry class. ... He asked if they were taking advantage of an opportunity to earn college credits for their work through the College in the High School program. ... As one example, taking 15 credits at Everett Community College during the 2014-15 school year would have cost $1,333.
Everett Herald, March 2, 2016

Economic director foresees great things

With only four months on the job, Oak Harbor’s first full-time economic development director says she’s just finding her footing. But there’s one thing Barbara Spohn (pronounced “spawn”) is sure of: Everyone has a different idea about what her job is. ... Developing partnerships, such as Oak Harbor’s with Skagit Valley College, will prove key, she predicted.
Whidbey News-Times, March 2, 2016

Classmates honor murdered culinary student

Culinary arts students at Olympic College in Bremerton came together Wednesday for the annual Food Truck Rumble. This year, the rumble was different as one of the creators and scheduled participants was killed just five days ago. Tory Carlson was one of four victims in a murder-suicide incident in a rural Mason County.
KING 5, March 2, 2016

UW, Bellevue College students travel through the South on a civil rights pilgrimage

Race has been front and center in this year’s presidential election. This week, University of Washington and Bellevue College students are gaining a deeper understanding of the history of the struggle for civil rights in the U.S. by visiting landmarks in the South such as Montgomery, Alabama; site of the 1955-56 bus boycott that began after Rosa Parks was arrested for refusing to give up her bus seat to a white man.
KPLU, March 2, 2016

Trash talk: A story of what washes ashore on San Juan

The smell of salt and decay wafting off trash piled high on tables fills the San Juan Historical Museum’s resource center. What may seem like an unappealing scene for some, is a wealth of knowledge for Candace Gossen, who teaches cultural anthropology at Skagit Valley College, San Juan Center.
San Juan Journal, March 2, 2016

Tribe, students spearhead river restoration study

Western Washington University’s Huxley College of the Environment on the Peninsulas’s professors and students are partnering with Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe scientists to improve floodplain restoration methods. ... To help determine whether planting and/or seeding native shrub and tree species in an area like Railroad Bridge Park where there’s “a lot of seed source” is beneficial, Huxley students from Peninsula College and Olympic College are working with the tribe’s habitat biologists to study different restoration approaches and their outcomes.
Sequim Gazette, March 2, 2016

CPTC: Graphic Technologies enjoys memorable assignment

Second and fourth quarter students in Clover Park Technical College’s Graphic Technologies Program had a unique opportunity to show off their learned design skills. In partnership with the college’s “All In: A Champion’s Mindset with Hometown Hero Jermaine Kearse” event Feb. 16, the students created posters that were on display in the atrium of the McGavick Event Center.
The Suburban Times, March 2, 2016

777 engine lands at South Seattle College, courtesy of Boeing

The megaship wasn’t the only human-made marvel drawing attention in West Seattle today. It was photo-op time at the Aviation Maintenance Tech building of South Seattle College this afternoon, as the college celebrated a big donation from Boeing – a Pratt and Whitney 777 engine.
West Seattle Blog, March 1, 2016

Business incubator supports green and seasoned farmers in the Skagit

Viva Farms is a business incubator that provides farmers with access to the three most common impediments to their success—land, education, and capital. The six-year-old nonprofit organization leases 33 acres in Washington state’s Skagit Valley and currently supports 14 separate farm businesses. ... To be accepted into the incubator program, prospective farmers must complete a course series offered by Skagit Valley College’s Sustainable Agriculture program, submit a business plan, and cover minimal operating costs—these include the land lease, irrigation supplies, educational program fees, and field equipment rental.
Food Tank, March 1, 2016

Sage Point Engineer Night draws students, families

Does tinfoil conduct sound better than plastic wrap? What’s the best design to float a boat? These and many other questions were answered during Engineer Night at Sage Point Elementary Thursday. ... Engineering students and instructors from Big Bend Community College brought a tabletop proximity car. A proximity car senses obstacles and moves to avoid them.
Columbia Basin Herald, March 1, 2016

Briefs: EdCC names new dean of student success

Edmonds Community College has hired Steve Woodard as the new dean for Student Success: Retention and Completion. He previously served as navigator the school's PACE-IT program. 
Everett Herald, March 1, 2016

Trends | Horizons | Education

Bridging the gap

Colleges, school districts and college completion groups look to strengthen connections between colleges and K-12 to try to help more students prepare to succeed in higher education.
Inside Higher Ed, March 3, 2016

A counselor who looks like you

A common demand of minority student protests is more minority counselors in a range of student service departments. Is this wise or does it promote segregation?
Inside Higher Ed, March 3, 2016

WSU down to 8 finalists for new president

With eight candidates on the short list, Washington State University expects to pick its next president this spring, and has created a presidential transition team to help with the process.
The Seattle Times, March 2, 2016

Survey: Half of community college students report mental health problems

Newly released results of a survey of community college students found that almost 50 percent of those surveyed had a current or recent mental health problem.
Inside Higher Ed, March 2, 2016

Cengage unveils new approach to developmental math

Cengage Learning unveiled a new math developmental education approach today after receiving input from about 1,000 students in an effort to improve college readiness. MindTap Math Foundations is a new digital curriculum that helps students learn new skills through 15-minute "learning bursts" using interactive video lessons and games. The new curriculum will pilot at more than 180 institutions this spring.
Inside Higher Ed, March 2, 2016

Video: Community-college advocate urges 4-year colleges to do more to help students transfer

Josh Wyner, executive director of the College Excellence Program at the Aspen Institute, says one of the biggest barriers for low-income community-college students who want to transfer to colleges where they can earn a B.A. is the lack of financial support they get from the four-year institutions.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, Feb. 29, 2016

Politics | Local, State, National

What might it cost to keep expelled students out of prison pipeline? $1.8 million a year.

In Washington there is no requirement to provide expelled student any education while out of the classroom, creating a cascade of problems when they return. Lawmakers are considering a bill to change that.
The Seattle Times, March 3, 2016

Washington State Opportunity Scholarship program helping thousands of college students

By any measure, the Washington State Opportunity Scholarship program is doing impressive work helping thousands of kids pay for college. It’s the only non-profit of it's kind in the country.
Q13 Fox, March 1, 2016

College behind bars: An old idea with some new energy

College education in American prisons is starting to grow again, more than two decades since federal government dollars were prohibited from being used for college programs behind bars. The shift comes as everyone from President Barack Obama to state policymakers are looking for ways to get better results from the $80 billion the U.S. spends annually on incarceration.
Longview Daily News, March 1, 2016

Watchdog slams loan servicer review

Inspector general says the Education Department conducted a flawed review of its loan servicers and misrepresented the findings.
Inside Higher Ed, March 2, 2016

Opinion: Fix funding shortfall for hands-on vocational learning

Family-wage jobs that require vocational diplomas, degrees and certificates are available but our education system isn’t preparing enough young people to fill them.
The Seattle Times, March 1, 2016

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