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July 19, 2016 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

New statue planned for Tacoma will honor labor leader and ILWU founder Harry Bridges

A towering figure in U.S. labor history will be honored with a statue in Tacoma. The sculpture will commemorate Harry Bridges, founder of the International Longshoremen’s and Warehousemen’s Union, known as the ILWU. ... Now union members have contributed money to create a bronze statue of him. ... The permanent home for the piece hasn’t been decided yet, but Michaels says it will likely be an educational institution, such as the University of Washington Tacoma or perhaps Bates Technical College.
KPLU, July 18, 2016

At 16, a Clark College graduate

Lewis D. Cannell was the dean of Clark College for 35 years, from the school’s infancy during the Great Depression in 1935 until his retirement in 1970. He’s been described as a driving force behind the Junior College Act of 1941, in which the state Legislature first provided funding for junior colleges. Last week, Danielle, now 16, stood in front of Clark College’s Cannell Library, named in honor of her great-grandfather. She has made her own mark on the campus where he first set foot 81 years ago. Danielle is one of the youngest graduates in the school’s history. When she earns her associate degree next month, she’ll graduate with honors. Last month, she graduated with honors from Heritage.
The Columbian, July 17, 2016

CPTC offers nurse camp students hands-on experience

Clover Park Technical College’s health sciences and human services programs enjoyed a special group of visitors Thursday afternoon, as 18 local high school students joined CPTC’s instructors and students for some hands-on experience as part of the 2016 Nurse Camp.
The Suburban Times, July 16, 2016

Our Aberdeen’s murals on the map instill pride in the community

Aberdeen is witnessing art growing on formerly ugly, bare walls. Murals are being created along the downtown corridor. A spectacular piece titled ‘Immigrants’ has just been completed by Hoquiam artist Jenny Fisher. Its bright colors are glowing in the July sunshine transforming the formerly naked western wall of the Union Gospel Mission. ... Grays Harbor College art instructor Erik Sandgren has achieved renown throughout the Pacific Northwest. His glowing eight panel depiction of industry and nature in the Harbor was commissioned to celebrate the centennial of the Port of Grays Harbor.
Grays Harbor Talk, July 16, 2016

CPTC welcomes prospective students to visit campus for evening open house

Clover Park Technical College successfully hosted its second Evening Open House Wednesday, welcoming hundreds of prospective students to visit the Lakewood campus and learn about the school. The event was open to the public and was held in the evening to cater to working adults looking to find out more about the dozens of programs CPTC offers.
The Suburban Times, July 15, 2016

Pierce College receives grant to enhance student success

College Spark Washington and the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges selected Pierce College as one of five colleges in the state to receive a Guided Pathways implementation grant totaling $500,000 over five years.
The Suburban Times, July 14, 2016

Culinary academy feeds strong student demand

Fine cuisine sometimes can be found in unlikely spots. Such arguably is the case with Spokane Community College’s Inland Northwest Culinary Academy. An American Culinary Federation-accredited program, the culinary school is located in the Old Main building on the Spokane Community College campus. What looks like, on the outside, an industrially bland building, holds within it industrial kitchens where skills, confidence, and some delicious career opportunities are cooked up.
Spokane Business Journal, July 14, 2016

Kadlec presents $500,000 check to CBC for Richland facility

Kadlec Regional Medical Center presented a $500,000 check to Columbia Basin College on Thursday for the new Wortman Medical Science Center in Richland. The $17.7 million, four-story facility is under construction and is set to be done in May 2017. Kadlec has pledged $3 million for the project, and the check was the first installment.
Tri-City Herald, July 14, 2016

Kent man to head public safety efforts at Highline College

David K. Menke has been named director of public safety and emergency management at Highline College. Prior to coming to Highline, Menke spent 20 years in the U.S. Navy where he held the rank of chief petty officer. Most recently he was stationed in Everett and served as law enforcement operations manager with the Naval Station Everett Military Police.
Kent Reporter, July 14, 2016

SCC, businesses reeling in people with Pokemon

Pokemon Go, a smart phone app that let's you chase down and catch little pocket monsters, is sweeping the nation. The game went crazy last weekend, and now organizations are catching on to the fact that people are trying to "catch them all." The augmented reality game is turning Spokane into a play field to capture the creatures all over including at Spokane Community College.
KXLY, July 14, 2016

Trends | Horizons | Education

Not practicing what they preach?

The vast majority of freshmen expect their colleges to provide a welcoming environment for people from diverse religious and nonreligious perspectives, according to findings from a new survey released this week. But those same students may not be so welcoming themselves.
Inside Higher Ed, July 19, 2016

How colleges are keeping up with business changes

College and universities' coping mechanisms are on full display this week as business officers fight a mix of financial pressures ranging from budget crunches to tuition discounting run amok to high levels of debt blocking necessary construction. Strategies to tackle the problems are on display at the National Association of College and University Business Officers' annual meeting here. The multiday conference comes as business officers increasingly believe that higher education is in a financial crisis, according to a new Inside Higher Ed survey. But they also feel better than they have in previous years about their own institutions' futures.
Inside Higher Ed, July 19, 2016

