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September 20, 2016 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

Seattle Central marks 50 years of activism on Capitol Hill

It says a lot about Seattle Central College that, even on its 50th anniversary, a comprehensive history of the Capitol Hill institution has never been compiled. While many universities typically tap faculty researchers to document their school’s past, Seattle Central’s faculty is almost entirely teaching-focused. The college is also not particularly steeped in its own traditions. If anything, the Broadway campus is perhaps best known for its history of students actively engaged in the political and social movements of their time.
Capitol Hill Seattle, Sept. 20, 2016

Columbia Basin College enrollment still growing

When Jeremy Burnham wasn’t in class, he was at a welcome table near the business building, greeting fellow students, helping them find their way and sending them off with healthy snacks and a smile. Burnham is a student leader at Columbia Basin College in Pasco, which had its first day of fall quarter on Monday. ... Burnham is one of several thousand students taking classes at the Pasco-based college this quarter. Enrollment was at 6,715 students on Monday. That’s an increase of about 1.5 percent over the 6,616 students last year.
Tri-City Herald, Sept. 19, 2016

Fall quarter begins today at Clark College

Clark College students will see two big changes during their fall quarter, which starts today. A significant addition to Clark College is the new STEM Building. At 70,000 square feet, it is the largest building on Clark’s main campus. It’s as long as a football field and is three stories tall. The new STEM Building will hold science, technology and engineering classes. And even the hallways will offer some lessons. Corridor ceilings are open, with exposed electrical and mechanical systems, so students can see how the systems work.
The Columbian, Sept. 19, 2016

New OC building taking shape as students return for fall quarter

This time next year, Olympic College is scheduled to open its new arts and health sciences building, called the College Instruction Center. As students returned Monday to campus for the start of fall quarter, they could see the three-story, 70,000-square-foot building beginning to take shape. Much of the steel-beam framework is up. Cinder block walls of the 270-seat performing arts center mostly are in place.
Kitsap Sun, Sept. 19, 2016

LCC opens its doors to former ITT Technical Institute students

Lower Columbia College is offering help for local students left in the lurch following the closure of ITT Technical Institute at the beginning of September. On Sept. 6, ITT announced the closure of 136 schools across 38 states, including three campuses in Washington and two in Oregon. While the three ITT locations in Washington are located in the northern part of the state, several students from the ITT’s Portland location have contacted Lower Columbia College about transfer options.
Longview Daily News, Sept. 19, 2016

#BookBrainChallenge promotes libraries’ digital services

Local literature lovers are being handcuffed, flying planes, shooting arrows, spraying Silly String and skateboarding – all while balancing books on their heads – as part of a whimsical online effort to promote Whatcom County Library System as a modern, tech-savvy place. It’s like the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge or the 22 Pushup Challenge for veterans’ mental health, said Sherri Huleatt, a digital marketing strategist for RedRokk, the Bellingham marketing firm that developed the library’s #BookBrainChallenge. ... Whatcom County libraries include all branches outside Bellingham, but through the One Card program, WCLS card holders can borrow from any public or academic library in Whatcom County, including Western Washington University and Whatcom Community College.
The Bellingham Herald, Sept. 19, 2016

Aberdeen man leaves largest donation in Grays Harbor College Foundation history

One of the largest donations in their history was received by the Grays Harbor College Foundation, totaling almost $1,000,000. The $981,564.22 donation has been earmarked for student scholarships, and comes from the estate of Kenneth Millen, an Aberdeen shoe salesman who died in December 2015 at the age of 85.
KXRO, Sept. 19, 2016

Beyond Disabilities spreads awareness about life with disabilities and eradicating bullying

Steve Ferreira likes to keep his bio short: "Steve is just a regular guy living a regular life. He just happens to have cerebral palsy." Ferreira was diagnosed with cerebral palsy after complications during his birth. The 28-year-old Renton native is bound to a wheelchair, but doesn't see his chair anything but an impairment. ... Ferreira wanted to take his speaking and advocacy to another level, so in 2014, when he was a student at Bellevue College, he created Beyond Disabilities.
Renton Reporter, Sept. 18, 2016

