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News Links | August 23, 2016

August 23, 2016 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

OC and WSU expand partnership

The partnership between Olympic College and Washington State University is growing this year with the addition of an electrical engineering bachelor’s degree program starting Aug. 22 at the Bremerton OC campus. ... The freshman and senior years and the prerequisites for the upper-level courses could be completed at local community colleges such as Olympic College or Tacoma Community College, after which students could transfer into the WSU program based in Bremerton.
Bremerton Patriot, August 22, 2016

CPTC: Ahead of the game: Architecture alum gets career head start

Most recent high school graduates spend the summer either planning for college or looking for an entry-level work opportunity. Most recent high school graduates are not Sarah Cox. Cox graduated with honors from Clover Park Technical College and Northwest Career & Technical High School in June. But adding to that accomplishment, Cox began her career full-time at the end of winter quarter.
The Suburban Times, August 22, 2016

Opinion: PNNL gives students hands-on experience

Many of us remember writing that dreaded essay about how we spent our summer vacation — often struggling to recall what we did or make it sound interesting. That won’t be a problem for the almost 800 students at the Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory this summer. They will have challenging and rewarding experiences to share with friends and families. ... Our students come from universities across the country, including contingents from the University of Washington, Washington State University and Columbia Basin College.
Tri-City Herald, August 21, 2016

LCC's Story Field needs at least $450,000 worth of repairs, future use in question

As the Cowlitz Black Bears walked off the diamond after their season’s last game on Aug. 7, they left behind another summer’s worth of damage on Lower Columbia College’s David Story Field. In the past several years, the condition of the college’s field has deteriorated so much that the LCC Red Devils baseball team won’t play on the field until repairs can be made.
Longview Daily News, August 21, 2016

EdCC expands access to its makerspace resources for public, students

Inventors, entrepreneurs and students have new resources in Snohomish County for learning and creating using advanced design or manufacturing equipment. Edmonds Community College has expanded access to a makerspace on campus and another is moving from Lynnwood to a larger spot in Everett.
Everett Herald, August 20, 2016

More and more colleges opt out of going ‘by the book’

A growing movement in higher education aims to ensure that textbooks and other course materials are within more students’ reach. The solution: “open educational resources.” ... It’s a movement that has taken hold at Pierce College, whose Joint Base Lewis-McChord campus in 2015 became the third community college in the country to offer a two-year degree students can complete without ever having to purchase a textbook. ... Other higher education institutions in Pierce County also are using digital textbooks for some courses, among them Tacoma Community College, University of Washington Tacoma and Bates Technical College. ... Mark Jenkins, director of eLearning for the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges, said the state’s early adoption of digital textbooks has made students and faculty receptive to using them.
The News Tribune, August 19, 2016

Unmanned aerial vehicle program comes to Big Bend this fall

Big Bend Community College will launch an “unmanned aerial vehicle” program this fall, and received a grant to help pay for equipment. Unmanned aerial vehicles also are called drones. The five-year, $2.2 million federal grant will allow the college to buy fixed-wing aircraft and one additional rotorcraft, said program director Pat Ford. The college will receive $550,000 per year.
Columbia Basin Herald, August 19, 2016

Inspire Development Centers: A private nonprofit dedicated to preparing children for lifelong success

“Our success is the family and child’s success." Glossy words in a glossy booklet, but those eight words are a mantra for those who work and teach at Inspire Development Centers, the 33-year-old, Sunnyside-based private nonprofit dedicated to preparing children in their early years so they will be successful in school and life. ... “We have good partners with a number of colleges,” said Human Resources Director Julie Jones, explaining that schools like Heritage University, Yakima Valley College, Columbia Basin College, Big Bend Community College, Skagit Valley College and Perry Technical Institute help Inspire with staff development, and Inspire has funds available to help staff enhance their education.
Yakima Herald, August 19, 2016

New program gives adults a chance at a high school diploma

Rodriguez was one of the first graduates that went through Sound Learning's partnership with South Puget Sound Community College to offer high school diplomas through the High School 21+ program, now offered at 34 community colleges across the state. ... High School 21+ is also offered at Olympic College in Bremerton for students living in the North Mason area.
Kitsap Sun, August 19, 2016

Green River College chooses interim vice president of instruction

An experienced higher ed administrator with ties to Green River College will serve as the interim vice president of instruction. Interim President Scott Morgan announced on Thursday that Rebecca (Rhodes) Williamson, Spokane Community College's vice president of instruction since 2012, will fill the position vacated after Derek Brandes left to become president of Walla Walla Community College.
Kent Reporter, August 19, 2016

Tribal dropouts getting second chance at diploma

“School was for fools.” That was the mentality when Ashley Longshore dropped out of high school. ... The three Skokomish tribe members received their high school diplomas this summer through a South Puget Sound Community College program. Nearly 80 dropouts from Nisqually, Squaxin and Skokomish tribes have received diplomas thanks to the college’s “High School 21+”.
KING 5, August 18, 2016

