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News Links | August 18, 2016

August 18, 2016 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

Moniz drops by national laboratory, talks energy jobs

The U.S. Secretary of Energy was every bit the academic physicist when he met with educators Tuesday to talk work force issues in Richland. ... “This is not your father’s Department of Energy. We are looking across the board,” he told educators representing Washington State University Tri-Cities, Walla Walla Community College and labor unions.
Walla Walla Union-Bulletin, August 17, 2016

Inslee, Bryant spar over minimum wage, Trump

Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee and Republican challenger Bill Bryant clashed over the minimum wage, education funding and Bryant's failure to disavow Donald Trump until this week during their first debate Wednesday. Inslee, seeking a second term, painted an optimistic vision of an innovative state making progress in solving its problems. Bryant portrayed a state government in disarray, along with a flagging economy under Inslee's "rudderless mismanagement." "We have made solid progress in the first four years," Inslee countered during the debate at Spokane Falls Community College.
McClatchy, August 17, 2016

Washington secretary of state candidates face off in Spokane

Washington Secretary of State Kim Wyman debated her challenger at Spokane Falls Community College Wednesday afternoon. The first-term Republican faces Democrat and former Seattle City Councilmember Tina Podlodowski.
Northwest News Network, August 17, 2016

Gig Harbor Girl Scout gives back to canines, dog owners with Gold Award project

Looking to make a lasting impact to the Gig Harbor community for her Gold Award, Girl Scout Kaytlyn Brabham, 18, decided to focus her project on improvements for her fellow dog lovers and their companions. ... A graduate of Gig Harbor High School, Brabham attended Tacoma Community College full-time as a Running Start student and will continue at the campus this fall with a full-tuition scholarship before transferring to Eastern Washington University to study biochemistry and forensic science.
The News Tribune, August 17, 2016

Fish hatchery program continues under Colville district

The Colville Fish Hatchery facility in Colville will continue to host a vocational-style program this fall, allowing area students to learn about raising Rainbow Trout fry for release in local lakes while studying environmental science courses. ... “Several of our students have gone on to Bellingham Technical College to pursue a two year degree in aquaculture or fisheries resources, which will benefit future endeavors into the fish program with WDFW or any privately run hatchery,” [Tami] Burns shared.
Chewelah Independent, August 17, 2016

Laid off foundry workers train for new careers at Centralia College

Sixty days after Bradken-Engineered Products announced its Chehalis facility would close in 2015, 91 workers lost their jobs. The employees were approved for job retraining through the federal Trade Adjustment Act, and were eligible to receive up to two years of college tuition, plus the costs of books, fees, supplies and tools, according to a press release from the college. This allowed them to retrain for new jobs and careers in a variety of technical and professional programs. “These workers are now being trained for new careers, not just jobs, through the Worker Retraining program at Centralia College,” said Worker Retraining Manager Joan Meister. “We’re committed to their success, and always working to make sure they reach their goals.”
Centralia Chronicle, August 17, 2016

Thanks to LCC for housing nature center

Thank you, Lower Columbia College for generously housing the Fallen Leaf Nature Niche in the McLaughlin Community Resource Center in the beautiful Health and Science Building. Since March 1, our niche has been a free nature center offering hands-on, fun, informal and personalized experiences in a natural science to the community.
Longview Daily News, August 17, 2016

35 years of friendship

Munching on traditional American fare of barbecued pork, chicken and cornbread, around 100 guests of the Moses Lake-Yonezawa Sister City Exchange Program reminisced about 35 years of the program Sunday. ... Moses Lake had a significant number of Japanese people visiting and living in the community because of the Japanese Agriculture Training Program at Big Bend Community College and the presence of Japan Air Lines Training Center at the Grant County International Airport.
Columbia Basin Herald, August 16, 2016

Trends | Horizons | Education

Advocacy group puts spotlight on debt relief companies

A higher education advocacy group is looking to bring attention to student debt relief companies marketing to borrowers services they could be getting free from the federal government. Student Debt Crisis, a group that advocates on student loan issues through petitions and outreach efforts, says debt relief companies, while legal, often aggressively market services to borrowers that the federal government offers for free — including help with loan forgiveness, consolidation and refinancing.
Inside Higher Ed, August 17, 2016

Students improve in all grades and subjects on state tests

Passage rates on last spring’s state standardized tests were higher than the year before in every grade, with as much as 3 percentage points higher in grades 3-8, education officials announced Tuesday. ... This is the second year that the Smarter Balanced tests have been given statewide, and the first since Congress passed a new federal education law, which could change how the scores are used.
The Seattle Times, August 16, 2016

The $12 million jobs matchmaker for community college students

Almost as telling, all the digital job boards and career sites [Felix] Ortiz tried seemed to ignore an entire population of vets and others without four-year college degrees. That spurred Ortiz to launch Viridis, an edtech startup he hopes will correct this oversight of the 7.3 million students enrolled community colleges across the nation. Launching later this year in 16 community college districts with a reach of some 70 schools, Viridis is a novel twist to the job-oriented social networking: A platform built especially for two-year students to showcase their skills and qualifications to local employers who are hiring. The goal is to match “skilled acquired” by students to “skilled required” by employers.
Forbes, August 9, 2016

Politics | Local, State, National

The problem with public colleges going tuition-free

It seems self-evident that eliminating tuition at public colleges for most families, as first Bernie Sanders and now Hillary Clinton has proposed, would increase access to higher education for low-income and minority students. It would reverse one of the key trends limiting opportunity for lower- and middle-income young people: a sustained shift of the cost of public higher education from taxpayers to students and their families. But without the proper safeguards, such a program might still, paradoxically, narrow access.
The Atlantic, August 18, 2016

Advocacy groups seek data on student debt, racial inequality

The National Consumer Law Center sent a letter to Education Secretary John King today asking the Department of Education to track the relationship between student loan debt and racial inequality. The letter follows efforts by the group to obtain the release of data on how federal debt collection practices are affecting minority student borrowers in particular.
Inside Higher Ed, August 18, 2016

Experiment with new education providers also tests new ways to measure quality

Four coding boot camps, three companies offering other alternative-education offerings, and the global conglomerate General Electric were chosen on Tuesday by the U.S. Department of Education to participate in a new experiment that will allow eight colleges to offer Pell Grants and federal student loans to as many as 1,500 students in programs where unaccredited providers supply a majority of the education.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, August 17, 2016

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