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News Links | July 5, 2016

July 05, 2016 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

Mukilteo baker makes sweetness from sadness

Wine, pastries and a view of the water. The Sydney Bakery & Wine Bar in Old Town Mukilteo is a happy place even when it’s not happy hour. Owner Judy Schneider-Wallace spent two years remodeling the 1920s cottage that sits uphill from the ferry terminal to Whidbey Island. ... After much soul searching I decided to enroll at Edmonds Community College and get a baking certificate. I could always bake and I loved to entertain.
Everett Herald, July 5, 2016

New grant will fund job training for inmates in a jail in southwest Washington

A Vancouver-based nonprofit called Workforce Southwest Washington has just received a $500,000 federal grant to help inmates in Clark County jail prepare to find work when they get released. ... [Jeanne] Bennett said her group will have two employment specialists based at the Clark County Sheriff’s office to work with inmates, and Clark College will offer job training courses within the jail.
KPLU, July 4, 2016

Prison Pell grants offer second chance for inmates reclaiming their lives

To get a sense of the impact a program like the University of Puget Sound’s Freedom Education Project can have on offenders in Washington prisons trying to reclaim their lives, sitting in on the program’s graduation ceremony is a good start. ... The courses are offered at the prison by the nonprofit Freedom Education Project and accredited through Tacoma Community College.
The News Tribune, July 4, 2016

Why student scholarships are about much more than just the money

“Spread your wings when you retire,” advises Lynne Masland of Bellingham. She has taken her own recommendation. Since retiring as communications director at Western Washington University, Masland, 75, has written a book about the history of the Bellingham YWCA, published a collection of poems, served on the boards of nonprofits and foundations, and helped start the President’s Circle at Whatcom Community College Foundation. ... More recently, she has helped with other fundraisers, enabling the club to provide two $2,000 scholarships a year - one at at WCC and one at Bellingham Technical College.
The Bellingham Herald, July 3, 2016

Funding changes should have minimal impact at Big Bend CC

Changes to funding formulas shouldn’t have much impact at Big Bend Community College, and could mean some slight increases in funding. The funding changes will affect about three percent of total funding for community colleges, but different colleges will see different impacts, according to information from the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges. The new formula places a little more emphasis on student achievement and a little less emphasis on enrollment, said Dr. Terry Leas, BBCC president.
Columbia Basin Herald, July 1, 2016

$9 million bequest tagged for new Port Angeles performing arts facility

A woman who died in 2014 has left $9 million to build a new performing arts center in Port Angeles, it was announced today. Donna M. Morris, a Port Angeles woman who died at the age of 67, gave the money to the Peninsula College Foundation, which is serving as a conduit for the funds.
Peninsula Daily News, July 1, 2016

WideAngle Studios: Homegrown storyteller

WideAngle Studios of Vancouver is a fast-growing player in the high-tech world of video production – the kind of dot-com business that gravitates toward Seattle and Silicon Valley, Calif., or maybe Hollywood. ... But David Alonzo, who grew up here and created WideAngle Studios while a student at WSU Vancouver, runs it out of his East Vancouver home and has no such get-out-of-Dodge notion. ... Alonzo credits a TV production class at Mountain View High School (Class of 2000) for launching his interest in video production. Next came Clark College and then WSU Vancouver.
Vancouver Business Journal, July 1, 2016

Our Voice: CBC student housing fills a big need

Columbia Basin College soon will be able to offer its students a place to live in addition to a place to learn, having recently purchased nearby land for campus housing. Typical of CBC leadership, administrators have found a way to respond to student needs. President Rich Cummins and his team have a solid track record of expanding the scope of what services and programs the college provides, and adding student housing is yet another example.
Tri-City Herald, June 30, 2016

TransAlta Commons building to be completed by late February

The 70,000-square foot TransAlta Commons building being constructed at Centralia College is steadily moving along, looming over some of the other buildings on the campus. The three-story building is expected to be substantially completed in mid- to late-February and is expected to be in full operation in fall of 2017.
Centralia Chronicle, June 30, 2016

