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News Links | August 9, 2016

August 09, 2016 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

Can coding create a new future for Washington prisoners?

If the increasing popularity of coding bootcamps is any indication, more and more people are looking at computer science as a pathway to job security and higher earnings. But what if coding could help break the cycle of incarceration, an issue that affects more than two million Americans each year? This is the idea behind Unloop, a nonprofit that aims to train inmates in Washington prisons to become entry-level web developers. ... It took work with Tacoma Community College to develop Unloop’s first cohort of students, who are incarcerated at Washington Corrections Center for Women (WCCW) in Gig Harbor.
Crosscut, August 9, 2016

SPSCC’s Pathways program expanding to main campus

The end of a quarter usually means final exams, but for students in South Puget Sound Community College’s Pathways program, it was an opportunity to demonstrate their understanding in a different way. After months of integrated studies team-taught by two instructors, they explained what they had learned at a program-wide conference.
Thurston Talk, August 9, 2016

EvCC’s AMTEC expands just two years after opening

It’s an innovative concept to teach students all aspects of manufacturing. Just two years ago, Everett Community College launched its Advanced Manufacturing Training & Education Center, a kind of simulated factory floor to teach students the skills for the jobs of tomorrow. Now, the college is about to open a major expansion of the center called AMTEC.
Everett Herald, August 8, 2016

Longtime welding instructor shaped metal — and student lives

Ed Hue was a welder. But he didn’t just cut, join and shape steel; he also shaped lives. So many lives during his 29 years teaching welding at Columbia Basin College in Pasco before retiring. He loved his work. And he loved his students. In return, his students loved him. So much so that more than a dozen of them helped craft a final tribute — a casket made from carbon steel and embellished with personal touches.
Tri-City Herald, August 8, 2016

Eight Renton businesses make “Best Workplaces for Waste Prevention and Recycling” list

Eight Renton businesses were among 112 King County Companies named to the 10th Annual “Best Workplaces for Waste Prevention and Recycling” list this week. ... Joining the Best Workplaces for Waste Prevention and Recycling list for the second time is Renton Technical College. There is broad support for recycling on this campus, from students, faculty, and staff, to the individualized departments which, in many cases, seek methods to recycle materials unique to their programs.
Renton Reporter, August 8, 2016

Citizens dig into science in Clark County

Whether they log entries into a 16-year-old notebook or use computer apps, many people are finding ways to become citizen scientists. ... How do you identify an animal you can’t see? Louis LaPierre had the answer at the BioBlitz event held this spring at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site. LaPierre, who teaches biology and environmental science at Lower Columbia College in Longview, led an evening survey of the site’s bat population.
The Columbian, August 7, 2016

Grays Harbor College, City of Aberdeen to partner in new multi-purpose indoor practice facility

Once the plans are finalized and work begins, Aberdeen will be home to a second multi-purpose indoor practice facility, this time at the Bishop Athletic Complex. In a partnership between the City of Aberdeen Parks &Recreation Department and Grays Harbor College, a larger multi-purpose building is currently in the early stages of development.
The Daily World, August 6, 2016

Briefs: EdCC taps retired colonel as new VP of HR

Edmonds Community College has hired a 24-year veteran of the U.S. Air Force to serve as the college’s associate vice president of Human Resources. Retired Col. Dennis Curran’s first day in his new role was July 18.
Everett Herald, August 6, 2016

New college president focuses on furthering relationships

Bob Mohrbacher has only been in his role for a little over a month, but he already says he has no plans of leaving the helm of Centralia College until he retires. ... He began teaching English at Tacoma Community College and Pierce College before becoming the department coordinator and the division chairman, and later the interim vice president at Pierce College. He later accepted a position at Big Bend Community College in Moses Lake, where he has spent the last six years as the vice president of instruction and student services.
Centralia Chronicle, August 5, 2016

Bringing adjuncts to the table

Student success initiatives tend to work better on campuses where faculty members are engaged. So Achieving the Dream, the nonprofit organization that advocates for institutional improvement at community colleges, is unveiling a new initiative that will help part-time faculty members become more active in their colleges' reform efforts, with the help of full-time faculty. ... ATD is piloting the two-year initiative at six colleges — Harper College in Illinois, the Community College of Baltimore County, Patrick Henry Community College in Virginia, Delta College in Michigan, the Community College of Philadelphia and Renton Technical College in Washington state.
Inside Higher Ed, August 5, 2016

