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June 28, 2016 by SBCTC Communications

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New coding boot camps to start this fall at Seattle Central College

A new federal grant will bring coding boot camps to Seattle Central College aimed at people without college degrees. ... The federal grants announced Monday also include a $3.9 million grant for five community colleges to partner with the Center of Excellence for Aerospace and Advanced Manufacturing, which facilitates the growth of aerospace-manufacturing jobs. ... Everett, Shoreline, North Seattle, Renton Tech and South Seattle colleges will share in the grant, and industry partners include Boeing, Royell Manufacturing, Ellison Technologies and Hexcel.
The Seattle Times, June 28, 2016

State’s community colleges plan to ask for additional $141 million

If they could get more money from the state Legislature, Washington’s community colleges would spend it in ways aimed at keeping students in school and on a path to finish a degree or certificate. Those areas were outlined by the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges in a meeting last week. They’ll be drawn up in detail over the summer and presented to the Legislature this fall.
The Seattle Times, June 27, 2016

Mother and son graduate high school together: 'Being on stage with my mom was surreal'

A Washington mother and son duo made history when the pair walked across the stage together in their caps and gowns, both graduating with a high school diploma. ... Enjoli Harris-Carter, 37, said she was only six credits away from graduating high school when she got pregnant with her first son, and lost focus of her studies. ... So she put off finishing high school until her son, Elijah Harris was preparing to graduate from Renton Technical College, and inspired her to finish her last few credits at the high school, even though she had received a degree in accounting years before, and was offered the chance to pursue her GED instead.
Inside Edition, June 27, 2016

Richland, CBC planning program to train future health care providers

A new alternative program allowing students as young as high school freshmen to train for health care careers — whether preparing for medical school or becoming a physical therapist — could be available to Richland students by fall 2017. Details about the prototype program, tentatively called Richland Health & Science Academy, are fluid. It could be based in Columbia Basin College’s new health sciences building under construction in central Richland, but the district also wants students to maintain ties with their home high schools for the purpose of sports and extracurricular activities.
Tri-City Herald, June 26, 2016

Skagit Valley College holds commencement

Skagit Valley College held its eighty-ninth annual commencement ceremony Monday, June 17 at Oak Harbor High School. Each year, Whidbey Island Campus students recognize faculty and staff members who demonstrate superior performance inside and outside the classroom.
Whidbey News-Times, June 25, 2016

Doug Sly ends 31-year Big Bend CC career

Doug Sly said he liked his job as public information officer at Big Bend Community College, and the reason was the students. ... Sly will retire June 30 after 31 years at BBCC. The college’s board of trustees awarded him emeritus status.
Columbia Basin Herald, June 25, 2016

New funding formula will mean cuts at some community colleges

Under a new state formula that determines, in part, how much colleges receive for what kinds of courses, a few colleges will get more state money, especially those that offer the kind of workforce training and basic education classes that the new formula favors. ... The community college system received $1.37 billion from the Legislature this biennium — less than the $1.45 billion it got in 2007-09, said Marty Brown, executive director of the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges. ... The new way of distributing money to the colleges “wouldn’t be an issue if we were funded better by the state,” said Kevin McCarthy, president of Renton Technical College (RTC), one of the few colleges that will benefit from the new allocation system. ... Seattle Colleges has started eliminating jobs and course offerings as a result. ... Green River College in Auburn must cut $4.5 million out of a $40 million budget over the next four years. ... At Seattle Central College (SCC), faculty members say cuts are expected in history, English literature, anthropology and psychology.
The Seattle Times, June 24, 2016

'Trashy Tuesdays' spiff up EdCC campus

Trash pickup parties at Edmonds Community College combine lessons in environmentalism and the importance of community service. Called “Trashy Tuesdays,” the work parties are held almost every week during the academic year, said Stewart Sinning, an EdCC volunteering manager.
Everett Herald, June 24, 2016

