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March 29, 2016 by SBCTC Communications

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Green River students selected for All-Washington Academic Team

Two international students who attend Green River College were named to the All-Washington Academic Team. Stanley Victorio of Indonesia and Seiya Yamaguchi of Japan were honored at ceremony on March 24 at South Puget Sound Community College in Olympia to recognize the 66 students from the state's 34 community and technical colleges on the academic team.
Kent Reporter, March 28, 2016

South Sound People: Mason General Hospital selects employee of the month

Mason General Hospital and Family of Clinics has named Amy Nussbaum employee of the month for March, according to a press release from the hospital. Nussbaum is a medical/surgical/pediatrics nurse, and has worked at the hospital for almost three years, after completing her nursing degree at South Puget Sound Community College.
The Olympian, March 28, 2016

Of clocks and cobblers — Tacoma craftsmen and women breathe new life into old trades

Craft is the merging of manufacturing and art, both of which have a rich history in Tacoma — one that continues today. Blue-collar labor is what built Grit City and is still evidenced in the thriving Port of Tacoma, the industrial brick facades of downtown, and each year’s graduating class of tradesmen and women from Bates Technical College.
South Sound Talk, March 28, 2016

Five instructors at Big Bend Community College granted tenure

Five Big Bend Community College faculty members were awarded tenure and ten more tenure-track faculty members had their contracts renewed.
iFIBER One News, March 27, 2016

Working together to keep prescription drugs off our streets

A drug take back box is something that the Hoquiam Police and Montesano Police Departments already provide. MyTOWN Coalition partners with Hoquiam Police Department to increase awareness and utilization of this service. ... Both Christina and Vickie are graduates of Grays Harbor College’s RN program and will soon be graduating with a BSN from Saint Martin’s University.
Grays Harbor Talk, March 27, 2016

Forum addresses region's natural hazards

U.S. Rep. Suzan DelBene, D-Wash., held a forum Friday at Skagit Valley College to discuss the region’s natural hazards with local officials and first responders. The forum discussing hazards such as landslides, earthquakes and volcanic eruptions was part of a series called “Community Preparedness & Resiliency: Planning Today for a Safer Tomorrow.”
Skagit Valley Herald, March 26, 2016

New bachelor’s degree program at Centralia College approved

Centralia College is welcoming its newest bachelor of applied science degree in information technology: application development. The degree has been approved by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, said John Martens, vice president of instruction, in an email. The college can now officially begin marketing and recruiting for the fall quarter start-up.
Centralia Chronicle, March 25, 2016

Dr. Amanda Gunn brings together students, community to renovate the fish lab

As I step into the John M. Smith Aquaculture Center, I am immediately struck by the focused group of people, all absorbed in activity. ... She began seeking out ways to increase student awareness about available educational opportunities. This focus inspired her to move to Seattle for one year, and look for work at a community college. She found her calling at Grays Harbor College.
Grays Harbor Talk, March 25, 2016

Another Clinton on student debt

Bill Clinton hits the stump this week to make the case for Hillary Clinton's college affordability plan, criticizing states' "underfunding" of public higher education. ... The former president — and, more recently, honorary chancellor of a for-profit college company — described his wife’s college affordability proposals during wide-ranging speeches Monday at two college campuses in Washington state: Spokane Falls Community College and Clark College.
Inside Higher Ed, March 25, 2016

CPTC: Remembering beloved community member, Elnora Medley

The Clover Park Technical College community mourns the loss of long-time Cosmetology Program supporter and volunteer Elnora Medley, who passed away March 24 at age 96. Medley has supported Clover Park Technical College since 1963, where she had her perm set and hair trimmed by student cosmetologists. She also served as a hair model for more than 30 students for their state board certifications.
The Suburban Times, March 25, 2016

Welders needed: New Seattle program offers training

A local college and a shipyard have come together to provide opportunities for students in an industry with a great need. Many in the maritime welding industry are near retirement or need additional training, so South Seattle College and Vigor Shipyard are working together to get new people in the business.
KGW, March 24, 2016

Editorial: Plans shift for craft brewing education center

A proposal to build on Tumwater’s brewing heritage by creating a craft brewing and distilling center fell by the wayside at this year’s legislative session. But backers of the project — including Tumwater city leaders and South Puget Sound Community College — are not drowning their sorrows.
The Olympian, March 24, 2016

Highline's pilot program helps move people from food assistance to self-sufficiency

King County residents receiving food assistance will have new opportunities to learn and improve job skills through a pilot program at Highline College. ... In addition to Highline College, North Seattle College and eight community-based organizations in King County are participating in the RISE pilot program.
Kent Reporter, March 24, 2016

Clark College STEM building almost complete

Construction crews are nearly finished with a $39 million STEM building at Clark College. STEM, which stands for “Science, Technology, Engineering and Math,” will be open to students for classes in fall 2016.
KGW, March 24, 2016

