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News Links | September 6, 2016

September 06, 2016 by SBCTC Communications

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Whatcom County has need for qualified construction workers

While Whatcom County isn’t seeing a construction boom like other parts of the country, contractors are having trouble filling positions for skilled workers. ... The need for trained construction workers is being voiced more often at Bellingham Technical College, said Frank Powers, vice president of instruction. Several of the programs related to construction are popular, including ones for electrical work, geomatics and welding.
Bellingham Herald, Sept. 5, 2016

CPTC: Interior design exhibition showcases student work

The Clover Park Technical College Rotunda became a showcase for student portfolios on Aug. 26, as six students wrapping up their time in the Interior Design program exhibited their work for potential employers, alumni and members of the campus community.
The Suburban Times, Sept. 5, 2016

YVC receives $2.63 million grant to expand services at Grandview campus

Yakima Valley College announced Thursday that it will expand student services at its Grandview campus thanks to a $2.625 million federal grant. The U.S. Department of Education awarded the college a Title V Developing Hispanic-Serving Institution grant. The award is for $525,000 per year for the next five years.
Yakima Herald, Sept. 2, 2016

Green River College awarded forestry training grant

The Washington Forestry Training Initiative, a joint effort between Green River and Grays Harbor colleges, recently received a four-year $998,773 grant from the National Science Foundation. Between 2016 and 2020, the grant will fund at least 92 scholarships to students in Green River and Grays Harbor's natural resources bachelor of applied science degree pathway.
Kent Reporter, Sept. 1, 2016

$32 million Integrated Education Center now underway at South Seattle College

South Seattle College is now in the process of building a $32 million, 57,500 sq. ft, Integrated Education Center. The funds for the project came from the Capital Budget Allocation from the State of Washington. The project consists of a new three-story education building and approximately 4 acres of onsite site pedestrian, vehicular and utility improvements.
West Seattle Herald, Sept. 1, 2016

Farmer Frog founder promotes healthy food for strong families, communities

Zsofia Pasztor is many things: arborist, horticulturalist, landscape designer, urban farmer, teacher, lecturer. Many know her as the force behind the Edmonds Community College on-campus farm, the various demonstration farms at local schools and as the executive director of Farmer Frog, an organization whose mission is to promote, support and teach urban and small-scale agriculture.
My Edmonds News, August 31, 2016

Edmonds Community College Board of Trustees selects fourth student trustee

The Edmonds Community College Board of Trustees selected its fourth student trustee, who many on campus see as an agent of change. Edmonds CC student Lia Andrews, 23, was appointed by Governor Jay Inslee to serve from July through June 2017.
My Edmonds News, August 30, 2016

EvCC lauded for transfer success

Daniel Parrish’s path to college required more than SAT prep and personal essays. After high school graduation, he was responsible for himself financially — housing, food and any future tuition. His dream was to attend the University of Washington, but costs were overwhelming. “I know the value of a dollar. Going to Everett Community College and eventually transferring was the best bet,” Parrish says. “I worked at Fred Meyer and graduated without any debt from EvCC. Actually, I came out ahead.”
Everett Herald, August 29, 2016

SUSI program inspires young women to lead

Green River College hosted 20 female students from Central Asia in July as a part of the United States Department of State's Study of the United States Institute (SUSI) on women's leadership. The leadership program funded by the U.S. Department of State and run by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs provides the students – from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan – a chance to learn about leadership while also fostering mutual respect and understanding of other cultures, Vivette Beuster, director extended learning at Green River, said in a media release.
Enumclaw Courier-Herald, August 29, 2016

LCC trustees approve funds to repair Story Field

The college found the money to repair its baseball field after all. The Lower Columbia College Board of Trustees Monday agreed to loan $475,000 to the athletic department to replace the artificial infield turf at David Story Field. The board’s action followed an impassioned plea for funds from Kirc Roland, LCC’s athletic director, who said the field is unsafe.
Longview Daily News, August 29, 2016

Bellingham Technical College approved to offer bachelor’s in engineering technology

Bellingham Technical College has been approved to offer another bachelor’s degree, the second such approval this year. BTC expects to offer a Bachelor of Applied Science in Engineering Technology starting in fall 2017, the college said.
Bellingham Herald, August 28, 2016

Ridgefield planning carefully for quality, livability in development

Over here, off North 45th Avenue in the center of Ridgefield, 692 homes will be built. Next to that, 453 homes. ... Areas around Northeast 45th Avenue and Pioneer Street are zoned for these pockets of retail, as well as an area along 65th Avenue, on the other side of Interstate 5, near where a Clark College satellite campus will be built. Clark College at Boschma Farms is projected to open in fall 2021 with one 70,000-square-foot building. Eventually, six more instructional and administrative buildings will be built on the site.
The Columbian, August 28, 2016

EvCC to test teacher-feedback technology

tarting in the winter quarter, Everett Community College plans to test technology to gather feedback from students for their instructors. The program is funded by a grant from a Kansas-based nonprofit. Peg Balachowski, associate dean for teaching and learning, was awarded $8,734 to launch a pilot study with six faculty members.
Everett Herald, August 27, 2016

