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News Links | April 26, 2016

April 26, 2016 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

A lucrative new computer degree program is coming to Renton Tech

It’s no secret that computer science programs are bursting at the seams at colleges and universities statewide. So here’s a timely announcement: Renton Technical College has gotten federal money to begin developing a new degree in computer network architecture.
The Seattle Times, April 26, 2016

EvCC to add offerings in Arlington

Modern technology training programs are coming to north Snohomish County. In June, Everett Community College will launch new programs in Arlington to prepare students and workers for jobs in aerospace and manufacturing industries. Inspired by EvCC's successful Advanced Manufacturing and Training Center, known as AMTEC, Arlington community leaders are planning for similar successes here.
Everett Herald Business Journal, April 25, 2016

Wayne Withrow named trustee to Clover Park Technical College

Wayne Withrow was appointed by Gov. Jay Inslee as trustee at Clover Park Technical College Feb. 24. Withrow serves in the position previously held by Dr. Robert Lenigan, who served 10 years as a trustee and labor representative for the college.
The Suburban Times, April 25, 2016

Opinion: State is failing community, technical colleges

By Marty Brown, executive director of the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges, and Amy Morrison Goings, president of Lake Washington Institute of Technology. For 386,000 Washington state students, the place to become career ready is at our community and technical colleges. Yet the Legislature has failed to adequately fund them.
The Seattle Times, April 24, 2016

Researchers observe previously unknown state of water molecule

Severe confinement of water by artificial means results in a completely different state that does not match with either of the well known fundamental physical states, namely solid, liquid, gases or plasma. ... Researcher Narayani Chowdhury from the Lake Washington Institute of Technology has shown that the tunneling behavior is connected by means of action to the vibrational dynamics of the confined beryl structure.
Crazy Engineers, April 23, 2016

Demand for computer science forces Washington colleges to ramp up

Colleges and universities around the state are finding it hard to keep up with a fast-growing appetite for computer-science courses. ... And now students at Bellevue College may be able to major in computer science as well: The school this year won approval from the state Legislature to offer a bachelor of science in the subject starting this fall. ...  Even though the school received an extra $3 million from the state Legislature in 2013, hired five additional faculty and started a cybersecurity program in conjunction with Whatcom Community College, it still can’t keep up with demand.
The Seattle Times, April 23, 2016

Demand for automotive technicians continues to grow

From the old 1930 Ford Model A to the modern computerized cars today, much has changed in the auto industry over the years. But as the number of vehicles in use continues to rise, so is the demand for automotive service technicians. "I know several shops that are looking for technicians, there is a shortage of technicians in this area, and state wide," says automotive instructor Dan Von Holten of Columbia Basin College.
KVEW TV, April 23, 2016

Minkler selected as new GHC president

The Grays Harbor College Board of Trustees selected Dr. James Minkler as the college’s new president Friday. He will succeed current President Ed Brewster who announced last summer that he would retire at the end of June. Most recently, Minkler has been vice president of learning and chief academic officer of Spokane Falls Community College.
The Daily World, April 22, 2016

Green River College staff, students walk out over leadership, budget

Green River College faculty and staff walked out of classes and held a rally at the Auburn campus Friday to protest the way the college is being managed. ... This year, the state’s community colleges will receive less than a one-half percent increase in state funds, and they must find ways to pay for agreed-upon salary increases, said Katie Rose, a spokeswoman for the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges (SBCTC).
The Seattle Times, April 22, 2016

Pioneer Latino winemakers profiled in state Legacy project

Just in time for spring wine tastings in the Yakima and Walla Walla valleys, the Secretary of State’s Legacy Washington program is releasing a new profile featuring groundbreaking Latino winemakers in the two regions. Written by John C. Hughes, retired editor of the Aberdeen Daily World, for the program’s “Who are we?” exhibit, the online piece tells the story of winemakers Amy Alvarez-Wampfler of Walla Walla and Victor Palencia of Richland. They were mentored by the late Stan Clarke, who taught viticulture at Walla Walla Community College and planted its teaching vineyard.
Walla Walla Union-Bulletin, April 22, 2016

NIC narrows president field

The North Idaho College Board of Trustees has selected six finalists for the presidency of NIC and scheduled forums in which the public can meet the candidates. ... Christopher Bailey, J.D., is the president of Lower Columbia College, Wash. Previously, he served as the vice president for human resources and legal affairs at Centralia College, Wash.
CDA Press, April 22, 2016

Students of Color Conference in Yakima tackles racism

“I must comply to the 
FBI / I’m a suspect who is subject to my ethnic ties.” So rapped keynote speaker Amer F. Ahmed, kicking off the 26th annual Students of Color Conference on Thursday by discussing how hip-hop helped him find his voice as the son of Muslim Indian immigrant parents, and why a sense of belonging is so important and so elusive for many nonwhite Americans today. ... Yakima Valley Community College students were there Thursday in matching black T-shirts.
Yakima Herald, April 21, 2016