New school year, new president at GHC

James Minkler brings with him a strong administrative background — and an open mind — about how to lead Grays Harbor College into the future, saying it has been an institution thoughtfully managed by its past president, board of directors and staff. ... The new president of GHC was vice president of Learning and chief academic officer of Spokane Falls Community College.
The Daily World, Sept. 17, 2016

Edmonds Community College throws a party to celebrate 50 years

It was a giant anniversary party at Edmonds Community College Friday as students, alumni, faculty, staff, elected officials and community members gathered to celebrate the college’s 50th anniversary. College President Jean Hernandez hosted a reception at Snoqualmie Hall, then the party moved to Triton Field for live music through the decades, food trucks and more congratulatory remarks from community leaders.
My Edmonds News, Sept. 17, 2016

Spokane students left hanging after ITT Tech closure

It was a Tuesday evening and they had nowhere to go. Normally the four would be headed to class at ITT Technical Institute, but as of a week ago, their school doesn’t exist. Instead, they were sitting around a table at a Spokane Valley McDonald’s restaurant, trying to figure out what was next. ... Since ITT Tech closed, both Spokane Community College and Spokane Falls Community College have assigned staff members to help former ITT Tech students enroll.
The Spokesman-Review, Sept. 17, 2016

Family-friendly Oak Harbor pub holding grand opening Saturday

The Loakal Public House aims to be a little bit of everything: family-friendly eatery, pub, live entertainment hotspot. ... Szypula is a recently-retired Navy transplant who just completed a brewing program at Skagit Valley College.
Whidbey News-Times, Sept. 17, 2016

Insider’s tip: How high school students can ace college at EdCC

Fall is the time of year when many high school students feel anxious about their next steps. One option is Edmonds Community College, and Michelle Platt, Outreach, EdCC Admissions and Recruitment Specialist for the college, provided this insider’s tip: In my position, I collaborate with other departments and partners to attend college fairs, provide information and resources tables for the local high schools, and manage two programs focused on increasing access for students: Acing College for High School Seniors and the Access Program. Acing College for high school seniors provides all entry services for Edmonds CC on the high school campus.
My Edmonds News, Sept. 17, 2016

Big Bend, Moses Lake Food Bank team up to open on-campus food pantry

Big Bend Community College celebrated the grand opening of their on-campus food pantry on Friday morning. The college’s Workforce Education Department is working with the Moses Lake Food Bank to provide food items to students and campus members who are struggling to make ends meet during the school year.
iFiber One News, Sept. 16, 2016

Renton woman wins national psychology award

A Renton woman was among three faculty and staff members at Highline College who were recently recognized their professional excellence and achievements. Sue Frantz of Renton was recognized by the American Psychological Association with the prestigious Charles L. Brewer Distinguished Teaching of Psychology Award, a national award recognizing significant career contributions of a psychologist who has a proven track record as an exceptional teacher of psychology.
Renton Reporter, Sept. 16, 2016

Everett Recovery Cafe helps people deal with addiction

Jance Groff lost his job. He lost his apartment. Alcohol and drug abuse took a punishing toll, but on his way to sobriety the Everett man found a life-altering haven. Groff, 32, now lives in clean-and-sober housing. But these days, his real home is the Everett Recovery Cafe. ... A Tulalip tribal member, Groff has shared his storytelling in the Hibulb Cultural Center Longhouse Room at Tulalip. At the cafe, he has told the traditional tale of “Mink and Tetyika.” His mother, he said, teaches Lushootseed, part of the Salish language group spoken by the Tulalips and other Northwest tribes. “She’s been happy with how far I’ve come,” said Groff, who earned a GED at Everett Community College and thinks about getting more education.
Everett Herald, Sept. 16, 2016

Centralia College to open a winter group for popular bachelor’s degree program

Due to high demand for its bachelor of applied science in applied management program, Centralia College is now accepting applications for a second group of students. The fall group of students will start Sept. 19. A second group will start Jan. 3. This is the first time a second, winter group has been offered.
Centralia Chronicle, Sept. 16, 2016

Green River interim president ready to serve community, students

In his role as Green River College's interim president, Scott Morgan is focused on serving the community and the college's students. Morgan, 65, who retired as president of Spokane Community College last year, took over Green River's top post in August, replacing Eileen Ely, who resigned in June, following months of unrest on campus.
The Auburn Reporter, Sept. 15, 2016

