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News Links | October 4, 2016

October 04, 2016 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

Clark College formally welcomes $40 million STEM Building

Clark College’s newest building will blind you with science. Its new 70,000-square-foot STEM Building was formally unveiled to a crowd of students and public officials Monday, though students have been in classes for two weeks now. STEM is a widely used acronym for science, technology, engineering and mathematics — and those subjects are represented in design elements throughout the $40 million building.
The Columbian, Oct. 3, 2016

Teacher creates app that tracks students' well-being

For more than 15 years, Gina Greco has used clip art, pencil and paper to track how her 4th-grade students are doing. It could be as simple as asking them if they have a friend to talk to when there are problems. Or perhaps she asks them if they have friends at recess. ... Last spring Greco connected with a development class at Green River College. The students spent a semester listening to her idea and helped create a web-based app called "Emotions Count" that prompts students to answer a few short questions about a number of situations.
KING 5, Oct. 3, 2016

Pierce College celebrates its 50th anniversary

Over the course of the 2016-17 school year, Pierce College will celebrate its 50th anniversary with a series of events, community service, a new website and more. It will be a year of celebration and community involvement, a year of gratitude for all the years the school has served its student body, and also a year in which the school seeks to give back to its community.
South Sound Talk, Oct. 3, 2016

CPTC: Pritchard appointed to second term on board of trustees

Clover Park Technical College Trustee Lua Pritchard has been appointed to a second five-year term on the CPTC Board of Trustees. Pritchard’s first term, which began Oct. 3, 2011, concludes Sept. 30, while her second appointment by Washington Governor Jay Inslee will officially begin the following day.
The Suburban Times, Oct. 2, 2016

Community and technical college system budget request will help fill jobs, grow the economy

The State Board for Community and Technical Colleges on Wednesday approved a budget request designed to create the diverse talent pool needed to fill thousands of jobs and grow the economy. The plan is expected to produce at least 15,000 more graduates over the next two years. ... Gary Oertli, president of South Seattle College and chair of the community and technical college presidents’ association, said two-year colleges provide one of the few bridges to the middle class left in America. ...The State Board also approved a $338 million capital budget request intended to ease a backlog of capital projects so students can learn in modern, well-maintained buildings that meet their educational needs. The request includes funding for construction at Edmonds, Whatcom, Big Bend, Spokane, Highline, and Clover Park colleges. In addition, the request includes design work for new projects at Wenatchee, Olympic, Pierce College Fort Steilacoom, South Seattle, Bates, Shoreline, Spokane Falls, Clark, Everett, Grays Harbor, North Seattle, Walla Walla and Cascadia colleges.
The Suburban Times, Oct. 1, 2016

See how Bellingham waterfront has changed since first European settlers

Among the events offered during this weekend’s inaugural SeaFeast festival is a chance to see the Bellingham waterfront as it appeared in the mid-1800s, when Henry Roeder and Russell Peabody arrived by canoe to establish a lumber mill. It’s part of an online project by students under the direction of Whatcom Community College history instructor Anna Booker.
The Bellingham Herald, Sept. 30, 2016

‘Get here’

Big Bend Community College students had the chance to learn about BBCC programs, on-campus and off-campus services and talk to prospective employers and representatives from other colleges during the “Get Here” event Wednesday.
Columbia Basin Herald, Sept. 30, 2016

Centralia College educator appointed to national committee

Sharon Mitchler, a Centralia College educator, was recently appointed to serve as a member of the Standing Committee on Diversity and Inclusivity for the National Council of Teachers of English. She is serving a three-year term that will end after the 2019 annual convention scheduled in Baltimore toward the end of November, according to a press release from NCTE.
Centralia Chronicle, Sept. 30, 2016

Planning moves forward for Richland’s new health sciences academy

The Richland School District has named Jon Lobdell, principal at Chief Joseph Middle School, to lead the district’s new health sciences academy. The academy would serve students at Richland and Hanford high schools starting in August 2017. ... The school district will partner with Columbia Basin College and Kadlec Regional Medical Center. The plan is to mostly work out of CBC’s new $16.1 million health sciences building under construction near the Richland Public Library and Federal Building on Northgate Drive.
Tri-City Herald, Sept. 30, 2016

Whatcom Community College receives more than $600K in grants for science programs

A batch of grants to Whatcom Community College totaling more than $600,000 will go to some of the college’s science, technology, engineering and math programs. The three grants from the National Science Foundation total more than $624,000, the college said Thursday, Sept. 29. About $500,000 will go toward an online option for the college’s new bachelor of applied science degree in information technology networking. That degree begins next fall; students can begin applying in January, the college said. The same grant will also help expand the college’s cybersecurity camps for high schools.
The Bellingham Herald, Sept. 29, 2016

Opinion: Is Port Angeles ready to realize its potential?

