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April 19, 2016 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

Veterans getting own soothing garden at Howe Farm

Veterans are within weeks of breaking ground on a victory garden at Howe Farm. Former Olympic College Professor Samantha Powers started the ball rolling more than two years ago. When she became director of student veteran life at the University of Washington, the garden project lead was tossed to Larry Cleman of the Kitsap County Veterans Advisory Board.
Kitsap Sun, April 18, 2016

Four Pierce College alumni recognized during celebration April 14

This year’s Distinguished Alumni celebration honored four former students for the personal and professional achievements they have made since their time at Pierce College. The nominees provide inspirational examples of the impact Pierce College can have on its students as well as the greater community.
The Suburban Times, April 18, 2016

Approaching a century

When Alice Saimons strikes up a tune on the keyboard in her independent-living apartment at Josephine care center, a crowd gathers at the door. ... Approaching 99 unsettles Saimons. ... Quite some years ago, Saimons worked at Josephine as an LPN (licensed practical nurse), which she learned in nurses training at Skagit Valley College. Her nurse cap, yellow with age, sits on a side table in her room.
Stanwood Camano News, April 18, 2016

Opinion: Revisiting OC’s veterans community

In at least one important sense, the term "community college" is a misnomer. Community colleges meet such a diversity of vocational and academic needs and serve such diverse populations of students — most of whom only come and go to attend classes — that they really cannot foster a cohesive sense of belonging on campus. Our very own Olympic College, however, would seem to be offsetting this liability for a distinct group of students near and dear to my heart.
Kitsap Sun, April 17, 2016

Pasco High grad, now an author, returns to inspire students

Winning a writing contest in the fourth grade is what set a Pasco High School graduate on the path to become an author. Jennifer Hotes’ story about a raccoon earned her a trip to Columbia Basin College for a day of workshops with published authors. Being around accomplished writers, she said, gave her the first inkling that she could really be a writer.
Tri-City Herald, April 17, 2016

Pierce College names Melody Williams 2016 Distinguished Alum

Thanks to the support of her parents, Melody Williams could have attended college just about anywhere after she graduated high school. Since she was unsure of her future career path, she knew she wanted to stay close to home in Lakewood. “Pierce College was the obvious choice,” she said. “It was close, convenient and it was the right school for me.”
The Suburban Times, April 17, 2016

Opinion: High court can help keep families together

Implementing Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) was an important first step. It gave some relief to children brought to the United States — also known as Dreamers — by their parents. ... Last year, Juan graduated from high school as an honor student. He now takes classes at Skagit Valley College and regularly volunteers at his church and the local food bank.
Skagit Valley Herald, April 17, 2016

Opinion: Jobs, education important to Whatcom County

While we need to get people back to work, we also need to make sure students are ready to enter the workforce when they graduate. Serving on the House Higher Education Committee has ignited a passion in me to make post-high school education more affordable. I could not come from a better legislative district to get the full spectrum of our higher education system! Whatcom is home to Western Washington University, Whatcom Community College, Bellingham Technical College, the Northwest Indian College as well as several private colleges.
The Bellingham Herald, April 16, 2016

Bates: Student chefs nab top awards at area culinary competitions

Students in Bates Technical College’s Culinary Arts program have been busy racking up awards at two regional competitions. ... With a winning dish of Kalbi beef short ribs topped with wasabi sesame seeds, served with pecan-walnut chocolate ganache tartlets, students Kyle McGaffie, Brendan Drew, Guy Apo, Joe Martinez, Jeanette Harder, Jacob Rowley and Claira Gause beat out the competition, which included culinary programs at Bellingham Technical College, Lake Washington Institute of Technology, Olympic College, and Renton Technical College’s culinary arts, baking/pastry and catering programs.
The Suburban Times, April 16, 2016

Higher education opportunities abound at Thurston County colleges

What do we do after high school? Well, this is certainly a loaded question. There are so many options and so little time. Choosing where to further your education is a huge and stressful decision with life-long implications. And for many, staying close to home has a lot of emotional and financial appeal. Luckily, in Thurston County there are quite a few options for continuing education right here in town. South Puget Sound Community College is another local option that is attractive for students.
Thurston Talk, April 16, 2016

Opinion: Message to would-be community-college teachers: run

By Vincent Barnes, who has taught English as a second language courses at Shoreline Community College since 1988. As a veteran community-college educator, I am often asked to serve as a reference for younger teachers hoping to get one of the few full-time positions that occasionally open in our field. ... Washington state does not seem to be aware of what a treasure it has in its community colleges, but we will only be taken for granted for so long. It’s not only about whether bright young people will see the community college as a viable career option, it’s about whether Washington wants to have an effective and responsive community-college system in the future.
The Seattle Times, April 15, 2016

No diploma? No job? A team of educators, outreach workers and one former NFL player want to help

More than 25,000 young adults in King County are neither employed nor in school. Most do not have a high school diploma. But there are some bright spots on the horizon. ... The bright spot is that Washington now has about 2,000 such youth enrolled in programs like iGrad in Kent, which takes a case-management approach to helping each student complete high school. ... The state’s High School 21+ program, housed at most community colleges, converts relevant life experience into school credits, and guides students toward classes that fill in any holes.
The Seattle Times, April 15, 2016

