Skip to content

News Links | July 26, 2016

July 26, 2016 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

Collaboration, not competition

Colleges in the same region often view each other as competitors, whether on the athletics field or in the admissions office. But the nine colleges in Pierce County, Wash., see each other as the opposite: collaborators. Pierce County is home to a diverse set of educational options. There are two public institutions (Evergreen State College and the University of Washington Tacoma), two private institutions (Pacific Lutheran University and the University of Puget Sound), and five community and technical colleges (Bates Technical College, Clover Park Technical College, Tacoma Community College and the two campuses of Pierce College).
Inside Higher Ed, July 26, 2016

Clark College gets approval for new bachelor’s degree

Clark College is accepting applications for a new Bachelor of Applied Science in Applied Management program after receiving approval last week to begin offering the degree. The first group is limited to 35 students. Courses will be offered through online and face-to-face evening formats. Classes begin in January.
The Columbian, July 25, 2016

Education Focus: Kids learn to draw cartoons during Skagit Valley College summer classes

Thirteen-year-old Hayden Joy, his 9-year-old sister Cameryn and 13-year-old Jordyn Harris didn’t mind being stuck in a classroom last week — not when it means drawing, cartooning and playing with color. ... The three participated in a summer cartooning workshop at Skagit Valley College as part of the college’s summer Kids’ College.
Skagit Valley Herald, June 25, 2016

Students in Need drive raises $38,387

The five-week Students in Need drive has ended after raising $38,387 to help Lower Columbia College students stay in school. That’s more than double the drive’s initial goal of $15,000 goal. The money raised will go to the LCC Foundation, which it will use for its LCC Student Success Fund. The fund helps students cover the cost of tuition, textbook expenses, GED testing fees, emergency childcare expenses and even emergency transportation.
Longview Daily News, July 25, 2016

Worker Retraining program expands to four-year degrees

Green River [College] students earning four-year Bachelor of Applied Science degrees in software development, network administration and security, aeronautical science, marketing and entrepreneurship, and forest resource management are now eligible for Washington State's Worker Retraining program.
Maple Valley Reporter, June 25, 2016

Columbia Basin College adds student housing

Future students at Columbia Basin College (CBC) could have access to brand new student housing soon. The school is looking to add 378 student housing units across the street from campus. This advancement is meant to attract international, out of state and commuting students to CBC.
KVEW TV, July 25, 2016

The origins of family in "Voces del Valle"

For Socorro Alvarado, the life she lives in Skagit County is one that she used to think would just be a dream. ... Alvarado’s story is one of many featured in “Voces del Valle — Voices of the Valley,” which opened June 12 at the Skagit County Historical Museum in La Conner. ... Anita Roozen is the daughter of Morris and Mercedes Hernandez, one of the featured families. ... Roozen’s mother, Mercedes Hernandez, is featured as the first Mexican woman in Skagit County to go through Skagit Valley College’s nursing program. She was inducted into the college’s Hall of Fame in 2010 after serving 26 years as a nurse at Skagit Valley Hospital.
Skagit Valley Herald, July 24, 2016

Couple lassoes honor for decades of rodeo mentorship

Retired Walla Walla dentist Ted Millgard, 77, calls his involvement in rodeoing a challenging side interest. A member of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association, he competed in calf roping over a lot of years and volunteers as an assistant coach in calf and breakaway roping events at Walla Walla Community College.
Walla Walla Union-Bulletin, July 24, 2016

From high school to politics: CPTC student finds his passion

One of the biggest stereotypes of every election cycle is that young people don’t vote or get involved in politics. That doesn’t ring true for Northwest Career and Technical High School graduate and Clover Park Technical College student Dakota Myers.
The Suburban Times, July 24, 2016

Centralia College clock tower dismantled

An iconic structure on the campus of Centralia College was removed on Friday and will be replaced with a taller, improved version. The historic clock tower was dismantled by crews on Friday, revealing rotten wood and possibly unsafe conditions. 
Centralia Chronicle, July 22, 2016

CPTC: Local dealer shares Volt with hybrid students

Partnerships with local business create valuable hands-on opportunities for technical education students. Last week a group of nine Clover Park Technical College automotive program students experienced the benefits of one of those partnerships when they had a chance to spend two days working with a Chevrolet Volt courtesy of Parkland dealer Titus-Will Chevrolet.
The Suburban Times, July 22, 2016

