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April 12, 2016 by SBCTC Communications

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Nonprofit Farmer Frog teaches healthy eating, growing your own grub

An effort to bring small-scale farming back is taking root in Snohomish County as a nonprofit teaches kids to grow their own food and feed their families. Farmer Frog received a $20,000 grant to continue its work, providing healthy fruits and vegetables for students to eat while they learn science through tending gardens at schools. ... Zsofia Pasztor, a horticulture teacher at Edmonds Community College and landscaping consultant, started Farmer Frog in 2009.
Everett Herald, April 12, 2016

State community, technical college system win education award | Washington State Board

For the second year in a row, the Open Education Consortium will recognize State Board for Community and Technical Colleges (SBCTC) staff members Boyoung Chae and Mark Jenkins for their work promoting open educational resources (OER). The consortium named Chae and Jenkins as the only U.S. winners in the Outstanding Site category of the Open Education Excellence Awards for their Open Washington website. Chae is SBCTC’s eLearning and Open Education policy associate and Jenkins is SBCTC’s eLearning director.
Maple Valley Reporter, April 11, 2016

Governor Inslee appoints Dr. Diane Staves to Whatcom Community College board of trustees

Gov. Jay Inslee has appointed Bellingham resident and retired medical doctor Diane Staves to Whatcom Community College’s Board of Trustees. Staves began her five-year term March 7, 2016. She fills the position vacated by brand marketing and communications consultant Sue Cole on the five-member board. Cole’s term expired in 2014, and she is stepping down after a decade of service to the College.
Whatcom Talk, April 11, 2016

Meet Amy Eveskcige, 2016 Pierce College distinguished alumni

After dropping out of high school in ninth grade, Amy Eveskcige did not necessarily believe college was in her future. None of her family members had attended college, but they ultimately encouraged her to finish her high school diploma. ... Although she was not prepared to attend a four-year university, she liked the idea of attending Pierce College, where she would enjoy smaller class sizes and more personal interaction with her professors.
The Suburban Times, April 11, 2016

Mock scenes give Citizens Academy participants first-hand look at police work

Participants in the Mount Vernon Police Department’s Citizens Academy got an up-close glimpse at the daily situations police officers face during a mock scene event Saturday at Skagit Valley College.
Skagit Valley Herald, April 10, 2016

CPTC: A human services family network

When Tianna Guien was enrolled in Clover Park Technical College’s Human Services Program, her peers knew her mom was also on campus. What her cohort didn’t realize was that her mother, Gloria Smith, was also enrolled in the Human Services Program, a quarter ahead of her daughter.
The Suburban Times, April 10, 2016

What it’s like to be black on campus: isolated, exhausted, calling for change

For the small number of black students on Washington college campuses, a subtle undercurrent of racism can make higher education a hostile place. ... In her junior year, [Amy] Jones transferred to Central Washington University, taking classes that it offers in a building at Pierce College, in nearby Lakewood. The campus is much more diverse, “more grounded,” Jones said.
The Seattle Times, April 9, 2016

Skagit Valley College instructors take new approach to teaching

Students in Tony St. John’s chemistry 163 class at Skagit Valley College are actively engaged in their education. Previously, St. John taught the class in a traditional lecture style: him in front of the class showing PowerPoint slide after PowerPoint slide. Now, students work together for much of the class while St. John moves among the groups to offer assistance.
Skagit Valley Herald, April 9, 2016

Salvation Army garden grows more than produce

On a sunny Thursday afternoon, teen volunteers got dirty in the mud planting strawberries for a good cause. The fruit is the first of many staple crops that will soon fill the empty garden near The Salvation Army in Centralia. ... In the summer, the Cultivating Youth Farm Program will run for eight weeks. The participants are from Lewis County Juvenile Court. Through partnerships with the Lewis County WSU Extension Office and Centralia College, the students are able to earn credits to put toward their education.
Centralia Chronicle, April 8, 2016

Mom, daughter become nurses together

Every week for two years, [Elena] Gacita and [Anita] Osorio spent their time together studying everything from anatomy to wound care. Last month, the Kelso duo became possibly the first mother-daughter team to graduate from the Lower Columbia College nursing program in the same class.
The Longview Daily News, April 8, 2016

Centralia College announces exceptional faculty

The Centralia College Foundation has selected Carmen VanTuyl and Karen Goodwin to receive the 2015-16 Exceptional Faculty Awards, according to the college. The award aims to recognize and encourage excellence among the state’s community college faculty members.
Centralia Chronicle, April 8, 2016

CPTC: Emergency phone towers coming soon

Clover Park Technical College partnered with the college’s Associated Student Government to add another layer of security on campus with the purchase of emergency phone towers. Seven safety blue light phone towers will be installed throughout the main campus by the end of June. An emergency wall-mounted phone with a camera and 911 call button will be installed at the South Hill Campus.
The Suburban Times, April 8, 2016

