News Links | October 20, 2016
System News | Opinion
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
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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
The Chronicle of Higher Education, Oct. 20, 2016
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
The Seattle Times, Oct. 17, 2016