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April 21, 2016 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

Board of trustees chooses new Centralia College president

The top candidate for Centralia College president accepted the job via speaker phone at the board of trustees meeting on Wednesday night. His acceptance was met by a frenzy of applause as the board unanimously approved him to be the new leader of the college. Bob Mohrbacher will begin in his role on July 1. He was one of three finalists for the position. ... Currently, Mohrbacher is the vice president of instruction and student services at Big Bend Community College.
The Centralia Chronicle, April 20, 2016

CBC tech team headed to National Cyber Defense Competition

The Columbia Basin College tech team is headed to the National Collegiate Cyber Defense competition. The team qualified by winning first place in the Pacific Rim Regional competition earlier this month and is one of 10 teams competing in San Antonio, Texas April 21-25.
KVEW TV, April 20, 2016

Prison Pet Partnership expands its reach

In partnership with the late Dr. Leo Bustad, former chair of Washington State University’s veterinary program, Sister Pauline started the program, called Prison Pet Partnership, at the Washington Corrections Center for Women (WCCW) in Gig Harbor. The superintendent of the facility at the time was very receptive to the program, and Sister Quinn further collaborated with Washington State University and Tacoma Community College, along with the Washington State Department of Corrections, to begin the program.
The News Tribune, April 20, 2016

CPTC: Transforming lives through scholarships

Clover Park Technical College scholarship recipients and donors were recognized April 19 at the CPTC Foundation’s 10th Annual Scholarship Banquet at the McGavick Conference Center. In the last year, more than 100 students received Foundation scholarships totaling more than $90,000.
The Suburban Times, April 20, 2016

PC sets aside parking for Purple Heart recipients

Peninsula College is honoring U.S. Military veterans who have received the Purple Heart, by providing reserved parking on the campus.
KONP, April 20, 2016

Margo Hood — Behind the scenes at the Bishop Center

We all know those humble, behind-the-scenes toilers whose contributions are invaluable to whatever they do. They often deflect praise, instead heaping it upon others. Grays Harbor College’s Margo Hood is one of those people.
The Daily World, April 20, 2016

Centralia woman wins Miss Northwest Pageant

For one of the first times in history, two Lewis County residents will compete at the Miss Washington pageant, giving the county more representation and doubling the chances of a local woman taking the title. After she was named the runner-up in the Miss Lewis County pageant, Alexandria Fairall decided to forfeit that title and compete in a sweeper pageant for another shot at a crown. ... Fairall, 18, of Centralia, is a student at Centralia College and A Beka Academy. 
Centralia Chronicle, April 20, 2016

Editorial: Online college a wise choice

Western Governors University, an online nonprofit university that offers bachelor’s, graduate and master’s degrees in education, information technology, business and nursing and health care management, on Saturday celebrated its fifth commencement in Washington since it began operations five years ago. ... WGU Washington is led by Chancellor Jean Floten, who previously led Bellevue College for 22 years and was dean of student services at Edmonds Community College.
Everett Herald, April 20, 2016

Four Port Angeles students place at state SkillsUSA contest in Tacoma

Four students from Port Angeles High School and the North Olympic Peninsula Skills Center placed in a statewide skills competition. Fourteen students from Port Angeles competed at the Washington State Leadership and Skills Leadership Conference from March 31 through April 2 in Tacoma. Leadership contests were held at the Hotel Murano, and a majority of the technical contests were hosted at Bates Technical College.
Peninsula Daily News, April 19, 2016

Grandview School District phasing out alternative high school

Grandview School District is phasing out its alternative high school. Compass High School is no longer accepting new students. ... Compass began as a way to support students at risk of dropping out. ... The district also has a new partnership with Yakima Valley Community College in Grandview. The "Step Up to College" program helps students with a low number of credits earn a diploma.
KIMA TV, April 19, 2016

After caucus chaos, Washington Democrats ask: Where’s our primary?

Not all Washington Democrats thought spending 12 hours in a high school auditorium on a Sunday was the best way for them to take part in democracy. ... Some groups at Jason Lee were still choosing their delegates at midnight, and had to move out into the parking lot after the building closed for the night, said Michael Artime, a political science lecturer at Saint Martin’s University and Tacoma Community College who attended the meeting.
The News Tribune, April 19, 2016

It’s all about attitude

Harriet Walker believes senior citizens can do anything they want if they have something to do. With that in mind, the 73-year-old vocalist founded a theater group for retirees who want try out their acting, singing and dancing skills, or just have fun. ... Diane Prokop of Camas has been involved with the group for two years. The 67-year-old retired drama teacher began her career at Clark College and wants to continue performing as long as possible.
Camas-Washougal Post-Record, April 19, 2016

