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News Links | April 5, 2016

April 05, 2016 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

Centralia College names finalists for open college president position

The Centralia College Board of Trustees identified three finalists for college president at a special meeting Monday. Each finalist will be on campus for one day the week of April 11 to tour the college, participate in three open forums and meet with student leaders, according to a press release from the college. ... Derek Brandes has been vice president of instruction at Green River College in Auburn since 2012. ... Bob Mohrbacher is the vice president of instruction and student services at Big Bend Community College in Moses Lake. ... Virginia Tomlinson is the vice president of instruction at Columbia Basic College in Pasco.
Centralia Chronicle, April 5, 2016

Meet Rosanna Sharpe, 2016 Distinguished Alumni

After Rosanna Sharpe was accepted into the prestigious United States Military Academy at West Point, she had her sights set on following in her father’s footsteps and entering the military. ... But it wasn’t long after she started her time at West Point that an old gymnastics injury began to act up. ... Instead, she enrolled at Pierce College to continue her education.
The Suburban Times, April 4, 2016

Sophisticated technology helps farmers cut margin of error with precision

The slipup in the soybean field would have been costlier in a different time and place. Mike Hagerman was planting a crop last year, using GPS navigational technology on his tractor, when he realized he’d failed to engage the auto-steer mechanism. ... Picture a field like a quilt made up of different patches, said Hagerman, who is also an agriculture instructor at Walla Walla Community College where precision ag classes were introduced last fall. 
Walla Walla Union-Bulletin, April 3, 2016

Contemporary Native basketry show weaves old and new

Beyond weaving baskets, the artists who visited Clark College on Sunday also know how to weave the old with the new. Joe Feddersen of the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation showed art lovers a photo of a basket he recently made, designed with white diamonds and straight, white lines on its outside.
The Columbian, April 3, 2016

Skagit Valley student earns spot on All-Washington Academic Team

Skagit Valley College student Samantha Martin of Oak Harbor was named to the All-Washington Academic Team along with Kevin Felt of Mount Vernon. The two were honored at a ceremony in March for their academic achievements and community involvement.
Whidbey News-Times, April 2, 2016

Affordable housing shortage pinches OC students

Barton, Almerol and Cilinceon are Olympic College students, and all three consider themselves homeless. ... OC is studying the issue, said Damon Bell, vice president for student services.
Kitsap Sun, April 2, 2016

Meet Katherine Wagoner, Pierce College Fort Steilacoom All-Washington Academic Team member

When Katherine Wagoner first enrolled at Pierce College, her daughter was not quite one year old. Although it was not easy learning how to balance being a new mom and full-time student, Wagoner still managed to excel in her classes and earn a spot on the Dean’s List.
The Suburban Times, April 1, 2016

27-year-old off-duty firefighter struck, killed by car in NE Vancouver

An off-duty firefighter died in the hospital after he was hit by a car in Northeast Vancouver Thursday night. According to police, 27-year-old Andrew Miller was struck by a vehicle while walking by his home near Northeast 112th Avenue and 5th Street. ... He grew up in Spokane, Washington where he graduated from Rogers High School and completed an Associate of Arts degree in Fire Science at Spokane Community College.
KATU, April 1, 2016

Japanese Ag Training Program farmer retires after 43 years

After 43 years, Moses Lake-area farmer Phil McLean retired from teaching agriculture to Japanese trainees through Big Bend Community College’s Japanese Agriculture Training Program (JATP). Sandy Cheek, the director of the JATP at Big Bend, said McLean taught American agriculture and farm safety to “two or three generations” of trainees.
Columbia Basin Herald, March 31, 2016

CC to end its TEEN program in June

After over 20 years as the area’s only alternative high school for pregnant and parenting teens, Centralia College announced Tuesday it plans to end its Teens Entering Education Now program effective in June. The program serves teens who are pregnant and parenting, or seeking an alternative educational environment. Although it was a one-of-a-kind program, officials at the college said most high schools now have their own alternative education programs that students can utilize.
Centralia Chronicle, March 29, 2016

