News Links | May 26, 2016
System News | Opinion
Grant County fifth-graders are getting a fun lesson in renewable energy this week
during the annual solar races and energy fair at Big Bend Community College. A solar-powered car kit is provided to students by REC Silicon and Grant PUD. Students
then build their own cars in class before getting the chance hit the track.
iFiberOne News, May 25, 2016
Paper, pencils, and... pilsner. They're all part of the courseload for a first-of-its-kind
college class in Washington state. "[My family] thinks it's pretty cool that I get
to teach beer," said Allen Rhoades, co-owner of Anacortes Brewery, chuckling. "A 'professor
of beer.' My wife just laughs the whole time." Rhoades is one of several instructors
at the Craft Brewing Academy, a four-month program at Skagit Valley College in Burlington. 16 students are currently enrolled in the class, which teaches the
basics of making and marketing craft beer.
KOMO News, May 24, 2016
Officials with Walla Walla Community College have narrowed their search for a new president down to three candidates. ... Luis
Pedraja, a current provost and vice president for academic affairs at Antioch University
in Los Angeles. Derek Brandes, a former dean of career and technical education at
Columbia Basin College and current vice-president for Green River College in Auburn, Wash. Mark Mitsui, a former president of North Seattle College and currently the deputy assistant secretary for community colleges with the U.S.
Department of Education.
Walla Walla Union-Bulletin, May 24, 2016
Grays Harbor College students won top awards in the professional and college division at the annual Bellingham Technical College Welding Rodeo Skills Contest. The two-day event is open every year to any professional
welder as well as college and high school welding students from around the state.
The Daily World, May 24, 2016
Pasco firefighters recently participated in live burn exercises at Grant County International
Airport in Moses Lake. The burn exercises and classroom instruction are part of the
aircraft rescue firefighting program offered at Big Bend Community College for firefighters from Pasco and Lewiston.
Tri-City Herald, May 24, 2016
Trends come and go in higher education, not only in curricula but in the names of
the institutions themselves. In the case of Yakima’s local public college, the name
has come, gone and come back again. The trustees of Yakima Valley Community College, which will revert to Yakima Valley College next month, decided that for among other
reasons, “YVC” better reflects its academic offerings. ... The change also reflects
that many primarily two-year colleges in this state are getting away from the “community”
codicil to their names —Seattle, Highline and Green River among them.
Yakima Herald, May 23, 2016
Trends | Horizons | Education
More community colleges are moving away from relying on placement exams alone to figure
out whether incoming students need remediation, but establishing a substitute system
can be tricky.
Inside Higher Ed, May 26, 2016
David A. Longanecker, set to retire as president of the Western Interstate Commission
for Higher Education, talks about the “radical” changes he’s seen in higher education
over his career – and his plans to drive a truck when he “grows up.”
The Chronicle of Higher Education, May 25, 2016
Yet even though the assessments of “technology and society,” “design and systems,”
and “information and communication technology” were administered via interactive software
on computers, let’s not fall into the trap of believing this is a digital divide issue. I
believe this is yet another illustration of how children of parents with higher educations
and greater financial resources in better-funded schools simply know so much more
than poorer kids.
Longview Daily News, May 22, 2016
Politics | Local, State, National
A scholarship that helps low- and middle-income students go to college is showing
evidence that it's helping students do better after college than their parents have
The Seattle Times, May 26, 2016
By Randy Dorn, state superintendent of public instruction. The Legislature pats itself
on the back for doing little, the Supreme Court levies fines in futility, and the
state’s students suffer; true leaders would get the job done.
The Seattle Times, May 25, 2016
Gov. Jay Inslee should name two new UW regents who will actively push for the increased
state revenues necessary to strengthen state support for UW and the entire state public
higher education system.
The Seattle Times, May 23, 2016