CPTC: Authentic leadership at the AAWCC luncheon

The Clover Park Technical College chapter of the American Association of Women in Community Colleges welcomed nearly 50 college staff, faculty, student and community members to its fourth annual luncheon Wednesday, Aug. 3, at the McGavick Conference Center.
The Suburban Times, August 5, 2016

Bellevue College to offer new, part-time coding program

Bellevue College is partnering with a national, private coding academy to offer part-time classes in some of the fastest-changing job skills on the market: web development, web applications and other coding skills. The types of coding skills that employers want are changing so rapidly that it’s been hard for community colleges to keep up to date, said Mark Veljkov, product manager at Bellevue College, the state’s largest community college.
The Seattle Times, August 4, 2016

An exciting wine trail in Walla Walla

It’s no longer a secret — the vineyards in the Walla Walla Valley on the borders of Oregon and Washington are producing some of the award-winning wines and top wine grape growing regions in the world. ... The first winery we visited was College Cellars. Students from viticulture classes of the Institute of Enology and Viticulture at Walla Walla Community College study for careers to become wine tasters or vineyard owners. They have a hands-on experience in wine making, viticulture practices, and wine marketing and sales.
East Oregonian, August 4, 2016

EdCC celebrates 50 years with new logo, look

Edmonds Community College has created a new logo and look as it celebrates its 50th anniversary. An updated logo, featuring the Edmonds CC Trident, will replace the “E” logo, which has been used for almost 30 years.
Edmonds Beacon, August 4, 2016

Trends | Horizons | Education

The impact of student debt on relationships

A new national survey finds that student debt has an impact on how people view relationship potential., which advises colleges and businesses on student debt issues, commissioned a survey of 1,000 adults. The survey found that 75 percent view student debt of a potential partner as "baggage."
Inside Higher Ed, August 9, 2016

What it's like to be college-bound and worried about your immigration status

The NPR Ed team connected with [Mayte Lara Ibarra and Larissa Martinez] via video chat so they could talk about the challenges they're facing on the road to college. Our hour-long conversation touched on a host of issues — including the Supreme Court's ruling on the Obama administration's program to expand Deferred Action for Early Childhood Arrivals and the economic roadblocks facing some who are in the U.S. illegally.
KUOW, August 8, 2016

Who Decides What Must Be on a Syllabus?

College of Charleston professor says he's been forced out of a job for refusing to list learning outcomes to please an accreditor. He's suing and says academic freedom is being violated.
Inside Higher Ed, August 8, 2016

Politics | Local, State, National

In our view: Tuition cuts a win for all

With the school year drawing near, college students in Washington and their families are reaping the benefits of what happens when lawmakers work together for the good of the public. Last year, the Legislature passed — unanimously in both chambers — a bill that is trimming tuition costs at the state’s public colleges. Community college and technical schools immediately cut tuition by 5 percent from their 2014-15 rates; regional schools such as Eastern Washington and Western Washington enacted cuts that will reach 20 percent this year; and the University of Washington and Washington State University have shaved 15 percent off tuition costs from two years ago. The immediate impact is to make higher education more affordable for Washington families — a recognition of the investment in the future that public colleges represent.
The Columbian, August 8, 2016

Court fines total $36M in McCleary school-funding case. But will they ever be paid?

Education Lab IQ: The Supreme Court lowered the boom last year when it levied a $100,000 daily fine against Washington for failing to adequately fund its public schools. The total is now $36 million, but it exists only on an accountant’s ledger.
The Seattle Times, August 7, 2016

Risks of risk sharing

As bipartisan consensus emerges in Congress that colleges should share the burden of students who can't repay loans or find jobs, higher ed leaders consider how such a plan would work and whether it would discourage them from educating the disadvantaged.
Inside Higher Ed, August 5, 2016

Groups sue to block new Washington charter schools law

Teachers unions, parents and other groups filed a lawsuit Wednesday over Washington's new charter school law, a measure that was enacted last spring after the state Supreme Court struck down the old law. The organizations say the Legislature's effort to revive charter schools after the 2015 court decision didn't actually fix the problem cited by the justices: Public dollars needed for traditional public schools are still being diverted to alternative, nonprofit charter schools over which voters have no control, in violation of the Washington Constitution.
The Bellingham Herald, August 3, 2016

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