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News Links | October 11, 2016

October 11, 2016 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

Woodland woman joins LCC governing board

Gov. Jay Inslee has appointed Woodland-area real estate broker Heather Mansy to serve on Lower Columbia College's  five-member Board of Trustees, the college's governing body. Mansy has a bachelor's degree in business administration and is a real estate broker in Oregon and Washington with Knipe Realty, NW, according to an LCC press release issued Monday.
Longview Daily News, Oct. 10, 2016

Panel looks at American Dream, inequality

Shamele Battan had a lot of questions about the country’s future. With a national election about a month away and almost daily news of social uproar around the country, the 23-year-old of Fijian descent said social and economic issues were close to his heart. But, he said, they were close to a lot of young hearts. ... Battan, a recent Seattle Pacific University graduate, was one of the many young people who packed Foster Auditorium at Clark College for its panel “Is the American Dream at Risk?” Thursday night. The talk lasted just over an hour with four Clark College faculty members talking about the past and present of race, sex and class in the United States.
The Columbian, Oct. 9, 2016

New Seattle Maritime Academy ready to train future mariners

Seattle Central College opened a new $20 million training facility for maritime careers in Ballard Thursday, a building that includes a simulator allowing ship operators to practice piloting a state ferry and other large vessels. The new Seattle Maritime Academy building, on the Lake Washington Ship Canal near the Ballard Bridge, is four times the size of the old building, said Sarah Scherer, director of the academy.
The Seattle Times, Oct. 7, 2016

Kent resident appointed to Green River Board of Trustees

Jacelyn Boschok of Kent has been appointed to the Green River College Board of Trustees by Gov. Jay Inslee. Boschok replaces Pete Lewis, whose 5-year term expired in Sept. 2016. Lewis was appointed to the board in 2011, and served as board chair for two years. Boschok is the vice president of the Washington State Labor Council, the president of the Washington State Alliance for Retired Americans and a member of the Board of Directors for Puget Sound Advocates for Retirement Action.
Kent Reporter, Oct. 7, 2016

Comics a unique window into America's past

What does it take to earn the title of “comic-book historian?” How about reading over 20,000 comic books, analyzing them as part of your master’s studies, keeping a climate-controlled vault of them in your house, and editing an online magazine about them? In that case, T. Andrew Wahl of Everett, the head of the journalism program at Everett Community College, fills the bill. Humanities Washington brought him to the Cowlitz County Historical Museum on Thursday to share his talk “Superhero America: The Comic Book Character as Historical Lens.”
Longview Daily News, Oct. 7, 2016

TCC professors at Asia Future Conference

Tacoma Community College science instructors Kristen Harrison, Shaun Henderson, and Ralph Hitz recently presented a white paper on citizen science at the Asia Future Conference in Kitakyushu, Japan. At TCC, all non-science majors are required to take three science classes to earn their Associate’s degree. But the college opted to get students out of the classroom to truly learn how science operates in the real world and its correlation with local communities.
The Suburban Times, Oct. 7, 2016

CPTC students share massage skills with screening patients

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and a group of Clover Park Technical College esthetic sciences students got a head start on assisting with prevention and treatment last week when they volunteered their skills to mammogram screening patients at Carol Milgard Breast Center in Tacoma. In the midst of the first week of fall quarter classes, 16 students spent Thursday afternoon offering hand massages to clinic patients. The massages were part of an event hosted by Carol Milgard Breast Center in conjunction with Coordinated Care. It also continued a tradition of CPTC students serving at these events stretching back several years.
The Suburban Times, Oct. 7, 2016

Right at the STEM: Carol Hsu mentors NERD Girls, promotes engineering careers

An aptitude in math and science as a youngster got Carol Hsu thinking initially about a career in biology, focusing on genetics and food production to alleviate hunger in Africa. ... But an orientation day at the University of Texas changed her trajectory, as Hsu was introduced and opted to study mechanical engineering at one of the nation’s top engineering schools. ... For Hsu, now an engineering professor at Clark College in Vancouver, Washington, that ethic of helping people is still satisfied through engineering, and it’s one of the messages that resonates today with young people eyeing careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).
Northwest Boomer and Senior News, Oct. 7, 2016

