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News Links | July 14, 2016

July 14, 2016 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

Latina vineyard workers get opportunities through women-only college course

Washington state is one of largest wine producers in the U.S., second only to California.  As demand for Washington’s silky reds and crisp whites goes up, so does the need for labor. Growing grapes can be a complicated job. You have to learn the right way to prune vines and manage irrigation. In recent years, more Latina women are applying for jobs in vineyards. In response, Wenatchee Valley College recently expanded their successful grape-growing program to include classes exclusively for Spanish-speaking women.
KPLU, July 13, 2016

Peninsula College will use "Guided Pathways" to steer students

Peninsula College has just announced it will receive a series of grants that are expected to streamline the efficiency of the college experience for students. It's called “Guided Pathways”, which is what the college calls an evidence-based approach that simplifies choices about college courses, informs and supports those choices, and directs students into an intentional, comprehensive program of study that leads to a credential. Five colleges, of eighteen that applied, were selected to receive implementation grants including: Everett Community College, Peninsula College, Pierce College, South Puget Sound Community College, and South Seattle College.
KONP, July 13, 2016

Bates Technical College students win medal, certificate at national competition

Two Bates Technical College Fire Service students took home top honors at last month’s 2016 SkillsUSA Championships, held in Louisville, Ky. Dallin Wilson won the silver medal in the Firefighting category, and Nate Kubinsky was awarded a Skill Point Certificate in the Job Skill Demonstration Open, where contestants demonstrate and explain an entry-level skill used in the fire service industry.
The Suburban Times, July 13, 2016

Retired art instructor donates sculpture to EvCC

A sculpture Russell Day once kept on his back deck now has a place of honor at Everett Community College. The 103-year-old former EvCC art instructor recently had his untitled 238-pound Blenko glass and concrete sculpture permanently installed in the college’s Whitehorse Hall. The sculpture, created by Day in 1955 and donated to the college in 2015, was painstakingly restored and installed by retired and current arts instructors.
Edmonds Beacon, July 13, 2016

Carbon fibre recycling partnership deal signed in Washington state

In Washington State three partners in the composites industry have joined forces on two Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs) to develop advanced methods of recycling composite materials. The collaborative agreements brought together the Composite Recycling Technology Center (CRTC), the Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI), and Peninsula College.
Waste Management World, July 13, 2016

Local woodcarver makes something out of nothing

Sean Brown’s gallery of whimsical woodcarvings is as much a fixture on State Street as the long line of dusty industrial buildings. Alert motorists might notice a pair of amorous turtles one day, and a Sasquatch offering a polite middle finger the next. Brown admits he likes to playfully communicate with the world as it passes by. ... Brown began carving 10 years ago while attending the carpentry program at Grays Harbor College.
The Daily World, June 13, 2016

Researchers collect seal scat to study decline of fish

Researchers are collecting seal scat across Puget Sound in an effort to learn why salmon and steelhead are at historically low returns. The work is part of the Salish Marine Survival Project. It will supplement a variety of other research, including acoustic tags placed in fish, as well as a swim study focused on steelhead infected with a prevalent parasite. ... The work is a collaboration between Long Live the Kings, WDFW, Western Washington University and Everett Community College.
KING 5, July 12, 2016

South Puget Sound Community College awarded $500,000 grant for Guided Pathways program

College Spark Washington along with the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges today awarded South Puget Sound Community College (SPSCC) a grant of $500,000 over five years to develop a Guided Pathways program. Guided Pathways aims to support low-income students and students of color by helping community colleges develop clear paths to certificates, transfer degrees, or careers.
Thurston Talk, July 12, 2016

Trends | Horizons | Education

Should colleges really eliminate the college lecture?

Despite the increased emphasis in recent years on improving professors’ teaching skills, such training often focuses on incorporating technology or flipping the classroom, rather than on how to give a traditional college lecture. It’s also in part why the lecture — a mainstay of any introductory undergraduate course — is endangered.
The Atlantic, July 14, 2016

Competency-based education for underprepared students

The key to designing a competency-based education program for underprepared adult students is the need to balance remedial instruction with college work, within a system of effective student support services, says a new paper from Jobs for the Future, a nonprofit group.
Inside Higher Ed, July 13, 2016

How the shooting in Dallas turned a college into a crime scene

When shots rang out inside El Centro College’s downtown Dallas campus shortly after 9 p.m. on Thursday, the 58 students and employees working there late had no way of knowing just how close the gunman was. It wasn’t until 9:36 p.m. that students said they had received their first alert from the college warning them to take cover. By then some of them had, in their confusion and panic, taken the elevator downstairs, narrowly missing Micah Xavier Johnson as he shot his way into the building, wounding two college police officers.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, July 13, 2016

High rate of Washington community-college grads go on to earn 4-year degree

When it comes to using community college as a launchpad to a four-year degree, Washington is one of the top states in the nation. Washington ranks fifth among the states in the percentage of students who received an associate degree, then went on to get a bachelor’s degree, according to a recent study by National Student Clearinghouse.
The Seattle Times, July 12, 2016

How this Washington educational foundation beats the state’s graduation rates

An Issaquah-based educational foundation is beating the state’s numbers for high school and college graduation rates among low-income students with its hands-on mentoring and scholarship programs. Out of the low-income students who participate in programs run by the College Success Foundation, a nonprofit that operates statewide, 97 percent of them graduate from high school on time. That compares with 70 percent of low-income students statewide, CSF said.
Puget Sound Business Journal, July 11, 2016

Politics | Local, State, National

High-profile push for bystander intervention

At a U.S. Senate education committee hearing Wednesday, bystander intervention got a boost as a possible solution to not only sexual violence, but also harassment and bullying. Several senators and witnesses raised concerns that colleges are not doing enough to prevent harassment and bullying. Institutions could do more, they said, by providing bystander intervention training for incoming freshmen and adopting antiharassment policies.
Inside Higher Ed, July 14, 2016

More flexibility on loan counseling

College students who take out federal loans are required to receive counseling when they receive the loan and before they enter repayment, but not in between — a source of frustration for financial aid administrators who say they are not able to advise students on whether they are overborrowing or will be able to pay back a loan in a timely manner. The Obama administration signaled this week that it was developing a plan to allow some colleges and universities to require additional loan counseling of student borrowers on their campuses.
Inside Higher Ed, July 14, 2016

When the President of the United States writes an article in your journal

It’s not every day that the president of the United States publishes an article in an academic journal. But on Monday an article by "Barack Obama, JD," titled "United States Health Care Reform: Progress to Date and Next Steps," was published online in The Journal of the American Medical Association. The article appears with the label of "special communication."
The Chronicle of Higher Education, July 13, 2016

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