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News Links | October 20, 2016

October 20, 2016 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

Seattle nonprofit seeks to help people with criminal records get jobs in tech

In the U.S., about two-thirds of all prison inmates will get arrested again within three years of their release, and a main reason for that is a lack of job prospects. A Seattle-based startup called Unloop is working to change that. Founded by David Almeida, who works in business strategy at Microsoft, and EnergySavvy Senior Engagement Manager Lindsey Wilson, the company runs the equivalent of coding bootcamps in jails to help inmates get on the path to employment in the tech industry upon their release. ... The program, which is funded by Tacoma Community College, focuses on inmates with seven years or less on their sentences and includes professional training that students could put to use if they land a job in the industry after being released. ... The idea for Unloop came after Almeida in February 2015 visited Clallam Bay Corrections Center out on the Olympic Peninsula, home of an innovative computer science and engineering educational program for inmates run by Peninsula College.
Geek Wire, Oct. 19, 2016

Phi Theta Kappa inducts 16 new members at BBCC

Sixteen Big Bend Community College students became members of the prestigious Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society during the organization’s fall induction ceremony Monday evening.
Columbia Basin College, Oct. 19, 2016

Senate candidate square off at forum at RTC

There was a big focus on funding and on technical skills as state senate candidates from the fifth and 41st legislative districts participated in a forum at Renton Technical College Oct. 13 to talk about education. Hosted by RTC, the forum was themed “The education continuum — early learning, K-12 and higher education — and the vital role education plays in creating economic opportunity.”
Renton Reporter, Oct. 19, 2016

EvCC now offering Arlington classes

Everett Community College is now offering machine operating, transitional studies and corporate education classes in Arlington as part of a new expansion. The college expanded their Advanced Manufacturing Training and Education Center (AMTEC) to a new location in Arlington this September.
North County Outlook, Oct. 19, 2016

Bittersweet Chocolates – Artisan chocolate makers land in downtown Olympia

At Bittersweet Chocolates, in downtown Olympia, there’s a machine Deb Smith and Cindy Uhrich affectionately call the Beast. It resembles a bandsaw, but instead of a blade, it features an endlessly circulating stream of molten chocolate, precisely calibrated in temperature and consistency. ... Deb taught chocolate making and bakery and pastry arts at South Puget Sound Community College for many years, and watching her fly through the elaborate process required, one does not have a difficult time believing she’s done this before.
Thurston Talk, Oct. 19, 2016

CBC plots $10M culinary move to Kennewick waterfront

Columbia Basin College hopes to develop a $10 million culinary school next to Duffy’s Pond, in what promises to be its first venture into Kennewick. The ambitious project will serve 120 students and is slated to be built on a former manufactured home park at the Port of Kennewick’s Columbia Gardens Wine and Artisan Village, near the cable bridge.
Tri-City Herald, Oct. 18, 2016

Port of Port Angeles approves $4 million for interior work on composites center

Port of Port Angeles commissioners agreed Monday to pay a company $4,146,240.90 for its work on the interior of the Composite Recycling Technology Center. Rognlin’s Inc. finished the composites center and a final certificate of occupancy was granted in August. The center is now operational, and Peninsula College’s fall quarter is underway at the building.
Peninsula Daily News, Oct. 18, 2016

Lauren Love brings new energy to SPSCC’s drama department

Drama professor Dr. Lauren Love was drawn to the incredible facilities at South Puget Sound Community College. The Kenneth J. Minnaert Center for the Arts is a state of the art auditorium. But, it is the community that has cemented her belief that she made the right choice in coming to Olympia and the drama department at SPSCC.
Thurston Talk, Oct. 18, 2016

Skagit Valley College Powwow celebrates dance, community

Saturday afternoon’s Skagit Valley College Fall Powwow began with performers in traditional Native American dress dancing to drummers’ beats as they formed a circle in the SVC gym. The first dance, part of the Grand Entry ceremony, marked the beginning of the powwow, where attendees from everywhere between Canada and Idaho came to celebrate. The powwow was an annual tradition at Skagit Valley College until about 15 years ago, said the event’s organizer, Alana Quigley. Two years ago, organizers decided to revive the celebration.
Skagit Valley Herald, Oct. 16, 2016

Trends | Horizons | Education

What we’re reading: Education in our poorest state and the role of money in college decisions

A video series about our nation's worst-performing schools caught our interest this week, along with a study that tries to determine whether money really is the biggest barrier to college attendance.
The Seattle Times, Oct. 20, 2016

A virtual counselor

Struggling to meet the rising demand for mental health services on campuses, colleges turn to online platforms and text messaging services. Experts are divided on the effectiveness of these approaches.
Inside Higher Ed, Oct. 19, 2016

Is entrepreneurialism at odds with deep thinking?

Schools across the country have competing ideas on what — beyond a diploma — students should leave campus with. ... More schools are trying to entwine the emphases on tomorrow’s skills and deep thinking, treating education less as an avenue toward employment and more a life-long commitment to personal growth and inquiry.
The Atlantic, Oct. 12, 2016

Politics | Local, State, National

At college campuses, state’s youngest voters remain a great unknown

As the election approaches, Washington college students talk about who they support for president, and why. Many will vote for Hillary Clinton, but not always enthusiastically.
The Seattle Times, Oct. 20, 2016

Senate higher ed post up for grabs

As Election Day nears, it's uncertain who would lead the Senate committee that would handle key higher education legislation — including a "free college" proposal if Hillary Clinton is elected — in the next Congress.
Inside Higher Ed, Oct. 20, 2016

Trump said he would ‘end’ political correctness on campuses. Could a president do that?

He is hardly the first Republican politician to criticize political correctness on campus, and his pledge to "end" that phenomenon raises the question of whether any president could keep that promise. ... Policy experts noted, however, that there are things a president could do to mitigate the federal government’s role in shaping how colleges define and respond to the sort of criticism that Mr. Trump and many conservatives lament.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, Oct. 20, 2016

State pouring billions into schools, but are they ‘fully funded’? Districts say no

Trying to comply with the McCleary ruling, Washington state has poured billions of dollars into fully funding basic K-12 education. But school districts are still spending millions of dollars in local property-tax money for costs like transportation and building maintenance.
The Seattle Times, Oct. 17, 2016

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