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News Links | July 12, 2016

July 12, 2016 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

The sky isn’t the limit for this Everett CC grad

Jerry Jarvis, 22, is a 2016 honors graduate of Everett Community College with an associate’s degree in mechanical engineering. For his capstone project, he created a remote-controlled drone to capture videos of kayaking and rock climbing. He plans to attend the University of Washington in the fall.
Everett Herald, July 12, 2016

Boeing workers were ‘part of something remarkable’

The Boeing Co. is turning 100 on July 15. Throughout the year, The Daily Herald is covering the people, airplanes and moments that define The Boeing Century. ... John Monroe: When I decided to pursue higher education, Boeing paid for every credit at Everett Community College through graduation from University of Puget Sound. The value wasn’t just in the dollar amount, but knowing they believed in me.
Everett Herald, July 12, 2016

People strut their stuff at the Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event | Slideshow

YWCA Kitsap County's 2016 Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event, held July 9 at the Evergreen Park in Bremerton, attracted dozens of men, women and children to the event. Teams from Olympic College, Bremerton Police Department and more donned high-heels and other feminine footwear for the trek to raise awareness and support for victims of domestic violence in Kitsap County.
Bremerton Patriot, July 11, 2016

BofA grant keeps focus on financial education at Clark College

The Bank of America Charitable Foundation has awarded the Clark College Foundation with a $20,000 grant to support a financial empowerment coach. According to officials at the school, the coach will work directly with students to help them stabilize their finances and increase the likelihood of students meeting their economic, education and career goals.
Vancouver-SW Washington Business Journal, July 11, 2016

Skagit County Sea-Tech 4-H teams take part in international competition

The terrain of Jupiter’s ice-covered moon Europa may be vastly different from the 80-degree waters of the Gulf of Mexico, but a group of Skagit County students was tasked with the challenge of creating a vehicle that can traverse both. Members of the Skagit County Sea-Tech Club, a 4-H Science, Engineering and Technology club, competed last month in this year’s international Marine Advanced Technology Education remotely operated vehicle (ROV) competition at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston. ... [Tony] Harvey, who recently received his associate degree in engineering from Skagit Valley College, plans to continue studying engineering at Memorial University in Canada, where the club competed in last year’s international competition.
Skagit Valley Herald, July 11, 2016

Native American students explore Aboriginal cultures with Sydney's Eora College in study tour

Sierra Bates is currently far from the plains of Montana where she is a member of the Native American tribe called Black Feet. She is part of a group of students from Spokane Falls Community College (SFCC) in Washington state visiting Sydney for a few weeks on a cultural study tour. The students, who are being hosted by Sydney TAFE's Eora College, will learn about the Indigenous cultures of Australia, learn local languages and explore Aboriginal cultural sites.
Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC), July 10, 2016

Norm Dicks’ powerful finesse brought Boeing back to Pierce County

To lobby and lure Boeing to build a plant at Frederickson, Tacoma and Pierce County officials in 1990 prepared a presentation for Frank Shrontz, Boeing’s then-chairman. The officials believed they had a perfect plan. ... During World War II, Boeing occupied the former Tacoma Exposition Hall on East 26th Street near Portland Avenue. The circa-1940 Art Deco building for a handful of years housed a Boeing sub-assembly plant for B-17 bombers. Workers in Pierce County also helped with the Boeing B-29. Meanwhile, the company sponsored wartime aircraft construction classes at Tacoma Vocational School, later renamed Bates Technical College.
The News Tribune, July 9, 2016

New farming practicum gives students hands-on experience

Make sure the lettuce isn’t too firm or too soft, remember not to bundle the kale too low on the stalks, and know what type of box is best for packing. These skills are a small part of what students will learn while enrolled in a new farming practicum offered through a partnership between Skagit Valley College and Viva Farms.
Skagit Valley Herald, July 8, 2016