The city seems on the cusp of greatness, primed to take advantage of its geographic good fortune — if it wants to. ... The city’s educational bedrock, Peninsula College, is wrapping up a $72 million capital facilities program that has given the community college a modern look that seems refreshingly out of place in the graying old timber/maritime town. ... Local governments, along with partners including Peninsula College and Olympic College in Bremerton, have formed a nonprofit Composite Technology Recycling Center — an attempt to create and capitalize on a market for reuse of “pre-impregnated” composite materials.
The Seattle Times, Sept. 29, 2016

YVC receives over $3 million in grant money for infrastructure, STEM updates

Over $3 million has been awarded to Yakima Valley College (YVC) to help them improve their infrastructure and support services in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) studies. The college announced in a press release Thursday that they are receiving $3.875 in federal grant monies over a period of five years to help them increase involvement, retention and completion of STEM programs. The grant is provided by the United State Department of Education and is called the Scaffolds to STEM Success (S2STEMS.) The money will allow Yakima Valley College to help low-income students in the Yakima County area to have expanded access to the support services and advising according to the release from the college.
KIMA, Sept. 29, 2016

Cascades College and Career Academy unveiled

Cascades College and Career Academy was unveiled Wednesday morning as about 100 people gathered for an invite-only look at a new Job Corps program. Guests heard speeches from U.S. Department of Labor officials, including Deputy Secretary of Labor Christopher Lu and National Director of Job Corps Lenita Jacobs-Simmons. ... The academy will also have several local partners, including Skagit Valley College, the Northwest Career and Technical Academy and Sedro-Woolley High School.
Skagit Valley Herald, Sept. 29, 2016

‘Whatever I can dream, I can absolutely do:’ New U.S. citizens gain more than a certificate

A civics test. Fingerprinting. An immigration interview that took months to schedule. All were part of the long road that brought 82 Pierce County residents on Saturday to Mount Tahoma High School, where they took the final step to becoming U.S. citizens. Hailing from 32 countries, they were united as they recited the U.S. oath of citizenship, promising to support and defend the Constitution of the United States. For Victoria Mukisa, a 19-year-old student at Pierce College, receiving her naturalization certificate Saturday wasn’t the end of a journey, but the start of one.
The News Tribune, Sept. 17, 2016

Trends | Horizons | Education

New study on student confusion on aid eligibility

More than half of graduating high school students who don't complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid don't know anything about financial aid, according to research released Monday by the National College Access Network.
Inside Higher Ed, Oct. 4, 2016

'Our compelling interests'

This summer, advocates for diversity in American higher education won a major victory when the Supreme Court upheld the right of colleges to consider race and ethnicity in admissions. This fall, American colleges have experienced numerous racist incidents, leaving many minority students angry and feeling unwelcome. In this environment, leading scholars on race and the economy have contributed essays to a new collection, Our Compelling Interests: The Value of Diversity for Democracy and a Prosperous Society.
Inside Higher Ed, Oct. 4, 2016

Opinion: The case for college work programs

As colleges and universities across the country grapple with challenges of access and affordability and worry about the sustainability of their business models, some institutions are considering whether or not to establish a program of work for all students.
Inside Higher Ed, Oct. 4, 2016

Study: Student, faculty views on digital materials

Most faculty members and students think digital course materials will dominate the classrooms of the future, even though they at the moment prefer to learn from physical textbooks, a study by the market research firm Penn Schoen Berland and education company Pearson found.
Inside Higher Ed, Oct. 4, 2016

