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News Links | April 14, 2016

April 14, 2016 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

South Seattle students win key event at aerospace competition

A team of five students in the South Seattle College’s Aeronautical Technology program took first place in a key event on diagnosing electrical problems on airplanes. The win came earlier this month at the Aerospace Maintenance Competition in Dallas, Texas.  The competition includes teams from colleges and from the airlines themselves. Fifty one teams in all. Overall, South Seattle took seventh place among schools.
KING 5, April 13, 2016

CBC named Tree Campus USA on Arbor Day

Columbia Basin College (CBC) is named a Tree Campus USA for the seventh year according to the school. This designation is given to schools that maintain healthy, community trees.
KEPR TV, April 13, 2016

Snohomish teen is second woman to enlist in infantry: “I may be small, but I’m not fragile”

Loren Ross has a year to pack on some muscle and some weight for what she expects to be the toughest challenge of her young life. The Snohomish 17-year-old this week became the second woman in the country to enlist in the Army with a commitment to joining ground-level units in the infantry, positions that only recently came open to female recruits. ... Ross is a Running Start student enrolled at Everett Community College.
The News Tribune, April 13, 2016

Electric motor makes boating more quiet, cheaper, cleaner

Seattle startup Pure Watercraft’ is working to make boating quieter and less of a hassle by developing a high-powered electric outboard motor that the company has dubbed the “Tesla of boats.” ... Pure Watercraft is not the only fish in the sea of electric motors. German company Torqeedo is the leader, with several motors available. Other startups have been popping up recently around the U.S., driven partly by Tesla’s success, said Michael Beemer, chairman of the Marine Maintenance Technology Department at Skagit Valley College.
The Seattle Times, April 13, 2016

Pierce College receives award for expanding options for commuters

Pierce College was recently honored with a Silver Summit Award during the 18th annual Summit Appreciation Luncheon. The Summit Awards program strives to recognize excellence in leadership, dedication and innovation in employee transportation programs that support ridesharing, transit use, walking and biking to work.
The Suburban Times, April 13, 2016

Bates Technical College launches jail education program

Pierce County Sheriff’s Department and Bates Technical College recently launched a pilot program to bring high school-level courses to inmates at the county’s jail. The 10-week program includes two courses, offered four days each week, open to inmates incarcerated for at least 10 weeks. Financial Beginnings and Therapeutic Writing courses qualify for credit under Bates’ High School 21+ program, aimed at adults who have not yet earned a high school credential.
The Suburban Times, April 12, 2016

New dental education clinic to open in the PacMed building

Health care is coming back stronger than ever to the PacMed building on Beacon Hill. Seattle Central College, Delta Dental of Washington, Neighborcare Health and Seattle Vocational Institute have forged a partnership to open what they're calling the Dental Education Clinic on the fourth floor of the landmark Art Deco building in June.
Puget Sound Business Journal, April 12, 2016

CPTC: An innovative partnership

A spirit of innovation is the result of a partnership between Clover Park Technical College (CPTC) and the Northwestern Joint Regional Correctional Facility (NWJRCF) on Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington state. The technical college located in Lakewood is in its second five-year contract with the medium-security military correctional facility, providing vocational training to prisoners.
The Suburban Times, April 12, 2016

Discussions air issues, build toward city Education Summit

[Seattle Mayor Ed Murray] has said the [education] summit, scheduled for April 30 at Garfield Community Center, will focus on education-achievement disparities among Seattle schools’ students. The goal is to come up with solutions for how the city can help ensure that all students succeed. ... The summit co-chairs are Ron Sims, former deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development; Alaska Airlines President and CEO Brad Tilden; Seattle Central College interim President Sheila Edwards Large; and Eckstein Middle School teacher Kristen Bailey-Fogarty.
The Seattle Times, April 12, 2016

Trends | Horizons | Education

Telling a friend

Just over half of Pennsylvania State University students who experience stalking, dating violence or sexual assault ever tell someone about the incident, according to a new survey of the university’s students, and only a tiny fraction of those students report the assaults to police or campus officials. Victims of such crimes are far likelier to tell friends, romantic partners and family members about the experience, the survey found.
Inside Higher Ed, April 14, 2016

Are colleges too obsessed with smartness?

Alexander W. Astin has something to say — a lot to say, really — about smartness. He knows some people won’t want to hear it, especially if they happen to teach college students for a living. Mr. Astin, a professor emeritus at the University of California at Los Angeles, believes that too many faculty members "have come to value merely being smart more than developing smartness." That line comes from his new book, Are You Smart Enough? How Colleges’ Obsession With Smartness Shortchanges Students.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, April 14, 2016

After 3 anti-Semitic incidents, Western Washington University forms task force

Western Washington University, where profanity-laced threats aimed at the college’s black students rocked the campus late last year, is forming a task force after several incidents officials have determined to be anti-Semitic.
The Seattle Times, April 13, 2016

Stopping stop-outs

Online courses have for years driven enrollment growth at community colleges, but as more students take their chances in the job market, institutions face new challenges to retain them, a new study found.
Inside Higher Ed, April 13, 2016

Change from the top

New study suggests colleges with female presidents are more likely than other institutions to have a greater share of humanities professors who are women.
Inside Higher Ed, April 13, 2016

Ed research roundup

Papers at AERA meeting analyze the adjunct instructor workforce, research output at liberal arts colleges and the impact of financial aid programs aimed at making community college free.
Inside Higher Ed, April 13, 2016

Politics | Local, State, National

Feds may forgive loans of up to 387,000 disabled borrowers

The Obama administration announced Tuesday that it had identified 387,000 federal student loan borrowers who qualify for loan forgiveness on the grounds that they are permanently disabled but who haven’t applied for it.
Inside Higher Ed, April 13, 2016

Clinton weighs In on Kentucky

In late March, Kentucky cut its funding for higher education by 4.5 percent. Now, a Clinton adviser is taking the opportunity to weigh in on state disinvestment.
Inside Higher Ed, April 13, 2016

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