Paper: Aid deadlines hurt low-income students

A new report out of the Wisconsin Hope Lab finds that a large proportion of students eligible for Pell Grants are underfiling in states with explicit deadlines. Because higher education funding at the state level is limited, most states use some form of a deadline as a way to ration need-based grant aid within budgetary limits.
Inside Higher Ed, July 18, 2016

Opinion: Lessons learned about Guided Pathways

Guided pathways reforms will surely encounter implementation challenges, but we have already learned a lot to help resolve those challenges — and will continue to do so, argue Thomas Bailey, Shanna Smith Jaggars and Davis Jenkins.
Inside Higher Ed, July 18, 2016

Science students learn to use social media to communicate research

Scientists these days don’t just need to be good at putting their ideas into writing; they need to know how to post them on Twitter and Facebook. That’s the premise of an unusual course at the California Institute of Technology, "Social Media for Scientists," which was first offered this past spring by Mark E. Davis, a professor of chemical engineering, and Sarah Mojarad, a communications program manager for social media.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, July 18, 2016

How girls in blue-collar communities are being left behind

While there’s fierce discussion about the benefits and drawbacks of promoting career training in high schools, largely overlooked is whether such training affects girls differently than boys. But according to a new study spearheaded by a sociologist at Cornell University and set to be published in the August issue of the American Sociological Review, high-school training in blue-collar communities disadvantages women.
The Atlantic, July 15, 2016

Criminal justice education in the Black Lives Matter era

A couple of weeks after Michael Brown was shot and killed by police officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Mo., in 2014, Wesley Bell told his students his class wouldn't shy away from discussing the incident. Bell, a criminal justice professor at St. Louis Community College, found that the real-life incident became a focal point in teaching his students the importance of law enforcement officers becoming a part of the communities they serve.
Inside Higher Ed, July 15, 2016

For-profit college sector continues to shrink

The number of for-profit postsecondary institutions and the number of students they enroll are continuing to wither, according to data released by the U.S. Education Department's National Center for Education Statistics on Thursday.
Inside Higher Ed, July 15, 2016

Foundering finances, the faculty role: a survey of business officers

College and university chief business officers increasingly agree higher education is in a financial crisis, yet many are divided over the role a key constituency on campus should play as institutions grapple with budget issues: their faculty members.
Inside Higher Ed, July 15, 2016

Politics | Local, State, National

GOP platform on higher education

The Republican Party's platform, which was released on the first day of the GOP convention in Cleveland, included criticism of the Obama administration's handling of sexual discrimination on college campuses as well as calls to decouple accreditation from federal financial aid and to bring the private sector back into the financing of student loans. The document also criticized the dominance of liberalism on college campuses and argued for the encouragement of new systems of learning to compete with traditional, four-year colleges.
Inside Higher Ed, July 19, 2016

Pence, Trump's reported veep choice, and higher ed

Indiana Governor Mike Pence is Donald Trump’s reported pick for vice president, although an announcement planned for today has been delayed due to the terrorist attack in Nice and the Trump campaign has not confirmed a final decision. Pence brings government experience (a decade in Congress prior to his single term as governor) and social conservative bona fides to the campaign. But he doesn’t have an especially long record of achievements in higher education.
Inside Higher Ed, July 15, 2016

Paying for education must go beyond classrooms, advocates say

The McCleary school-funding lawsuit, hurtling toward a showdown between lawmakers and the state Supreme Court, is generally understood as a fight over how much Washington must provide for its public schools. But a group of high-profile civil rights advocates have added a new wrinkle to the question. Thousands of schoolchildren — many of them kids of color — rely on welfare, food stamps, housing subsidies and other social services. Squeezing those programs in the name of McCleary would undercut efforts to narrow the widening gap in achievement between children of different racial groups, said the coalition, which includes Columbia Legal Services, Washington Low Income Housing Alliance, Children’s Alliance and the Equity in Education Coalition.
The Seattle Times, July 15, 2016

'Debt-free' college hits the congressional campaigns

A progressive political action committee announced this week that multiple Democrats in high-profile Senate races would back calls for debt-free college in the wake of Bernie Sanders’s endorsement of Hillary Clinton as the Democratic presidential nominee. The Progressive Change Campaign Committee, a political action committee focused on backing left-leaning policy ideas and candidates, announced that eight Democratic candidates for Senate were getting behind the goal of debt-free college.
Inside Higher Ed, July 15, 2016

State ordered to appear in court over school funding

The state Supreme Court has ordered the state to appear in court before the justices decide whether to lift or add to sanctions in the McCleary school-funding case. In an order released Thursday, the justices listed the questions they want the state and the plaintiffs to answer in a hearing scheduled for Sept. 7. In general, the justices want to hear the state’s explanation for why its most recent school-funding plan for the court’s McCleary decision should be considered sufficient.
The Seattle Times, July 14, 2016

State schools chief going to court over McCleary case

Superintendent of Public Instruction Randy Dorn knows school districts use local levies to pay teachers and principals because they don’t get enough money from the state to offer competitive salaries. He is convinced it is illegal for them to do this. So the outgoing chief of Washington’s public school system said he intends to sue a few districts to find out.
Everett Herald, July 14, 2016

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