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News Links | August 16, 2016

August 16, 2016 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

EdCC hopes to build science building — finally

In a perfect world, the newest building at Edmonds Community College would have been built five years ago. It wasn’t a perfect world five years ago. The recession was still causing problems with the state budget, delaying projects like EdCC’s Science, Engineering and Technology Building or SET Building. ... Now, the SET Building stands atop the list. Barring any unforeseen hiccups, the project should get the go-ahead in the coming legislative session.
Everett Herald, August 15, 2016

New EdCC lab designed to help ‘makers’ turn ideas into reality

In a grand opening on Monday afternoon, Edmonds Community College flung open the doors of The Facility. The college launched the new Rapid Proto Lab as a community-based nexus of creativity where “makers” — those with an idea — are provided with the equipment, skills and training to make it reality.
My Edmonds News, August 15, 2016

EvCC and WSU lead to brighter future for north Broadway

Before there was an I-5 passing through Everett, north Broadway was one of those vibrant spots along the Pacific Highway that could lure a Vista Cruiser with a neon wink. ... Today, [Neil] Anderson, the mayor and others believe things are looking up, with the eastward expansion of Everett Community College and Washington State University planting stakes on the other side of the street.
Everett Herald, August 14, 2016

Educators set pathways to medical careers

This fall, the next generation of surgical technicians, phlebotomists and medical information specialists will be sitting in classrooms at Burlington-Edison and Mount Vernon high schools. Thanks to a new partnership between the school districts, Skagit Valley College and Skagit Regional Health, high school students will be able to get a jump on their careers in health care.
Skagit Valley Herald, August 14, 2016

About 1,800 attend Back to School Blessings event

Skagit Valley College was abuzz with food and festival games Saturday after 1,200 backpacks stocked with school supplies were given out to families in need. The event, “Back to School Blessings,” has been a collaboration between the community and churches in the area for years, Skagit Valley College Executive Director of College Advancement Anne Clark said.
Skagit Valley Herald, August 14, 2016

The special charms of ultra-local wines

We are in a time in which exploration of lesser-known wines is encouraged. And perhaps no Washington wines are further “out there” than the cool-climate varieties grown in the Puget Sound American Viticultural Area. While siegerrebe, madeleine angevine and müller-thurgau don’t exactly roll off the tongue like chardonnay and cabernet sauvignon, these wines can be absolutely stunning. That’s what The Seattle Times’ reader wine-tasting panel discovered during our most recent event at the Northwest Wine Academy at South Seattle College.
The Seattle Times, August 12, 2016

Habitat for Humanity, Bates partnership reaches milestone

When Bates Technical College instructor Dave Leenhouts approached Tacoma/Pierce County Habitat for Humanity eight years ago, he hoped to forge a partnership. Today, that partnership has helped yield 50 affordable homes for families in our area.
The Suburban Times, August 11, 2016

WWU grad reaching out close to home

For Tanya Zaragoza-Rosas, working at Whatcom Community College hits close to home. She is WCC’s new Hispanic/Latino admissions outreach coordinator. Originally from Los Angeles, she moved with her family moved to Federal Way, Washington, when was was 15.
Lynden Tribune, August 3, 2016

Trends | Horizons | Education

What frosh know and don't know — and a spoof

It's that time of year again, when new students arrive on campus and faculty members and administrators feel old. Beloit College has been trying to bridge the generational divide since 1998 with an annual "mind-set list" to remind those who work in academe what the new students have and have never experienced. This year's list is out today with reminders about this year's freshmen.
Inside Higher Ed, August 16, 2016

In Washington, average college debt is lower than most other states

Although Washington students borrow more money to go to college than they did a decade ago, they still borrow less than their counterparts in neighboring states, according to a new study. The latest data, from a company that provides information about student loan refinancing, shows that the average undergraduate student who graduated from a Washington public or private college in 2015 borrowed $24,997 to complete college. About 56 percent of grads had debt upon graduation.
The Seattle Times, August 15, 2016

Opinion: Raising minimum wage would drive out youngest workers

Evergreen State voters will not just be facing a choice between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton this November. Washington ballots will also include Initiative 1433, which would increase the state minimum wage to $13.50 by 2020. If it passes, and it likely will, many workers would get a raise. But unless there’s a move to protect teenage workers, young people would be left behind.
The Seattle Times, August 15, 2016

