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News Links | March 22, 2016

March 22, 2016 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

Bill Clinton in Spokane: Hillary Clinton is “a change maker”

Former President Bill Clinton told a jubilant crowd in Spokane on Monday that a Hillary Clinton presidency would stabilize this turbulent moment in American politics by helping everyone “rise together.” Before about 650 people in a gym at Spokane Falls Community College, Clinton quoted poet William Butler Yeats: “When things fall apart, the center cannot hold.”
The Spokesman-Review, March 21, 2016

Bill Clinton makes economic case for Hillary In Vancouver

Bill Clinton spent nearly an hour Monday evening in a packed community college auditorium in Vancouver making the case for his wife’s candidacy. The former president told about 700 cheering supporters gathered at Clark College that Hillary Clinton was the right choice to lead the country in a world growing more hostile.
OPB, March 21, 2016

Overhaul of Point Defiance’s Japanese garden aims for authenticity

The area that surrounds the Point Defiance Pagoda tries hard to be a Japanese garden. It has majestic conifers, colorful maples and a large concrete lantern. But it falls far short of being an authentic Japanese garden. ... That’s why, after years of planning, Metro Parks Tacoma is about to embark on a complete redesign of the space. ... The designers, who also created a Japanese garden at Tacoma Community College in 2007, will use Japanese techniques to create a garden that also fits its environment.
The News Tribune, March 21, 2016

Local strides in science bring world wide tourism interest to Tri-Cities

Tri-Cities tourism leaders are calling 2015, a year that's in the books. KEPR got the latest details on how much local tourism is paying off and in turn, paying for new enhancements and growth in the area. ... Erin Steinert is the outreach coordinator for the Columbia Basin College's planetarium. She says she's seen a peak in outside interest, first hand by the recent increase in customers coming through the planetarium.
KEPR TV, March 21, 2016

New Whatcom County Dairy Ambassador crowned

Whatcom Community College student, Jill De Jager is the new Whatcom County Dairy Ambassador. She’ll represent the local dairy farming industry for a year.
KPUG, March 21, 2016

Wenatchee Valley College asks CBC to lead off educational institute

Carlie Schiffner, the Vice President of Instruction at Wenatchee Valley College, wants the state of Washington to be more like Montana. Localizing American Indian history in the K-12 education system, a model borrowed from the first state to implement a similar curriculum, is what the college has been working on for the past year, she said.
Tribal Tribune, March 21, 2016

CBC Academic All Stars go the distance to pursue their dreams

Enrolling at Columbia Basin College was the first step Doreen Marvin and Hieu Pham took to achieve their very different dreams. And both took long roads to get there. Pham, 20, left his native Vietnam to pursue higher education in the Tri-Cities. Marvin, 52, took three decades after graduating from high school to earn a degree. Their efforts haven’t gone unnoticed. They will be honored March 24 in Olympia as CBC’s All-USA Academic All Stars for 2016.
Tri-City Herald, March 20, 2016

Opinion: Veterans: Olympic College wants you!

"All veterans are like some veterans, are like no other veterans." I was heartened to hear Peter Schmidt say that a few weeks ago at Olympic College. Schmidt, a clinical psychologist with the Washington Department of Veterans Affairs, was holding a PTSD Workshop, and that line was his takeaway.
Kitsap Sun, March 20, 2016

A nearly forgotten need

Clichés about the model Asian-American student do little to help the students he serves at a community college in Washington State, says Ekkarath Sisavatdy. Mr. Sisavatdy is director of an unusual new program at Highline College.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, March 20, 2016

Grays Harbor College receives over $600,000 grant

The US Department of Agriculture has announced a grant of more than $600,000 to Grays Harbor College and several partners for regional research, development and support of a new Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Forest Management. ... GHC is part of the Washington Forest Training Initiative (WFTI), a project developed as a partnership between Green River College, the Agricultural Center of Excellent at Walla Walla Community College and GHC.
KXRO, March 18, 2016

Moses Lake Classic Car Club donates tool kits to Big Bend students

A donation to the Big Bend Community College automotive technology program allows students to have performance tool kits needed for the program.
iFiberOne News, March 18, 2016