Trends | Horizons | Education

Wells Fargo to pay $3.6M fine over loan servicing

Wells Fargo will fork over more than $3.6 million to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to settle claims over what the regulator called illegal student loan servicing practices, according to a release from the CFPB Monday. In addition to the $3.6 million civil penalty, the bank will pay $410,000 in restitution to consumers. It will also be required to improve practices involving billing and processing of student loan payments.
Inside Higher Ed, August 23, 2016

Community college has valet parking for a few days

In Southern California, parking is always a challenge. For community colleges, the start of the semester can make parking even more difficult as people try to register and add classes. San Diego Mesa College — of the San Diego Community College District — is helping out this week by providing several days of free valet parking. The college is promoting a variety of forms of transportation for use during the semester, but valet parking will allow an extra 200 cars in the main lot (since double parking will be possible) for a few days this week, when demand for spaces is especially high. 
Inside Higher Ed, August 23, 2016

College selectivity and income

Graduates of the most selective institutions earn more — even when controlling for factors that earlier made some doubt such findings — but maybe not as much more as many think.
Inside Higher Ed, August 22, 2016

Across the border and into school

Thousands of Central American children made a harrowing journey to the United States. Now they are navigating the arduous process of getting an education.
The Atlantic, August 20, 2016

Different funding systems, same underlying problems

A new policy report from the Urban Institute examines how national policies will need to recognize the variation and differences across the community college sector in order to be successful. That variation in tuition, missions and student bodies plays an important role in the overall success at colleges. All of those factors are impacted by a lack of sufficient funding, according to the report.
Inside Higher Ed, August 19, 2016

Accreditor pushes back decision on ITT

The Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools this week said it will decide whether or not to sanction ITT Technical Institutes after a hearing scheduled for December, according to a federal filing from ITT. The controversial for-profit chain earlier this year was told by the national accreditor, which itself is facing existential scrutiny, to prove why it should not lose its accreditation and, subsequently, access to federal financial aid.
Inside Higher Ed, August 19, 2016

State unemployment rate at 5.8 percent for eighth month in a row

Preliminary estimates from the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics show Washington’s unemployment rate remained at 5.8 percent last month. It has been that rate since December 2015. ... According to the July Monthly Employment Report from the state’s Employment Security Department (ESD), the state added 2,600 jobs over the month, adding up to a total 100,000 year-over year.
Vancouver Business Journal, August 17, 2016

Washington student test scores inch upward, but testing opposition remains

Test scores released Tuesday by the state superintendent’s office show Washington students making incremental progress on the Smarter Balanced tests, which public schools throughout the state administered for the second time last spring. ... Most of those boycotting the tests are high school students. Last year, many 11th-graders didn’t take the Smarter Balanced tests because they were not required for graduation. [Randy] Dorn said controversy broke out last year over the Smarter Balanced tests, which are based on Common Core standards used by several states. Critics say Common Core standards are often confusing and too rigorous.
The News Tribune, August 16, 2016

Politics | Local, State, National

Federal interpretation — or legislation?

Federal court ruling on Obama administration guidance on use of school facilities by transgender students could clear the way for a challenge to the Education Department's 2011 letter on campus sexual assault.
Inside Higher Ed, August 23, 2016

Demand strong for student loan forgiveness

New data from the Department of Education show more than 400,000 have submitted a form indicating interest in a new Public Service Loan Forgiveness program.
Inside Higher Ed, August 23, 2016

CFPB: Unnecessary obstacles for lower loan payments

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's student loan ombudsman released a report Thursday documenting consumer complaints about needless hassles borrowers face in applying for income-based repayment of student loans. The report said delays in applications can leave students with thousands in extra costs.
Inside Higher Ed, August 19, 2016

Top U.S. higher-education official says innovation will best serve the ‘new normal’ students

Ted Mitchell, the under secretary of education and the top higher-education official at the U.S. Department of Education, talks often about the need for colleges to innovate so they can better serve adults, working people, and others he calls the “new normal students” of today.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, August 19, 2016

A new effort to teach low-income students marketable skills

The Obama administration is rolling out an experimental plan that will allow employers and training programs to partner with accredited universities to teach students work-related skills. This pilot will enable students to receive federal financial aid for programs that are typically ineligible for these funds, like coding boot camps. By pairing traditional universities with companies that train workers for in-demand fields like computer coding and advanced manufacturing, the U.S. Department of Education hopes to create a new model for delivering high-quality academic credentials to workers in a shorter period of time.
The Atlantic, August 18, 2016

Opinion: Gubernatorial debate was short on education-funding specifics

The most important work Washington’s governor will do next year is lead the charge toward reforming the way the state pays for its public schools. The first debate between Gov. Jay Inslee and his Republican challenger, Bill Bryant, gave the public few clues how either of them would do that.
The Seattle Times, August 18, 2016

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