Pilot program funds state inmates’ pursuit of college degrees

In what one advocate called a “tremendous shift” in lawmakers’ attitudes, three Washington community colleges will soon be offering federally funded college classes in prison. ... Currently, 140 women at Washington Corrections Center for Women are enrolled in classes through the nonprofit Freedom Education Project of Puget Sound (FEPPS), which Erzen directs and which partners with Tacoma Community College. ... The federal pilot program will also pay for associate degree classes for 63 men at Monroe Correctional Institution, through courses offered by Seattle Central College in partnership with the nonprofit University Beyond Bars; and for 12 men to take classes at Cedar Creek Corrections Center, through Centralia College
The Seattle Times, June 23, 2016

Seattle officials dismayed by high court’s immigration deadlock

Civil-rights activists and elected officials in Seattle expressed disappointment Thursday in the Supreme Court deadlock that halts President Obama’s immigration plan to safeguard millions from deportation. ... Daniela Murguia, 20, who just finished her sophomore year at Edmonds Community College, was born in Mexico and brought to the United States illegally by her parents. She said she was heartbroken at the court’s deadlock.
The Seattle Times, June 23, 2016

Five Highline College employees win awards

Five faculty and staff members at Highline College have recently won awards recognizing their professional excellence and achievements. The award winners are Arline Garcia and Michael Girvin, both of Seattle; Jean Munro of Des Moines; Rashad Norris of Tacoma; and Allan Walton of Normandy Park.
Waterland Blog, June 23, 2016

Wounded warrior gifted year of free groceries

There’s no way to adequately thank a wounded warrior for his service and sacrifice, but, a year’s worth of free groceries is a nice way to start. Private First Class Daric Bishop, a medically retired wounded warrior, and his family were surprised Wednesday at the McChord Field Commissary with a year’s worth of groceries as part of Eckrich Meats’ and Operation Homefront’s campaign to honor, support and thank military families. ... Michelle is her husband’s fulltime caregiver. They are both students at Clover Park Technical College; she in the pastry program and he studies culinary arts. 
Northwest Guardian, June 23, 2016

New film brings home plight of young Skagit Valley migrants

A new documentary, “Every Row a Path,” explores the challenges facing this often hidden population. A collaboration between Seattle filmmaker Jill Freidberg, migrant students from Skagit Valley and the youth media organization, Reel Grrls, the film documents four years of the students’ lives as they struggle toward high-school graduation. ... Through remarkable grit, [Ana] Mendoza, like the other four young women in the film, was able to graduate from high school. She’s now at Skagit Valley College. But she beat the odds — migrant students have one of the lowest high school graduation rates of any student population in the state.
The Seattle Times, June 23, 2016

Preschool education the focus of new local job

The Grays Harbor Community Foundation announced that following a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation as well as other funding, a new focus on early learning has brought an expansion. In a release, they say that following questions to the Grays Harbor Health Department, YMCA of Grays Harbor, school districts, the Early Learning Coalition, Grays Harbor College and others, they found a need to assist local preschool students.
KXRO, June 23, 2016

Tacoma attorney named to state board

Frederick Whang, a past trustee at Tacoma Community College, was named to the State Community and Technical Colleges board. While serving two terms on the TCC board, Whang also was a national board member of American Association of Community College Trustees.
Business Examiner, June 23, 2016

Cascades Job Corps names vendor, set to open class to 300 students in fall

Cascades Job Corps will restart classes this fall after the U.S. Department of Labor and Industries chose a new vendor to run its pilot program focusing on health care and information technology training. ... One new thing, from the district’s standpoint, is that it hopes to give Job Corps students access to the Northwest Career and Technical Academy, which is operated by a consortium of six Skagit County and two Whatcom County superintendents as well as Skagit Valley College President Tom Keegan.
Skagit Valley Herald, June 23, 2016

CPTC manufactures professional managers

Working professionals may have decades of experience, but sometimes going back to school is the only way to advance in their field. Clover Park Technical College sought to meet these professional’s needs with the introduction of the Bachelor of Applied Science in Manufacturing Operations program almost two years ago.
The Suburban Times, June 23, 2016