A cut above: CPTC instructor helps barber find his voice

Fate was working in Michael Floyd’s favor when Dr. Phil Venditti, a public speaking instructor at Clover Park Technical College, walked into his barbershop for a hair cut. Floyd has owned his barbershop, “A Cut Above,” in Lakewood for 23 years and is also in training to become a longshoreman, but something was missing in his life. His love of ministry at his local church is his real passion, but public speaking had always been a challenge for him.
The Suburban Times, June 30, 2016

Bates Technical College hires new lead of fire service programs

Bates Technical College President Dr. Ron Langrell has announced that former Assistant Fire Chief Pat Dale will serve as Fire Service Instructional Program Manager, effective June 21.
The Suburban Times, June 30, 2016

Opinion: Blood, financial donations help Bloodworks Northwest save lives

For those in Washington and Oregon, Bloodworks Northwest, formerly the Puget Sound Blood Center, provides opportunities to donate at drives and blood centers. ... Last year more than 107,000 donors were registered at area blood drives or at the Everett center, which this spring marked its 25th year. Among the top donor groups are Boeing employees, Everett Community College, Everett city employees, Snohomish County employees and students, faculty and staff at schools in the Everett School District.
Everett Herald, June 30, 2016

Trends | Horizons | Education

Anxiety, depression, waiting lists

Survey of counseling center directors finds continued high demand from students for various conditions. Data show centers are diversifying clinical staffs, a demand of many minority student protests.
Inside Higher Ed, July 5, 2016

'Passport' for transfer

Professors and academic leaders from seven western states have rolled out an “interstate passport” to help students transfer across state lines without losing credits for what they learn in general education courses. The Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education helped lead the project, which has been in the works for five years.
Inside Higher Ed, July 5, 2016

The challenges facing low-income female students

Being a low-income student in college is difficult, but it’s likely to be even more difficult if you’re also a woman. Barbara Gault, executive director of the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, points out that female students are much more likely to be raising children and may even be caring for older relatives as well. Colleges’ schedules and services have long catered to traditional, childless students, she says, but they need to change to accommodate a new student population.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, July 5, 2016

Cheating the system?

Most students will make an earnest attempt to answer homework questions without peeking at the answer, even if cheating is just a click away, a new study found. In the study, which was presented this week at the annual conference of the American Society for Engineering Education, researchers at the University of California, Riverside, explore a lingering concern many faculty members have about online education or digital course materials: that the design of homework assignments will lead students down the path of least resistance, blazing through study questions without learning much at all.
Inside Higher Ed, July 1, 2016

Politics | Local, State, National

Opinion: Free college is not enough

The current national dialogue around greater access to higher education is encouraging, but zeroing in on it leaves us dangerously close to overlooking the full spectrum of challenges facing today’s students. By limiting national debate to the financial barriers that prevent students from earning a college degree, presidential candidates ignore the larger problem: we are an undereducated nation. Too many of today’s students are unprepared to succeed in college and, worse, in life and work after they graduate.
Inside Higher Ed, July 5, 2016

Higher education in draft Democratic Party platform

The Democratic National Committee last Friday released a draft party platform that included no surprises on higher education. The draft's roughly 500 words on the issue follow the broad brush strokes of proposals Hillary Clinton, the presumptive presidential nominee, has made on the campaign trail, including plans to make community colleges free and to "simplify and expand" access to income-based repayment while also cutting interest rates for federal student loans.
Inside Higher Ed, July 5, 2016

New rules proposed for workforce training

The U.S. Departments of Labor and Education released the final rules Thursday for the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act in an effort to expand job growth. The final rules affect more than a dozen programs that receive $10 billion in training and education funding and serve about 20 million people.
Inside Higher Ed, July 1, 2016

Washington's prepaid tuition program has received more than 15,000 refund requests since last fall

When Washington state’s legislature voted to reduce college tuition last year, it presented some families with a dilemma because they had bought into the state’s prepaid tuition program, known as Guaranteed Education Tuition, on the assumption that tuition would keep increasing. So the state has been offering penalty-free refunds since last September. ... The program’s director, Betty Lochner, said more than 15,000 refund requests have come in, but that has not caused a problem.
KPLU, June 30, 2016

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