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News Links | June 30, 2016

June 30, 2016 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

Breaking ground: Sonico celebrates beginning of construction at new facility

As Sonico President Bill Perdue was detailing the rich history of the company that has been doing aircraft maintenance and repairs in Moses Lake for 35 years, an airplane flew over the crowd that was gathered at the site of what will be Sonico’s new facility in Moses Lake. ... With the site’s close proximity to Big Bend Community College, Perdue said Sonico intends to work close with the college to invite students to come to the new facility and give them the chance to receive on-the-job training.
Columbia Basin Herald, June 29, 2016

How a Washington community rallied to boost student achievement and cut dropouts

Back in 2006, the high school dropout rate in Spokane County was 25.6 percent. At the same time, Washington's dropout rate was just 5.5 percent. The troubling statistics out of Spokane inspired the community to take action, and a decade later, thee is a lasting impact in places like Central Valley High School. Central Valley High School is a part of the Central Valley School District. Destiny DeHamer, 20, graduated from the school in 2014. By that time, the county dropout rate decreased drastically to 10.2 percent. ... DeHamer says the whole student approach helped her reach her goals. She’s now starting her third quarter at Spokane Community College and plans to transfer to a four-year university.
PRI, June 29, 2016

Commissioner wants to see four-year college in Cowlitz County

Cowlitz County Commissioner Dennis Weber has a proposal for economic development — create a four-year college. A four-year college would help attract a new businesses into the county and slow or reverse the rural brain drain of youth leaving the county, Weber said at a “State of the County” address at the Kelso Elks Lodge Wednesday. ... Lower Columbia College President Chris Bailey said in an interview Wednesday that companies locate to areas where the workforce has sufficient education and specialized degrees. But, he said, it’s unlikely the state will fund a four-year college here any time soon.
Longview Daily News, June 29, 2016

Spokane Community College students design KREM 2 cakes

A group of culinary students at Spokane Community College helped KREM 2 and TEGNA's 1st birthday with custom designed cakes. TEGNA held a competition with all their stations around the country to see who could build the best cakes.
KREM, June 29, 2016

Guest essay: Why it’s so important to understand concepts like white privilege and white fragility

Meg Tapucol-Provo, who teaches at Green River College, writes about her reaction to Under Our Skin and says the only time she feels completely open talking about race is with other people of color.
The Seattle Times, June 28, 2016

Kirkland’s LWTech program ranks No. 1 in Washington for student performance

Lake Washington Institute of Technology (LWTech), the only public institute of technology in Washington state, was ranked No. 1 on the Top 10 Providers Achieving Level Gains in Washington state for its Adult Basic Education program by the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges' Winter Quarter Performance report for 2015-2016.
Kirkland Reporter, June 28, 2016

Pierce College professor leads charge on local ecosystem restoration project

When Environmental Science Professor Michele LaFontaine learned that the Pierce College Fort Steilacoom campus is home to a rare and endangered ecosystem, she knew she had to take action. In 2008, LaFontaine, along with Biology Professor Elysia Mbuja and Dean of Natural Sciences Tom Broxson, came together with a shared vision to restore the vanishing garry oak woodland ecosystem, while using the surroundings as an outdoor classroom.
The Suburban Times, June 28, 2016

EvCC to receive $3.9 million for high-tech job training

Everett Community College and the Center of Excellence for Aerospace and Advanced Manufacturing are in line for $3.9 million in grant money under a federal initiative that aims to boost high-tech job training programs.
Everett Herald, June 27, 2016

Centralia College to provide education to inmates

Centralia College has been selected to participate in the new Second Chance Pell Pilot Program that will expand access to financial aid for incarcerated individuals. It is one of three colleges [Tacoma Community College and Seattle Central College] in the state and 67 nationwide selected by the U.S. Department of Education for the program, which will allow eligible incarcerated adults to receive Pell grants and pursue postsecondary education, according to a press release. The goal is help the individuals get jobs and support their families when they are released.
Centralia Chronicle, June 24, 2016

Trends | Horizons | Education

Report: Nearly 1 in 10 2-year students can't get federal loans

The Institute for College Access and Success released a new report Wednesday that finds nearly one in 10 community college students, or 9 percent, don't have access to federal student loans because their institutions don't offer them. Most community college students don't take out loans, but more than a third, or 37 percent, of those who complete an associate's degree have borrowed.
Inside Higher Ed, June 30, 2016

Study finds first-year students who take 15 credits succeed

The Community College Research Center at the Teachers College at Columbia University released a report today that says students who enroll in 15 credits' worth of classes in their first semester are more likely to graduate than those students who enroll with only 12 credits.
Inside Higher Ed, June 30, 2016

The elusive young donor

Colleges expand efforts to raise money from recent graduates. But Northeastern campaign that was widely mocked online shows that raising money from those repaying student loans isn't easy.
Inside Higher Ed, June 30, 2016

Pat Summitt, ambassador for women's sports, dies

Pat Summitt, the winningest coach in Division I college basketball history, died Tuesday following a five-year battle with Alzheimer’s disease. She was 64.
Inside Higher Ed, June 29, 2016

'Be a man'

Colleges are increasingly creating masculinity programs, aimed at boosting retention while encouraging students to rethink what it means to "be a man."
Inside Higher Ed, June 29, 2016

For low-income kids, summer learning opportunities are hard to find

It’s the first day of summer vacation for students in Seattle Public Schools. For a lot of people, "summer" is synonymous with "fun." But the season can take a toll on low-income families, who often rely on schools’ free or low-cost breakfast and lunch. And David Beard, Policy and Advocacy Director for School's Out Washington, says without summer learning opportunities, kids can forget a lot of what they’ve learned over the school year.
KUOW, June 27, 2016

Politics | Local, State, National

More scholarships, less borrowing: Sallie Mae study

Students and their families are receiving scholarships and grants to cover more of the price of college, according to the latest installment of an annual survey conducted by Sallie Mae, the student lender.
Inside Higher Ed, June 29, 2016

Changed aid application system for homeless students

The U.S. Department of Education has simplified and clarified the process through which homeless students can apply for federal financial aid. John King, the U.S. Secretary of Education, described changes to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid and to the department's website in a letter to Senator Patty Murray, the Democrat from Washington state who had called for a more streamlined process.
Inside Higher Ed, June 29, 2016

Clinton's 'innovation agenda' for higher ed

The presumptive Democratic nominee for president expands on her higher education agenda with boosts for alternative education providers and technology entrepreneurs.
Inside Higher Ed, June 29, 2016

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