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News Links | May 24, 2016

May 24, 2016 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

Skagit Valley College president honored as distinguished WWU alumni

Skagit Valley College President Tom Keegan was honored earlier this month with a distinguished alumni award from Western Washington University. ... Keegan, who graduated from the university’s Woodring College of Education in 1984 with a master’s degree in adult education and student personnel administration, was honored as Woodring college’s distinguished alumni this year at the university’s annual Back2Bellingham event.
Skagit Valley Herald, May 24, 2016

Choosing a technical school over college can save you thousands

President Amy Goings of Lake Washington Institute of Technology's Kirkland campus explains how a technical school can save students a lot of money.
KING 5, May 23, 2016

Green River College faculty on strike over proposed program cuts

Faculty at Green River College walked off the job Monday, striking to protest a proposal by the college to eliminate 11 programs and courses to save money. They have said the strike will last three days. Five tenured faculty and one tenure-track faculty member at the Auburn community college could lose their jobs under the proposed cutbacks, as well as an unknown number of adjunct instructors.
The Seattle Times, May 23, 2016

Clark College awaits further approval of second baccalaureate program

Clark College is seeking approval to add a second baccalaureate program next year. Clark’s proposed Bachelor of Applied Science degree in applied management has been approved by the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges. Next, the college is waiting for approval from the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, the college’s regional accrediting body.
The Columbian, May 23, 2016

Bridging the gap: CPTC hosts Japanese medical lab students

Japanese students, standing in front of a tie-dyed backdrop, donned colorful vests and hippie-style glasses to end their study tour with some American culture and good ol’ “selfies,” May 20 at Clover Park Technical College.
The Suburban Times, May 22, 2016

Bellevue College students criticize campus response to hate speech

Bellevue College administrators apologized Sunday for not informing students in a timely manner of a series of hate speech incidents on campus that have happened since January. Earlier notifications were sent by the President through email, but according to the school, accidentally left out the students.  The entire community was later informed, but the situation has angered many students.
KING 5, May 22, 2016

Opinion: Jobs and education on agenda in Olympia

By Luanne Van Werven, Washington state Representative for the 42nd Legislative District, Position 1. Serving on the House Higher Education Committee has ignited a passion in me to make post-high school education more affordable. I could not come from a better legislative district to get the full spectrum of our higher education system! Whatcom is home to Western Washington University, Whatcom Community College, Bellingham Technical College, the Northwest Indian College as well as several private colleges.
The Bellingham Herald, May 22, 2016

Bellingham Technical College wins OK for first B.A. degree

Bellingham Technical College received state approval to offer its first bachelor’s degree. The college anticipates offering its new bachelor of applied science in operations management starting in fall 2016.
The Bellingham Herald, May 21, 2016

Dental education center opens in June to provide care to low-income, uninsured patients

Through its first-of-its-kind model, the Dental Education Clinic will be operated by Neighborcare Health from inside Seattle Central College’s Health Education Center and primarily focused on serving low-income residents with little to no insurance. Dental hygiene program students from Seattle Central and dental assisting students from the Seattle Vocational Institute will receive hands-on training. Up to 60 students from each program will be trained each quarter.
Capitol Hill Times, May 21, 2016

Green River College business students develop, launch businesses

Students in Green River College's marketing and entrepreneurship bachelor's degree program are gaining real-world experience. For the last two quarters, 18 students in the Venture Launch capstone class have worked in groups to develop and start five businesses — a weightlifting apparel line, a resume review service, a retractable brow towel for kitchen workers, a consulting company for makeup artists and a Yelp-like app for dog owners.
Maple Valley Reporter, May 20, 2016

How Washington community colleges are helping more students transfer

Washington earns high marks for the ways it helps students transfer from community college to a four-year school. ... The Aspen Institute’s report of high-performing institutions singled out Everett Community College, University of Washington and Western Washington University for making transfers easier. ... Washington students who transfer with an associate’s degree do better than the national average. According to the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges, 82 percent of Washington community college students who transfer with an associate’s degree have earned a bachelor’s degree after six years.
The Seattle Times, May 20, 2016

High levels of lead, iron found in water in SFCC building

Very high concentrations of lead and iron have been found in the water supply of a building on the Spokane Falls Community College campus, prompting officials to shut off the water and offer lead testing to employees.
Spokesman-Review, May 20, 2016

LCC class aims to improve communication skills by working with horses

Three quarter horses danced around a ring, nipping each other in the butt, chasing and kicking one another, and loudly munching grass and the leaves of a nearby willow tree. Though they didn’t know it, they were teachers for the day, and the lesson had already begun. Alongside the arena, a line of six women watched the equines carefully. They were students from a Lower Columbia College continuing education class called “How to Talk Horse.”
Longview Daily News, May 20, 2016

Wake-up call

A young person was crossing the street and texting on her phone. An impaired driver swerved to miss the pedestrian, but was too late — he struck and killed her with his car. In the process of swerving, the drunk driver also struck an oncoming car, leading to two more fatalities. It wasn’t a real situation this time, but as emergency responders processed the mock DUI crash scene and provided emergency medical care Thursday on Big Bend Community College’s campus, it sure felt real.
Columbia Basin Herald, May 20, 2016

Opinion: State still short-changes community-technical college funding

By Marty Brown, executive director of the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges, and Timothy Stokes, president of South Puget Sound Community College. The Legislature struggles to meet the state Supreme Court’s mandate to fully fund education from kindergarten through 12th grade, and that is a critical situation for the entire state. The education conversation, though, extends deeper than K-12. ... All of these students — nearly 386,000 of them each year — turn to our state’s 34 community and technical colleges.
The Olympian, May 19, 2016

YVC, again: Yakima's college dropping 'Community'