Green River College students demonstrate against possible cuts to programs

Students at Green River College protested Friday over fears that budget reductions will lead to cuts of programs they see as crucial. Administrators say state funding has been cut for all colleges over the past few years — and Green River College is only now feeling the pinch. They say no decision has been made yet on what programs, if any, to cut.
Q13, April 8, 2016

Another airplane manufacturer takes wing in Washington’s skies

One year after first flight, a new aircraft manufactured by Glasair of Arlington — the two-seater Merlin for the weekend flying enthusiast — has been certified by the FAA for sale as a finished plane. ... [Jeramy] Olson, 43, previously worked in auto-collision repair and retrained to work with composites at the Washington Aerospace Training & Research Center operated by Edmonds Community College in Everett. ... Coby Young, 22, an aircraft technician who graduated from Everett Community College with an FAA-issued Airframe and Powerplant certificate, assembled a wing Thursday for Merlin No. 2. 
The Seattle Times, April 7, 2016

TCC’s six-film Diversity Film Series returns to The Grand

An Indian-American rom-com. An L.A. hip-hop documentary. An orchestra from a Paraguayan landfill. Latino bakery workers fighting for labor rights in New York. This year’s Diversity Film Series, organized by Tacoma Community College and hosted at The Grand Cinema, is back, and its six films cover a swath of social justice and family issues.
The News Tribune, April 7, 2016

Car Club donates to Big Bend CC automotive students

Second-year students in the automotive technology program at Big Bend Community College received diagnostic tool kits, thanks to a donation from the Moses Lake Classic Car Club.
Columbia Basin Herald, April 7, 2016

Renton teachers recognized for excellence in education

Ten Renton teachers have been selected as finalists for 2016 Ahead of the Class Excellence in Education Awards, sponsored by the Renton Chamber of Commerce. The five final winners will be named at a public ceremony April 14. This year's finalists are Andrew Lurker/Andrea "Andie" Ahlfors from Campbell Hill Elementary School, Molly Bowman from Talbot Hill Elementary School, Monique Cabellon from Honey Dew Elementary School, John Campbell from Renton Technical College, Christopher Coy from Hazen High School, Lauri Nichols from Renton Prep Christian School, Rebecca "Becca" Ritchie from Nelson Middle School, Zefire Sloczen from Renton Technical College, Abbey Zenk from Amazing Grace Christian School and Michelle R. Zimmerman from Renton Prep Christian School.
Renton Reporter, April 7, 2016

Sen. Rosemary McAuliffe announces she will not seek re-election to the Washington State Senate

Long-time Sen. Rosemary McAuliffe, who represents Bothell and North Kirkland from the 1st District, has announced that she will not seek re-election to the Washington State Senate. ... Some of her proudest accomplishments include working to improve K-12 education, creating the G.E.T. Program (Guaranteed Education Tuition) to make college more accessible to all families, the expansion of higher education opportunities in North King County with the creation of the University of Washington Bothell and Cascadia College, and more recently working with Senate and House budget negotiators to receive funds to preserve Wayne Golf Course as a park for generations to come.
Kirkland Reporter, April 7, 2016

Governor Inslee honors WCC students at All-Washington Academic Team ceremony

Governor Jay Inslee honored Whatcom Community College students Na Eun Kim of Abbotsford, British Columbia, and Alan Alatorre of Burlington at the 21st annual All-Washington Academic Team recognition ceremony March 24 at South Puget Sound Community College in Olympia.
Whatcom Talk, April 7, 2016

Bellevue College celebrates fifth autism video game tournament, evolution

It would be many years before [Sara Gardner] was diagnosed as autistic, and many more before she became the director of one of the most unique autism support programs in the country. Now, Gardner, 54, is leading the ever-growing Autism Spectrum Navigators program at Bellevue College and will be celebrating college's fifth annual Autism Acceptance Video Game Tournament this weekend.
Bellevue Reporter, April 6, 2016

Trends | Horizons | Education

Survey: Many 2-year grads want to get bachelor's degrees but don't

A new report from Gallup and USA Funds found that 72 percent of associate degree graduates have considered enrolling in four-year programs, but 64 percent don't because of family obligations, cost or job commitments.
Inside Higher Ed, April 12, 2016

Reducing the fear of life after college

America’s students and parents have good reason to fear life after college. Though bachelor’s degrees are now needed more than ever, over the last 15 years the average wage for someone holding one has declined by 10 percent, and the net worth of those under 35 has gone down by nearly 70 percent since the early 1980s. Employers are using the bachelor’s degree as a screening device, but neither students nor those hiring them think the degree proves that the person who earned it is ready for the world of work.
The Atlantic, April 12, 2016

The education twitterati

At an American Educational Research Association panel, academics discuss the rewards — and risks — of using social media to advance public scholarship.
Inside Higher Ed, April 12, 2016

Paying an adjustor to consolidate your federal student loans? No need!

