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News Links | August 4, 2016

August 04, 2016 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

College's Craft Brewing Academy rolls out three winners

Skagit Valley College Craft Brewing Academy instructor Bob Rock whiffed, then sipped, a ginger-flavored ale Tuesday evening at the Empire Ale House. “This one’s an ‘A,’” he said with a grin. The craft brewing program just completed its first session, with the students rolling out three selections that are now being poured at the Empire: the ginger ale, a berry ale and a black ale made dark by roasting barley malt to a deep hue. The classes are offered at Skagit Valley College’s Cardinal Craft Brewing facility at the Port of Skagit.
Skagit Valley Herald, August 4, 2016

Heritage University in Toppenish part of growing trend in Hispanic-serving institutions

Heritage University’s director of recruitment, Erica Tait, is a graduate of the University of Washington. At the Seattle campus, she was part of a small minority of Hispanic students. ... The Toppenish university is the only public or private university in the state designated a Hispanic-serving institution. It is one of five colleges or universities in Washington with a full-time undergraduate enrollment with at least 25 percent Hispanic students. ... Washington state has one emerging HSI in Walla Walla Community College, said Moder. HACU classifies an emerging HSI as one with 15 percent to 24.9 percent of its enrollment being Hispanic. Locally, Yakima Valley College is another designated HSI institution, as about 47 percent of its student body was Hispanic in 2014-15.
Yakima Herald, August 4, 2016

Bellevue College President David Rule resigns

David Rule, the president of Bellevue College for three years, has resigned, the college announced late Wednesday. Board of Trustees President Lisa Chin described it as a mutual decision and an amicable parting, and said the trustees had decided the college needed a different kind of leader.
The Seattle Times, August 3, 2016

WSU engineering majors expand in Everett, Pullman, Bremerton

Aspiring engineers and software designers, take note: Washington State University is expanding its offerings of these majors this fall in Everett, Pullman and Bremerton — and adding another hot major, construction engineering, to the Pullman campus. All the programs have room for new students. ... The program is designed for students who have already completed their prerequisites at a community college. ... An undergraduate electrical-engineering degree will be offered through WSU’s partner, Olympic College in Bremerton, starting this fall; WSU already offers a mechanical engineering degree through Olympic College. 
The Seattle Times, August 3, 2016

Sequim veteran pursues passion for video

Even after retiring, Chris Enges, 64, of Carlsborg, is finding the sky is the limit. For more than a year, he’s pursued his newest passion videography through his business Spirit Vision Films. He splits his time between photography and videography with a large portion of his work using a drone. ... Shortly into school at Peninsula College though, videography caught Enges’ eye. He returned to school with help from the Veterans Affairs’ Veterans Retraining Assistance and Placement Program. 
Sequim Gazette, August 3, 2016

CPTC joins Springbrook Summer Block Party

One of the best places to spend a sunny Friday afternoon is in a park enjoying the warm weather and building relationships. That’s how a group of Clover Park Technical College students, faculty and staff spent several hours on Friday, July 29, offering free haircuts, face painting and numerous other activities to local residents at Lakewood’s Springbrook Park.
The Suburban Times, August 3, 2016

PC gets grant to streamline course choices

The Peninsula College student experience, from entrance to degree completion, just took a big step toward streamlined efficiency thanks to state grants and an initiative that aims to simplify student choices. PC is one of five colleges that was selected by College Spark Washington and the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges to receive Guided Pathways implementation grants totaling $2.5 million over five years. ... Five colleges, of 18 that applied, were selected to receive implementation grants including: Everett Community College, Peninsula College, Pierce CollegeSouth Puget Sound Community CollegeSouth Seattle College.
Sequim Gazette, August 3, 2016

Community Colleges of Spokane Foundation scholarships

The Community Colleges of Spokane Foundation has awarded 304 students with scholarships ranging from $500 to full tuition for the 2016-17 school year.
The Spokesman-Review, July 28, 2016

Trends | Horizons | Education

One in 5 undergrads do not seek financial aid

One-fifth of undergraduates did not apply for any financial aid during the 2011-12 academic year -- typically because they thought they could afford college without it or did not believe they would qualify, according to a report from the U.S. Education Department's National Center for Education Statistics. That number was even higher at public two-year institutions, where 30 percent of students did not apply for financial aid.
Inside Higher Ed, August 4, 2016

Pressure to spend more on poor students

A new report suggests wealthy institutions should spend more from their endowments to help low-income students, but many campus critics say it's not so simple.
Inside Higher Ed, August 4, 2016

ITT Tech's struggle to survive

The problems at ITT Technical Institutes only continue to mount, and a hearing today from the company's accreditor could potentially put the final nail in the coffin. The beleaguered Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools could revoke ITT Tech's accreditation, which would make it impossible for its students to be eligible for federal student aid. The for-profit institution has been facing federal and state investigations and has a need for more cash. But enrollments have been falling dramatically for years now and will continue to do so, by as much as 60 percent for new students, according to a corporate filing from the company last week.
Inside Higher Ed, August 4, 2016

Student debt correlates with 'negative wealth'

New York Federal Reserve analysis finds that student loan debt contributes both to high levels of negative wealth and to income inequality. But financial aid experts say analysis misses some shadings.
Inside Higher Ed, August 3, 2016

Politics | Local, State, National

The pitfalls of free tuition

Bernie Sanders may be out as a presidential contender, but his proposal to make public college free has worked its way into Hillary Clinton’s education plan. While the plan is making some private colleges nervous, his campaign has succeeded in furthering a broader conversation among university admissions directors about how to make access to higher education more equitable.
The Atlantic, August 3, 2016

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