Helping college-bound Native Americans beat the odds

Native American students make up only 1.1 percent of the nation's high school population. And in college, the number is even smaller. More than any other ethnic or racial group, they're the least likely to have access to college prep or advanced placement courses. Many get little or no college counseling at all. In 1998, College Horizons, a small nonprofit based in New Mexico, set out to change that through five-day summer workshops on admissions, financial aid and the unique challenges they'll face on campus. Its director, Carmen Lopez, sat down with NPR to talk about the obstacles that bright, talented Native students face.
NPR, August 15, 2016

Opinion: Ranking diversity

Diversity is currently given no weight in U.S. News & World Report’s primary institutional and disciplinary rankings, and it’s time for that to change, argues Gary S. May.
Inside Higher Ed, August 15, 2016

Data from the 2016 almanac

Explore 120 tables on faculty and presidential salaries, fastest-growing colleges, major gifts to higher education, cumulative student-loan debt, starting salaries for recent graduates, college enrollment by state, and more. Choose your state and compare its data on higher education with national figures.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, August 14, 2016

Harvard's new approach to America's teacher deficit

That program, Harvard Teacher Fellows, is an attempt to reshape the way young teachers are trained to enter high-needs schools, and to avoid the pitfalls associated with asking inexperienced teachers to quickly take on the responsibilities of seasoned educators.
The Atlantic, August 14, 2016

Opinion: Coming to you soon: Uber U

In higher education, we are increasingly facing the distinct possibility of a faceless future, teacherless courses, online everything, argues David Theo Goldberg.
Inside Higher Ed, August 12, 2016

More homes qualify for Comcast’s low-income internet service

Low-income families who receive federal housing assistance or live in public housing are now eligible to receive low-cost internet service from Comcast. Since 2011, families of children who are eligible to receive a free school lunch have been able to buy discounted internet service from Comcast. The company expanded eligibility to include students on reduced-price lunch, and then to students in private, charter and online schools. Low-income seniors and low-income community college students are also eligible.
The News Tribune, August 11, 2016

Grading creativity

This spring, with a six-district pilot, New Hampshire joined a small but growing list of at least a half-dozen states experimenting with large-scale arts testing. Educators prefer to call the new exams “assessments,” because they’re so different in form and format from traditional standardized tests. The goal, though, is to create a common “test”—often in the form of a project—that can be given to students in different classrooms across the state and used to help compare the performance of schools and districts.
The Atlantic, August 10, 2016

Are low-skill workers America's next great economic resource?

Few workers have suffered as much in the new post-outsourcing, post-automation, post-recession economy as workers without a college degree or high-school diploma. Unemployment, underemployment, and wage stagnation have plagued this class of workers since the start of the most recent economic downturn. But, ahead of an impending shift in the makeup of the labor pool, there’s some reason to believe that conditions may soon improve for these workers, who once comprised the backbone of the American economy.
The Atlantic, August 8, 2016

Politics | Local, State, National

Opinion: Free college? The U.S. should look at state models that are already working

As Clinton proposes, and as President Obama and Sen. Bernie Sanders have said, we must expand college access like never before and solve the problem of staggering student-loan debt once and for all. And we can — but the reality is that college can never actually be free. Someone has to pay for our institutions to operate, to educate, to innovate, and to grow. However, public colleges and universities could make attendance tuition free for students from low- and middle-income families, or roughly 80 percent of the population, if the federal government were to make the necessary investment in higher education that a policy of this magnitude would require.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, August 16, 2016

Details released on pilot loan counseling program

The Department of Education today released details of a pilot program announced last month that will allow some institutions to require loan counseling for student borrowers. The pilot program, developed through the department's experimental sites authority, is designed to test the effectiveness of more flexible loan counseling for those borrowers. College students who take out federal loans are required to receive counseling when they take out the loan and again when they go into repayment, but not in between — a source of complaints from financial aid administrators.
Inside Higher Ed, August 15, 2016

Opinion: Suing school districts is answer to funding failure

In a July 26 editorial, The News Tribune criticizes the lawsuit I filed against seven school districts. The writers believe that while the lawsuit is a “worthy goal,” it is the “wrong tactic.” But all other tactics to this point have failed. We’re left with an inadequately funded education system that forces districts into unconstitutional practices.
The News Tribune, August 14, 2016

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