Pierce College students serve overseas during summer break

The end of spring quarter usually means a break from classes and a chance to relax for most students. But for 11 Pierce College students and employees, the start of summer break meant a chance to spend a week volunteering in a small village in Nicaragua. Students worked alongside members of the community on a number of service projects, planting more than 1,000 coffee plants, building a water harvester and working on much-needed repairs on village roads.
The Suburban Times, July 8, 2016

Two new apprenticeship programs in Seattle area aim to launch tech careers

This fall, two Seattle-area programs will use an old-school style of training to solve a new-economy problem: preparing a bigger swath of the local workforce with the technology skills companies are looking for. Both Seattle Central College and the Washington Technology Industry Association (WTIA), a trade association, will use on-the-job training, via apprenticeships, to teach coding and other tech skills.
The Seattle Times, July 7, 2016

Whatcom Community College to get $500,000 in medical program grants

Whatcom Community College will get more than half a million dollars in grants to pay for new programs related to health care, the college said. The Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges is issuing the grants, which total $535,963.
The Bellingham Herald, July 7, 2016

SWAT team called out to reports of shooter in Wenatchee neighborhood

Things have settled down this afternoon in Wenatchee after Police responded to a report of a possible armed man at a home on Jennings Street. ... Wenatchee Valley College and Cascade Christian Academy were locked down but are now re-opened – the precaution amidst uncertainty if police were looking for an armed suspect roaming the streets or hiding from police.
KPQ, July 7, 2016

Building a better Washington

As policies are considered that add more regulations, increase the cost of doing business and create roadblocks to educational innovation, manufacturers — the cornerstone of the state economy — need leaders to stand alongside them as they work to grow jobs. At the same time, manufacturers are working hard to spread the word to the next generation of workers that today’s high-tech manufacturing operations are nothing like their grandfather’s manufacturing jobs. ... “Spokane Community College has stepped up and doubled the size of its machine shop program and updated to CAD and things like that,” [Michael Marzetta] said. “I wouldn’t exactly say that schools are catching up quite yet, but they are doing a heck of a lot better.”
Association of Washington Business, July 2016

Learning by doing

Like any dealership service manager, Derrick Albrecht needs technicians who know the cars they’re working on. Because a Honda is different from a Hyundai, which is different from a Fiat, which is different from a Lexus. Not just in size or style, but in the parts, in the electronics, in the detailed repair and service sequences every technician is expected to know. And so when Albrecht looked out across the shop floor at Lexus of Bellevue and saw one of his student technicians meticulously running through a maintenance check on a customer’s car, he wasn’t worried. He saw the instructor from Shoreline Community College nearby, explaining a more efficient approach.
Association of Washington Business, July 2016

Trends | Horizons | Education

Rallies, reflection, rancor

Campus activism is typically less active in the summer, but recent shooting deaths in Louisiana, Minnesota and Texas have led to campus protests, college vigils and statements from academic organizations. Some student events have focused on the killings of black men by police officers — incidents that led to the creation of the Black Lives Matter movement, which has been embraced by many students. Other events focused on or included the shooting deaths of police officers in Dallas.
Inside Higher Ed, July 11, 2016

Opinion: College and the new class divide

Contrary to college standing as an open thoroughfare for Americans wanting to improve their lives, it has become a gated toll road primarily available to those from middle-class and upper-class families, argues Jeffrey J. Williams.
Inside Higher Ed, July 11, 2016

Why high school students need more than college prep

Roughly seven out of 10 high school grads are headed to college every year — but that leaves hundreds of thousands who aren't. And survey after survey shows that employers are demanding — even of college-bound students — some level of job skills and professionalism: punctuality, customer service, managing people and teamwork.
KPLU, July 10, 2016

As a shooting unfolds, hours of chaos and fear at Dallas's El Centro College

An hour before the shooting that killed five police officers and wounded seven others on Thursday outside El Centro College, in downtown Dallas, college officials had already locked down the campus. They did so as a precaution: An emotional but peaceful crowd was converging on the area to protest the killings of two black men by police officers in Louisiana and Minnesota. Patrick Cooper, a security guard at El Centro, captured video on his cellphone showing the moment that people who were in the main building heard shots being fired.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, July 8, 2016

