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News Links | May 10, 2016

May 10, 2016 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

She's in college, models and plays soccer. And oh yeah, has Down Syndrome

Gail Lee was expecting. She was nervous becoming a mom as it was. Then came the news. "I found out she was going to have Down Syndrome before she was born," says Lee. "And I was floundering, it was a really dark time for me." And Gail isn't alone. That extra chromosome creates extra hurdles, and we've all made our judgments. Which is why I want to introduce you to 19 year-old Devon Adelman. ... "Now I'm playing with Highline College," says Devon. She tells me she is studying Marine Biology and Oceanography. I ask her what she wants to ultimately do.
KOMO, May 9, 2016

‘Honoring Mother Bear’ powwow kicks off at EdCC

Edmonds Community College’s Native American Student Association began its 31st annual powwow, “Honoring Mother Bear,” on Saturday. The powwow brings together students, families and communities to celebrate American Indian singing, drumming, dancing and art.
My Edmonds News, May 7, 2016

First female Caterpillar diesel field mechanic in Alaska

Owner of PowerTech Generation in Juneau, Alaska, Nancy Boyle doesn't back down from a challenge. A woman raised to be confident in her own skills and common sense, Boyle early on determined the way for her to make money and have job security was training in an industry with a high demand for skilled workers. In less than a year and a half, Boyle graduated from the Diesel Technician program at Clark College, Vancouver, Washington with a 3.99 GPA.
Construction Equipment, May 6, 2016

Community colleges: An open approach to budgeting

By Choi Halladay, vice president of administrative services, Pierce College District. Many higher education institutions set their budgets in a hierarchical manner: Faculty provide input to their deans, whose requests eventually make their way up through the organization to the level of president or chancellor. In time, after numerous closed-door sessions, an approved budget appears—almost as if by magic. If economic times are good, the original budget request might remain intact. In tougher times, the final budget might include severe cutbacks, layoffs, or even program closures that catch people by surprise. That's definitely not how the budget process plays out at the Pierce College District in Pierce County, Wash.
Business Officer, April 2016

Trends | Horizons | Education

Common App tweaks, studies crime question

The Common Application last week told members that it was tweaking the question it asks about applicants' criminal backgrounds and also starting a study of the utility of asking the criminal background question.
Inside Higher Ed, May 10, 2016

Civic learning

A growing number of colleges and universities are emphasizing civic engagement in their curriculum — a move institutions say is in response to an erosion of public discourse.
Inside Higher Ed, May 10, 2016

Defending the humanities

Ken Burns, the documentary maker who brought the Civil War, the histories of baseball and jazz, and the biographies of the Roosevelts to film, had a chance Monday night to honor the National Endowment for the Humanities, which supported much of his work. ... Burns used the lecture to defend the humanities from its many attackers, to describe how those who work on issues of race (as he has done in many projects) face particular criticism and to champion the art of the narrative as a tool to advance history and promote a common understanding of society.
Inside Higher Ed, May 10, 2016

More students than ever taking Advanced Placement exams in Wash.

Tens of thousands of students across the state will breathe a sigh of relief in just a few more days. Year-end testing for Advanced Placement courses is in its final week, with approximately 90,000 exams ordered for Washington state. ... Testing started last week. Washington continues to see a steady increase in the number of students enrolling in rigorous AP classes, likely due to increased populations in some districts, and greater access to courses in others.
KOMO TV, May 9, 2016

Washington not alone in hunt for teachers, new report says

In the last five years, the demand for new teachers in Washington’s elementary, middle and high-schools increased by 250 percent. Principals struggle to staff their schools ­– especially in rural and high-poverty areas  ­– and the state is not alone, according to a new report from the National School Boards Association. While research shows that there is little evidence of a nationwide teacher shortage, those averages can hide important differences at the district and state levels, and by specialty (special education teachers, for example, are often in short supply).
The Seattle Times, May 9, 2016

Job growth might be slowing overall — but it's surging for new college grads

The pace of job creation slowed substantially last month, the Labor Department said Friday. Employers added 160,000 employees in April, downshifting from the monthly average of 192,000 workers so far this year. That was a disappointment for many job seekers. But the country does have one group enjoying lots of opportunities: newly minted college graduates. In fact, economists say this might be the best time to be graduating in a decade.
NPR, May 6, 2016

Keeping an open mind

Many scientists take a certain pride in the objective nature of their work. The data are the data, no matter who’s conducting the experiment. But growing body of research suggests that’s not necessarily true, and that personalities can influence the science. A new study builds on that notion, suggesting that one’s “transdisciplinary orientation,” a personal quality predisposing one to engage in cross-disciplinary work, can affect the quality of interdisciplinary research — good or bad.
Inside Higher Ed, May 6, 2016

Politics | Local, State, National

School bullying is serious public-health problem, federal panel says

Long considered nothing more than an unpleasant part of growing up, bullying is now attracting attention as a major public-health problem with long-term effects — on the same scale as youth concussions.
The Seattle Times, May 10, 2016

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