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News Links | August 2, 2016

August 02, 2016 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

Students learn how to build, program robots

Joel Bailon and Isaac Vazquez were more than happy to give up their summer school recess time to play with a robot instead. The 11-year-olds enjoyed the eight hours they spent over five days building a robot, including installing its wires and attaching an adjustable camera. ... Some of the robots were donated by the Skagit Valley College Computer Club, Ciriano Perez said.
Skagit Valley Herald, August 1, 2016

Local Everett College campus director spreading the word

From his attendance at chamber meetings to joining the Monroe Rotary Club, new Everett Community College East County Campus Director Mostafa Ghous has been immersing himself in the Monroe and greater Sky Valley communities.
Monroe Monitor, August 1, 2016

Neiman Marcus' Ken Downing on style influences and must-see spots

Ken Downing, senior vice president and fashion director of Neiman Marcus, admits that, while growing up in Seward Park, Seattle seemed like the last place from which to launch his career. “I felt like I was in the furthest most corner of nowhere,” he says. Now, celebrating 25 years as the face of one of the country’s top luxury department stores, Downing credits enrolling in the apparel design program at Seattle Central College for his sartorial start.
Seattle Magazine, August 2016

Training, jobs open up as maritime sector’s workforce ages

What do a teacher, a videographer and a fisherman have in common? They are among the people replacing Washington’s aging maritime workforce, where the average age is 54 and a mass exodus of retirees is just around the bend. ... Created in 2013 in the heart of Portland-based Vigor Industrial’s Seattle shipyard, the training center is a partnership between the company and South Seattle College. ... Other programs such as Seattle Central College’s Seattle Maritime Academy are in the process of expanding their capacities to train people for such jobs.
The Seattle Times, July 31, 2016

The SPSCC Foundation – supporting students, enriching education, creating community

South Puget Sound Community College (SPSCC) is a bustling campus hub nestled on 102 acres in west Olympia. Most Thurston County residents recognize the corner signage at the busy Mottman Road – Custer Boulevard intersection or have visited the beautiful Kenneth J. Minnaert Center for the Arts. [Foundation Executive Director Tanya] Mote joined the Foundation in 2014 with a background in non-profit management in the Seattle area and locally with United Way of Thurston County. A Shoreline Community College grad, she was attracted to the community college setting.
Thurston Talk, July 31, 2016

Hugs, tears and messages scrawled in chalk: Hundreds mourn Mukilteo victims

Hundreds of young people gathered at Mukilteo’s Kamiak High School on Saturday night, devastated after three of their friends were shot to death at a house party. ... Jordan Ebner, the older of two sons, graduated from Kamiak in 2015 and enrolled later that year at Everett Community College, according to a family member who asked not to be identified.
The Seattle Times, July 30, 2016

Forever learning: CPTC grad takes hold of all opportunities

Despite being a husband, father, veteran and 20-year information technology worker, Martin Trinidad didn’t let his busy life stop him from getting his degree and getting involved while a student at Clover Park Technical College. Now a graduate for more than three years, Trinidad still recognizes a lot of friendly faces whenever he returns to campus.
The Suburban Times, July 30, 2016

Pierce College student gives back at home and abroad

For as long as he can remember, Pierce College biology student Jacob Smith has always had an interest in giving back to the local community. When he learned of Pierce College’s service trip to the small community of Santa Julia, Nicaragua, he knew it would be the opportunity of a lifetime.
The Suburban Times, July 29, 2016

Green River College appoints interim president

Scott Morgan has been named interim president of Green River College. The Board of Trustees voted unanimously 5-0 on Thursday evening to hire the former president of Spokane Community College to temporarily replace Eileen Ely, who resigned from Green River on June 16.
Kent Reporter, July 28, 2016

Photo: Examining the evidence

City, county and state first responders had the opportunity to examine mock crime scenes during the Crime Scene Evidence Technician Course at Everett Community College on Wednesday afternoon. The course is a two-week, 80-hour class.
Everett Herald, July 28, 2016

Family of teen who drowned on Snoqualmie River: "She had big dreams"

First responders are urging all of us to be extremely careful on local rivers and lakes after a 17-year-old girl drowned near North Bend. Samantha Spigel, 17, was swimming with some friends in a small waterfall area when she went under the water on the North Fork of the Snoqualmie River on Wednesday and never resurfaced. Her body was later pulled from the water. ... Samantha attended the Running Start program at Bellevue College, while going into her Senior year at Skyline High School. 
KOMO News, July 28, 2016

Trends | Horizons | Education

Sole provider

Researchers at universities and laboratories across the country are conducting important work to find the answers to life's most complicated health, engineering and science questions. Key tools needed to conduct those experiments can only be made by scientific glassblowers. So these researchers often turn to the only college in the country that offers a degree program in scientific glassblowing: Salem Community College in New Jersey.
Inside Higher Ed, August 2, 2016

'It just happened'

Many colleges have adopted affirmative consent policies in recent years to help combat sexual assault. But some research suggests that the policies are far removed from how students actually request and receive consent.
Inside Higher Ed, August 2, 2016

