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News Links | March 8, 2016

March 08, 2016 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

Continue your education locally with Grays Harbor College’s new accredited four-year degree program

Grays Harbor area students no longer need to leave town for higher education. Thanks to a new program available at Grays Harbor College this fall, students in pursuit of a bachelor’s degree now have a local option for continuing their education. ... Grays Harbor College’s new Bachelor of Applied Science in Organizational Management (BASOM) degree offers area students an accessible option for easily transitioning from associate studies to a four-year degree program.
Grays Harbor Talk, March 8, 2016

Federal Way woman selected as Highline College’s diversity director

A first-generation college graduate, Doris Martinez described her new position as Highline College's Director for Student Diversity and Inclusion as "right where [she's] supposed to be."
Federal Way Mirror, March 7, 2016

New boat joins Samish shellfish growers' family

Several generations of shellfish farmers have scheduled their work around the ebb and flow of the tides in Samish Bay. Even on a rainy day with winds gusts up to 42 mph, a Taylor Shellfish Farm crew took the farm’s new boat, the Janet P, out on the waves Tuesday. ... The boat was named for Dave Steele’s grandmother. ... Steele, who now runs the Fisheries & Aquaculture program at Bellingham Technical College, said the Clara Ann was used to harvest oysters during the winter months.
Skagit Valley Herald, March 6, 2016

On the path to graduation, life intervenes

Low-income students are often one car breakdown, one illness, one unexpected mishap away from dropping out of college and not being able to return for a while, if ever. People fret about rising tuition, and much of the public dialogue about the cost of college — and many of the policy recommendations — revolve around those sticker prices. ... Living costs represent more than 70 percent of the total cost of attending a two-year college, the College Board estimates. ... For the past two years, Tacoma Community College has joined with the Tacoma Housing Authority, in Washington state, to provide rental subsidies to homeless and soon-to-be-homeless students of $430 to $1,000, depending on the size of the family.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, March 6, 2016

Tales and trails of Lake Swano at Grays Harbor College

Beside the Grays Harbor College campus lies an unsuspecting patch of forest. Concealed within these towering trees is the peaceful and serene Lake Swano, a lovely spot nestled in the Alder Creek watershed.
KXRO, March 6, 2016

Professional passes on brewing knowledge through Olympia class

In five years, Jerry and Jeanne Blue hope to leave Yelm and settle in the Columbia River Gorge, on the sunnier side of the state. ... The Blues were two of about a dozen people who gathered at the Fish Brewing Company on Saturday to learn the basics of home brewing. Brewer Paul Pearson taught the class through South Puget Sound Community College’s continuing education program.
The Olympian, March 5, 2016

Three local organizations partner to create the Eastside Reengagement Center

Lake Washington Institute of Technology (LWTech) in Kirkland has entered into a partnership with three other agencies to form the Eastside Reengagement Center (ERC). Friends of Youth (FOY), King County Employment and Education Resources (EER) and Seattle Education Access (SEA) will work together to help disengaged youth and young adults in King County gain access to free high school equivalency preparation classes with individualized instruction.
Kirkland Reporter, March 5, 2016

Jane Jacobsen named to Clark College board

Jane Jacobsen has been appointed to the Clark College Board of Trustees by Gov. Jay Inslee. Her term began Feb. 23 and ends Sept. 30, 2019.
The Columbian, March 5, 2016

CPTC: Mechatronics students learn robotics

Loussaint Minett wishes he’d kept the drawing of a square that turned out to look more like a rhombus. The lab technician for the Mechatronics Program at Clover Park Technical College wasn’t looking to keep it for its artistic value, but so he could look back at how far his robotics students have come.
The Suburban Times, March 5, 2016

Adults can take GED prep classes at Spokane’s Regal Elementary

For the last five months, Regal Elementary parents have been able to study for their GED certificate at the school their children attend. The program, a collaboration between Spokane Falls Community College and Spokane Public Schools, is designed to help parents earn their GED certificate while also serving as role models for their children.
The Spokesman-Review, March 4, 2016

BTC gets OK to offer its first bachelor’s degree

Bellingham Technical College has received approval to offer its first bachelor’s degree. BTC expects to offer a Bachelor of Applied Science in Operations Management starting in fall 2016. ... The technical college received approval for the degree Feb. 4 from the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges.
The Bellingham Herald, March 4, 2016

CPTC: Culinary Arts learns outside the classroom

Clover Park Technical College’s Culinary and Pastry Arts students gain valuable real world experience through Bon Sucre Bistro and the Rainier Room — on-campus dining establishments open to the public.
The Suburban Times, March 4, 2016

Donation to CBC nuclear program pays for new simulation equipment

A $32,000 donation from a Hanford contractor means new equipment for nuclear technology students at Columbia Basin College, giving them better training to avoid radiation exposure. The money from Washington River Protection Solutions was combined with $80,000 from the college’s nuclear technology fund to buy the Q-Track simulation system.
Tri-City Herald, March 3, 2016