Green River College’s new Auburn Center opens

Green River College's Auburn Center is open for business, just in time for the fall quarter, which begins Monday. The 31,499-square-foot building, at 1221 D St. NE, provides much needed space, technology and hands-on training for the college's aviation program, as well as the Small Business Development Center, Transitional Studies and Wellness, Washington Certification Services and the Washington Environment Training Center. The three-story building is a mix of classrooms, labs, office areas and common spaces, where students can study and interact.
Auburn Reporter, Sept. 15, 2016

Green River College welcomes former ITT Tech students

Green River College welcomes students affected by the recent closer of ITT Technical Institutes at an informational session at 7 p.m. today in the Technology Center, Room 116 on the main Auburn Campus. The free advising workshop will give former ITT Tech students the opportunity to meet with Green River faculty members and advisors to explore options to continue pursuing their education at Green River College.
Auburn Reporter, Sept. 15, 2016

Were you an ITT Tech student? Whatcom County colleges taking transfers for fall

Whatcom County colleges are looking to lend hands to students who have been displaced amid ITT Technical Institute’s closure. ITT Educational Services, the national for-profit college chain’s parent company, closed all 130 campuses last week. ... Whatcom Community College spokeswoman Mary Vermillion said the college hadn’t heard from ITT students interested in transferring. Still, she said WCC has some programs that overlapped with offerings at ITT’s Everett campus, including computer systems networking, criminal justice and general design and visual communications.
The Bellingham Herald, Sept. 14, 2016

Trends | Horizons | Education

DeVry adopts reform favored by for-profit critics

The for-profit college sector is under intense regulatory scrutiny and several major players are shutting down, so some providers are embracing reforms to differentiate themselves. DeVry Education Group is the latest to do so: it announced today that it will voluntarily limit the amount of federal revenue, including from veterans and military tuition assistance, it receives by lowering the so-called federal 90-10 rule at each of its institutions.
Inside Higher Ed, Sept. 20, 2016

Clearinghouse data on time to degree

The National Student Clearinghouse Research Center today released a virtually comprehensive look at how long it took American college graduates in 2015 to earn their degrees. The new report is based on completion data for two million students who that year earned either an associate or bachelor's degree. It includes information on students who previously dropped out or transferred, which many other data sets struggle to capture.
Inside Higher Ed, Sept. 19, 2016

Not just 'musical chairs'

Beyond well-funded individual campus initiatives aimed at increasing the number of underrepresented minority faculty members, experts urge collaboration across institutions and within disciplines.
Inside Higher Ed, Sept. 19, 2016

A nation engaged: Is this still a land of economic opportunity?

Americans who endured the brutal 2007-2009 recession and slow recovery now are seeing an economic sunrise: Wages are up, jobs are growing and more families are lifting themselves up out of poverty. And yet, dark clouds are still hanging over millions of Americans.
NPR, Sept. 19, 2016

Student diversity at more than 4,600 institutions

The table that follows shows the race, ethnicity, and gender of students at 4,605 colleges and universities in the fall of 2014, the latest year for which statistics are available from the U.S. Department of Education. The figures are from the Education Department’s Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System. They include undergraduate, graduate, and professional-school students attending full time and part time in the 50 states and Washington, D.C.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, Sept. 18, 2016

For U.S. minority students in China, the welcome comes with scrutiny

The relationship between the U.S. and China these days is fraught with political tensions. But both countries are committed to sending more of their young people to study language and culture in each other's countries — and a component of that is sending more U.S. minority students to China. That's both to provide more students of color with the opportunity to study overseas, and to create a student body abroad that is more representative of U.S. diversity.
NPR, Sept. 17, 2016

Indiana's grand textbook compromise

Indiana University’s eText initiative is rapidly becoming the go-to way for students there to buy textbooks and other course materials. The initiative, which began as a pilot in 2009, has a simple goal: ensure all students have access to textbooks. To do so, IU has developed a model that it says balances benefits and compromises for all partners involved — faculty members, publishers, students and the university.
Inside Higher Ed, Sept. 16, 2016

HOPE for whom?