Super downsized: Tiny house on tour

Until the weekend of Oct. 1, you’ll just need to use your imagination. Not until the Master Builders Association of Pierce County hosts its 19th annual Tour of Remodeled Homes will this particular dwelling be ready to impress guests. ... The MBA sponsored a container-house design competition among students at area colleges. The winner, from Bellevue College, was chosen for the way these 320 square feet could be used to accommodate the needs of a resident family.
The Olympian, August 27, 2016

CPTC: Waste site simulation shows hazards of the job

Donning HazMat suits and oxygen tanks and battling the August heat, 14 Clover Park Technical College students simulated a hazardous waste site evaluation Wednesday morning. The simulation was part of Kathy Smith’s Hazardous Environmental Sciences & Technology 131 course. The group of students worked as a team, with each student filling a specific role in a learning exercise to see how effectively they can put to work everything they’ve learned in the class.
The Suburban Times, August 26, 2016

More than 30 game designers from Kirkland college participate in PAX West event

Lake Washington Institute of Technology (LWTech) in Kirkland has more than 30 Digital Gaming and Media students putting the final touches on games to exhibit in booth No. 6219 at PAX West. PAX West, one of the largest gaming events in North America, will be held at Washington State Convention Center Sept. 2-5.
Kirkland Reporter, August 26, 2016

Ribbon cut on Composite Recycling Technology Center in Port Angeles

The Composite Recycling Technology Center has been completed and the expected start of production and product launch are slated for November, officials said Thursday during a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the facility. ... In July, it was announced that an agreement established the Composite Recycling Technology Center, known as the CRTC, as a partner and West Coast satellite location for the Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation of Tennessee, and allows Peninsula College to expand its capacity to train the composites manufacturing workforce.
Peninsula Daily News, August 26, 2016

Japanese village unearthed 100 years later on Bainbridge Island

Olympic College archeology students are helping dig up an old Japanese village on Bainbridge Island. The field study is a part of an eight-week field study for the community college based in Bremerton.
KING 5, August 24, 2016

Trends | Horizons | Education

Breaking: All ITT campuses will close

All ITT Tech campuses will be shut down, its parent company announced today. ... Last month, the U.S. Department of Education prohibited ITT Educational Services, the parent company of ITT Technical Institutes, from enrolling new students who use federal financial aid. ... A few days later, the California Department of Consumer Affairs' Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education issued an emergency decision demanding ITT Educational Services stop accepting new students at its 15 California locations. Since then, ITT Technical Institute posted a new landing page on its website that states, "We are not enrolling new students." The website also says credits earned by current students are "unlikely to transfer." The apparent demise of ITT has had students scrambling and trying to figure out their options. The chain has about 45,000 students at 130 campuses.
Inside Higher Ed, Sept. 6, 2016

Opinion: Understudied barriers to transfer

By Davis Jenkins and John Fink. Earlier this year, we published a study that found that although the majority of students who enter higher education through a community college intend to earn a bachelor’s degree, nationally only 14 percent do so within six years of starting college. In comparison, about 60 percent of students who start college at a four-year institution earn a bachelor’s degree in six years. Research we and others have done on transfer, together with years of visiting colleges and talking to students, has given us some insight into why transfer outcomes are so poor.
Inside Higher Ed, Sept. 6, 2016

Group unveils a 'model policy' for handling student data

An ad hoc group of academics, tech-company executives, and policy makers convened earlier this summer to identify the ethical norms colleges should use in handling the reams of data they’re increasingly accumulating about their students' lives in and outside the classroom. On Tuesday the group made public the summaries of that work, with a pledge from the convening’s organizers that the next step in the process would be enlisting a broader network from the academic and business worlds to begin creating concrete "responsible use of student data" policies for the information on students produced from learning-management systems, automated courseware, registration portals, and other electronic systems.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, Sept. 6, 2016

Resources for ethical use of student data

The organizers behind a conference on ethical use of student data this morning launched a web portal with papers and other resources exploring how data could be used in research about learning, applied to improve instruction and represented to reflect student accomplishments.
Inside Higher Ed, Sept. 6, 2016

History enrollments drop

At a time of concern about the state of the humanities in American higher education, a new survey finds declining enrollments in history, one of the central humanities disciplines. From 2012-14 to 2014-15, undergraduate enrollments fell by 7.6 percent, according to a new survey released by the American Historical Association.
Inside Higher Ed, Sept. 6, 2016

In national poll, only a quarter of adults give schools a good grade

Attitudes about the purpose of public education appear divided along political lines. A new poll shows that a majority of conservatives believe academic rigor should be the main goal, while liberals emphasize citizenship.
The Seattle Times, Sept. 1, 2016

Groups release new guide to student mental health

The National Alliance on Mental Illness and the Jed Foundation on Wednesday released a new guide about mental health for students and their parents. Called Starting the Conversation: College and Your Mental Health, the guide is designed to help parents and other family members discuss mental health issues with their children before they leave for college. The guide includes information on prevalence of mental health conditions, warning signs, mental health care on campuses, and health and privacy laws.
Inside Higher Ed, Sept. 1, 2016