Portland Community College names Mark Mitsui as its president

Portland Community College named Mark Mitsui, a U.S. Department of Education leader with deep roots in the Pacific Northwest, as its next president Thursday. ... Before working in D.C., Mitsui was North Seattle College president from 2010 to 2013. He worked as a vice president at South Seattle College for four years before that stint, and has been a teacher or administrator in the Northwest for much of his career.
The Oregonian, July 22, 2016

Trends | Horizons | Education

Where open textbooks are used

Open educational resources (OER) are showing signs of taking root in introductory courses, yet overall awareness of alternatives to traditional textbooks continues to lag, a new study found.
Inside Higher Ed, July 26, 2016

Why summer jobs don't pay off anymore

Why can't kids today just work their way through college the way earlier generations did? The answer to that question isn't psychology. It's math. A summer job just doesn't have the purchasing power it used to, especially when you compare it with the cost of college.
KUOW, July 25, 2016

Central Washington University projects record freshman enrollment for the fall

Central Washington University expects to have its largest freshman class ever this fall. The Ellensburg university predicts that 1,960 freshmen will arrive on campus, a 19 percent increase from last fall, according to a news release.
The Seattle Times, July 25, 2016

How to make free community college work for you

Though each program differs in detail, they are typically aimed at residents who finished high school or earned a GED within the previous year. Scholarships or tuition waiver programs are used to cover tuition, after financial aid is taken into consideration. Some students must also have low to moderate income or qualify for a federal Pell Grant, which is for low-income students. And most require you to maintain a certain grade point average and finish community college in three years.
Consumer Reports, July 22, 2016

Amazon's new market? Student loans

On Thursday, Amazon and the banking and financial services company announced a partnership through which Amazon Prime Student members will be eligible for a 0.5 percentage point reduction on their interest rate for private student loans taken out through Wells Fargo Education Financial Services.
Inside Higher Ed, July 22, 2016

New teachers rate higher academically than in the past

The good news: young teachers are more academically prepared than those who entered education 15 years ago. But the racial mismatch persists between them and their students.
The Seattle Times, July 22, 2016

When Pokémon goes to campus: The good, the bad, and the ugly

Two weeks after its release, the augmented-reality game Pokémon Go has become a global phenomenon, and college students across the country are finding that their campuses are among the best places to play.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, July 22, 2016

Calls for unity and civility

Bracing for another round of student protests as the new academic year begins, college officials are pre-emptively calling for peace and unity on their campuses following a summer of gun violence and political unrest.
Inside Higher Ed, July 22, 2016

The academic's guide to social media

Writing about social media is “dangerous,” according to Mark Carrigan, a sociologist and academic technologist at the University of Warwick, in Britain. In the time to take to finish a book on the topic, platforms launch and die, and fads come and go. But he has written a book about it anyway. His Social Media for Academics (SAGE Publications) is not meant to be the final word on the topic, but a guidebook to how academics can use social media to publicize their work, build their networks and manage information — and how to find the time.
Inside Higher Ed, July 22, 2016

How can schools prioritize for the best ways kids learn?

The education world is full of incremental change — the slow process of individuals learning about new strategies and approaches, trying them out, improving on their skills, and hopefully sharing their learning with colleagues to continue growth. While that process is necessary and good, if the changes to education are all in the service of doing the same thing better, they may be missing the point. The world has changed since education became compulsory and the current moment necessitates an education system that isn’t just better, but different.
KQED, July 18, 2016

Opinion: Achieving a culture of communication on campus

While some institutions experience a breakdown in relationships when handling these highly publicized issues, others move forward with unity. One of the key differences that contributes to how well a college moves forward is the quality of its communication, with both internal and external audiences.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, July 18, 2016

Politics | Local, State, National

Tim Kaine and higher ed

Hillary Clinton's running mate has promoted career and technical education, worried about the impact of student debt, and taught for many years at the University of Richmond.
Inside Higher Ed, July 25, 2016

Feds soften distance ed rule

Education Department releases proposed rule on state approval of online programs, cutting a provision that would require states to review of all out-of-state colleges.
Inside Higher Ed, July 25, 2016

Slight drop in colleges in heightened cash monitoring

The Education Department has released a new list of colleges and universities under heightened cash monitoring, which means that they are subject to far greater oversight than other colleges in federal student aid programs. A variety of compliance issues can land a college on the list. Most of the colleges on the list are for-profit institutions.
Inside Higher Ed, July 25, 2016

Last Modified: 2/9/18 11:40 AM
starburst graphic