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News Links | March 15, 2016

March 15, 2016 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

An honors program in community college claims to make transfers easier

An honors program that offers a more selective type of community-college degree is coming to the Seattle area this fall. Shoreline Community College is the latest Washington community college to offer the American Honors program, a 2-year program that offers small, rigorous honors classes and aims to develop leadership along with academic skills. It’s designed for students who plan to spend their first two years at a community college, then transfer to a four-year school to complete a bachelor’s degree. Pierce College and Community Colleges of Spokane also offer the program.
The Seattle Times, March 14, 2016

Clark College welding program retooled

Formerly, the [Clark College welding] program focused on welding. Now, students still weld extensively, but they also learn fabrication. That includes layout, reading blueprints and more, White said. The revamped program prepares students for real-world jobs.
The Columbian, March 14, 2016

Bates Technical College instructor wins prestigious state award

Bates Technical College instructor Mary Ann Keith was recently selected as a 2016 Anna Sue McNeill Assessment, Teaching and Learning Award recipient. Administered by the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges, the award recognizes an individual’s ability to positively affect student learning in a public two or four-year college in Washington state.
The Suburban Times, March 14, 2016

Former Olympia mayor Doug Mah appointed to SPSCC board of trustees

South Puget Sound Community College’s newest Board of Trustees appointee will be a familiar face to Olympia and Thurston County residents: former Olympia Mayor Doug Mah. Mah, appointed March 10 by Gov. Jay Inslee, replaces Trustee Brian Vance. Vance, CEO and President of Heritage Bank, served more than 10 years on the SPSCC Board of Trustees.
Thurston Talk, March 14, 2016

CPTC: Studying for a promotion

Ryan Reygers has noticed a trend in the online Retail Business Management Program he teaches at Clover Park Technical College. He typically sees students receive a promotion at work around the time they earn the Retail Business Management Certificate, and then receive a second promotion when they earn the Retail Business Management Degree.
The Suburban Times, March 14, 2016

Opinion: STEM offers world of possibilities — and fun

Demri Lewis, 18, is a local STEM Star. As a child, she loved her grandfather's machine shop. ... Today, Demri is earning a certificate in precision machining at the Advanced Manufacturing Training and Education Center (AMTEC) at Everett Community College. ... “Spring into STEM” highlights just some of the many opportunities that are available locally, such as the Expanding Your Horizons Conference for middle school girls at Edmonds Community College, free activities at libraries, school STEM expos, and more.
Everett Herald, March 13, 2016

Matt Driscoll: A happy ending for Tacoma Community College’s beloved garden

It didn’t feel much like gardening weather Wednesday night at Tacoma Community College. ... After the plight of the garden became known, the community rallied, at the college and beyond. The response inspired the college to bring in Kristen McIvor, community garden coordinator for the Pierce Conservation District, whose organization will now oversee the garden and who has worked to help the gardeners develop a leadership structure, governance and set of rules that will allow it to continue with TCC’s blessing.
The News Tribune, March 12, 2016

Centralia College has 37 candidates for president position

The presidential search at Centralia College has attracted a lot of attention. The college had 37 candidates for the position as of Thursday. Interim President James Walton told the Centralia College Board of Trustees at its Thursday meeting that members on the Search and Review Committee will soon be submitting their top 10 candidates.
Centralia Chronicle, March 11, 2016

Best-selling authors host CBC workshop with hundreds of students

Bookworms united at Columbia Basin College on Friday to meet 16 world-famous authors for the 9th annual Cavalcade of Authors. More than 900 local students from 6th through 12th grade came out for reading and writing workshops hosted by award-winning young adult authors who have been featured on the New York Times Best Sellers List.
KEPR TV, March 11, 2016

YVCC students named to All-Washington Academic Team

Two Yakima Valley Community College students were named members of the 2016 All-Washington Academic Team, honoring outstanding students from state community and technical colleges. The winners are Miranda “Randi” Challey, 33, and Sabrina Ovesen, 17. Both are from Yakima and pursuing associate degrees; Ovesen is also a senior at West Valley High School.
Yakima Herald, March 11, 2016

Centralia College officials optimistic about fall enrollment numbers

After experiencing a decrease in enrollment, officials at Centralia College reported numbers are rising for the spring and fall semesters. Robert Cox, vice president of Student Services, told the college’s board of trustees that the recruitment and marketing campaign for new students is producing positive results.
Centralia Chronicle, March 11, 2016

Local pilots land helicopter at MLCA

Moses Lake Christian Academy students enjoyed a rare treat Wednesday afternoon when a team of pilots from the Inland Helicopters school landed a helicopter on the school’s playground. The Inland Helicopters program has worked out of Big Bend Community College for four years, according to pilot and U.S. military veteran Stephen Henry.
Columbia Basin Herald, March 11, 2016

