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News Links | May 19, 2016

May 19, 2016 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

Student voices: Traditional school didn’t work for me, so I enrolled in an online school

Students need to know about all the options they have for completing high school, says Rahima Ali, a Running Start student who attends Insight School of Washington and Shoreline Community College.
The Seattle Times, May 19, 2016

$4 million gift paves the way for culinary program overhaul at Clark College

Clark College has received a multi-million dollar donation to help transform the school’s culinary program, which has been on hold since 2013. During a celebration for donors on Wednesday evening at Vancouver’s Royal Oaks Country Club, Clark College President Robert Knight announced that the Tod and Maxine McClaskey Family Foundation has gifted $4 million to the program.
Vancouver Business Journal, May 18, 2016

New annual LCC scholarship to honor local residents

Starting this fall, Lower Columbia College students from Southwest Washington and Northwest Oregon should keep an eye out for a new $1,000 endowment scholarship created to honor two local residents.
Longview Daily News, May 18, 2016

Willie Stewart to receive inaugural William P. Mohler Community Impact Award

KBTC Public Television will be presenting the inaugural William P. Mohler Community Impact Award to Willie Stewart for his community work in support of lifelong learning. ... The award is named in William “Bill” P. Mohler’s honor because of his distinguished career in education and his passion for public media. Bill Mohler was the longest-serving president of Bates Technical College where he helped thousands of students get the training they need to find jobs, support families and contribute to the economic vitality of Washington.
The Suburban Times, May 18, 2016

Mexican-American U.S. Poet Laureate visits Yakima

The U.S. Poet Laureate visited Yakima this week. He's the first Mexican-American to hold the title. Juan Felipe Herrera read his poems and answered questions at Yakima Valley Community College. Herrera even wrote a poem about Yakima on his way over to speak. He shared the piece with the audience of over 100 students and spoke about what activist work he still hopes to pursue.
KIMA TV, May 17, 2016

Community assistance pays off for annual AAUW book sale

The scale for Walla Walla Branch of American Association of University Women’s book sale has become so grand it takes a legion to make it happen. Members collected and sorted books donated throughout the year, and 60 students and supervisors from Walla Walla Community College picked up, transported and delivered 1,903 boxes of tomes for the sale.
Walla Walla Union-Bulletin, May 17, 2016

Trends | Horizons | Education

Study links student loan debt and postcollege wealth

Those with student debt — whether they graduated from or dropped out of college — are less likely than their counterparts without debt to accumulate assets in the years after leaving college, according to a new study.
Inside Higher Ed, May 19, 2016

Yes, blame mom and dad

Author of a new book on how family matters for college women's success argues that four-year public institutions are increasingly dependent on active — and wealthy — parents, and that can harm students with less-involved parents.
Inside Higher Ed, May 19, 2016

The power of friendship in education

At The Hechinger Report, which produced this story in partnership with The Atlantic, we’ve written about dozens of attempts to get kids like my former students to and through college: microgrants, college counselors, programs to help students graduate in four years, community-college guaranteed-transfer programs, pushy moms, and investing in individual students like they’re a promising stock option, to name a few. But one of the biggest factors in whether a student graduates from college is almost entirely out of college leaders’ and nonprofit do-gooders’ control: the students’ peer groups.
The Atlantic, May 18, 2016

To buy a house, go to college

A bachelor’s degree is not a requirement for homeownership, but it is starting to look like one. As household incomes are increasingly linked to educational attainment, so is homeownership status. At the same time, spending money on a better education can be, for a while, a barrier to homeownership. This paradox might be the driving factor of the U.S. housing market today, which is still slow to grow even despite a strong recovery.
The Atlantic, May 18, 2016

Link between wealth and disability accommodations

Colleges and universities are required under federal laws to offer accommodations to students who can demonstrate that a learning disability poses difficulties for their academic success. But as a new study notes, students must demonstrate that they have a disability, and this frequently involves paying for testing.
Inside Higher Ed, May 18, 2016

Analysis of 'identity threat' some students face

A new report from the Century Foundation considers the issue of "identity threat" and the way many low-income and minority students with academic talent may feel unwelcome or stereotyped in college.
Inside Higher Ed, May 18, 2016

Snohomish County schools offer top teacher salaries in state

Six of Snohomish County's school districts top the list for offering the highest teacher salaries in the state. Everett School District pays the most, with a top base salary of $97,445 that will rise to $103,000 for the 2017-18 school year under a new contract signed last fall.
The Bellingham Herald, May 16, 2016

Politics | Local, State, National

Clash over a number foils agreement on state budget outlook

State budget forecasters couldn’t get the votes needed to approve Washington’s future budget outlook. The reason? A disagreement over court-ordered K-12 education funding.
The Seattle Times, May 18, 2016

Olympia council responds to local income tax plan with its own

In response to a petition that some say is legally flawed, Olympia is pursuing its own proposal to become the first city in Washington with an income tax. After an intense discussion Tuesday night, the Olympia City Council voted 4-3 to draft an ordinance that would tax all city households — about 20,000 — to create a college fund for local high school graduates. The proposal would go before voters in the November general election.
The Olympian, May 18, 2016

Overtime for some

Obama administration releases final rules to require new payments for many employees. Regulations make clear that higher ed employees considered teachers will continue to be exempt. Postdoc pay could be key issue going forward.
Inside Higher Ed, May 18, 2016

Good citizenship as Barack Obama and Clarence Thomas see it

This spring’s commencement ceremonies would have been more interesting if President Obama, who spoke at Howard University and Rutgers University, would have swapped commitments with Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, who spoke at Hillsdale College, a conservative institution with many evangelical students. But for all the generational, biographical, and ideological differences that separate America’s highest-ranking black officials, for all their deep disagreements about the nature of progress in a democratic society, the speeches that they delivered were most notable for the common themes that they covered, highlighting different strains of conservatism that shape their thinking.
The Atlantic, May 18, 2016

Low-income high schoolers to get grants for college courses

For the first time, thousands of low-income high-school students in nearly two dozen states will soon be able to get federal grants to take college courses for credit, part of a program the Obama administration plans to begin this summer. The experimental program allows high school students to apply for federal Pell grant money to pay for college courses. The "dual enrollment" program is designed to help students from lower-income backgrounds.
Herald-Palladium, May 16, 2016

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