Obama calls for better drug treatment as addiction sweeps Northwest

After getting shot in the leg at age 18 during a gang fight in Tacoma, Washington, Raymond Power found relief in OxyContin and Percocet. When the prescription painkillers became too expensive, he found a cheaper alternative: heroin. ... He said he quit using heroin when he enrolled in a methadone program run by the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department. He landed at Bates Technical College in Tacoma, where he studied electrical engineering.
McClatchy DC, March 29, 2016

Centralia College Names Two to All-Washington Academic Team

Two Centralia College students were honored on March 24 as members of the 2016 All-Washington Academic Team. Emily Allen and Lee Taylor were selected based on their academic achievement, community involvement and service to the college, according to a press release. Both students have a 4.0 grade point average.
Centralia Chronicle, March 25, 2016

Military to utilities

When Miles Joseph Barretta wakes up and gets ready for work, he doesn't put on the standard active-duty Army uniform of BDUs and combat boots; his boots are utilitarian and steel-toed, but take him to a classroom at the south campus of Bates Technical College.
Northwest Military, March 21, 2016

Trends | Horizons | Education

Evidence of remediation success

Two studies show successful pass rates from Tennessee's first full semester of putting all developmental students in college-level courses.
Inside Higher Ed, April 5, 2016

College students' mixed feelings on free expression

A new Gallup survey for the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation finds students supportive of free expression on campus, but with limits.
Inside Higher Ed, April 5, 2016

A widening socioeconomic divide at state colleges and universities?

Last week, after the U.S. Department of Education came out with a list of colleges and universities that do the most to promote access and success to low-income students, we noted that no Washington colleges were on the list. ... But the data was missing for many schools in this state — including for-profit schools and community colleges.
The Seattle Times, April 4, 2016

Publishers dealt another loss in copyright lawsuit

A U.S. district court judge has once again taken a look at three publishers' case against Georgia State University's e-reserve and ruled that, in 41 of 48 cases, no copyright infringement took place.
Inside Higher Ed, April 4, 2016

WSU’s next president says he’ll work to smooth ties with UW

The president-elect of Washington State University, Kirk Schulz, visited WSU’s Everett programs Monday and said he’d work to heal a rift with the University of Washington.
The Seattle Times, April 4, 2016

UW considers hosting homeless camp following 2 other schools

The University of Washington is considering hosting a homeless camp on campus, following the experience of two other Seattle universities. University officials say they were inspired to consider the idea after a recent homeless count found more people are without a home in King County. Seattle Pacific University hosted Tent City 3 during the school's 2012 and 2015 winter quarters. Seattle University hosted Tent City in 2005.
Yakima Herald, April 1, 2016

Help with student debt is a perk attracting younger workers

To recruit and retain young job candidates, some companies are dangling programs that help pay off student loans. Services to administer the benefits are springing up to help spread this new benefit option.
The Seattle Times, April 1, 2016

Politics | Local, State, National

Revamped loan payment system

After years of criticism from companies it hires to collect student loan payments, the Education Department plans to create a single standardized portal for borrowers to make payments.
Inside Higher Ed, April 5, 2016

Gaming the formula

State performance funding formulas lead to small decline in Pell revenue per student, new study finds, suggesting public colleges may be gaming formulas by enrolling fewer low-income students.
Inside Higher Ed, April 4, 2016

Washington Legislature: What passed, died and was revived

Lawmakers adjourned Tuesday night after passing a supplemental budget, 20 days into an overtime special session. The list of legislation approved at the Capitol this year is long, but many bills died, too. Here is what happened with some bills of particular interest.
The Seattle Times, April 2, 2016

Gov. Inslee grudgingly allows charter schools to survive

Gov. Jay Inslee announced Friday that he will allow a bill aimed at saving charter schools to become law without his signature, an option not exercised by a Washington governor in 35 years.
The Seattle Times, April 1, 2016

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