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News Links | April 1, 2016

April 01, 2016 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

Agreement allows transfer students to earn associate’s degree at EWU

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 agriculture students arrive at Big Bend, host families sought

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

Students get reality check at financial fair

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

Construction budget brings big projects to 28th District

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

Trustees award tenure to three Lake Washington Institute of Technology faculty members

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

CPTC: Career Center Prepares Students for Employment

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

Big Bend students recognized as top scholars in state

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

Pierce College hosts 8th Grade College Exploration Day

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 in grape classes

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 women.
Daily Sun News, March 29, 2016

Centralia College to End its TEEN Program in June

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

Recovery continues 2 years after Oso mudslide

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

Bates Technical College Instructor Dale Trombley Receives Exceptional Faculty Award

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., March 29, 2016

Trends | Horizons | Education

Creative Solutions in Florida

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

No More Men's or Women's Rooms

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

Competency for the Traditional-Age Student

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

Study on Education, Income and Lifelong Learning

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 students. 
Inside Higher Ed, March 30, 2016

Shut Up About Harvard: A focus on elite schools ignores the issues most college students face

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

Legislature overrides Gov. Jay Inslee's vetoes

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

Nine other things buried in state’s supplemental operating budget

$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

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