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News Links | September 8, 2016

September 08, 2016 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

Editorial: Student loans propped up failing for-profit schools

Adult students starting or heading back to classes don’t expect to have their institution of higher learning yanked out from under them. Students at Everett’s ITT Technical Institute, like those at more than 130 other ITT schools across the country, probably already knew it was a possibility if they had followed this summer’s news. Still, it’s more than an inconvenience when the doors are locked on the school you had planned to attend. ... Already, Everett Community College has offered to help local ITT students enroll, though it may be too late for the fall session.
Everett Herald, Sept. 8, 2016

Sparky the Port Angeles fire engine sold but not retired

Sparky will continue to grace the streets of Port Angeles, even though it will be sold. The City Council approved Tuesday night the transfer of Port Angeles Fire Engine No. 5 to the Port Angeles Firefighters Association for $1. ... The plan is for students at Peninsula College to move Sparky’s body onto the chassis of an old motor home donated through Peninsula College.
Peninsula Daily News, Sept. 8, 2016

2016 LCC Alumni of the Year announced

Lower Columbia College (LCC) has announced that Tom Hansen is the 2016 Alumni of the Year. Hansen began his community college education at LCC in 1955, and attended for two years before transferring to the University of Washington (UW) to pursue a degree in journalism. Over the course of a career spanning more than four decades, Hansen left a mark on the world of collegiate athletics. He served as Pac-10 (now Pac-12) commissioner for 26 years until his retirement in 2009.
The Wahkiakum County Eagle, Sept. 8, 2016

SCC helps former ITT Tech students

Students are looking for answers after all ITT Tech locations permanently closed. Spokane Community College staff members are encouraging former ITT Tech students to reach out to them. They said there is a plan in place to make the transition from one school to another a bit smoother.
KREM, Sept. 7, 2016

Coding Dojo offers scholarships for ITT Technical Institute students left in the lurch

The closure of all 130 ITT Technical Institute campuses, due to pressure and scrutiny from the U.S. Department of Education, will affect “hundreds of thousands of current students and alumni,” according to a press release issued yesterday by ITT Educational Services. Coding Dojo, a Bellevue, Wash.-based bootcamp for software developers, wants to come to the rescue. The coding academy, which has campuses in Seattle, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, Silicon Valley, and Washington D.C., is offering scholarships of up to $4,000 to former ITT students. The scholarships can be used for classes at any of Coding Dojo’s campuses in Oct.- Dec. of this year. The announcement comes just a few weeks after Coding Dojo teamed up with Bellevue College to offer joint software classes.
GeekWire, Sept. 7, 2016

After 50 years, Edmonds CC still committed to its role as ‘community’ college

As Edmonds Community College prepares to celebrate its 50th anniversary, President Dr. Jean Hernandez points to what she sees as the college’s greatest strength: its middle name. “I tell people that at Edmonds Community College, there’s a really strong sense of community,” said Hernandez, who has been at the helm of EdCC since 2011. “When I first got here I was really impressed with how many faculty and staff knew their students, knew them by name, knew their life stories. They cared about them.”
Mountlake Terrace News, Sept. 7, 2016

$500K grant will help Pierce College continues to close achievement gaps

As an Achieving the Dream college since 2012 — only one of 200 in the U.S. — Pierce College has been hard at work closing achievement gaps for first-generation college students, students of color, and low-income students who qualify for the federal Pell Grant. Because of its successful track record, Pierce College has received a Guided Pathways implementation grant from College Spark Washington and the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges.
The News Tribune, Sept. 7, 2016

After closure, local officials urging ITT Tech students to connect with other schools

For-profit ITT Technical Institute is shutting down all its U.S. college campuses, including three in Washington, leaving tens of thousands of students scrambling for last-minute options for the fall term. School and state officials are urging hundreds of students enrolled at the campuses in Seattle, Everett and Spokane Valley to connect with local community colleges to learn about options for transferring so their time and money with ITT is not wasted. ... For students affected by the closure, Seattle Central College spokesman David Sandler said officials in the Seattle Colleges District — which includes South Seattle College, North Seattle College and Seattle Central College — will work with people who contact them to review prior coursework, with the aim to best apply the experience toward a degree.
The Seattle Times, Sept. 6, 2016