WWU’s new president encourages more students to study abroad

Western Washington University is known for its linguistics department, and its students are avid learners of world languages. So the Bellingham university’s new president hopes to encourage them to take the next step: studying abroad. Sabah Randhawa, who over the summer became WWU president after Bruce Shepard’s retirement, says interacting with people from around the globe will be an important part of students’ working lives.
The Seattle Times, Oct. 3, 2016

More Everett district students taking SAT test

High school students in Snohomish County generally scored higher on the overhauled SAT exam, first given this spring, than the statewide average. The numbers were released last week by the state Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction based on data from College Board, which handles the SAT exam and Advanced Placement or AP tests, among other college prep programs.
Everett Herald, Oct. 3, 2016

TAF, a model for STEM education, helps diverse students build futures

The Technology Access Foundation is celebrating its 20th anniversary this weekend. In two decades, 4,100 students in the Seattle area have learned about science, math and engineering through TAF programs or its school.
The Seattle Times, Sept. 30, 2016

Everett Rotary pledges $100,000 to college-readiness program

With big dreams, they came Wednesday night to Everett School District headquarters. Along with dozens of other students involved in the district’s AVID program, they were part of a kickoff celebration for the Rotary Club of Everett’s 100th anniversary. Through its Next Generation Project, started in 2013, the club supports AVID, a college-readiness program. An acronym for Advancement Via Individual Determination, AVID is an international nonprofit with the aim of preparing all students for college or other career opportunities. Ed Petersen, Rotary Club of Everett president, announced a $100,000 commitment from the club “to advance the goal of helping AVID students succeed.”
Everett Herald, Sept. 30, 2016

A social-justice agenda for community college

Eloy Oakley isn’t shy about his plans to be much more “proactive” than previous chancellors when he takes over California’s mammoth community-college system in December. ... Oakley, who is himself a product of the system and a first-generation college student who grew up in a family where higher education was not the expectation, is under no illusion that California’s community colleges alone can close the racial and socioeconomic educational attainment gaps that plague the state. But Oakley, who will be the first Latino to hold the position, wants California’s 113 community colleges to see eliminating the inequity and opportunity disparities that create those divides as part of their shared responsibility.
The Atlantic, Sept. 30, 2016

Politics | Local, State, National

Report: Free public college will be costly for states

Free four-year tuition at public universities would create significant new costs for states, according to a report released Friday by the Campaign for Free College Tuition. The group backs proposals to make public college free but commissioned the report from the American Institute for Research to help inform discussions by policy makers.
Inside Higher Ed, Oct. 3, 2016

States fund more student aid

State-funded student financial aid increased by about 6 percent across the country in the 2014-15 academic year as states put more money into grant and non-grant programs alike, according to the latest round of an annual survey released Monday. States funded and awarded about $12.4 billion in total student financial aid, according to the 46th annual survey from the National Association of State Student Grant and Aid Programs. That’s up 6 percent nominally and 5.8 percent adjusting for inflation. It’s also higher than the rate of growth reported in NASSGAP’s survey for the previous academic year, which found that total aid grew by an adjusted 1.6 percent, to $11.7 billion.
Inside Higher Ed, Oct. 3, 2016

Inslee on education funding: What governor has — and hasn’t — accomplished

Since Gov. Jay Inslee took office, the issue of funding public education has loomed ever larger. Has he done enough to help the state move toward finding the billions of dollars needed to satisfy the state Supreme Court’s McCleary ruling?
The Seattle Times, Oct. 1, 2016

New push (and humor video) to promote FAFSA

The National College Access Network Friday launched a national campaign to encourage high school seniors to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. The campaign, Form Your Future, is focusing on low-income and minority students — those least likely to apply for financial aid but most likely to benefit from it.
Inside Higher Ed, Sept. 30, 2016

Warren: Education Dept. failing Corinthian students

Senator Elizabeth Warren sent a scathing letter to Education Secretary John King Jr. Thursday saying that his department is failing to provide promised relief to thousands of former students who attended campuses of Corinthian Colleges, the for-profit chain that closed its doors in 2015. Instead, she said that the department's student loan arm continues to collect on debt that may be eligible for discharge and in some cases even to garnish student borrowers' wages.
Inside Higher Ed, Sept. 30, 2016

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