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News Links | June 21, 2016

June 21, 2016 by SBCTC Communications

 System News | Opinion

Crash snapped his neck, but life in wheelchair doesn’t stop BTC grad

Chris Zacharias awoke from a six-day coma in a Nevada hospital in late November 1995. He has no memory of the crash that sent his pickup tumbling end over end, his tools strewn about, just north of Carson City. ... Two decades later, Zacharias will roll across the stage to accept a diploma in civil engineering from Bellingham Technical College alongside nearly 300 fellow graduates on Tuesday, June 21. The ceremony, for him, will culminate eight years of studies to get the degree – and the challenges along the way.
The Bellingham Herald, June 21, 2016

CPTC recognizes more than 400 graduates at 20th commencement ceremony

Hundreds of events are held at the Tacoma Dome every year, but only a few change people’s lives forever. Clover Park Technical College’s 20th Annual Commencement Ceremony not only impacted those who walked across the stage, but it will also impact those whose lives might be transformed one day by the 2016 graduates. More than 400 graduates took that life-changing walk Saturday afternoon to earn their CPTC degrees.
The Suburban Times, June 20, 2016

StoryCorps recordings become Spokane-centric programs

When StoryCorps brought their portable recording booth to Spokane in 2015, the organizers asked specifically for two categories of interviews: tales of being in the Military, and stories related to gender identity. SPR volunteer producer Emmet Stackelberg has taken those Spokane Falls Community College recordings and turned them into two separate half-hour programs that will air back to back on Tuesday, June 21 at noon.
Spokane Public Radio, June 20, 2016

Kirkland college announces STEM scholarships for newly expanded transfer degrees

The Lake Washington Institute of Technology (LWTech) in Kirkland has announced its Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) scholarships for newly expanded transfer degrees.
Kirkland Reporter, June 20, 2016

SFCC may move Pullman classes to WSU campus in January

Just last month, the outlook for the Pullman campus of Spokane Falls Community College looked grim. As Community Colleges of Spokane stared down a budget reduction of up to 10 percent across the entire district, the future of the Pullman campus seemed in doubt. ... But CCS leaders may have reached a solution to keep serving students in Whitman County. CCS recently announced that it was working with Washington State University to provide classroom space on WSU's Pullman campus, instead of the Pullman Gladish Center. 
Inlander, June 20, 2016

Announcing Students in Need

It’s no secret our population is under educated and getting older. Like many rural communities across the nation, we’re having a hard time keeping our young, college-educated talent. Retaining a talented work force and attracting young people is one key to our economic and social success. So it’s all the more tragic that Lower Columbia College is seeing students drop out because they’re often short just a few a hundred bucks or so for books or tuition. Today, The Daily News launches a five-week charitable effort to do something about that. It’s called, “Students in Need.”
Longview Daily News, June 19, 2016

Opinion: The flowers downtown seem impervious to the summer heat. What's up with that?

One hundred six hanging flower baskets infuse Downtown Walla Walla with color. They are gorgeous — absolutely magnificent. To some that’s curious as temperatures in early June hovered around 100 degrees for several days. Such heat can quickly wither the vibrant purple, red and orange flowers that cascade over the large baskets. That hasn’t happened. What’s up with that? ... “We do it light to give (the flowers) a little boost,” said [Travis] Chester, a graduate of the turf management program at Walla Walla Community College.
Walla Walla Union-Bulletin, June 19, 2016

SPSCC graduation speaker hopes to cure mother’s incurable disease

Bryan Barnett, the student speaker for South Puget Sound Community College’s 51st commencement ceremony on Friday night, said he plans to attend medical school so he can find the cure to his mother’s incurable disease.
The Olympian, June 18, 2016

Sometimes, LCC students just need a little boost to stay in school

This winter, Ginny Albright found herself unemployed just two months after resuming college. It was the first time in years she’d been able to go back to school. Albright, 46, of Longview, has attended Lower Columbia College off and on since 1988. ... In 2013, the college foundation started a Student Success Fund to help students like Albright make it through the school year. LCC dished out about $50,200 in Student Success grants to 84 students between summer and spring quarters.
Longview Daily News, June 18, 2016