New analysis of Georgia's aid program for top students — a model for those of many other states — finds that it is missing many low-income and minority students.
Inside Higher Ed, Sept. 16, 2016

Report: For-profits are costly for black students

A new study co-authored by researchers at Johns Hopkins University and the State University of New York at Buffalo finds that the streamlined curriculum at for-profit institutions is the reason many poor students — particularly young African-Americans — drop out.
Inside Higher Ed, Sept. 16, 2016

Access gaps in developing countries

Global higher education access targets are likely to be missed, according to a study that found that women are at the back of the queue when university enrollment widens in the developing world. An analysis of higher education participation rates in 35 countries in South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa by University of Cambridge researchers detected “extremely low” rates for people under 25 in almost all of them: below 10 percent in 31 of the countries, and below 5 percent in 20.
inside Higher Ed, Sept. 16, 2016

Education Lab IQ winning question: Do we focus too much on college prep?

And the winning question for this round of Education Lab IQ is: “The current testing-oriented education environment seems to assume that every student should go to college. Is this a realistic assumption, or should we be focusing also on educating students who are not “college material?” ... Reporter Claudia Rowe will handle this one, exploring where local districts stand on this question, which has been debated over many years, especially as vocational education classes (the name for courses that aren’t college prep) have declined.
The Seattle Times, Sept. 15, 2016

Washington unemployment rates drops to 5.7 percent

Washington state's unemployment rate dipped slightly to 5.7 percent last month. The latest numbers released Wednesday by the state's Employment Security Department show that the August rate broke an eight-month holding pattern of a 5.8 percent rate. The national unemployment rate remained at 4.9 percent last month, while the rate in the Seattle-Bellevue-Everett area dropped to 4.1 percent from July's 4.4 percent rate.
The Bellingham Herald, Sept. 14, 2016

Where are all the public Montessori high schools?

More than a hundred years ago Maria Montessori began to attract attention for her approach to educating children that aimed to build off the natural curiosity and impulse to learn innate in humans. Today thousands of Montessori schools exist around the world, and the philosophy has remained a darling of progressive educators. But Montessori’s direct work and many of her writings pertain to educating young children up through elementary school, so it is harder to find high schools, especially public ones, that have adopted the model.
KQED, Sept. 12, 2016

Politics | Local, State, National

Feds create website for students at closing colleges

Students left befuddled and stranded by college closures will have access to a new online resource meant to connect them with financial aid and academic counselors, said Ted Mitchell, the U.S. under secretary of education, in a call with reporters Monday. The announcement for the portal,, came two weeks after ITT Tech announced it was shutting down, which forced more than 30,000 students to scramble and decide whether to attempt to transfer or to have their federal loans forgiven.
Inside Higher Ed, Sept. 20, 2016

Pro/con: Is Clinton’s college-tuition plan a good deal?

Affordable education is crucial to a promising future

The issues facing America’s colleges and its college students have rightfully been getting plenty of attention this presidential election campaign. After all, education is key in attaining financial health. Time and again, financial success has been linked with schooling, whether it occurs in a trade school, community college or four-year university.

'Free' college tuition plan comes with a big price tag

Hillary Clinton’s free college plan is long on promises but short on specifics — like who’ll pay for it. ... Additional tax funds, interest-rate cuts, repayment caps and loan-forgiveness schemes would be used to make college a virtually debt-free experience. The projected cost of Clinton’s higher education free-for-all is bad enough. But it is probably just a down payment.
The Seattle Times, Sept. 18, 2016

Senate Democrats ask Education Dept. to discharge ITT loans

More than 20 Senate Democrats have signed a letter to U.S. Secretary of Education John King asking the Education Department to support former ITT Technical Institute students by discharging their student loans. In the letter, the senators asked the department to extend the 120-day window that allows students who withdraw before an institution's closure to receive a discharge. This would accommodate those students who withdrew from ITT Tech after March 1, 2014, prior to the launch of a number of federal and state lawsuits.
Inside Higher Ed, Sept. 16, 2016

Opinion: Legislature should not wait for Supreme Court pressure on education funding

As the state waits for the Washington Supreme Court to decide its next move on public-school funding, the Legislature does not have that luxury. Although the court’s 2012 McCleary ruling has forced change, lawmakers now must lead and make progress on fixing the way the state pays for public schools. They must stop stalling and get a real plan ready before the 2017 legislative session convenes in January.
The Seattle Times, Sept. 14, 2016

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