News Links | April 1, 2016
System News | Opinion
An agreement between Eastern Washington University and the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges will make it easier for community college students to earn their associate degree
after they’ve transferred to a four-year school.
Spokesman Review, March 31, 2016
Japanese students were welcomed at Big Bend Community College for the Agriculture Training Program. The program has been conducted for 51 years.
Students are spending the next 19 months in the United States to study English and
American agricultural techniques.
iFIBER One News, March 31, 2016
Starting out with a combined income of $169,000 seemed like plush living to start,
but expenses quickly piled up for Kalama High School freshmen Matti Olson and Olivia
Grey. … Matti and Olivia were paired as pretend roommates in a financial education
simulation at Lower Columbia College meant to mimic real-life spending decisions. …“In high school it never occurred to
me that people start out a less than $50,000 a year, I thought ‘That’s what people
make at McDonald’s, right?’”
Longview Daily News, March 31, 2016
After weeks of negotiation, the House and Senate have agreed to a supplemental capital
budget that provides major project funding in the 28th legislative district, championed
by Rep. Christine Kilduff (D-University Place)... Pierce College will receive $3 million for student housing.
The Suburban Times, March 31, 2016
Lake Washington Institute of Technology (LWTech), the only public institute of technology in Washington state, has granted
tenure to three faculty members: James Hicks, Karen Holum and Andrew Short. "These
candidates have shown their dedication to student success by taking an innovative
approach to helping our students grasp their full potential, and have worked to grow
and advance their departments by developing long-lasting industry relationships,”
said Dr. Amy Morrison Goings, president of Lake Washington Institute of Technology.
Kirkland Reporter, March 31, 2016
After Hana Greer worked as a Certified Nursing Assistant for more than a decade, she
enrolled in Clover Park Technical College’s Licensed Practical Nursing Program. The program prepared her for the next step
in her career, but after being employed at the same job for so long, Greer forgot
how to be career ready. … “The skills I’ve learned at the Career Center are the ones
that have gotten me the interviews and follow-ups,” Greer said.
The Suburban Times, March 30, 2016
Amber Meader and Jefferson Roylance were recognized as All-Washington scholars in
Olympia late last week, according to information provided by Big Bend. The reception in the state capital was attended by Gov. Jay Inslee, college presidents
and state legislators. The all-state honor recognizes students for academic achievement
and community involvement.
Columbia Basin Herald, March 30, 2016
First recipients of cybersecurity scholarship announced during ICMCP’s 2016 National Conference of Minority Cybersecurity Professionals
The Marci McCarthy Cybersecurity Certification Scholarship Program provides $5,000
over a two-year period to help talented, high-achieving female, veteran, African American,
Hispanic American, Native American, Asian Pacific, Asian Indian or sub-Saharan African
active ICMCP members who have demonstrated academic excellence, leadership skills,
and a commitment to Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM) careers to include
cybersecurity, digital forensics and information assurance. … Jamila Kaya is currently
in her second year at Whatcom Community College pursuing an AAS-T in Cybersecurity. After learning about the college’s new cybersecurity
program, Kaya decided to enroll. … She is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in IT-Security
and eventually wants to earn a Master’s of Science in Cybersecurity Engineering.
CBS TV, March 30, 2016
The Pierce College Fort Steilacoom Health Education Center was full of energy and excitement during 8th Grade College
Exploration Day on March 25. The college welcomed hundreds of middle school students
from 11 schools throughout the region, for an event aimed to inspire students to make
the most of their high school years. The program focused on helping students develop
the mindset that they will attend college.
The Suburban Times, March 29, 2016
More women are taking advantage of a grape growers’ program focused on Latino agriculture
education. … Washington Association of Wine Grape Growers and Yakima Valley Community College kicked off its program for this school year with 40 students. More than half are
Daily Sun News, March 29, 2016
Although it was a one-of-a-kind program, officials at Centralia College said most high schools now have their own alternative education programs that students
can utilize. “Basically when the TEEN program first started over 20 years ago the
high school systems were not prepared for the population,” Steve Ward, vice president
of finance and administration at the college, told The Chronicle. “The schools have
made tremendous advancements over the last couple of decades.” Ward said the program
serves as a “stop gap” for alternative high school education. Now, the college plans
to help the students in a more mainstream role, he said.
