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News Links | October 13, 2016

October 13, 2016 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

KSER’s Voices of the Community awards honor county heroes

2016 KSER Voice of the Community Awards: John Olson, Everett Community College vice president for college advancement and executive director of the Everett Community College Foundation. Olson said Tuesday that the foundation provides thousands of dollars for scholarships — nearly 200 each year — and supports programs, professional development and other needs at EvCC.
Everett Herald, Oct. 12, 2016

Bellevue College kicks off homecoming week in honor of 50th anniversary

Outside of Seattle in the fall of 1965, dozens of students camped out overnight to be the first to enroll at a fledgling new college. Bellevue Community College opened its doors the following January, starting classes with 500 students in a temporary home at Newport High School. On Oct. 6, hundreds of people helped Interim President Jill Wakefield and elected officials kick off a celebratory homecoming week in honor of Bellevue College, which in its 50th year now serves 33,000 students.
Bellevue Reporter, Oct. 11, 2016

CBC honors National Coming Out Day by sharing personal stories

In honor of National Coming Out Day, the Columbia Basin College Diversity Committee hosted a coming out day resource fair at the CBC HUB. This is the first time the diversity committee has hosted this event, and they invited community organizations to show their support of the LGBTQ community. organizations like S.A.R.C, Benton and Franklin County Suicide Prevention and planned parenthood.
KPER, Oct. 11, 2016

Christina Blocker appointed to Bates Technical College Board of Trustees

Governor Jay Inslee recently appointed Christina Blocker to serve on the Bates Technical College Board of Trustees. Blocker most recently served as the program coordinator of the basic food program at Sound Outreach, a non-profit organization dedicated to connecting people with resources, like accessing public benefits and emergency assistance, free tax preparation, credit repair, housing, counseling and mortgage/loan modification.
The Suburban Times, Oct. 11, 2016

Trends | Horizons | Education

Online and homegrown

Just a few years ago California's community colleges were dealing with a serious capacity problem. The state’s financial crisis led to budget cuts for the two-year college system, which meant fewer students could enroll on campuses. During that time, roughly 600,000 students were turned away by the 112 community colleges. While the system's capacity woes have eased as state money is flowing again, the community colleges have turned to online courses to prevent shutting out students in the future. The California Community Colleges Online Education Initiative will debut this fall. Unlike typical online class systems, the OEI is a collaborative program that allows students to register and participate in online courses across multiple colleges.
Inside Higher Ed, Oct. 12, 2016

UW’s first Latina president says college making progress in diversity, more to do

University of Washington’s president says although the school has experienced tremendous growth in enrollment and also diversity among students, such as in Latinos and African-Americans, there still are improvements to be made.
Yakima Herald, Oct. 11, 2016

Working in the fastest growing profession

Humanity has been onto wind power — that is, using wind for pumps and mills — for centuries. But in more recent decades, industrial turbines have been built to generate electricity on a much greater scale: Between 2004 and 2009, wind power grew by nearly 40 percent in the U.S. Yet the industry remains niche: Wind power only accounts for 4 percent of the electricity generated in the country. There’s certainly room for growth, and the Bureau of Labor Statistics has a very optimistic outlook for the technicians who maintain and fix turbines: It is estimated to be the fastest growing profession in the U.S. in the next decade.
The Atlantic, Oct. 11, 2016

Politics | Local, State, National

New accountability for teacher prep

The U.S. Department of Education released final regulations for teacher preparation programs Wednesday that will push states to rate the effectiveness of the programs and tie access to federal grants to student success. The rules will also require states to be much more active in determining whether programs are effective, at risk or low performing — the three levels of performance outlined in the rules.
Inside Higher Ed, Oct. 12, 2016

Why the college degree seems to be deciding the presidential election

If you’ve been following the presidential election campaign, then you’ve heard about the divide in voter preferences between people with and without college degrees. A survey in August by the Pew Research Center found that, among registered voters with at least a college degree, the Democratic nominee, Hillary R. Clinton, had a 23-percentage-point lead over the Republican nominee, Donald J. Trump. ... What’s going on? Experts who study college attainment and political science agree it’s a hard question to answer, and resist making generalizations. But here’s a primer on other things to consider, as the campaign enters the home stretch, when presented with statistics that involve the 2016 presidential election and the college degree.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, Oct. 12, 2016

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