Opinion: Inmate higher education can reduce crime

An old idea — offering prison inmates the opportunity to earn a college education — is once again gaining momentum in Washington state. If it lasts, and we hope it does, the state’s taxpayers will ultimately benefit (as will inmates who get an education). ... Washington state is also considering spending more on education programs. The state has 16,500 inmates. About 11,000 are involved in some sort of education program. At the Washington State Penitentiary here, Walla Walla Community College offers inmates learning programs.
Walla Walla Union-Bulletin, March 3, 2016

Women in STEM Club thrives on South Seattle campus

A new science club at South Seattle College is gaining momentum with a dynamic and diverse group of students. The Women in Stem Club started with just four students in 2013. Two years later, there's more than 100 members, including alumni.
KING 5, March 3, 2016

Bates Technical College receives $10,000 donation for student scholarships

In a historic donation, the Kirkland-based Biella Foundation has gifted $340,000 to the state’s 34 community and technical colleges. Each college, including Bates Technical College, will receive $10,000 in the form of scholarships that can be granted to any student in any program.
The Suburban Times, March 3, 2016

Edmonds CC Foundation board members recognized for Boots to Books campaign

Edmonds Community College Foundation board members Steve Pennington and Dr. Bill Keppler received the Outstanding Community Advocate Award at Verdant Health Commission’s Healthier Community Conference earlier this week.
My Edmonds News, March 3, 2016

CPTC: Students get career ready

Clover Park Technical College students and alumni took advantage of a career planning opportunity with the 2016 Spring Career/Job Fair at the McGavick Conference Center on March 2. The three-hour event allowed 400 students and graduates to visit with 59 employers from a variety of industries.
The Suburban Times, March 3, 2016

Trends | Horizons | Education

New or improved?

There are no easy answers for California's two-year college system as it faces an unprecedented decision to move to a new accreditor, while also debating how to change the current one.
Inside Higher Ed, March 8, 2016

Textbook destroyed

McGraw-Hill Education, after being told maps in a political science textbook were anti-Israel, withdraws the volume and eliminates all copies.
Inside Higher Ed, March 8, 2016

There is no FDA for education. Maybe there should be

It's been 50 years since the publication of the highly influential "Equality of Educational Opportunity" study — better known as the Coleman Report, after its author, James Coleman. And after a half-century, [professor of education at Harvard's Graduate School of Education Thomas] Kane writes in a new article, we should have made much more progress toward closing the achievement gap: the educational equivalent of the fight against cancer. Failure to do more, Kane argues, underscores the deep shortcomings of education research.
NPR, March 7, 2016

New SAT launches

The redesigned test arrives, amid relative calm among test takers. But not all students seem fully aware of the much publicized changes.
Inside Higher Ed, March 7, 2016

My brilliant (white male) professors

Study finds students are more likely to use certain words of praise when describing professors who are men or who are in fields with few female and black scholars.
Inside Higher Ed, March 4, 2016

Politics | Local, State, National

When state politicians can't compromise

In Illinois and Pennsylvania, eight-month budget stalemates threaten the future of public higher education.
Inside Higher Ed, March 8, 2016

Lawmakers turn to ‘big issues’ as end of regular session looms

There are deals to make and votes to take as state lawmakers race to wrap up this week. ... With negotiations under way on those and other issues, expect a hectic pace these next four days. Most lawmakers want to avoid overtime and any semblance of a repeat of 2015 in which they labored through a record 178 days and three extra sessions.
Everett Herald, March 7, 2016

Spin control: Some modest proposals to boost the state budget

God willing and the creek don’t rise, the Legislature will finish by midnight Thursday, which, if accomplished, would be only the second on-time adjournment in the last six years. The thing that could send the honorables into overtime is, as always, the state’s general operating budget, which they’ve spent nearly two months trying to update from last year’s marathon session. As usual, the amount of available revenue is outstripped by many good ideas to improve the state, and the two parties don’t agree on the best way to make the books balance.
The Spokesman-Review, March 6, 2016

What does it mean to fully fund education?

A few months ago, as part of a project we’re calling Education Lab IQ, we asked readers what questions they wanted us to answer. Sharon Vashon asked: What does it mean to fully fund education as required by the state Supreme Court’s McCleary decision? More specifically, she asked: “What is the bottom line, and how does that translate to staff and programs?” Turns out, she is not the only one wondering about that. We asked you which reader question we should answer and her query won, hands down.
The Seattle Times, March 4, 2016

The triad and for-profits

The Obama administration prods state regulators to tighten their oversight of for-profits, with a focus on job placement rates. But confusion about calculating those rates reigns, and many state agencies are understaffed and outgunned.
Inside Higher Ed, March 4, 2016

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