Boomer U: Graduating at 64

For Sheila Foertsch, 64, a college degree was just a matter of time. On Friday, when she received her diploma from Spokane Falls Community College, she proved the old adage true: You’re never too old to stop learning. And this wasn’t the first time she’d achieved a degree as a nontraditional student. Twenty-six years ago, with two children from a previous marriage and a 4-month-old daughter from her second marriage, she attended Highline College, south of Seattle.
The Spokesman-Review, June 19, 2016

Student from Libya first to take advantage of SCC-WSU architecture degree

When Amaleed El Mehdiwi enrolled at Spokane Community College in January 2014, she thought her best choice might be classes for future secretarial work. She had a degree in electrical engineering from the University of Benghazi, Libya, but she only spoke a few words of English when she arrived in the U.S. a few months previously. But SCC instructors encouraged the fast-learning El Mehdiwi to study architectural technology instead; she’ll graduate Friday with an associate degree and 4.0 GPA. She’ll also be the first graduating SCC student to transfer directly to Washington State University’s architecture program as a junior under a new agreement between the two schools.
The Spokesman-Review, June 16, 2016

'They're all stars already'

This rehearsal is one of the last for a quarter-long Spokane Falls Community College class called PACE Has Got Talent. The PACE program includes about 450 students of varying disabilities in the Community Colleges of Spokane, and is designed to help them into the workforce. Forty of those students are using the PACE Has Got Talent class, and the process of putting on a big show incorporating music, dance, spoken-word and visual art, to help them get there.
Inlander, June 16, 2016

Trends | Horizons | Education

Preparing for 'era of data ubiquity'

Researchers convene to discuss how the deluge of data collected about students can be used to benefit higher education without compromising privacy.
Inside Higher Ed, June 28, 2016

Underestimating financial aid eligibility

Slightly less than one-quarter of parents and 37 percent of students believe they will qualify for financial aid, according to the results of a survey released this week by Royall & Company, a division of the Education Advisory Board (EAB). The findings, which are based on a survey of 5,133 college-bound high school students and their parents, stand in contrast to federal data showing that 85 percent of all college-going students receive aid in the form of grants or low-interest loans from the federal government.
Inside Higher Ed, June 28, 2016

The jobs that come to campus

For college students, long commutes can be a barrier to off-campus jobs. At the University of Cincinnati, one company brought the work to the students.
Inside Higher Ed, June 27, 2016

In our view: University-level thought

It didn’t take Kirk Schulz long to make a splash as president of Washington State University. And while his call for fiscal responsibility is a prudent one, it brings into focus some of the issues facing major colleges these days.
The Columbian, June 22, 2016

Politics | Local, State, National

How to count higher ed costs

At issue is the Higher Education Cost Adjustment, an inflationary index developed by the State Higher Education Executive Officers Association and used in its annual State Higher Education Finance report. The index was designed to estimate inflation in the costs that colleges and universities pay. But its critics say that by focusing on what institutions spend, rather than on what students pay, the adjustment is out of step with the rising costs students face — and actually hides a slight upward trend in revenue per student at colleges and universities.
Inside Higher Ed, June 28, 2016

Imperfect promise in Oregon

Oregon's free community college program begins this fall, but several two-year-college leaders in the state say the grant program is underfunded and too exclusive.
Inside Higher Ed, June 27, 2016

Supreme Court upholds ruling blocking Obama immigration plan

Another Supreme Court ruling Thursday had much more direct relevance to higher education, but the justices also let stand a federal appeals court decision that blocked President Obama's 2014 executive actions protecting some adults who reside in the United States illegally.
Inside Higher Ed, June 24, 2016

Washington's 2 college savings plans could open next summer

The committee that manages Washington's prepaid tuition program is planning to accept college savings again in 2017, around the same time the state will open a new, more traditional 529 college savings plan. At a meeting in Olympia on Wednesday, the group also discussed extending the deadline for refunds from the Guaranteed Education Tuition program from this December to sometime next year, to possibly coincide with the opening dates of the college savings plans.
The Bellingham Herald, June 23, 2016

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