CBC breaks ground for new Health Science Center

Columbia Basin College broke ground Thursday on its second Health Science Center, expanding with our communities' healthcare needs. The new facility will sit right across the street from the other Health Science Center in Richland.
KEPR TV, April 21, 2016

2016 Student of Distinction: Emily Frier

Emily Frier will be graduating high school with an associate’s degree, having had attended classes at Tacoma Community College through the Running Start program. She has maintained excellent grades despite a very busy schedule that includes choir, performances in musicals, leadership activities and community service.
The News Tribune, April 21, 2016

Trends | Horizons | Education

Beyond male/female

Two national applications will offer applicants the chance to move past the traditional gender binary in classifying themselves.
Inside Higher Ed, April 26, 2016

Goldman Sachs announces $4 million in grants to community colleges

Goldman Sachs, the investment banking firm, on Monday announced that it would distribute $1 million in competitive grants for nine community colleges around the country.
Inside Higher Ed, April 26, 2016

The growing college-degree wealth gap

The nation’s colleges continue to graduate far fewer students who grew up in poor households. With the country’s economic potential possibly hanging in the balance, a new report urges the United States to dedicate more resources and know-how to closing the college-completion gap between wealthier students and those from low-income backgrounds.
The Atlantic, April 25, 2016

All rights reserved

Decision to grant a publisher the right to print the writings of Aaron Swartz — viewed by some as a martyr of the open-access movement — sets off a debate about copyright.
Inside Higher Ed, April 25, 2016

Rebate for completion

Massachusetts officials on Thursday announced a new program to encourage students attending community colleges to finish their programs and move on to four-year institutions.
Inside Higher Ed, April 22, 2016

A final round of advice for final exams

Many colleges are now gearing up for one of the most stressful times of the year. No, not March Madness, but final exams. Over the years, The Chronicle has published reams of advice on how to improve, conduct, and cope with this all-important moment in the academic calendar.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, April 22, 2016

‘Safe Place’ campaign for LGBTQ students expands to Seattle’s public schools

The Seattle Police Department's "Safe Place" program, which is aimed at preventing and responding to hate crimes, will expand to all 98 Seattle schools.
The Seattle Times, April 21, 2016

The ever-tightening job market for Ph.D.s 

The report [NSF report, “The Survey of Earned Doctorates,”] finds that many newly minted Ph.D.s complete school after nearly 10 years of studies with significant debt and without the promise of a job. Yet few people seem to be paying attention to these findings; graduate programs are producing more Ph.D.s than ever before.
The Atlantic, April 21, 2016

Politics | Local, State, National

White House push on free community college

The Obama administration announces a new $100 million competitive grants program to stimulate the expansion of free community college programs and connect college graduates to in-demand jobs.
Inside Higher Ed, April 26, 2016

Monitoring the gatekeepers

Obama administration continues to turn up pressure on accreditors, promising in new letter to measure the agencies against their peers and urging more focus on student achievement and troubled colleges.
Inside Higher Ed, April 25, 2016

Analysis: Sanders college plan most benefits the wealthy

Eliminating tuition and fees at public colleges and universities, as Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders has proposed, would disproportionately benefit wealthier families, according to a new analysis by the Brookings Institute.
Inside Higher Ed, April 22, 2016

Accreditor victory in duel with CFPB

A federal judge on Thursday struck a blow to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s recent foray into college accreditation, ruling that the bureau lacks the authority to investigate how accreditors approve for-profit colleges.
Inside Higher Ed, April 22, 2016

Under scrutiny itself, for-profit accreditor gets tough with ITT Tech

The embattled accrediting organization that is under scrutiny for its approval of many controversial for-profit colleges is now taking action against one of the nation’s largest for-profit college chains. The Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools has ordered ITT Technical Institutes to prove why it shouldn’t lose its accreditation or otherwise be sanctioned, the company told investors on Thursday.
Inside Higher Ed, April 22, 2016

U.S. Senate panel OKs slight funding boost for NSF

The U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee on Thursday advanced a funding bill that would give a slight boost to the National Science Foundation next fiscal year.
Inside Higher Ed, April 22, 2016

Federal watchdog can’t investigate for-profit accreditation, judge rules

A federal judge has ruled that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau doesn’t have the legal authority to investigate the accreditation of for-profit colleges. In a ruling dated Thursday, Judge Richard J. Leon of the U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., denied the federal agency’s request to enforce a civil investigative demand on the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, April 21, 2016

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