Context on increases in tuition and textbook prices

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics has released some comparative data to mark the start of a new academic year. From January 2006 to July 2016, the Consumer Price Index for college tuition and fees increased 63 percent. That compares to 21 percent for all items. During the same period, consumer prices for college textbooks increased 88 percent.
Inside Higher Ed, Sept. 1, 2016

Amazon ends marketing deal with Wells Fargo

A partnership between Amazon and Wells Fargo that offered discounted student loan interest rates to Amazon Prime Student members has ended, the online retailer said. The promotion, which was announced in July, made those Prime members eligible for a 0.5 percentage point reduction on interest rates for private student loans taken out through Wells Fargo Education Financial Services. Deborah Bass, a spokeswoman for the online retailer, said that the promotion had ended but did not offer a reason for the move.
Inside Higher Ed, Sept. 1, 2016

Campuses with child-care centers are on the decline, report says

The proportion of four-year public campuses that have child-care centers has declined to less than half, according to a new report by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research. That’s a drop from roughly 55 percent of such institutions in 2003, the report says.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, Sept. 1, 2016

Renewed diversity push

As first academic year since last fall's protests start, many colleges are adding diversity programs to orientation or requiring students to complete online multicultural training.
Inside Higher Ed, August 30, 2016

Opinion: Protests on campus are a sign of progress

Especially notable, the most selective schools — those with applicant pools large enough to fill their classes many times over — have transformed their student bodies, going from among the least diverse to among the most. In light of all that, no one should be surprised that student unrest has rocked campus after campus over the past year. What began at the University of Missouri quickly spread across the country. Whether public or private, large or small, urban or rural, few were immune.
The Seattle Times, August 29, 2016

From convict to college student

California’s public universities are starting to embrace a program that helps transition people from prison to campus.
The Atlantic, August 26, 2016

Fund-raisers predict 5.2% increase in giving

Fund-raisers at public and private colleges and universities predict an increase of 5.2 percent in giving in the 2017 academic year, according to a survey released Thursday by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education. Fund-raisers at community colleges predicted the greatest growth rate, 7.3 percent.
Inside Higher Ed, August 26, 2016

Opinion: Promising data from charter schools worth a closer look

Test results for Washington’s new charter schools show promise. Don’t let a lawsuit stop these new public schools from proving they can help students succeed.
The Seattle Times, August 25, 2016

Politics | Local, State, National

'Safe space' for experimentation or dangerous 'loophole'

Two experts — Barmak Nassirian and Paul LeBlanc — discuss federal experiment to open up student aid to eight noncollege job training programs.
Inside Higher Ed, Sept. 6, 2016

Clinton 'free' plan would swell college enrollments

Analysis estimates public colleges would enroll up to 22 percent more students, mostly at open-enrollment institutions. A quarter of the gain would come at the expense of private colleges, particularly less selective ones.
Inside Higher Ed, Sept. 2, 2016

Clinton signals no letup for for-profit sector

Two Obama administration veterans are now advising Hillary Clinton's campaign, suggesting that as president she would continue aggressive enforcement policies of the current Education Department.
Inside Higher Ed, Sept. 2, 2016

Education Dept. sued over nonprofit conversion

The Center for Excellence in Higher Education, a chain of for-profit colleges, is suing the Department of Education after it was blocked from converting to nonprofit status. The Utah-based organization alleges in a lawsuit filed in federal district court that it was the victim of a political agenda and that the department's decision was arbitrary, capricious and inconsistent with precedent.
Inside Higher Ed, Sept. 1, 2016

Military students more likely to attend for-profits and online

Newly released federal data show the enrollment patterns of the 1.1 million military and veteran students who were attending college in 2012, the most recent year covered by the report from the U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics.
Inside Higher Ed, August 31, 2016

Trump campaign adds aide for education

GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump's campaign has added Rob Goad, a policy adviser to Indiana Republican Rep. Luke Messer, to craft school choice policies for the campaign. Goad may also play a role in shaping on higher ed proposals for the campaign, according to a report by Education Week.
Inside Higher Ed, August 30, 2016

Hundreds of students at troubled ITT Tech to lose education money

More than 700 Washington students enrolled at ITT Tech’s three campuses in Seattle, Everett and Spokane are losing state financial aid to pay for courses at the troubled college chain. The U.S. Department of Education announced last week that the for-profit college can no longer enroll new students with federal financial aid, followed the next day by the Washington Student Achievement Council’s decision not to renew ITT’s eligibility to receive state financial aid.
The Seattle Times, August 29, 2016

Feds target 'predatory' publishers

The Federal Trade Commission is "marking a line in the sand" with its first lawsuit against publishers that take advantage of scholars wishing to publish in open-access journals.
Inside Higher Ed, August 29, 2016

U.S. cuts off ITT Tech

Education Department's new sanctions against the for-profit college include a ban on enrolling new students who receive federal aid and tougher financial oversight.
Inside Higher Ed, August 26, 2016

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