The scholars who look at American history through beer-tinted glasses

The pastime of using beer as a lens to examine American history and culture, on the other hand, is relatively new. On college campuses and elsewhere, beer is more often seen as a public-health concern, says Ms. Jacobson. Accordingly, much research on the drinking habits and attitudes of Americans has been oriented to diagnosing and treating a social ill. ... That might be changing. The Smithsonian Institution, in Washington, last week posted a job ad seeking a scholar who can help the National Museum of American History collect artifacts and conduct field research for a project on beer brewing in the United States, with a focus on the last half-century. Three years ago, Oregon State University created the Oregon Hops and Brewing Archives in a similar bid to preserve the historical record of beer making in that region.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, August 2, 2016

Separating education from credentialing

Technology think tank says standardized testing by outside groups and alternative forms of credentialing could create helpful competitive pressure on higher education and the traditional college degree.
Inside Higher Ed, August 1, 2016

For-profit giant cautions that new-student enrollment may drop by half

New-student enrollment at institutions run by ITT Educational Services Inc. may drop by 45 to 60 percent over roughly the next six months, compared with the same period a year earlier, according to a new corporate filing by the company. ITT, which operates more than 130 campuses and enrolls more than 40,000 students, has long been under scrutiny by several agencies, including the U.S. Education Department, which last year tightened its restrictions on the company’s access to federal student aid.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, August 1, 2016

What college students need to know about bank accounts for financial aid

As college students prepare for a new academic year, they can expect changes in the process of choosing a bank account to receive their financial-aid balances. Federal rules that took effect July 1 bar colleges and universities from steering students to specific bank accounts to deposit aid.
The Seattle Times, July 30, 2016

Vocational training benefits men more than women, study suggests

A group of researchers wanted to find out if high-school students in blue-collar neighborhoods would benefit from an emphasis on vocational training, rather than college preparation. Their study found that such training did lead to opportunities — for men. After graduation, the women were less likely to be employed, and those who did find jobs earned less than their male counterparts. They also earned less than women from non-blue-collar communities.
The Seattle Times, July 29, 2016

Politics | Local, State, National

Meet the young Republicans who founded ‘Students for Trump’

Less than a year later, [Ryan] Fournier and [John] Lambert are heading up an organization that boasts nearly 300 campus chapters and a bevy of social-media followers — 29,000 on Twitter, 59,000 on Instagram, thousands more on Facebook. Students for Trump also has a six-member leadership team and a handful of regional field directors, each responsible for campus chapters in several states.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, August 2, 2016

Staking out sides on student debt discharge

The U.S. Department of Education has received more than 10,000 comments in response to a proposed rule for federal loan forgiveness for students whose colleges have defrauded them. The deadline for submitting comments was 11:59 p.m. Aug. 1.
Inside Higher Ed, August 2, 2016

Survey finds broad support for free college

Sixty-two percent of all Americans support free tuition at public colleges and universities, according to a survey released Monday by Bankrate.com. Among millennials surveyed, support was even higher, with 77 percent backing free tuition.
Inside Higher Ed, August 2, 2016

FAFSA changes may prompt colleges to shift admissions cycles earlier

A new study has found that more than two-thirds of colleges plan to make significant changes in the enrollment process because of new rules taking effect this fall for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, known as the Fafsa. The new policies, championed by President Obama, will allow applicants to submit the FAFSA as early as October and use tax data from two years prior, known as “prior-prior year” data. (Until now, students could use tax data only from the previous year.)
The Chronicle of Higher Education, August 1, 2016

Creating the right climate survey

At a news conference in April 2014, Vice President Joe Biden called on colleges to “step up” their efforts combating campus sexual assault. The request included a specific suggestion: colleges should voluntarily conduct anonymous surveys that gauge the “climate” on their campuses surrounding sexual violence and harassment. ... When the White House suggested institutions begin conducting the surveys, colleges had few tools to turn to, and many balked at being forced to develop the expensive surveys on their own. Today, colleges have plenty of choices. But there’s debate over the merits and shortcomings of each option — and there's disagreement on what the surveys’ purposes are.
Inside Higher Ed, July 29, 2016

Clinton, in convention speech, includes higher ed plan

Hillary Clinton, the Democratic nominee for president, included her college affordability plan in her speech Thursday night accepting the nomination. ... Clinton also stressed that postsecondary education is about more than four-year degrees.
Inside Higher Ed, July 29, 2016

Charter-school backers spending $116,000 to try to unseat state Supreme Court justice

Some of the biggest proponents of charter schools in Washington state are pouring money into the race to defeat state Supreme Court Justice Barbara Madsen, who authored last year’s decision declaring the privately run, publicly funded schools unconstitutional. The political arm of Stand for Children spent $116,000 this month on independent expenditures supporting Greg Zempel, Madsen’s chief opponent, in what constitutes the biggest infusion of outside cash in a Washington judicial race since 2010.
The News Tribune, July 28, 2016

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