Pasco council to consider land sale to CBC for student housing

Columbia Basin College’s wish to establish student housing near its campus could be only one year from reality after Monday. During its regular meeting, the Pasco City Council will consider selling about five acres of land near the corner of Argent Road and 20th Avenue, just northeast of the Pasco campus, to the college for just under $800,000.
Tri-City Herald, June 18, 2016

CPTC: MLT students meet and greet lab professionals

Real-world experience can be one of the hardest things to acquire for a college student, but it’s also one of the most important factors for being hired after graduation. Clover Park Technical College’s Medical Laboratory Technician program sets its students up for success by holding an annual meet-and-greet for local clinical professionals to meet with CPTC students and choose them for internships in their labs.
The Suburban Times, June 18, 2016

Skagit Valley College hands out first bachelor's degrees

For Skagit Valley College, Thursday was a big deal. During the evening’s graduation ceremony, 11 students were awarded Bachelor of Applied Science degrees in environmental conservation — becoming the first students to be awarded four-year degrees from the college. ... The four-year degree was approved in 2014 by the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges.
Skagit Valley Herald, June 17, 2016

Photos: Centralia College holds commencement ceremony

Graduates of Centralia College walked across the stage on Friday afternoon during the college's commencement ceremony.
Centralia Chronicle, June 17, 2016

More than 900 graduates celebrated at South Seattle College commencement

South Seattle College’s Class of 2016 graduates were honored at the 46th Annual Commencement Ceremony held on June 16 at Benaroya Hall. More than 900 graduates were celebrated on the night, and they move into their future with a vast array of degrees, certificates and diplomas in hand.
West Seattle Herald, June 17, 2016

Opinion: Seattle couple donates 75 musical instruments to Everett school

Dorothy Stansel and her husband recently donated about 75 “great quality instruments,” said Emily Cheever, North's director of choirs and bands. ... The Seattle couple own an apartment in Paris, and on a visit there they found clarinets in a flea market. One was of such high quality it's now in a museum. ... That experience led them to seek out other old instruments. A cellist who also plays clarinet, Stansel became so interested she enrolled in a 10-month instrument-repair course at Renton Technical College, one of the few such programs in the country.
Everett Herald, June 17, 2016

Centralia College’s distinguished alumnus overcomes adversity

Ron Podmore has several degrees, but during his high school days, he was ready to drop out of school. Podmore, who is deaf, said he struggled through the education system and no longer wanted to be an outcast or misfit. ... It wasn’t until he attended Centralia College that he found acceptance in an educational setting and a love in furthering his education. He credits several educators at the college for continuing to push him to find his dreams, and discover his capabilities.
Centralia Chronicle, June 17, 2016

Green River College president resigns

Eileen Ely, the embattled president of Green River College and target of three no-confidence votes by the faculty, resigned Thursday, effective immediately. Her resignation was accepted unanimously by the college’s board of trustees after the board met in executive session for about 40 minutes. Neither Ely nor the board discussed her resignation in public.
The Seattle Times, June 16, 2016

Students look forward after graduating from Skagit Valley College | Slideshow

The 2016 graduating class of the Skagit Valley College San Juan Center capped their time in school with a graduation ceremony that looked towards the future. Student speaker Gavin Heins drove home his theme of new horizons and ambition.
San Juan Journal, June 16, 2016

Mother, daughters to graduate together at Peninsula College

A Port Angeles mother on Saturday will walk the line at Peninsula College with two of her daughters — who she is getting to know after years of separation. Lili Muth, 43, and her daughters Jennah Muth, 19, and Rhiannon Muth, 18, will receive their associates of arts degrees during a ceremony Saturday on the south lawn of the Pirate Union Building.
Peninsula Daily News, June 16, 2016

