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News Links | October 6, 2016

October 06, 2016 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

Spokane private school for the hearing-impaired gives kids a signing chance

Each morning at 7:30 a.m., Kyle Ouimet and his 4-year-old son Chael drive to Spokane from Colville to learn American Sign Language. Kyle goes to Spokane Falls Community College and Chael to the Moose Project, a private school tailored to the deaf or hard of hearing. ... Then Kris Ching, of the Washington State Center for Childhood Deafness and Hearing Loss, told them about the Moose Project – a private school that teaches through spoken word and sign language.
The Spokesman-Review, Oct. 5, 2016

Edmonds Community College may go tobacco free

Edmonds Community College is considering becoming a tobacco-free campus, but may opt instead to limit smoking to designated areas. ... The college has been considering action on the smoking issue for several years.
Everett Herald, Oct. 4, 2016

Boys and Girls Club event packs the house

It turns out that superheroes come in all shapes and sizes. Including grandmothers, said Boys and Girls Club director Brant Mayo. And those superhero grandmothers, said speaker Kathy Gardner, in turn get help from the superheroes at the Boys and Girls Club. The annual Boys and Girls Club auction was held Saturday; the proceeds won’t be completely totaled up until midweek. But the ATEC building on the Big Bend Community College was full of Supermans and Batmans and – wait, was that Flo from the insurance commercials? And a Minion? And who was that guy in the white hood? “It’s supposed to be the Invisible Man. But I was having trouble seeing,” said Bryce McPartland.
Columbia Basin Herald, Oct. 4, 2016

Spokane Community College’s apprenticeship program is booming as more people turn to the trades for a solid career

Spokane Community College has absorbed a 25 percent increase in enrollment in their apprenticeship programs in 2015, and is expected to grow again this year, said program manager Kenna May. The apprenticeships allow students to go to school while working in a trade, such as carpentry. The program varies in length from one to six years and is the equivalent of earning a bachelor’s degree, May said. Students earn money as they go to school. For trades like construction, students attend class during the winter months.
The Spokesman-Review, Sept. 29, 2016

Trends | Horizons | Education

When PLUS is a minus

Federal PLUS Loans help parents cover the difference between the financial aid a student receives from their college or university and the full cost of attendance. They're also not a sure thing — parents must be deemed eligible based on creditworthiness and be willing to borrow for their child's education. But some colleges are lumping the loans in with other forms of aid in award notification letters to students and parents, college advisers complained in September at the annual meeting of the National Association for College Admission Counseling. That’s concerning to financial aid professionals, because including PLUS with other forms of financial aid can make a family’s total cost look smaller than it actually is.
Inside Higher Ed, Oct. 6, 2016

UW will host global center for disaster reconnaissance, research

The University of Washington will host a center to assist reconnaissance missions to natural disasters around the world. Researchers hope to glean valuable information about disaster resilience before it vanishes in the chaos.
The Seattle Times, Oct. 5, 2016

Night of the clowns

A rash of purported clown sightings on campuses Monday left college officials in the unenviable position of ensuring the safety of their students while not overreacting to a bizarre social media prank.
Inside Higher Ed, Oct. 5, 2016

State’s students falling short in level of education for new jobs

Only about 31 percent of the high-school class of 2006 had earned a postsecondary credential, including a college degree, by 2013 — a significant mismatch with the types of jobs being created in Washington and the level of education needed to get them, according to a new study by the Washington Roundtable. The study reiterates what other reports have found about low levels of college attainment in this state, and underscores the degree to which Washington students will miss out on the coming wave of lucrative job openings in the next five years.
The Seattle Times, Oct. 4, 2016

For the first time, financial literacy will be required part of Washington’s school curriculum

Wages. Insurance premiums. Roth IRAs. Financial education hasn’t always been a priority in Washington schools. But under new standards adopted this year, students will learn about financial subjects like spending and saving — and why they’ll need to know about wages, insurance premiums and Roth IRAs when they’re adults. The standards are the first of their kind in Washington, according to the state superintendent’s office. Superintendent Randy Dorn presided over a ceremonial adoption last week.
The Seattle Times, Oct. 4, 2016

Politics | Local, State, National

High court orders $100,000-per-day fine to continue in McCleary school-funding case

No hammer will come down this year as a result of the Legislature’s failure to come up with plan to fully fund public schools, the state Supreme Court said Thursday. Instead, the high court said it will continue fining Washington state $100,000 per day, but it will wait to see what progress lawmakers make in the 2017 legislative session before imposing additional sanctions.
The News Tribune, Oct. 6, 2016

Differing views on free college, state disinvestment

Public Agenda, a nonpartisan group, on Thursday released results of two recent national surveys of American adults on higher education. Respondents generally favor using taxpayer money to make public colleges free for students from low- and middle-income families, with roughly two-thirds calling it a good idea. However, the survey found that Democrats are much more likely to like free college proposals (86 percent) than Republicans (34 percent). Respondents were also divided by age, with those under 49 liking the free-college idea (73 percent) more than those who are at least 50 (58 percent).
Inside Higher Ed, Oct. 6, 2016

Clinton and Trump are the candidates of our dreams, whether we like it or not

Then you wake up in 2016 America, where the presidential race has unfolded like a waking dream, with each turn more bizarre than the last. It’s not surprising, then, that Hillary Clinton and Mr. Trump have beaten a path to the nation’s collective unconscious. That has created a data-rich environment for Kelly Bulkeley. Mr. Bulkeley, a visiting scholar at the Graduate Theological Union, which is affiliated with the University of California at Berkeley, has been collecting voters’ dreams about the candidates.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, Oct. 6, 2016

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