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News Links | July 7, 2016

July 07, 2016 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

Funding edge for workforce programs

A new state funding formula in Washington state could change the mix of programs offered by many of the state's community colleges in ways that seem likely to benefit workforce-related disciplines over the liberal arts. ... "We did not get any more money to do this, so that's why there are going to be winners or losers in our system and that's why it took the presidents a couple of years to agree …. It wasn't unanimous approval," said Marty Brown, executive director of the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges. ... "One of the real challenges of the new allocation formula is that if it was new money it would work much better," said Jill Wakefield, the retiring chancellor of Seattle Colleges
Inside Higher Ed, July 6, 2016

Following Inlander story, SFCC decides to let 12-year-old take college course

Malika Halvorson, 12, has had trouble finding the right school for her in Spokane. No private school, public school or program for gifted students has suited the prodigy, which has led her to try and take courses at Spokane Falls Community College.
Inlander, July 6, 2016

Opinion: Urban natives in south King County

By Tanya Powers, [who] is mixed heritage St. Lawrence Island/Siberian Yupik and Irish. Her interests are access and retention for under-represented students in higher education. She works at Highline College and is the proud mother of two strong daughters. My children would come home from school frustrated from classroom dialogue where their classmates would share that Native people were extinct. They would tell me about these experiences after school. During class, their response included rolling their eyes and commiserating with a friend: "I am right here."
Federal Way Mirror, July 6, 2016

Grays Harbor College announces additional funding available for students

The Grays Harbor College has announced that students in their new programs now have another option for funding the degree. In a release, they say that due to a recent change in guidelines, Worker Retraining (WRT) funding can now be used by qualifying students who are enrolling in their Grays Harbor College’s Bachelors of Applied Science degree programs.
KXRO, July 6, 2016

Lewis County cadets mark half-way point in reserve academy

The 14 cadets in the joint Centralia Police/Lewis County Sheriff’s Office Reserve Academy are a diverse bunch. ... Class president Samantha Cisneros, 26, is one of two women in the reserve academy. Cisneros said she got a good job working for the state after high school and didn’t plan on going to college. Then she got laid off. However, she was always intrigued by true crime TV shows, and decided to follow her passion by taking classes at Centralia College, then got a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from St. Martin’s University.
Centralia Chronicle, July 5, 2016

EvCC adds new East County Campus director

Everett Community College has hired a new director for its East County Campus. Mostafa Ghous, who now lives in Snohomish, is the former director of Campus Life and Student Activities at Berkeley City College where he managed the college’s Outreach and Retention services, student leadership initiatives, community relations, faculty and student events and district-wide diversity efforts.
Everett Herald, July 5, 2016

“Behind” the scenes at STP’s midpoint at Centralia College

No one grows up saying, “I want to be in charge of port-a-potties when I grow up.” And Brenda Novarra-Schaible is no different. But where she is different is her willingness to see the need and step up to take care of it. Brenda has worked at Centralia College for 27 years. The college is the official midpoint for the Seattle to Portland Bicycle Ride (STP), a huge event drawing around 10,000 participants.
Lewis Talk, July 1, 2016

Trends | Horizons | Education

Its workforce graying, industry looks to prep young people for trades

It’s all part of an effort to bridge the gap between K-12 education and careers in Washington state. The course [Jonathan] Ly took was developed by the state education department and local industries and is known as Core Plus. It’s a 21st century variation on vocational education, designed to prepare students in public high schools for careers in the trades by training them in science, technology, engineering and math, aka STEM.
Crosscut, July 6, 2016

Overview of colleges' use of emergency aid

A growing number of colleges have created student aid programs that direct small amounts of money, sometimes as little as $300, to students who are struggling to pay for tuition or a financial emergency. NASPA: Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education on Wednesday released a study on emergency aid programs at 523 institutions from various sectors of higher education.
Inside Higher Ed, July 6, 2016

US colleges court foreign entrepreneurs who need visas

He came to America on a student visa, earned a master’s degree from Babson College and is now starting a new business, but Abhinav Sureka worries that he’ll have to return to India. To stay, he needs an H-1B visa, a temporary work permit typically obtained through a lottery with lower odds of winning than a coin toss. To help foreign students like Sureka beat those odds and keep their companies here, Babson and at least five other U.S. schools are using a new approach that critics describe as exploiting a legal loophole.
The Seattle Times, July 6, 2016

'Top universities to offer full degrees online in five years'

Leading universities will offer fully accredited undergraduate courses online within five years, says the founder of a leading US online university network. Daphne Koller, chief executive of Coursera, said the technology was available but universities had been hesitant about their "reputation". So far, online courses have mostly offered certificates for short courses rather than full degrees.
BBC, July 6, 2016

The diversity students seek

Two professors seek new way to measure what students want. Initial results suggest that some minority groups may be more highly valued than others, such as Asians.
Inside Higher Ed, July 6, 2016

Opinion: College kids, with kids

In the last year or so, dozens of employers — from the Navy to Goldman Sachs — have begun offering or expanding benefits like paid family leave and job-sharing that enable parents to better balance work with family life. Slowly, America’s famously family-unfriendly workplace might finally be improving. But the only employees who really stand to benefit are white-collar ones. Since the 1960s, paid parental leave increased nearly five times for workers with a college degree, but it has only doubled for those with just a high school degree. There’s one big obstacle standing in the way of working parents getting these quality jobs: a college degree. And colleges are doing far too little to help them.
The New York Times, July 5, 2016

Average wage in state grows to $56,000 a year

Washington’s average annual wage grew by 2.6 percent in 2015 to $56,273, according to the state Employment Security Department. The average weekly wage rose from $1,054 in 2014 to $1,082 in 2015. These figures include only those wages that are covered by unemployment insurance. Much of the increase was driven by a 5.9 percent increase in total earnings, which grew by nearly $9.5 billion in 2015. Overall, the average number of workers in Washington covered by unemployment insurance grew by 94,629 in 2015.
Everett Herald, July 1, 2016

Politics | Local, State, National

U.S. House bill would nix year-round Pell Grants

The U.S. House Appropriations Committee on Wednesday released a draft funding bill that would block implementation of federal gainful employment rules and would not back the U.S. Senate's attempt to restore year-round Pell Grant eligibility. The bill also includes $33.3 billion for the National Institutes of Health, which is $1.25 billion above this fiscal year's funding level.
Inside Higher Ed, July 7, 2016

Clinton goes tuition-free

She proposes that public higher ed be available without tuition for all families with income of up to $125,000. She would also set three-month moratorium on repaying federal student loans.
Inside Higher Ed, July 6, 2016

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