Clark College grads receive school’s first bachelor’s degrees

On Thursday, [Kiana] Walker was one of approximately 720 students decked out in a royal blue cap and gown walking in Clark College’s 80th commencement ceremony at Sunlight Supply Amphitheater. There were 346 Running Start graduates, a record for the school, which has the largest Running Start program in the state. Walker was one of 23 graduates in the dental hygiene program, the first bachelor’s degree program offered by the college.
The Columbian, June 16, 2016

CBC Running Start graduate driven to succeed, just like her mother

After spending months working on the application for a full-ride scholarship, Makayla Valdez didn’t think she had a chance at winning it. She lugged her laptop computer around at all times, in case she had a little time to work on the essays and other documents needed for the Gates Millennium Scholarship. That time was hard to find, as she balanced classes at Columbia Basin College as a Running Start student, her two part-time jobs and other commitments. She learned in mid-April she’d qualified for the scholarship, which will cover her costs to attend the University of Washington — all the way through the doctoral level, should she choose to pursue graduate studies.
Tri-City Herald, June 16, 2016

CPTC: Computer programming students present spring quarter projects

Students from the Clover Park Technical College Computer Programming and Web Development Program offered a glimpse into six different projects conducted during the spring quarter as they presented their projects Monday morning at McGavick Conference Center.
The Suburban Times, June 16, 2016

Clark College heads to the Clark County Fair to demonstrate opportunities in STEM

Clark College is returning to the Clark County Fair this August as part of this year’s fair theme of “Science Fun.” Clark College was invited to highlight what the college is doing in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) prior to the opening of the new STEM building on campus this fall.
Daily Insider, June 14, 2016

Trends | Horizons | Education

The long-term impact

Researchers say the real test of a state student aid program may not be enrollment alone, but graduate school, lifetime income and more.
Inside Higher Ed, June 21, 2016

'What matters most'

New book urges colleges to exercise not-so-common sense when it comes to optimizing the undergraduate experience and otherwise striving toward institutional excellence.
Inside Higher Ed, June 21, 2016

Eastern Washington U offers new “Finish in 3” degrees

For students who want to study year-round and finish college faster, Eastern Washington University is launching eight bachelor’s degree programs that can be earned in just three years.
The Seattle Times, June 20, 2016

A brave provost

Many administrators of land-grant universities at some point pose milking a cow. It shows a connection to the agricultural research roots of the institutions. Dan Bernardo, provost of Washington State University, has taken that sort of commitment to agriculture research to a new level. To raise money for a research center on honeybees, he arranged to have his face and upper body covered with bees.
Inside Higher Ed, June 20, 2016

New guidelines on campus sexual violence

The American College Health Association on Thursday released new guidelines on how colleges should address sexual and relationship violence. The new guidelines recommend that colleges provide an anonymous reporting option for victims, ensure access to 24-hour crisis response and conduct climate surveys on a regular basis.
Inside Higher Ed, June 17, 2016

What are college governing boards getting from their search firms?

Hiring an executive-search firm to find a new college president or provost has become pretty standard across higher education. Governing boards that hire such companies justify the price, often in the six-figure range, by saying they provide expertise and add professionalism. But a new study being presented on Friday raises questions about the role of those companies in the process at public colleges and whether taxpayers are getting their money’s worth.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, June 17, 2016

Politics | Local, State, National

Scorecard for accreditors

The Education Department has created new data reports on the performance of accrediting agencies, using measures such as graduation and loan repayment rates at colleges the agencies oversee.
Inside Higher Ed, June 21, 2016

School-mapping program no longer on chopping block after Gov. Inslee intervenes

State officials have found a way to save a school-mapping program designed to help first responders during emergencies such as school shootings. On Tuesday, Gov. Jay Inslee tapped $500,000 from an emergency fund to continue the Critical Incident Planning and Mapping System, a software program that contains maps and emergency plans for the state’s K-12 schools and community colleges.
The Bellingham Herald, June 16, 2016

State revenue projections higher than expected, but not enough to fund education mandate

State lawmakers will have a little more money than expected heading into their next two-year budget cycle, but the state budget director warned Wednesday that it's not enough to address a mandate by the state Supreme Court related to education funding.
Peninsula Daily News, June 15, 2016

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