Thurston County military veterans will benefit from new service hub

An estimated 32,000 veterans in Thurston County now have a local one-stop shop for crucial services that can raise their quality of life. A ribbon cutting ceremony was held Friday to dedicate the new Lacey Veterans Services Hub. ... Those who made the project come to fruition have credited the city of Lacey for taking the lead, especially by securing space for the hub on South Puget Sound Community College’s Lacey campus.
The News Tribune, Oct. 7, 2016

People news: Jeff Davis, former Port of Olympia commissioner, is named to SPSCC board of trustees

Former Port of Olympia Commissioner Jeff Davis has joined the South Puget Sound Community College board of trustees. He replaces Judy Blinn, who served on the board for 12 years. Davis was appointed by Gov. Jay Inslee. Davis joined the board Oct. 1.
The Olympian, Oct. 6, 2016

Centralia College’s new clock tower almost complete

Workers with Schwiesow Construction were installing some of the last remaining pieces of the newly erected clock tower on the Centralia College campus on Wednesday, bringing the project one step closer to being finished.
Centralia Chronicle, Oct. 6, 2016

Choux choux offers its delicious take on French pastries and breads

A chou is a bun, a cream puff, a cabbage, a term of endearment. Only the French would have such a word. So downtown Everett’s new bakery, Choux Choux (pronounced shoe-shoe and denoting two plurals) must be many cream-filled pastries and many sweethearts. Or maybe multiple cabbages? Choux Choux bakes and serves up a lovely variety of breads and treats. Go check it out. It’s been open just two weeks. I think owner/baker Rachel Schreffler has a winner. Everett is lucky. On the Choux Choux website, she blames it all on her mom, who had an affection for baking at home. Schreffler had a great education at Seattle Central College. And then she worked at some pretty swanky places.
Everett Herald, Oct. 6, 2016

Early WW winemaker’s life, contributions portrayed at museum

Francesco Leonetti’s example inspired grandsons Figgins with Cave B Winery in Quincy and his brother Garym, co-founder with wife Nancy at Leonetti Cellars in Walla Walla, to pursue winemaking careers. Planted under Figgins’ direction in 1995, Fort Walla Walla Museum’s vineyard features Black Prince (“Cinsault”) grapes of the kind grown by Francesco Leonetti. The vineyard is one of the Museum’s horticultural displays in support of its Italian Farmstead in the pioneer village. In recent years, students of Walla Walla Community College's Institute for Enology and Viticulture program have tended the vines.
Walla Walla Union-Bulletin, Oct. 6, 2016

‘I have always felt like an American:’ 19 new citizens welcomed at Olympia ceremony

Nearly 25 years after moving to the United States from her native Honduras, Dulce Ngo has officially become a U.S. citizen. She did so to honor her late grandparents, who had become naturalized citizens. Although she still has an emotional attachment to her country of birth, Ngo has called the United — the land where she was raised since age 9 — home. ... Ngo was one of 19 people sworn in as U.S. citizens during a ceremony Thursday at South Puget Sound Community College in Olympia.
The Olympian, Oct. 6, 2016

Trends | Horizons | Education

'I'm doing it for myself': a student's struggle to turn his life around

Every summer College Bound Dorchester holds a matriculation ceremony to celebrate the accomplishments of young people who have overcome significant obstacles and are now ready to start college. At the most recent event, in August, Giovanne Morris received a standing ovation for the following speech, in which he described his journey from prison to Bunker Hill Community College.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, Oct. 11, 2016

CEOs join effort to help students learn about careers

Hundreds of South Seattle and South King County students will go on field trips next week to learn about career opportunities, and others will hear from executives at several of the region’s largest private-sector companies and organizations, who will visit their schools. It’s all part of what’s called DiscoverU, an initiative created by the nonprofit Road Map Project.
The Seattle Times, Oct. 11, 2016