Teaching traumatized kids

When Kelsey Sisavath enrolled as a freshman at Lincoln Alternative High School in Walla Walla, Washington, in the fall of 2012, her mother was struggling with drug addiction. Kelsey herself was using meth. The multiple traumas in her life included a sexual assault by a stranger at age 12. She was angry, depressed, and suicidal. Her traumatized brain had little room to focus on school. Today, much has changed in Kelsey’s life. She graduated from Lincoln this spring with a 4.0 GPA while also taking classes at a community college. She is articulate, confident, and happy. Kelsey believes Lincoln changed her life. A deeper understanding of Kelsey’s journey could offer answers to critical questions about how to help millions of traumatized children — particularly those growing up in poverty — succeed in school and beyond.
The Atlantic, July 7, 2016

Expect high turnover in college business offices, association says

Many business-leadership positions at colleges and universities will be vacant in the next few years, according to a report released on Thursday by the National Association of College and University Business Officers. More than 43 percent of 713 business leaders surveyed said their current position was their last before they retired, and about 44 percent of those respondents said they planned to retire in less than four years, according to the report, the “2016 National Profile of Higher Education Chief Business Officers.” And 37 percent of chief business officers reported that their institutions do not have a succession plan if their positions came open.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, July 7, 2016

Why community college completion is often a long and winding road

While her particular case may be unique, [Anastasia] Gnyp’s path to higher education is more typical of an American college student than what is often portrayed in the media: the recent high school graduate showing up on a leafy college campus away from home for a four-year college experience. According to the American Association of Community Colleges, community college students make up 45 percent, or nearly half, of all U.S. undergraduates; 7.3 million students are enrolled in both full- and part-time two-year associate and certificate programs.
KQED, June 27, 2016

Politics | Local, State, National

House passes series of higher education bills

The House of Representatives passed a slate of bipartisan higher education bills late Monday aimed at tackling some of the easier policy aspects of the Higher Education Act – the behemoth federal law that's overdue for an update but likely won't get a complete overhaul this year.
US News & World Report, July 12, 2016

What’s next for college students who backed Bernie

Tuesday is expected to bring a political development that many college students had hoped would not happen: Sen. Bernie Sanders’s announcement that he is endorsing Hillary Clinton and halting his own efforts to become the Democratic presidential nominee. Mr. Sanders dominated among young voters in the Democratic primaries and caucuses — according to one analysis, by the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement at Tufts University, he received more votes from people under 30 than did Mrs. Clinton and Donald J. Trump, the presumptive Republican nominee, combined.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, July 11, 2016

Nonprofits are vulnerable, too

Education Department's proposed rule for student debt forgiveness could threaten traditional colleges as well as for-profits, particularly over its broad view of what counts as misrepresentation.
Inside Higher Ed, July 11, 2016

Opinion: Legislature needs more pressure to solve McCleary puzzle

The state Supreme Court has a right to be impatient on behalf of Washington’s citizens. Since 2012, the court has sent forceful message after forceful message to the Legislature and the governor telling them what they need to do to fulfill the requirements of the McCleary school-funding decision by the 2017-18 school year. ... The court should dramatically step up the pressure.
The Seattle Times, July 9, 2016

State, local spending on prisons outpaces education funding

State and local government spending on prisons and jails increased by 89 percent between 1990 and 2013, while state and local appropriations for higher education remained flat, according to a new report from the U.S. Department of Education.
Inside Higher Ed, July 8, 2016

Civic engagement or get out the vote?

A new initiative designed to challenge colleges to get students involved in the democratic process is questioned for perceived ties to the White House.
Inside Higher Ed, July 8, 2016

Poll: Public opposes affirmative action

Supreme Court decision, praised by college leaders, is opposed by nearly two-thirds of adult Americans. Support is higher for considering athletic ability or alumni child status than race in admissions.
Inside Higher Ed, July 8, 2016

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