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News Links | October 25, 2016

October 25, 2016 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

Peninsula College celebrates grand opening of its newly redone Port Townsend location

Peninsula College students, faculty and community members gathered Monday for a firsthand look at the upgrades they can now enjoy thanks to the school’s newly renovated Port Townsend location. The $6 million renovation of Building 202 at Fort Worden broke ground last year and was a significant upgrade from the college’s previous location in the old school building, also located at Fort Worden, according to officials.
Peninsula Daily News, Oct. 25, 2016

Big Bend receives $4.8 million grant to improve STEM services

Big Bend Community College received a $4.8 million grant to improve its Science, Technology, Engineering and Math services for it professional and technical programs. Big Bend earned a Title III grant for Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSI) from the Department of Education, the largest such grant the school has received in the past eight years.
iFiberOne, Oct. 24, 2016 

Banquet recognizes BBCC scholarship donors, recipients

Big Bend Community College scholarship recipients and scholarship benefactors were recognized at the annual Star Night banquet earlier this month. The banquet is sponsored by the Big Bend Community College Foundation.
Columbia Basin Herald, Oct. 24, 2016

Front and Center: Lonnie Benn turned a passion for welding as a teenager into a successful career

Some kids are content to build treehouses. Not Lonnie Benn. “I built an open-cockpit submarine, maybe 20 feet long, in my backyard. I never finished it because I couldn’t afford the motor and batteries. But I had the diving tanks and valve systems and all that stuff.” That same year, Benn enrolled in Spokane Community College’s two-year welding program.
The Spokesman-Review, Oct. 23, 2016

CPTC: Cross-Pacific partnership continues with Osaka Jikei visit

The Clover Park Technical College Lakewood Campus served as a cross-cultural center of learning last week, as a group of students from Japan’s Osaka Jikei College partnered with CPTC’s Medical Laboratory and Medical Histology Technician programs for a study tour and cultural exchange. The three-day tour began with Wednesday morning’s meet and greet and concluded Friday afternoon with gift exchanges, student speeches and group photos. It was all the continuation of a partnership between the two colleges stretching back more than a decade. The first cultural exchange tour from Osaka Jikei to CPTC came in 2005.
The Suburban Times, Oct. 23, 2016

Sword forged from scraps of World Trade Center inspires veterans to pursue new lives

A sword forged from the fallen steel structure of the World Trade Center towers Saturday provided symbolic inspiration for military veterans struggling to transition to a new and meaningful life after combat. The weapon, dubbed the “Spartan Sword” by its makers, was escorted by a squadron of motorcycle riders from Lakewood to Pierce College’s Puyallup campus Saturday.
The News Tribune, Oct. 22, 2016

State’s poet laureate brings his message to Centralia College

Words are just words, until they transcend the pale and become the marrow of your life. Washington’s Poet Laureate Tod Marshall is currently living that dream as his day-to-day reality. Marshall was dubbed the poet laureate of Washington in February, and in the interim he has made more than 100 presentations across the state in an effort to break down the imagined barriers that prevent too many people from enjoying the many life affirming virtues of poetry. On Thursday evening, Marshall visited Centralia College in order to read poetry and answer questions from the assembled crowd of seekers and wordsmiths.
Centralia Chronicle, Oct. 21, 2016

Washington wine’s next generation: Brad Binko is having fun making great wine

Brad Binko graduated in June from Walla Walla Community College’s outstanding winemaking program and was winning awards and fans a few weeks later.
The Seattle Times, Oct. 21, 2016

First "Prof-Tech" Preview Day gives students up-close look at Big Bend programs

Hundreds of Moses Lake High School juniors got an up close look at many of the professional and technical education programs offered at Big Bend Community College. The two school teamed up for the first “Prof-Tech” Preview Day on Wednesday, designed to introduce Moses Lake students to Big Bend’s programs.
iFiberOne, Oct. 21, 2016

Record enrollment at WSU and CBC boosts the economy

Washington State University Tri-Cities had another record enrollment this year. Nearly 1,900 students came through the doors, which marks a 17 percent growth compared to last fall. ... Columbia Basin College also saw an increase in enrollment this year, with the biggest growth seen in their Cyber Security department, up 60 percent. ... Plus, CBC recently announced their part in the new culinary school coming soon.
KEPR TV, Oct. 20, 2016

WSU’s sleep research center keeps growing

In the last seven years, Washington State University’s Sleep and Performance Research Center has seen its annual budget more than double, a reflection of the growth and amount of work it now conducts at the Spokane campus east of downtown. ... The sleep center laboratory alone has 12 full-time employees and an additional 15 part-time workers who are undergraduate students enrolled at WSU Spokane, Gonzaga University, Spokane Community College, and Whitworth University.
Spokane Journal of Business, Oct. 20, 2016