Nationwide ITT Technical Institute closure includes Everett

A technical college that billed itself as providing “an education for the future” is closing its doors in Everett and across the country. Everett is one of more than 130 communities in 38 states where ITT Technical Institutes are shutting down. ... Everett Community College could end up enrolling some of the displaced ITT students.
Everett Herald, Sept. 6, 2016

Opinion: A day at OCC

On Monday, about 40 community members and a few others from Port Angeles and Sequim got an opportunity to tour the Olympic Correction Center. According to OCC Superintendent John Aldana, this is an experience that is not offered very often and usually just to high-up Washington state officials. ... At OCC, offenders take classes and connect to their families. OCC has 67 uniformed officers, 48 support staff and 15 contracted employees. The classes offenders take are in partnership with Peninsula College and OCC offers a drug treatment program.
Forks Forum, Sept. 6, 2016

Centralia College’s Phoenix Center name change to honor Odegaards

Centralia College will be renaming the Phoenix Center on campus to honor Gary and Kay Odegaard. The new name will be Odegaard Phoenix Center. ... The Phoenix Center supports the transition of students into academic and workforce programs by identifying gaps in their skills. Classes focus on the English language, GED and high school completion, student success, and pre-college writing, reading and math. The center also offers college placement exams and proctored testing, stated the release.
Centralia Chronicle, Sept. 6, 2016

Trends | Horizons | Education

High-school grades still count most in college admissions

Academic performance in high school remains the top-ranked factor in college-admissions decisions on prospective first-time freshmen, according to a new report from the National Association for College Admission Counseling. In its latest State of College Admission report, the association says that grades in college-preparatory courses were rated as “considerably important” by about 80 percent of institutions it surveyed.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, Sept. 8, 2016

Opinion: ITT shutdown sad but necessary

The shutdown of ITT Educational Services, including the school in Spokane Valley, was an inevitable consequence of the shaky status of for-profit colleges reliant on federal financial aid.
The Spokesman-Review, Sept. 7, 2016

The end for ITT Tech

Students across ITT Technical Institutes' 130 campuses awoke Tuesday morning to emails saying they wouldn't be attending class anymore. After months of sanctions and years of investigations and lawsuits, ITT Educational Services — the institution's parent company — announced it was closing all of its campuses.
Inside Higher Ed, Sept. 7, 2016

Coaches and advisers

With hundreds of students often assigned to one adviser, many colleges are looking at different ways to provide effective counseling to increase student success. In Indiana, one answer seems to be coaching students from afar. Ivy Tech Community College, the statewide two-year system, is expanding its use of InsideTrack, a private company that provides coaches to colleges via email, phone or text messaging.
Inside Higher Ed, Sept. 7, 2016

A comedian and an academic walk into a podcast …

Hello and welcome to The Chronicle of Higher Education’s Re:Learning podcast, a look at the future of education. I’m Jeff Young. I recently stumbled upon this stand-up comic because of his unusual science podcast, called Here We Are. Each week he sits down with a different college professor to talk about their research in plain-spoken terms.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, Sept. 7, 2016

As for-profit ITT announces closure, thousands of students and employees face uncertainty

The more than 40,000 students and 8,000 employees of ITT Educational Services Inc. on Tuesday grappled with the fallout of the for-profit’s announcement that it would close in response to heightened scrutiny from the federal government.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, Sept. 6, 2016

Politics | Local, State, National

New federal report on remedial education

The U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics released a new data analysis this week on U.S. college students who took remedial courses and on who completed them.
Inside Higher Ed, Sept. 7, 2016

Opinion: McCleary decision is about equity for all children

Too many Washington students languish in underfunded classrooms, many with underpaid teachers, sharing old textbooks with peers and without the benefit of modern computers.
The Seattle Times, Sept. 7, 2016

McCleary school-funding case: What we expect during Wednesday’s hearing

The McCleary K-12 funding case may seem neverending, but don’t forget that billions of dollars are on the line. As the state Supreme Court prepares to meet Wednesday, here is the lowdown, from recent court filings, on how the state and plaintiffs see the work yet to be done.
The Seattle Times, Sept. 6, 2016

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