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News Links | June 14, 2016

June 14, 2016 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

Skagit Valley College nursing program benefits from anonymous $180,000 donation

Students in Skagit Valley College’s nursing program have a new tool to help train them for the future. His name is Olaf and despite being made of rubber and mechanical parts, his body can do pretty much anything a human body can. ... Olaf was made possible through an anonymous donor, Wanek said. The $180,000 donation allowed the college to purchase two SimMan 3Gs — one for the college’s Mount Vernon campus and the other for its Whidbey Island campus.
Skagit Valley Herald, June 13, 2016

International students find success at Pierce College

Pierce College has made a name for itself both at home and abroad, and is quickly becoming a destination for international students hoping to complete the first two years of their bachelor’s degree. Over the past six years, 90.8 percent of Pierce College international students successfully transferred to a four-year university, and 36.4 percent were admitted into one of the top 100 universities in the United States.
The Suburban Times, June 10, 2016

CPTC: Students honored under candlelight at fifth annual awards ceremony

Though a tight-knit, modest community, Clover Park Technical College didn’t go small when honoring faculty and staff deemed outstanding during the fifth annual Student Awards Ceremony on Wednesday, June 8.
The Suburban Times, June 10, 2016

CPTC friends old and new unite for retiree luncheon

You know Clover Park Technical College is an excellent place to work when retired faculty and staff – some retired more than 20 years – continue to visit the campus.
The Suburban Times, June 10, 2016

Centralia College names four outstanding students

Centralia College has named its Outstanding Student of the Year Award recipients. The students are chosen for their campus involvement, their high academic achievement and the impact they have on their communities, stated a press release. Each year, the college chooses between one and four students to represent “the best and brightest of the student body.”
Centralia Chronicle, June 9, 2016

18 years in the making: Mother and son to graduate together

Graduation is a special time of year for families. It’s full of endings and new beginnings. For the Harris family in the southern suburbs of Seattle, they have two unique members of the Class of 2016. They’re mother and son. ... And now graduation time is two weeks away and both will get their high school diplomas from Renton Technical College. ... After graduation, Enjoli wants to continue her schooling and study psychology. Elijah is enrolling at Green River College and is interested in computers, specifically network administration and security.
Q13 Fox, June 9, 2016

Celebrating a half-century of service in American Association of University Women

The Lewis County Branch of the American Association of University Women honored Luana Graves on her 50th anniversary with the organization on Thursday, June 2, at the group’s annual potluck at Stillwaters Estates in Centralia. ...  Just as many other members, Graves is well educated, having graduated as valedictorian in 1961 from Napavine High School. She earned a scholarship from the Soroptimist Club to attend Centralia College, then earned a bachelor’s degree in history at Western Washington State College, which is now Western Washington University.
Centralia Chronicle, June 9, 2016

Clark College in ‘enrollment crisis’

Clark College is experiencing a crisis in declining enrollment, President Bob Knight said. Enrollment decreased 9.8 percent from 2014 to 2015. ... Clark’s enrollment surged after the recession took hold of the local economy. That surge lasted a little longer at Clark than the rest of the state’s community college system, said Laura McDowell, director of communications at the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges in Olympia.
The Columbian, June 8, 2016

Centralia College interim president inducted into NWAC Hall of Fame

Centralia College interim president Jim Walton was inducted in the Northwest Athletic Conference Hall of Fame on Thursday in Bellevue. Walton, the college's president for 12 years before retiring in 2014 and coming out of retirement for an interim role earlier this year, served as the Washington Association of Community and Technical Colleges president’s liaison to the NWAC for three years.
Centralia Chronicle, June 3, 2016

Trends | Horizons | Education

Orlando’s colleges offer solace in the wake of tragedy

Colleges in and near Orlando, Fla., have spent the past two days responding to the mass shooting that left 49 people dead and 53 wounded there over the weekend. Presidents released statements of condolence, while their campuses provided counseling services, organized blood drives, and planned memorials.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, June 14, 2016

Student loan lessons from abroad

Americans owe more than $1 trillion in student debt. It’s a number fraught with anxiety, and it is driving concern over how the United States structures federal student loans. Is there a better way? Critics often point to other countries' structures as models for an improved American system. But would those systems work in the U.S., with its deeply entrenched economic policies and unique brand of political and psychological conventions?
Inside Higher Ed, June 14, 2016

Tragedy in Orlando

Colleges in the area try to reassure students. Press reports say two victims were students. Nationwide, attack on gay club prompts vigils, discussion and sadness.
Inside Higher Ed, June 13, 2016

Logging off, dropping out

Hard data on which students are failing to use learning management software can help colleges intervene to boost retention rates.
Inside Higher Ed, June 13, 2016

Dubious data

Ranking colleges based on reported number of rapes, as The Washington Post has done, may attract much publicity, but researchers and advocates say doing so is misguided.
Inside Higher Ed, June 13, 2016

Opinion: I’m not giving students ‘trigger warnings’

The day I’m forced to offer “trigger warnings” before teaching is the day I stop teaching. To insist that I, or any other teacher, warn students that the material in a class might upset them defeats the purpose of education. Colleges and universities must remain institutions that inflame curiosity and, by their very existence, disturb those who enter their gates.
The Seattle Times, June 11, 2016

Bellevue mom creates college crowd-funding site

Just as students are preparing to pay for their first semester of college, a woman from Bellevue has created a website that works to make things a bit easier. She is taking on a new approach to crowd-funding to give students another option to help offset their pricey investment. ... “There are so many kids here ... that don’t get help, and so that’s why I thought why not," said site founder Kate Boswell.
KING 5, June 10, 2016

Politics | Local, State, National

Wiping out debt

Education Department unveils draft regulations for borrowers seeking federal debt forgiveness, which include an end to mandatory arbitration agreements and requirements for some for-profits to be on the hook to pay for debt relief.
Inside Higher Ed, June 14, 2016

White House starts higher ed 'Fair Chance' pledge

The White House on Friday announced a "Fair Chance" higher education pledge, in which colleges make pledges to help those who have been accused or convicted of crimes get a second chance at improving their lives and building their education and careers.
Inside Higher Ed, June 13, 2016

Accreditor, and accreditation, on trial

When a federal panel weighs whether to keep recognizing an overseer of for-profit colleges this month, the feds and the accreditor alike will be judged on the outcome.
Inside Higher Ed, June 13, 2016

U.S. hearing explores impact of overtime rule on colleges

A U.S. House of Representatives panel held a highly partisan hearing Thursday about the impact that the Obama administration's proposed new rules governing overtime pay would have on colleges and other nonprofit organizations.
Inside Higher Ed, June 10, 2016

Increase in Pell and NIH funding advances in Senate

The full Senate Appropriations Committee on Thursday approved legislation that would reinstate year-round Pell Grants for low-income students and provide a $2 billion boost for the National Institutes of Health.
Inside Higher Ed, June 10, 2016

Washington’s school superintendent says it’s time to consider closing public schools

Randy Dorn says it could be time to close Washington state’s K-12 public schools. You wouldn’t expect the state superintendent of public instruction to say that. But he is serious about seeking ways to enforce the state Supreme Court’s 2012 ruling that demands education funding.
The Seattle Times, June 8, 2016

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