Window Dressing: Art as a catalyst

In 2015, Window Dressing showed the work of 22 artists in five downtown locations. ... Selected individuals also will train in Spokane Community College’s eight-week Small Business Boot Camp, offered through the Avista Center for Entrepreneurship at SCC.
Spokane Journal of Business, March 24, 2016

Seattle Central welcomes Yoshiko Harden

Seattle Central College has named Yoshiko Harden as its new Vice President of Student Services. Harden begins her new position on March 28 and describes it as “coming home.”
Northwest Asian Weekly, March 24, 2016

Centralia woman crowned Miss Lewis County 2016

After years of watching other girls and women participate in the Miss Lewis County Scholarship Program, one young woman from Centralia finally had one of her dreams come true as she was crowned the official hostess of the county. ...  A graduate of Centralia High School, she is now currently attending Centralia College to pursue a degree in agricultural education with an emphasis in science.
Centralia Chronicle, March 13, 2016

Trends | Horizons | Education

Grade inflation, higher and higher

The most common grade is A — at all kinds of colleges. But while grade point averages are increasing at four-year institutions, that's not the case at community colleges.
Inside Higher Ed, March 29, 2016

'Wide' mental health support leads students to seek help

Students on college campuses where there is "wide support for mental health issues" are more than 20 percent more likely to receive mental health services and 60 percent more likely to receive that help on campus, according to a new study from the RAND Corporation.
Inside Higher Ed, March 29, 2016

Study on importance of 'multimodal' teaching

A new study in the journal Across the Disciplines highlights the importance of "multimodal" teaching and learning. The term refers to more than one way of communicating information or teaching that does not rely only on speech or the written word, but also uses images, video and other tools.
Inside Higher Ed, March 29, 2016

Changes to SAT make it shorter, better aligned to what students learn

To the casual observer, the SAT looks the same — questions on math and English, an essay, a set amount of time to finish each question. But the college entrance exam has gotten a makeover. High school students are taking a new version of the SAT, which incorporates the first changes to the test since 2005.
Yakima Herald, March 29, 2016

As SAT was hit by security breaches, College Board went ahead with tests that had leaked

Internal documents show that the U.S. college entrance exam has been compromised in Asia far more often than acknowledged. And the newly redesigned SAT retains a key vulnerability that the test-prep industry has exploited for years.
Reuters, March 28, 2016

No Washington colleges made list of schools doing the most for low-income students

Last week, the U.S. Department of Education released a report praising colleges and universities that do the most to promote access, opportunity and success to low-income students. No Washington colleges were on the list.
The Seattle Times, March 28, 2016

WSU picks new president, from Kansas State University

Kirk Schulz, president of Kansas State University, will be the new president of Washington State University. The university’s board of regents unanimously voted to hire Schulz, a chemical engineer, during a Friday morning meeting on WSU’s Tri-Cities campus in Richland.
The Seattle Times, March 25, 2016

Study examines the value of for-profit credentials

A new study featured in this month's edition of American Economic Review found that employers are less likely to accept a job applicant for a business or health job if they have attended a for-profit online institution than they would an applicant from a nonselective public institution.
Inside Higher Ed, March 25, 2016

Politics | Local, State, National

Obama Administration names key higher ed official

The U.S. Department of Education announced Monday that Kim Hunter Reed, a former Louisiana higher education official, has joined the Obama administration as a deputy under secretary of education.
Inside Higher Ed, March 29, 2016

Budget work finished, lawmakers will try to override 27 Inslee vetoes

More than halfway through a 30-day overtime legislative session, lawmakers Monday announced an agreement on a state supplemental operating budget.
The Seattle Times, March 28, 2016

Pell surplus could help year-round proposal

The federal government will spend roughly $22 billion on the Pell Grant program in 2016, according to new numbers from the U.S. Congressional Budget Office. The more than $7 billion projected surplus in the $30 billion program follows several years of declines in spending on Pell Grants, due to previous changes in eligibility for students.
Inside Higher Ed, March 25, 2016

More former Corinthian students will have their debt forgiven, Education Dept. says

The U.S. Education Department has cleared the way for former students at 91 campuses once owned by the now-defunct Corinthian Colleges to have their loan debt forgiven, the department announced on Friday.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, March 25, 2016

Washington Legislature’s special session likely going into next week

Washington residents likely will get a visit from the Easter Bunny before their state lawmakers get a budget deal. A spokeswoman for the Senate Majority Coalition Caucus said Wednesday that lawmakers have not yet reached agreement on the supplemental operating budget, which was the subject of discussions, debate, disagreement and negotiation during the 60-day regular session.
The Spokesman-Review, March 23, 2016

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