An oldie will be a goodie again for Yakima Valley Community College, which will go by a new name beginning next month. The college’s board of trustees earlier this month voted to revert to a former name, Yakima Valley College, after an all-campus survey revealed overwhelming support for dropping the word “community.” The news was made official by college officials Thursday.
Yakima Herald, May 19, 2016

College grads celebrate success

With quotes such as: “Success can be your worst enemy because it leads to arrogance,” and “Sometimes failure can be your best friend,” Col. Daniel S. Morgan, Joint Base Lewis-McChord commander and keynote speaker, challenged 470 graduates to greatness through servant leadership at the 29th annual JBLM College Graduation at Clover Park Technical College May 13.
Northwest Guardian, May 19, 2016

2016 Student of Distinction: Sydney Bertholf

Sydney Bertholf has explored a variety of interests while in high school. In addition to maintaining excellent grades, she’s been playing basketball, volunteering for various organizations as well as managing her own nonprofit. ... For the past two years, Bertholf has been participating in the Running Start program. She’s attending Tacoma Community College, where she’s maintained a 3.5 GPA.
The News Tribune, May 19, 2016

OC invites high school students of ethnic descent to tour campus

Olympic College hosted a Men of Color Summit at their Bremerton campus Thursday, April 20. The summit invited high school juniors and seniors from all over Kitsap and Mason counties of ethnic descent to visit the college “for a day of inspiration and exposure.”
Bremerton Patriot, May 19, 2016

Three architectural firms take home AIA awards

The Spokane chapter of the American Institute of Architecture has presented Spokane-based Integrus Architecture PS with an honor award — the chapter’s most prestigious — for its design work on the Wenatchee Valley College Music & Arts Center as part of the 2016 AIA Spokane Design Awards.
Spokane Journal of Business, May 19, 2016

Opinion: Community colleges feeling the budget pinch

By Dr. Eileen Ely, president of Green River College. There have been several inquiries from students and community members about the budget tensions at Green River College. First and foremost, no decisions have been made to cancel or reduce any programs at the college. Green River College, like many of the other community and technical colleges in Washington, is facing budget challenges. ... Our fellow community and technical colleges throughout Washington are facing similar struggles. It was recently announced that the Community Colleges of Spokane are facing cutbacks in the wake of an $8 million deficit. Similarly, Clark College has cut $2.2 million in instruction this year.
Auburn Reporter, May 18, 2016

College in prison

Washington temporarily changes the law to allow tax dollars to pay for college level academics inside correctional facilities. Why some believe it's the way to keep people from going back behind bars, and others say it's unfair to taxpayers and victims.
TVW, May 18, 2016

Trends | Horizons | Education

Enrollments slide, particularly for older students

This spring 18.3 million students enrolled in college, according to the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center, a decline of 1.3 percent compared to last spring. The biggest dips were at four-year institutions in the for-profit sector (down 9.3 percent) and at community colleges (2.8 percent).
Inside Higher Ed, May 24, 2016

An issue beyond Carolina

Colleges around the country are adding facilities and adopting policies designed to help transgender students.
Inside Higher Ed, May 24, 2016

Liberal educators looking inward

Scholars consider how to revive the liberal arts and consider the importance of math and science, impact of hyperspecialization, economic inequality, public attitudes, admissions strategies and more.
Inside Higher Ed, May 23, 2016

Saving the liberal arts

Scholars at conference on whether liberal arts need saving focus on evolving threats, including diminishing attention spans, mounting consumerism and a desire by administrators to quantify everything.
Inside Higher Ed, May 20, 2016

Politics | Local, State, National

Everyone’s waiting for Trump’s higher-education platform. In the meantime, here are some clues.

What might a Donald J. Trump presidency mean for higher education? Now that the Republican field has narrowed to a single candidate, it’s inevitable that higher-ed policy watchers are wondering. But it’s not an easy question to answer. Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, the remaining Democrats, have each unveiled comprehensive higher-education plans. Not so Mr. Trump.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, May 24, 2016

Tenn. launches $2.4m college advising program

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam announced last week the launch of a $2.4 million advising program that will add college counselors to 30 public high schools this fall, reported The Tennessean.
Inside Higher Ed, May 24, 2016

Overtime impact at 2-year colleges

Employees at community colleges may be the most affected by the Obama administration's new rules for overtime pay, especially as the sector continues to see dwindling resources from their states.
Inside Higher Ed, May 23, 2016

Editorial: Election time, so get serious on education funding

The state Supreme Court should up the ante on sanctions to get lawmakers’ attention on the unfinished work complying with the McCleary ruling.
The Seattle Times, May 21, 2016

GAO on barriers to college for homeless and foster youth students

The U.S. Department of Education and college financial aid offices need to remove barriers and give more guidance to homeless and foster youth to help them attend and succeed in college, says a new report by the U.S. Government Accountability Office. This group of college students often struggles to pursue college, the GAO said, citing data showing they tend to have lower completion rates.
Inside Higher Ed, May 20, 2016

What Obama’s overtime rule could mean for colleges

This week the Obama administration released a final rule that will extend overtime pay to millions more American workers, including hundreds of thousands of lower-level salaried employees on college campuses. ... That means the rule will be expensive for colleges, many of which already struggle with high labor costs. And that’s where the downside comes in: Already college groups are warning of consequences when the rule kicks in, at the start of December.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, May 20, 2016

State asks state Supreme Court to end education sanctions

Attorneys from the office of Attorney General Bob Ferguson says the state is on track to fulfill its constitutional requirement to properly fund education and in a court filing Wednesday asked the state Supreme Court to drop a contempt order and lift daily sanctions imposed last year.
The Bellingham Herald, May 18, 2016

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