At BTC café, the food is delicious, the reservations hard to get

Standing in the kitchen of Café Culinaire, Morgan Bachman brushed egg wash onto the edges of a lumpia wrapper, which was filled with hoisin barbecued pork and Alaskan king crab and topped with slivers of bell pepper and Thai basil leaves. Bachman was busy preparing for the Friday, April 15, opening of the café, which is run by the second-year students in Bellingham Technical College’s culinary program.
The Bellingham Herald, April 16, 2016

Transitioning made easier

Transitioning from military service to a civilian career field just got a whole lot easier with a brand-spanking new initiative called VIE-25. "The program is an opportunity for readiness in securing very good employment," said Jennifer Weinmann, a worker-retraining advisor at Clover Park Technical College (CPTC). "The majority of servicemembers transitioning now are using this program." The VIE stands for Veterans Industry Education; the 25 refers to community and technical colleges within 25 miles of Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM). ... CPTC joins Pierce College, Bates Technical College, Green River College, Highline College, South Puget Sound Community College, and Tacoma Community College as partners in the program.
Northwest Military, April 15, 2016

Partnerships payoff

South Seattle College's partnership with employers has created a niche program to match the right workers with the right training for high-demand diesel mechanic careers.
Association of Washington Business, Spring 2016

Teaching cybersecurity

Bellingham is a West Coast hub of cybersecurity training, thanks to CyberWatch West and the computer information systems program headquartered at Whatcom Community College.
Association of Washington Business, Spring 2016

Trends | Horizons | Education

Transgender students, bathroom access and suicide

A new North Carolina law bars public institutions, including public colleges and universities, from letting transgender people use bathrooms that don't reflect their assigned gender at birth. A new study by a Georgia State University professor suggests that such policies are linked to suicide attempts by transgender students.
Inside Higher Ed, April 21, 2016

Public good, private money

Businesses, nonprofits and communities are turning to private dollars for help in establishing free community college programs.
Inside Higher Ed, April 21, 2016

The average 29-year-old

Forget media archetypes of older Millennials as college-educated singles living in cities. The typical 29-year-old is living with a partner in the suburbs — without a bachelor’s degree.
The Atlantic, April 20, 2016

Study: Wealthy students still much more likely to earn bachelor's degree

While diversity in American higher education has improved substantially in recent decades, wealthier students still earn the bulk of the bachelor's degrees awarded in this country, according to new data from the Pell Institute for the Study of Opportunity in Higher Education and the University of Pennsylvania Alliance for Higher Education and Democracy.
Inside Higher Ed, April 20, 2016

Love letter to blended learning

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology tasked with examining the future of online education have returned with a simple recommendation for colleges and universities: focus on people and process, not technology.
Inside Higher Ed, April 20, 2016

When 16-year-olds go to college

In January, Ian Bickford became provost of Bard College at Simon's Rock, a small four-year institution in Massachusetts that welcomes as freshmen students who have had enough of high school, for one reason or another, and choose to enroll in college directly after 10th or 11th grade. Mr. Bickford is a graduate of Simon's Rock and later served on its faculty. He talks about what is involved in creating a supportive environment at an early college.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, April 20, 2016

Deferring a year

A few dozen members of the coalition of leading colleges that plans to reform college admissions with a new application system this summer don't plan to use it for the next year.
Inside Higher Ed, April 20, 2016

Seattle School Board to consider agreement with UW special-education program

An agreement between Seattle Public Schools and the University of Washington's Experimental Education Unit (EEU), if approved, would keep the EEU's kindergarten program running and expand its services.
The Seattle Times, April 20, 2016

Gallup, USA Funds start higher ed research effort

Gallup, with significant funding from USA Funds, will survey Americans on their higher education experiences and perspectives, with the goal of gleaning information that can increase college success, the two organizations announced Tuesday.
Inside Higher Ed, April 20, 2016

Schools don’t talk clearly to us, immigrant parents say

A new parents group representing immigrant families wants local school boards to make language services and bilingual education a priority so that they can be fully involved in their kids’ education.
The Seattle Times, April 19, 2016

Opinion: Help wanted: the coming shortfall in some occupations

Want to work on a railroad or a hospital? Then you might find employers happy to see you. Certain jobs are likely to grow in demand in coming years.
The Seattle Times, April 19, 2016

Politics | Local, State, National

Administration grades itself "incomplete" on higher ed

The president’s No. 1 on higher education gave the Obama administration an “incomplete” on the subject of college access, completion and equity. Undersecretary of the Department of Education Ted Mitchell said that while his team has made some significant progress, their efforts “probably won’t be understood for several years.”
US News & World Report, April 20, 2016

Can the next president actually save public universities?

The crisis of college affordability may not be solvable by the federal government: It has had much less control over tuition than state policies.
The Atlantic, April 19, 2016

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