Construction continues on new student center at Centralia College

March was a busy month for construction workers toiling away on the new TransAlta Commons student center at Centralia College. Once completed, the 70,000-square-foot building will be the new location for admissions, registration, financial aid, the bookstore, cafeteria, high-tech classrooms and a 500-seat dining and meeting space for the use of both school and community members.
Centralia Chronicle, April 15, 2016

South Sound military kids say their resilience comes from caring adults

[Daniela] Suarez and four other students were part of a Military Kids and Families Summit on Friday at Clover Park Technical College. The event, in conjunction with military child month, included information on resources for military families and featured several speakers, including the youth panel.
The Olympian, April 15, 2016

My Edmonds restaurant news: Edmonds CC’s culinary roots run deep

Chef Maria Hines owns Tilth, the Golden Beetle Restaurant and Bar, and Agrodolce. Chef Hines is dedicated to organic, locally sourced food and ingredients, served in her kitchens. All three restaurants are certified organic through Oregon Tilth, one of the toughest and best certifiers in the country. ... On March 5, Maria Hines’ fame and accolades were put to use as Celebrity Chef at this year’s Edmonds Community College Foundation Gala event, Havana Nights.
My Edmonds News, April 14, 2016

Trends | Horizons | Education

LinkedIn launches app for job-hunting students

LinkedIn on Monday launched a new smartphone app for college students close to joining the workforce. The app, LinkedIn Students, pulls information from a student's profile and compares it to other users, suggesting popular career paths, potential employers and blog posts to help students with the job hunt.
Inside Higher Ed, April 19, 2016

A health care strategy for higher ed

Hospitals are experimenting with a new model of care to tackle the demands of an aging population. The same model could help colleges improve student retention rates, experts say.
Inside Higher Ed, April 19, 2016

How a college scholarship leads to better high-school graduation rates

A state scholarship program that promises college financial aid to students in middle school has a powerful effect on the high-school graduation rate.
The Seattle Times, April 19, 2016

'The slow professor'

New book argues that professors should actively resist the "culture of speed" in academe.
Inside Higher Ed, April 19, 2016

Opinion: Higher education needs major disruption

Happily, there exists an alternative to four bankrupting years on campus. There’s almost no learning, be it liberal arts or STEM (science, technology, engineering and math), that can’t be had free — or close to it — online. MOOCs (massive open online courses) are perfectly suited to disrupt the campus model.
The Seattle Times, April 18, 2016

Opinion: Private sector should help more Seattle area youths find jobs

Access to jobs and education keep kids out of trouble, reducing income disparities and preparing impressionable minds for success later in life.
The Seattle Times, April 18, 2016

Los Angeles to offer year of free community college

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti last week said the city would help finance a newly announced program to offer one year of free community college to graduates of the Los Angeles Unified School District.
Inside Higher Ed, April 18, 2016

A college rejects Posse

Grinnell severs ties with a well-respected organization that sends groups of low-income and minority students to elite colleges. Many on campus are unhappy about the move.
Inside Higher Ed, April 18, 2016

Video: Listening to today's students, not pandering

James A. Troha, president of Juniata College, discusses how he draws on his background in student affairs to meet students "where they are" about their college experience, and to improve diversity on the Pennsylvania campus. Building relationships is at the core of presidential fund raising, too, he says.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, April 15, 2016

Study explores textbook purchasing habits

College students are largely dissatisfied with their campus bookstores — particularly with their prices, according to a study commissioned by bookstore service provider Akademos.
Inside Higher Ed, April 15, 2016

Tukwila’s homeless students graduate at much higher rate than statewide average

Tukwila’s Foster High School has made a dramatic turnaround since 2012, with a jump in test scores and graduation rates. The students, of which about 75 percent are immigrants and refugees, have been commended for that improvement. This week, the district announced another accomplishment: The Class of 2015’s four-year graduation rate for students experiencing homelessness was 73 percent, three percentage points higher than the overall district average, and much higher than the state average for homeless students of 52 percent.
The Seattle Times, April 14, 2016

Politics | Local, State, National

Supreme Court declines to hear Google Books case

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday announced it will not hear Authors Guild v. Google, a case on whether Google’s book digitization project violates authors’ rights. The court’s decision leaves in place a decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, which ruled in favor of Google.
Inside Higher Ed, April 19, 2016

Ties that bind?

Hillary Clinton pledges to outdo the Obama administration in cracking down on for-profits. But will her ties to the industry, including the $16.5 million Bill Clinton earned working for Laureate Education, influence her approach?
Inside Higher Ed, April 18, 2016

For-profit colleges seek reprieve on ‘gainful employment’ rule

The main association of for-profit colleges in Washington on Thursday asked Education Secretary John B. King Jr. to delay implementation of the Obama administration’s “gainful employment” rule that is aimed at cracking down on for-profit colleges.
Inside Higher Ed, April 15, 2016

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