Pierce College Puyallup food pantry open to hungry students

Student leaders in [Pierce College] Puyallup are taking campus hunger issues into their own hands with a newly established food pantry, located in the Connection Café inside the College Center building. Hungry students are now free to use the pantry without judgment and without proving their need.
The Suburban Times, March 18, 2016

Growing Centralia High School program prepares students for workforce

Students at Centralia High School have a number of opportunities to put their skills to the test and learn more about careers, post-high school education and training options through the district’s career and technical education program. ... As for one of the manufacturing technology courses, Brian Taylor teaches students welding. During the first semester of the year, 80 students went through the program. Four went on to compete at the Regional Skills USA Competition, while three competed at the Lower Columbia College Welding Competition.
Centralia Chronicle, March 18, 2016

Opinion: Families and their political ‘oddballs’

If we don’t inherit political preferences from family, how do they develop? Experts say it’s not the norm to stray from one’s political upbringing. “People fall in with family,” said Steven Horn, who heads political science studies at Everett Community College. “There are agents of political socialization. Most important are your family members.”
Everett Herald, March 18, 2016

Craft Beer Academy helps you make a career out of beer

Tony Savoy admits he was a bit directionless when he moved to Western Washington more than 20 years ago. He was sort of on the "college: the best seven years of my life" plan. "Well, it took me three years to do two years of community college," he said, laughing. ... Savoy is one of the instructors at a brand new Craft Beer Academy based out of Skagit Valley College. Students learn the industry from grain to glass through a six-week, 40-credit curriculum.
KNG 5, March 17, 2016

Improvements coming to Parker Faller Field at YVCC

Thanks to the generosity of the late Daryl Parker and the Parker Youth & Sports Foundation, Parker Faller Field will receive some much-needed improvements. ... The funds were part of a $1 million financial package left by Parker to the Yakima Valley Community College Foundation, according to YVCC foundation president Glenn Rasmussen.
Yakima Herald, March 17, 2016

Trends | Horizons | Education

Bridging the skills gap

The Markle Foundation, LinkedIn and the state of Colorado team up on a jobs site that seeks to create a common, skills-based language among job seekers, employers and education providers.
Inside Higher Ed, March 21, 2016

Video: Getting traction in closing the inequality gap

The Education Trust’s president, Kati Haycock, says colleges that are serious about helping low-income students succeed should make it their job from Day 1: "Institutions turn out to be much more powerful in determining student success than we ever knew."
The Chronicle of Higher Education, March 18, 2016

Politics | Local, State, National

Survey: Students' preference in presidential election

Preliminary results from a national survey of college students found that Senator Bernie Sanders, the independent from Vermont who is seeking the Democratic presidential nomination, is students' preferred presidential candidate by a wide margin.
Inside Higher Ed, March 22, 2016

U.S. seeks to expand educational ties with Cuba

The White House made a series of announcements on Monday related to expanding U.S.-Cuba educational exchanges timed with President Obama's visit to the island.
Inside Higher Ed, March 22, 2016

'Starving the beast'

New documentary explores the philosophy and players behind cutting state support for higher education.
Inside Higher Ed, March 22, 2016

Talks over federal debt relief rules end in stalemate

A U.S. Department of Education rule-making panel on Friday failed to reach agreement on new standards for when federal student loan borrowers can seek debt forgiveness on the grounds that they were misled or defrauded by their colleges.
Inside Higher Ed, March 21, 2016

Washington lawmakers debate raising teacher salaries as part of budget

While lawmakers continue to grapple over finalizing a supplemental budget during an overtime special session, one point of disagreement is whether they should combat a shortage of teachers that appears to be most severe in math, science and special education by raising the state's portion of the lowest beginning salary for teachers from $35,700 to $40,000.
The Bellingham Herald, March 20, 2016

Getting ready for another Corinthian

Education Department may soon tell more colleges to set aside money to cover federal loan discharges and other costs in case institutions collapse or become financially strapped.
Inside Higher Ed, March 18, 2016

Washington ranks in the middle on state education funding

A new study shows Washington state is solidly in the middle of the nation in school funding. According to researchers at Rutgers University, Washington state government has not done a great job of catching up on school funding as the economy has improved, making 28th place in the nation for per-student education dollars, which is a few steps above the previous report.
The Bellingham Herald, March 16, 2016

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