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News Links | June 16, 2016

June 16, 2016 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

Matt Driscoll: Failure no longer the norm for Purdy prison’s class of 2016

This was not your average college graduation. ... The place was Purdy, more officially known as the Washington Corrections Center for Women. And the reason for the visit was a celebration years in the making: the commencement for the first-ever graduating class of the Freedom Education Project. ... For the first two years, the handful of classes, offered to a handful of offenders, were not for credit. That changed in 2014, when a partnership with Tacoma Community College was forged and the educational offerings — which Erzen describes as rigorous and no different than the college courses offered at traditional college campuses — became accredited.
The News Tribune, June 15, 2016

How a former Boeing artist brought Pixar’s ‘Finding Dory’ to the screen

“Animators are actors,” said Pixar’s Michael Stocker, in town to talk about his latest project, the “Finding Nemo” sequel “Finding Dory." ... Though his early career, at Boeing and at the Seattle design consultancy firm Teague, was in illustration and graphic design, Stocker was haunted by a film class he took while a student at Spokane Falls Community College.
The Seattle Times, June 15, 2016

La Conner School District says goodbye to superintendent

Twenty-six years ago, the La Conner School District looked different than it does today. ... The facilities were small and the district was financially unsound, with a negative balance of about $160,000, said Superintendent Tim Bruce. ... Bruce was also recognized last month for his work to make the Northwest Career and Technical Academy a reality in Skagit County. ... Located next to Skagit Valley College, the academy serves students in Skagit and Whatcom counties.
Skagit Valley Herald, June 15, 2016

Big Bend’s big day

Sometimes things get compared to a perfect storm. Melinda Dourte called her graduation from Big Bend Community College “perfect sunshine.” Dourte works in the BBCC administration office and kept working while going to school. She was encouraged by BBCC president Terry Leas, who told her she would be an example for other BBCC students.
Columbia Basin Herald, June 14, 2016

38 community colleges launch entire degree programs with open educational resources

Today national community college reform network Achieving the Dream announced an initiative to remove some of the financial burdens that traditional educational resources place on students. Over the next three years, 38 community colleges in 13 states will build entire degree programs around open educational resources (OER). ... “We’re not being funded for the degree we’ve already developed,” says Denise Yochum, president of Pierce College Fort Steilacoom in Lakewood, WA. “We’re pursuing a new degree pathway for students in pre-nursing.”
Ed Surge, June 14, 2016

Walla Walla Community College filling human services vacuum

It was just a few weeks before Sunday’s Walla Walla Community College graduation, but no one in Curtis Phillips’ classroom at the school showed signs of study fatigue. Instead, the men and women listening to their professor leaned slightly forward in their chairs, many nodding their heads. The topic for the day was ethical boundaries, and Phillips was intent on creating an understanding why ethics matter so deeply in the field of social work.
Walla Walla Union-Bulletin, June 14, 2016

Walla Walla Sweet Onion Festival continues growth

Walla Walla’s famous onion, the Walla Walla Sweet, is still enjoying the sweet taste of success. The Walla Walla Sweet Onion Marketing Committee is gearing up for the annual Sweet Onion Festival, coming up this weekend. ... [Kathy] Fry-Trommald has combined the festival’s focus on onions with other foods and wine. It now will feature demonstrations with chefs from the Wine Country Culinary Institute at Walla Walla Community College.
Walla Walla Union-Bulletin, June 14, 2016

Renton agency, RTC receive $90,000 grant for low-income residents to pursue health care careers

Neighborhood House, a social service agency serving King County, and Renton Technical College (RTC), have been awarded a $90,000 grant from Boeing to help low-income Renton residents access living wage careers in the high demand healthcare sector.
Renton Reporter, June 9, 2016

Trends | Horizons | Education

Examining why female students leave engineering

After starting out in engineering, women are less likely than men to stay in the profession. But rather than a toxic curriculum or classroom environment, the problem may come from the group dynamics found in teamwork and summer internships, according to a new study from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Inside Higher Ed, June 16, 2016

Opinion: 4 simple ways to help them persist

As a faculty member, you may be all in favor of organizing your course so that students learn from their mistakes. You would like to offer students multiple opportunities to take an exam or complete an assignment because you know that makes pedagogical sense. Yet the logistics keep getting in the way. ... So I set out to find some easier ways to encourage our students to be persistent after they fail to understand course material.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, June 15, 2016

How community colleges use job-market data to develop new programs

As sites of work-force development, community colleges must be responsive to the demands of the rapidly changing job market. Now, many community-college systems are turning to job-market data that are more up to date and more precise than ever before.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, June 15, 2016

7 Valencia students killed

Pulse, the gay nightclub attacked Sunday morning amid a celebration of Latin music, was popular with students from Orlando colleges. Many educators in the area have feared that students would be prominent among the victims. On Tuesday, as the 49 victims were identified and their family members notified, Valencia College shared horrific news: seven of its students were among those killed.
Inside Higher Ed, June 15, 2016

Dramatic video shows hero disarming shooter at Seattle Pacific University in 2014

Newly released surveillance footage show moments of horror and heroism at Seattle Pacific University after a gunman opened fire on students two years ago.
The Seattle Times, June 14, 2016

New president says WSU spending habits not sustainable

Kirk Schulz, the former Kansas State University president, scrutinized capital spending decisions by WSU's board of regents and the athletic department's $13 million deficit.
The Bellingham Herald, June 14, 2016

Politics | Local, State, National

Fighting access for for-profits

For-profit institutions that cater to service members see chance to connect with students in Senate-passed provision expanding access on military bases.
Inside Higher Ed, June 16, 2016

Call to shut down a controversial accreditor could shake for-profit higher ed

For more than a year, criticism of the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools has been growing over the poor student outcomes at its member colleges and allegations of misconduct against some of those institutions. In a report on Wednesday, Education Department analysts recommended stripping the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools of its federal recognition. ... Now the U.S. Department of Education has recommended that the accrediting agency lose its authority as a gatekeeper of federal financial aid.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, June 16, 2016

Education Department's loan servicing criticized by GAO

The service the U.S. Education Department provides to student loan borrowers is "poor" in several areas and needs significant improvement, the U.S. Government Accountability Office said in a report Wednesday.
Inside Higher Ed, June 16, 2016

OCR letter on gender equity in career/tech ed

The U.S. Education Department's Office for Civil Rights has published a letter to high school and college officials on gender equity in career and technical education programs.
Inside Higher Ed, June 16, 2016

Important news in higher ed: Federal Pell grants may soon cover summer school

New bipartisan legislation would allow students who get federal financial aid for college to use the grants for summer school, which could help them finish a college degree faster.
The Seattle Times, June 15, 2016

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