Centralia Chronicle, March 29, 2016
The plan focused on six goals including infrastructure (e.g. roads and trails), industry
and employment, workforce development, environmental sustainability, placemaking (e.g.
creating tourism opportunities, improving community with interesting places) and rural
business innovation. . To develop the youth of the communities and bring more education
opportunities, Darrington has developed the Glacier Peak Institute, which has project-based
STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) environmental education. The Arlington
School District now has an advanced manufacturing course at Arlington High School and
local officials are working with Everett Community College to bring in more manufacturing education, said Tolbert.
North County Outlook, March 30, 2016
The annual award recognizes a faculty member who infuses their teaching with innovation,
and who provides an exemplary level of work performance that fosters and supports
student learning. Trombley, who has taught the [Bates Technical College] Facilities Maintenance Engineer program for 16 years, is known for his industry
connections and helping students achieve their educational goals. In his nomination
letter, graduate Jason Latimer wrote, “[Mr. Trombley] not only helped me realize my
potential, he also helped develop a keen interest for continuing my education.” …
As part of this award, Trombley will attend the National Institute for Staff and Organizational
Development International Conference on Teaching and Leadership Excellence in May
in Texas. … The state legislature created the Exceptional Faculty Awards program in
1990 to recognize and encourage excellence in teaching in Washington’s 34 public community
and technical colleges.
southsoundtalk.com, March 29, 2016
Trends | Horizons | Education
A two-year college in Florida makes dramatic gains in developmental education course
pass rates, even amid a state-mandated change to remedial education and the addition
of performance funding.Florida's two-year colleges have become more creative in how
they handle their lowest-performing students in the wake of a new performance funding
formula and a controversial remediation law.
Inside Higher Ed, April 1, 2016
As North Carolina bars many transgender people from using facilities that reflect
their identities, Cooper Union makes all bathrooms gender neutral
Inside Higher Ed, March 31, 2016
Accreditor approves Purdue's new competency-based bachelor's degree, which blends
technical disciplines with the humanities and has a customizable approach designed
more for a career than a first job.
Inside Higher Ed, March 30, 2016
Americans with higher levels of education and income are more likely to take advantage
of lifelong learning opportunities such as reading a magazine, attending a conference
or enrolling in an online course, a new Pew Research Center study found. The findings
highlight the challenges ahead for online education initiatives that target disadvantaged
Inside Higher Ed, March 30, 2016
Media misconceptions don’t end with admission. “College,” in the mainstream media, seems
to mean people in their late teens and early 20s living in dorms, going to parties,
studying English (or maybe pre-med) and emerging four years later with a degree and
an unpaid internship. But that image, never truly representative, is increasingly
disconnected from reality. Nearly half of all college students attend community colleges;
among those at four-year schools, nearly a quarter attend part time and about the
same share are 25 or older. In total, less than a third of U.S. undergraduates are
“traditional” students in the sense that they are full-time, degree-seeking students
at primarily residential four-year colleges. … “The biggest issue is that people can’t
afford to spend enough time in college to actually finish their darn degrees,” said
Sara Goldrick-Rab, a sociology professor and education-policy expert at the University
of Wisconsin.What few journalists seem to understand, [she] said, is how tenuous a
grasp many students have on college. They are working while in school, often juggling
multiple jobs that don’t readily align with class schedules. They are attending part
time, which makes it take longer to graduate and reduces the chances of finishing
at all. They are raising children, supporting parents and racking up debt trying to
pay for it all.
FiveThirtyEight, March 30, 2016
Politics | Local, State, National
Senate Bill 6354: Requires four-year college programs in the state to work with the
State Board for Community and Technical Colleges to create plans for allowing transfers
of academic credits from four-year schools to community and technical colleges.
Associated Press, March 30, 2016
$250,000 for the Student Achievement Council to conduct a higher-education needs assessment
for Southeast King County. The study will look at economic demand and workforce needs
in the area, along with population changes, higher-education participation rates and
commute times to colleges and universities.
Seattle Times, March 29, 2016