A settlement against student loan adjustors last week shed light on the dubious practice of businesses that charge for federal loan consolidation, a service that is available for free.
The Seattle Times, April 11, 2016

Building clear paths

More community colleges are considering building clear pathways to help students reach a career or further their education goals without wasting time or money.
Inside Higher Ed, April 11, 2016

Lumina report on college completion goal

In 2014, 45.3 percent of working-age Americans held a high-quality postsecondary credential, according to the Lumina Foundation's seventh annual report on college completion.
Inside Higher Ed, April 11, 2016

Students were mad their college banned Yik Yak. So they went on Yik Yak.

A campuswide ban on the social-media app Yik Yak isn’t stopping students at Illinois College from using it. Responding to student requests, the college’s president, Barbara Farley, last month blocked Yik Yak access on the campus wireless network. Racist items on the app, which allows users to post anonymously, have prompted students across the country to make similar requests. ... But students can still access the app on their phones through their network data plans.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, April 11, 2016

UW, WWU students give universities demands on equity issues

Students have issued far-reaching demands in their efforts to erase racism from college campuses.
The Seattle Times, April 9, 2016

Free college, political support: Survey of community college leaders

[Inside Higher Ed's second annual Survey of Community College Presidents], conducted by Gallup, features the impressions of 220 community college presidents on the current state of the free community college movement, their expectations of support from the next U.S. president and issues surrounding declining enrollments and graduation rates.
Inside Higher Ed, April 8, 2016

Effectiveness, defined broadly

New volume of research examines various aspects of higher education performance, going well beyond labor market outcomes to include academic quality and socioeconomic equity.
Inside Higher Ed, April 8, 2016

Civil liberties groups oppose Yik Yak bans

Several civil liberties and academic freedom organizations have sent the U.S. Education Department a letter urging it to avoid decisions or policies that would punish colleges that do not ban Yik Yak, a social media tool that has been used on many campuses to post anonymous, hateful messages that are racist, sexist or homophobic. Some have urged college leaders to ban Yik Yak and have called on the Education Department to encourage or require such bans.
Inside Higher Ed, April 8, 2016

‘If America wants to kill science, it’s on its way’

So what does the real work of science in the academy look like, the 99.9 percent that does not make the history books? You’ll find no truer answer to that question than Lab Girl (Knopf), a new memoir by A. Hope Jahren, a geobiology professor at the University of Hawaii-Manoa.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, April 8, 2016

Between the Ears: What stone age toolmaking tells us about learning

Scientists are replicating the toolmaking skills of prehistoric people to better understand the ways we teach and learn today.
The Seattle Times, April 8, 2016

Shifting burdens: How students & families paid for college from 1996 to 2012

Anyone who has received a college financial aid award letter knows how complicated and opaque America’s system of higher education finance is. Policymakers also have limited information about how the myriad sources of college financing all fit together — and how they have changed over time.
New America Ed Central, April 7, 2016

Why upperclassmen lose financial aid

Focused on cost, [students] attend the institution that showers them with the most money. But many learn a bitter economic lesson once they enroll: The debt can mount during the course of an undergraduate career, thanks to fine print, tough academic requirements on grants, and unanticipated tuition and fee increases.
The New York Times, April 6, 2016

Will you sprint, stroll or stumble into a career?

[Young Americans] go off to college, resist pressures to choose a job-connected major, then drift after graduation, often short of money and any real plan. ... We think this kind of lengthy takeoff is relatively new, but even in the 19th and early 20th centuries, when the economy offered fewer career choices, there were college graduates who roamed through their third decade of life.
The New York Times, April 5, 2016

Politics | Local, State, National

State AGs ask Feds to dump for-profit college accreditor

Twelve state attorneys general on Friday called on the U.S. Department of Education to deny federal recognition of one of the largest accreditors of for-profit colleges, including the now-defunct Corinthian Colleges. The accrediting organization, the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools, is up for review by the Education Department this June.
Inside Higher Ed, April 11, 2016

Research project on performance-based funding

An ongoing study conducted by Research for Action, a Philadelphia-based nonprofit research organization, looked at the effect of performance-based funding policies in higher education across three states: Indiana, Ohio and Tennessee. The group released early results from the work over the weekend at the annual meeting of the American Education Research Association.
Inside Higher Ed, April 11, 2016

Spellings says controversial LGBT law 'sends a chill' through U. of North Carolina

The University of North Carolina intends to comply with a new, widely criticized state law banning people from using public bathrooms and changing facilities that don’t correspond with their biological gender. But Margaret Spellings, the system’s president, stressed on Friday that doing so “is in no way an endorsement of this law.” In a conference call with reporters, Ms. Spellings said she was “absolutely” worried about the implications of the law, particularly “what it might suggest with respect to the culture we would be engendering on campuses.”
The Chronicle of Higher Education, April 8, 2016

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