TCC’s first four-year degree launches fall 2016

Tacoma Community College alumnus Stacy Roksa hopes to be in the first class of students admitted to TCC’s first four-year degree program, the Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) in Health Information Management. Her two-year Health Information Technology degree helped her land a job in the field, she says. The four-year degree will help her advance.
The Suburban Times, March 10, 2016

Governor appoints Green River College trustee

Sharonne Navas of Kent has been appointed to the five-member Green River College Board of Trustees by Gov. Jay Inslee.
Kent Reporter, March 10, 2016

CPTC: Graphic Technologies graduate designs his career

Ryan Riveness wasn’t sure he could turn something he enjoyed into a career. He crossed his fingers, enrolled in Clover Park Technical College’s Graphic Technologies Program in 2012, and pushed himself. Now two years since he graduated from the program, Riveness is enjoying his career as an independent business owner, designing and managing websites.
The Suburban Times, March 10, 2016

District phasing out alternative school

One of the Lower Valley’s few remaining alternative high schools is being phased out. ... Students do have other alternatives, if they are struggling in the regular classroom. The Contract Learning Center and a partnership with Yakima Valley Community College’s local campus for the “Open Doors” program.
Daily Sun News, March 10, 2016

Getting rid of placement exams

Many states are abandoning the tests—which often land students in ineffective remedial college classes—in favor of focusing on students’ high-school grades. ... “I think [four-year] colleges and two-year colleges around the country are moving toward what folks refer to as a ‘multiple measures approach.’ We’re moving away from a one-size-fits-all … test for our placement,” said Bill Moore, the director of K-12 partnerships at the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges in Washington state.
The Atlantic, March 9, 2016

Trends | Horizons | Education

Embracing 'messy' science

The American Statistical Association seeks to embrace science's inherent complexity and push for more data transparency by rejecting a common, oversimplified measure of statistical significance.
Inside Higher Ed, March 15, 2016

The shrinking humanities major

To listen to many politicians, one would think talented science students are abandoning laboratories to study the humanities. In fact, it is the humanities that are losing undergraduate majors, and a new analysis from the American Academy of Arts & Sciences documents the trend.
Inside Higher Ed, March 14, 2016

Why they stay and why they go

Losing a faculty member always hurts, but many administrators believe they have little control over whether professors move on. A new effort seeks to provide meaningful data.
Inside Higher Ed, March 14, 2016

Opening up the 'black box' of higher ed finances

Colleges and universities should embrace a new financial model in which campus financial data are linked to student outcomes information and shared much more transparently with key campus constituencies, a new report from the American Council on Education and the TIAA-CREF Institute argues.
Inside Higher Ed, March 14, 2016

New graduation data, by district and school

Statewide, the on-time graduation rate for the class of 2015 rose about one percentage point from the year before.
The Seattle Times, March 11, 2016

The New Dream Jobs

However scattershot, the survey offers a glimpse into the ambitions of the millennial generation, which already makes up more than a third of the work force. By 2020, it will make up half. Survey after survey shows that millennials want to work for companies that place a premium on employee welfare, offer flexible scheduling and, above all, bestow a sense of purpose. These priorities are well known and frequently mocked, providing grist for the oft-repeated claim that millennials are lazy, entitled job-hoppers.
The New York Times, Feb. 25, 2016

Politics | Local, State, National

Senate confirms John King as education secretary

The U.S. Senate has confirmed the nomination of John B. King Jr. to be secretary of education by a vote of 49 to 40. Mr. King has served as acting education secretary since December, when Arne Duncan stepped down from the permanent post.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, March 14, 2016

Carson's take on higher ed

Donald Trump says Ben Carson will play a "big role" advising the Trump campaign on education. So what has the retired neurosurgeon said about higher education?
Inside Higher Ed, March 14, 2016

Editorial: Time to wrap up legislative session, pass budget, and go home

Senate budget negotiators should not compromise on the state’s four-year balanced budget requirement.
The Seattle Times, March 11, 2016

Obama Administration announces higher ed tour

The top officials at the U.S. Department of Education are hitting the road to promote their higher education agenda for the remaining months of the Obama administration.
Inside Higher Ed, March 11, 2016

Lumina releases papers on performance-based funding

The Lumina Foundation on Thursday released a second batch of white papers on performance-based funding in higher education. This group of five papers focuses on lessons from states that have linked funding for state colleges to metrics such as on-time graduation and the number of at-risk students who graduate.
Inside Higher Ed, March 11, 2016

Gov. Jay Inslee vetoes 27 bills as Legislature misses deadline

For the sixth time in seven years, state lawmakers couldn't finish their work on time. Lawmakers adjourned their 60-day regular session Thursday evening and Gov. Jay Inslee called a special session that started minutes later. Inslee complained the reliance on overtime sessions is becoming too much of a habit, particularly considering “the relatively light lifting” required this year.
The News Tribune, March 10, 2016

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