News Links | June 9, 2016
System News | Opinion
Gene Stensager and Lou Messmer have both been instrumental in the development of Grays Harbor College. Although their fields of study differed — Stensager in music and Messmer in life
sciences — as pioneering instructors at Grays Harbor College, the pair seemed a natural
fit to share this year’s award as the Polson Museum’s Pioneers of the Year.
The Daily World, June 9, 2016
Community colleges such as Renton Technical College have often been viewed as the black sheep, a poor cousin to a four year program. But
when you start digging into the numbers, they start to look a lot more appealing. “We
have a [job] placement rate of about 85 percent overall, and that’s within the first
nine months,” said RTC President Kevin McCarthy. He heads what the Aspen Institute
has named one of the top 10 community colleges in the country.
My Northwest, June 8, 2016
For high school students, understanding mental health issues and the importance of
healthy teen relationships can be lifesaving. Students in Olympic College's nursing program have spent the past five months offering that understanding to students
at North Mason High School through a community health project.
Kitsap Sun, June 8, 2016
Four Skagit Valley College culinary arts student chefs recently earned medals at a two-day American Culinary
Federation, or ACF, regional competition in Bellingham. Student competitors traveled
from Montana, Oregon, Idaho and Washington.
Whidbey News-Times, June 8, 2016
At SCJ Alliance, we recognize the intrinsic value of outdoor space to learning environments.
From work on the interactive East Bay Public Plaza, to Saint Martin University’s impressive
courtyard, to studies and designs to improve pedestrian and vehicle flow at area elementary
schools like Centennial, Garfield and Tumwater Hill Elementary, we are full of “school
pride.” One transformative example rests at Tacoma Community College.
South Sound Talk, June 8, 2016
In fall 2016, Grays Harbor College will offer a Commercial Food Prep and Service program, instructed by Keya Erickson.
Keya earned an Associate Degree in Culinary Arts from Walla Walla Community College and has worked in several commercial food settings.
Grays Harbor Talk, June 8, 2016
The force was strong at Clover Park Technical College as students, friends and family enjoyed the newest Star Wars movie “The Force Awakens”
during Outdoor Movie Night, June 4, 2016. The free event was hosted outdoors and allowed
students to bring blankets, chairs, pillows, and anything to make them and their guests
comfortable while watching the new release on a theater-sized inflatable screen.
Suburban Times, June 8, 2016
Seattle Colleges Chancellor Jill Wakefield does not retire until June 30, so it is hard to imagine
all she might accomplish in the next few weeks. Her celebrated leadership has enabled
students, faculty and staff to excel and move ahead at North Seattle College, Seattle Central College, South Seattle College and Seattle Vocational Institute.
The Seattle Times, June 7, 2016
At the back of Tacoma Community College, near the construction of the new Health & Wellness facility, the TCC Community Garden
is blooming. ... And, they also need a little bit of a party to celebrate their hard
work. TCC, the gardeners and Harvest Pierce County (the non-profit that supports community
gardens) recently held a small, informal event near the garden to celebrate how far
all three parties have come over the past year.
The Suburban Times, June 7, 2016
Bates Technical College President Dr. Ron Langrell recently announced the appointment of Josh Clearman as
campus dean of the Advanced Technology Center at Central/Mohler Campus, effective
Monday, June 6. ... A Tacoma resident, Clearman’s most recent post was dean of trades
and technology at Green River College, where he led workforce development, supervised and provided leadership to 65 employees
for two academic divisions and two programs.
South Sound Talk, June 7, 2016
Trends | Horizons | Education
When colleges say they prioritize inclusive environments, what do they mean? A new
survey hopes to cut through the noise.
Inside Higher Ed, June 9, 2016
The knock that liberal-arts graduates can have a tough time landing a first job is
borne out by the data. Yet a new analysis of help-wanted postings for entry-level
jobs suggests that those graduates can improve their job prospects markedly by acquiring
a small level of proficiency in one of eight specific skill sets, such as social media
or data analysis. In most cases, those skills increase salary prospects markedly,
The Chronicle of Higher Education, June 9, 2016
Not all the seniors donning their caps and gowns during this year’s commencement season
will be leaving behind four years of joy and wonder, however. Far from it. For tens
of thousands, the college experience has been marred by crippling stress — enough
so that many campuses have been overwhelmed by demand for mental health services.
Quartz, June 8, 2016
Washington state is No. 2 in nation’s worst rates of chronic school absences, behind only Washington, D.C.
The government is out with discouraging new figures on how many students are habitually
missing school — and an AP analysis finds the problem is particularly acute in Washington,
D.C., where nearly a third of students in the nation’s capital were absent 15 days
or more in a single school year. Washington state and Alaska weren’t that far behind,
with absentee rates hovering around a quarter of students with that level of absences.
The Seattle Times, June 8, 2016
New book explores how academic libraries can shape their services to better serve
higher education — and what librarians should do to make it happen.
Inside Higher Ed, June 8, 2016
Despite collective hand-wringing over their fate, there’s good news for young graduates:
the class of 2015 is doing pretty well. Six months after graduation, 82 percent of
the class was doing something — whether that means working (64 percent) or going back
to school (18 percent), according to a new report from the National Association of
Colleges and Employers.
Inside Higher Ed, June 7, 2016
The majority of local school districts lag behind the state average in the numbers
of graduates enrolling in post-high school education, according to data released by
the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction this week. ... Student enrollment
was not the only data released Thursday — OSPI also showed how many of these students
required some form of remedial work upon entering higher education.
Yakima Herald, June 3, 2016
Politics | Local, State, National
Bill approved by Senate appropriations subcommittee would reinstate full-year grants
for low-income students and provide $2 billion more in funding for the National Institutes
Inside Higher Ed, June 8, 2016