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News Links | May 17, 2016

May 17, 2016 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

Kirkland college to receive $150,000 grant from College Spark

Lake Washington Institute of Technology (LWTech) is receiving $150,000 in grant funding from College Spark Washington (College Spark) through the Community Grants Program.
Kirkland Reporter, May 16, 2016

Clark College close to new bachelor’s degree offering

Clark College has received approval from the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges (SBCTC) to offer a new bachelor of applied science (BAS) degree in applied management. The Vancouver-based community college now seeks approval from the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU), the college’s regional accrediting body, to offer and begin the program in January 2017.
Vancouver Business Journal, May 16, 2016

Advice on how — and whether — to go to college

In a new book on college, author Jeffrey Selingo warns that earning a bachelor's degree no longer guarantees a good job offer, and gives practical advice for enlarging the experience. ... Selingo praised Walla Walla Community College because of the way its degree programs are matched up with jobs that pay well.
The Seattle Times, May 16, 2016

NW Innovation Resource Center provides tips for entrepreneurs

The Northwest Innovation Resource Center paid a visit to Arlington May 11 at the City Council Chambers with a two-part seminar. The seminar started with NWIRC program manager Lara Merriam-Smith giving a presentation with the aim of making "starting business owners successful," and then concluded with Vice President of Corporate and Workforce training at Everett Community College John Bonner, giving a presentation on resources available at EvCC.
Arlington Times, May 15, 2016

New degree programs coming to CBC, WSU Tri-Cities

Higher education in the Tri-Cities is getting a boost as Columbia Basin College and Washington State University Tri-Cities prepare to add several new degree offerings and consolidate programs. CBC’s new bachelor’s in applied sciences degrees in information technology and dental hygiene will be its fifth and sixth four-year degrees. The State Board for Community & Technical Colleges recently approved the new programs and the college is now waiting for accreditors to sign off on the related programs.
Tri-City Herald, May 14, 2016

Therapy dogs take the bite out of finals at Centralia College

Studies have shown that dogs can help lower your blood pressure and improve the amount of exercise you get daily and increase your life span. Peggy Goldberg, Counselor at Centralia College, has been aware of this for many years, participating in a therapy dog program at Providence’s Animal Assisted Activities & Therapy program in Olympia. More recently she has been instrumental in bringing dogs to campus during finals study sessions to help ease student’s stress.
Lewis Talk, May 13, 2016

Photos: College’s STEM building almost finished

Skanska USA Building is putting the finishing touches on a new STEM building at Clark College in Vancouver, Wash. Ground was broken on the $39 million project in August 2014, and work is slated for completion next month.
Daily Journal of Commerce Oregon, May 13, 2016

Editorial: Focused scholarships a smart investment

Washington State Opportunity Scholarship was launched in 2011 to address the skills mismatch between the state’s current workforce and job openings in the booming fields of technology, health care and engineering. ... Karla La Torre Alvarez, whose family moved to the United States from Peru, is an example of student who is being given an opportunity she might not have otherwise had. She is a Spokane Falls Community College student who is transferring to Gonzaga University to major in civil engineering. She says that without the scholarship Gonzaga might have been out of reach.
The Spokesman-Review, May 12, 2016

Centralia College theater leader says goodbye with a tribute to community

It’s hard to talk about “Once on This Island,” which opens tonight at Centralia College’s Corbet Theater, without talking about Brian Tyrrell. It is his 95th and last show at the helm of Centralia College theater. But perhaps more importantly, the Polynesian-style musical seems a mirror to Tyrrell’s 25-year career at Centralia College in that it is about storytelling, family and community.
Centralia Chronicle, May 12, 2016

Centralia Station moving forward

In 2012, the Port of Centralia announced Centralia Station, a proposed development to be located off the new Mellen Street interchange. Now, almost four years later, the Port is completing final property acquisitions and preparing to move forward with construction, which will take place over the next two years. ... In partnership with Centralia College, the project will include educational facilities and sports fields, paving the way for the college’s newly formed women’s soccer program.
Lewis Talk, May 10, 2016

Trends | Horizons | Education

Playbook for transfer

Community college experts team up to develop a guide to help colleges and universities build success transfer pathways and increase bachelor's completion.
Inside Higher Ed, May 17, 2016

Paying to work

Traditionally, the unpaid internship debate starts with the question: Should students work for free? Many say no, unless they get something in return — like course credit. As a result, unpaid internships that came with course credit took off. And now the question at the heart of the debate is different, and perhaps more startling: Should students pay to intern?
Inside Higher Ed, May 17, 2016

Diversity in academe: Who sets a college's diversity agenda?

True diversity remains a struggle for many colleges. This special report looks at who actually sets a college’s diversity agenda, and what makes that agenda flourish or flop. These questions have taken on a special urgency as race-related protests have erupted on many campuses and as the nation’s population grows more diverse.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, May 15, 2016

Leave it in the bag

Study by faculty members at West Point finds students perform better academically when laptops and tablets are banned from the classroom.
Inside Higher Ed, May 13, 2016

Politics | Local, State, National

Trump's emerging higher ed platform

Campaign co-chair describes ideas being prepared for fall campaign. Among them: getting government out of student lending, requiring colleges to share in risk of loans, discouraging borrowing by liberal arts majors and moving OCR to Justice Department.
Inside Higher Ed, May 13, 2016

Here's exactly what the administration is saying about transgender students

On Friday morning, the Obama administration issued a "Dear Colleagues" letter to the nation's school districts spelling out what they can do to safeguard the civil rights of students at K-12 schools and colleges, based on their gender identity. The administration argues that Title IX, which outlaws sex discrimination for any school receiving federal funding, covers gender identity.
KPLU, May 13, 2016

U.S. directs public schools to allow transgender access to restrooms

The Obama administration is planning to issue a sweeping directive telling every public school district in the country to allow transgender students to use the bathrooms that match their gender identity. A letter to school districts will go out Friday, adding to a highly charged debate over transgender rights in the middle of the administration’s legal fight with North Carolina over the issue. The declaration — signed by Justice and Education department officials — will describe what schools should do to ensure that none of their students are discriminated against.
The New York Times, May 12, 2016

Lawmakers take next steps toward education funding reform

Lawmakers met Wednesday to talk about the next steps toward answering the Washington Supreme Court's McCleary decision on education funding. A bi-partisan committee met to finalize a report to the Supreme Court about the Legislature's progress this year. Lawmakers from both parties said they could always do more but feel like the Legislature is making progress toward meeting the court's 2018 deadline to fully fund basic education and end the state's overreliance on local school levies.
The Bellingham Herald, May 11, 2016

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