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News Links | May 12, 2016

May 12, 2016 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

Skagit Valley College moving Life Transitions program onto main campus

The old building secluded on the east side of the Skagit Valley College campus may not look like much, but what happens inside can make a huge difference in the lives of students.
Skagit Valley Herald, May 12, 2016

At Café Culinaire, sage gnocchi and cinnamon churros outstanding

Name: Café Culinaire. Location: The Campus Center building at Bellingham Technical College. Quick bite: Weeks out from a leisurely and elegant lunch at Café Culinaire, I’m still savoring the memory of the pillowy gnocchi that came with the duck entree at this small eatery, which is essentially a lab for the college’s graduating culinary students.
The Bellingham Herald, May 11, 2016

Retired Whatcom Community College math faculty receives lifetime achievement award

A retired Whatcom Community College (WCC) mathematics faculty member has received top honors from the Washington Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges. Doug Mooers, who retired from WCC in 2015 after nearly 30 years at the College, was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the association’s spring conference.
Whatcom Talk, May 11, 2016

Green River College identifies 11 programs up for possible elimination

Green River College administrators have identified 11 programs that could be eliminated in an effort to close an up to $4.5 million budget deficit. The programs facing possible cuts are business technology evening courses at the Kent Station campus, fingerprinting certification, design drafting, drama, Montessori track of early childhood education, parent education, German, French, geography, occupation therapy assistant and study skills.
Kent Reporter, May 12, 2016

GHC partners with CCAP to help senior citizens

Grays Harbor College and the Coastal Community Action Program have entered into a unique partnership to benefit students and their communities in both Grays Harbor and Pacific counties. In Fall 2016, GHC will begin offering a new Commercial Food Prep and Service program.
KXRO, May 11, 2016

Feds provide $1.5 million to aid minority businesses

Minority businesses in Tacoma could receive a leg up from a $1.5 million U.S. Department of Commerce grant. With the money, allocated over five years, Tacoma will open a Minority Business Development Agency Business Center. The city of Tacoma partnered with Tacoma Community Redevelopment Authority, Bates Technical College and World Trade Center Tacoma. The money will be used to help minority-owned businesses receive technical assistance and business development services.
The News Tribune, May 10, 2016

Hawks used to scare away unwanted birds

Playing tennis on courts covered with bird droppings is no fun. That’s where Lummi and Roslyn, a couple of skilled Harris’s hawks, come into play. The two hawks, along with owner Sue Hanneman, have been busy the past couple of weeks scaring away unwanted starlings from the covered courts at Skagit Valley College.
Skagit Valley Herald, May 10, 2016

CubanoCubano becomes first Cuban food truck in Whatcom County

CubanoCubano, a Whatcom County food truck featuring an array of Cuban sandwiches, bowls and side dishes, makes its debut on Thursday, May 12. ... [Sean] Beanblossom, a Lynden native, returned to Whatcom County after serving as executive chef for the launch of Brannon’s Brewery in Portland, Oregon. He earned a culinary arts degree from Edmonds Community College.
Whatcom Talk, May 10, 2016

Laid-off mill workers shift gears through worker retraining at OC

Last fall, [Curtis] Wuestner, along with his father, became part of a small group of former mill employees who are getting trained for new careers at Olympic College's Shelton campus, thanks to the state-funded worker retraining program. ... Wuestner previously took classes toward an accounting degree at Centralia College while playing baseball. He plans to finish out an associate's degree at OC, then transfer to a four-year program so he can get a job in forensic auditing for law enforcement.
Kitsap Peninsula Business Journal, May 9, 2016

Community college educates prisoners for life after lockup

Seven years ago Miles Johnsson was serving a 10 year prison sentence at the Washington State Penitentiary for car theft and assaulting and officer. He noticed some fliers in the prison that mentioned Walla Walla Community College’s prison education program. It was about this time that he decided “stealing cars is not a profession.”
PRI, May 9, 2016

Trends | Horizons | Education

Americans say world thinks well of U.S. higher ed

Asked whether American institutions are seen as very positive by those around the world, Americans believe — by far — that higher education is the most respected institution, according to a new poll by Gallup.
Inside Higher Ed, May 11, 2016

Dropbox launches education offering

The file-hosting service Dropbox is launching a new deployment option specifically for colleges and universities.
Inside Higher Ed, May 11, 2016

Deeper learning: More crucial than ever, and yet too rare

Advocates of “deeper learning” say deeper learning has become even more important in a changing economy that demands critical thinking. But only about a fifth of high school classrooms are learning deeply, according to one national study.
The Seattle Times, May 11, 2016

It’s a tough job market for the young without college degrees

Only 10 percent of 17- to 24-year-olds have a college or advanced degree, according to a new study by the Economic Policy Institute, although many more of them will eventually graduate. And for young high school graduates, the unemployment rate is disturbingly high: 17.8 percent. Add in those who are underemployed, either because they would like a full-time job but can only find part-time work, or they are so discouraged that they’ve given up actively searching, and the share jumps to more than 33 percent.
The New York Times, May 10, 2016

Scholarship for undocumented students ‘locked out’ of college in home states

A privately funded scholarship program announced Tuesday that it will help 500 immigrant students who face significant obstacles to public higher education in their home states attend public universities in Delaware and Connecticut.
Washington Post, May 10, 2016

Politics | Local, State, National

Researchers attacked — and they answer back

Republican senator renews debate over federal support for studies whose significance is not immediately apparent.
Inside Higher Ed, May 12, 2016

Interest rates on federal loans will hit record low

The interest rates on federal student loans will fall by about half a percentage point in the 2016-17 academic year, to the lowest point in history, based on the results of the Treasury Department's auction on 10-year notes.
Inside Higher Ed, May 12, 2016

Lawmaker with the idea higher ed leaders hate

U.S. Representative Tom Reed discusses his legislation requiring colleges with wealthiest endowments to spend more on student aid — or face penalties.
Inside Higher Ed, May 12, 2016

Federal government urges colleges to limit inquiries about criminal records

Colleges should limit their use of questions about criminal records in the admissions process because the inquiries may unfairly deter many disadvantaged students from pursuing higher education, the federal government said in a new report.
Washington Post, May 9, 2016

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