How America outlawed adolescence

At least 22 states make it a crime to disturb school in ways that teenagers are wired to do. Why did this happen?
The Atlantic, November 2016

It's not you. It's your students

Many studies point to professors being more liberal than the rest of society, but little research says there is discrimination against students based on their political views. At the same time, anecdotes abound of students who believe that their professors are showing political bias — even if other students in the same class disagree. A new study offers an explanation for the students' perceptions that doesn't necessarily suggest that the bias is real or entirely discount the perceptions, either. The new study finds that students with certain characteristics — a sense of entitlement and an orientation to focus on grades — are much more likely than other students to perceive their instructors as being biased.
Inside Higher Ed, Oct. 10, 2016

Doubling down on innovation for success

Joseph E. Aoun, president of Northeastern University, discusses how his institution has used a combination of global focus and experiential learning to raise its profile, and how colleges should be preparing students for the job market of tomorrow.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, Oct. 10, 2016

Study: Washington’s aerospace employment is holding steady

Washington’s aerospace industry continues to bring in more money to the state while its employment holds steady, according to a state-commissioned study released Thursday. In 2015, the industry posted $69.9 billion in revenues, a slight increase over the prior year and more than twice what it recorded a decade earlier when adjusted for inflation, according to the study.
Everett Herald, Oct. 6, 2016

Amazon pledges $10M for new UW building that would double enrollment in computer science

Amazon will donate $10 million toward the construction of a new computer-science building on the University of Washington’s Seattle campus, the company announced Thursday. The donation brings total commitments for the building to $86 million; the construction cost is estimated at $110 million. The building will rise east of the university’s existing computer-science building, the Paul G. Allen Center for Computer Science & Engineering. More than 60 percent of the money raised so far has come from private sources.
The Seattle Times, Oct. 6, 2016

WSU gets $2.2 million to increase bilingual, English learner teachers, including Yakima Valley schools

Grandview and Prosser schools could see a boost in their bilingual and English learner teachers thanks to a federal grant. The five-year, $2.2 million grant would increase the number of K-8 teachers in the two specialties, as well as provide professional development to improve instruction for English language learners. The grant is through Washington State University, with the money coming from the U.S. Department of Education.
Yakima Herald, Oct. 6, 2016

Women are in the new sweet spot of U.S. economy, study says

Women still earn less than men, but they’ve narrowed the gap because they tend to work in jobs that require more social and analytical skills, a new study from the Pew Research Center finds. Those jobs are increasingly prized in the U.S. economy, while jobs calling for physical and manual skills are becoming less important, the study says.
Everett Herald, Oct. 6, 2016

Opinion: Boeing is once again showing its commitment to education

Boeing is again showing its commitment to education in Washington state by making a large donation to boost tech-focused training for high-school and college students. While many Washington companies complain about the quality of job applicants, Boeing is spending an impressive $6 million to do something about it. The aerospace company does not stand alone. Last year, Microsoft gave $10 million to support the Washington Opportunity Scholarship Program, which helps send low- and middle-income students seeking science and technology degrees to college in Washington state. Since 2011, both Boeing and Microsoft have donated at least $5 million each year to that scholarship program.
The Seattle Times, Oct. 5, 2016

Politics | Local, State, National

Opinion: After years of neglect, public higher education is at a tipping point

Public higher education is at a tipping point in the United States. It is an essential public good that is suffering from an unprecedented erosion of public support, with potentially devastating consequences for our students and our economy. ... A result of such massive disinvestment is the rising cost of education for students and families. Universities are forced to cut programs and services. The doors of access swing shut for the most vulnerable students. Stability and future viability are threatened. Public higher education, barring a significant change in direction, may soon be public in name only, no longer a public good but a private one.
The Washington Post, Oct. 7, 2016

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