Students tour BBCC

Six hundred juniors from Moses Lake High School visited the Big Bend Community College campus Wednesday to get an up close and personal look at some of the Professional and Technical Education Programs offered at BBCC. Event organizer Monica Medrano, Workforce Education Services Coordinator, said the “Preview Day” was setup specifically for our local high school students.
KPQ, Oct. 20, 2016

Trends | Horizons | Education

WSU to study how parents can best support their college-student kids

Washington State University has received a five-year, $2.5 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to examine how parents can best support their children while in college. The money will go to study the effects of a handbook WSU gives to parents called “Letting Go and Staying Connected with your WSU Student,” which at this time is available only in print.
The Seattle Times, Oct. 25, 2016

Record gift to UW: $210M from Gates Foundation toward bold goal of improving world’s health

A bold initiative by the University of Washington to improve the health of all the world’s people is getting a big boost from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which is writing a $210 million check to build a home for the project — the largest single donation the UW has ever received. The new building will house many of the players in the UW’s Population Health Initiative, announced in May by UW President Ana Mari Cauce and envisioned as a major focus of the UW’s faculty, researchers and students for the next 25 years. Virtually every college and department at the university is expected to play some kind of role.
The Seattle Times, Oct. 25, 2016

Education Lab IQ: Should we prepare all students for college?

In the latest round of Education Lab IQ, we answer the question that received the most votes from readers: Do we focus too much on preparing students for college?
The Seattle Times, Oct. 24, 2016

Opinion: Achieving lasting impact

While colleges throughout the nation are expanding civic engagement opportunities for students, Julie E. Wollman, president of Widener University, questions whether the current efforts are working as well as hoped.
Inside Higher Ed, Oct. 24, 2016

William Bowen, influential higher-ed thinker and president of Princeton and Mellon, dies at 83

William G. Bowen, the longtime president of Princeton University and the Andrew M. Mellon Foundation, died on Thursday at the age of 83. Over the course of six decades in and around academe, Mr. Bowen gained a reputation as a rare giant — a higher-education thought leader long before that phrase had entered common parlance.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, Oct. 25, 2016

Opinion: The lasting impact of William Bowen

Mr. Bowen died this week at the age of 83. His impact on higher education reached far and wide, as you’ll see from reading his obituary, but in recent years — when we got to know each other as I reported my first book, College (Un)Bound — there were two areas in which his work had a particularly significant influence.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, Oct. 24, 2016

UW plans to expand upward in big growth spurt

The University of Washington’s master plan sketches out an ambitious future, with about 6 million square feet of new academic, research and office space added in the next dozen years.
The Seattle Times, Oct. 24, 2016

Growing racial disparities in student debt

A new study released by the Brookings Institution finds disparities in student debt levels for black and white borrowers grow after graduation, a trend partly attributable to higher enrollment rates for black students in graduate programs, especially at for-profit institutions. That jump in enrollment is linked to higher federal borrowing rates introduced in 2006 and the weak job market — especially for black college grads — after the 2008 recession.
Inside Higher Ed, Oct. 21, 2016

UW’s $5 billion fundraising push shifts to public phase

The University of Washington is going public with a 6-year-old philanthropic campaign that’s already quietly raised $3 billion since it launched in 2010. The campaign is moving to its public phase, and the UW aims to raise $2 billion more during the next four years to support everything from scholarships to research to new buildings on campus.
The Seattle Times, Oct. 20, 2016

What you need to know about the overtime rule and higher ed

A change in federal labor law that takes effect in December 2016 has colleges and universities scrambling to sort out which salaried employees will be due extra pay if they work more than 40 hours in a week. The new law, a change in the Fair Labor Standards Act, makes more full-time salaried employees eligible for overtime pay. Those employees who earn up to $47,000 per year will be eligible for extra pay for work over 40 hours a week; now only those who earn up to $23,000 per year are.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, Oct. 20, 2016

Quality and competency

A group of colleges that offer competency-based education programs this week released a draft set of voluntary quality standards for the emerging form of higher education. Competency-based education is growing rapidly, with as many as 600 colleges seeking to create new programs. The standards, which the Competency-Based Education Network released at a meeting here, seek to influence the newcomers while also holding established programs accountable.
Inside Higher Ed, Oct. 21, 2016

Politics | Local, State, National

New program to boost minority-serving institutions

Education Secretary John King announced a new program Monday through the office of Federal Student Aid that will pair loan guarantee agencies with minority-serving institutions to improve graduation, retention and cohort default rates at no cost to those colleges and universities. The pilot program will begin at the end of 2016 and could also include financial assistance to students. FSA has invited institutions to participate in the program that it found to have the capacity to improve those metrics and the staff to dedicate to the project.
Inside Higher Ed, Oct. 25, 2016

Trump threatens visas for those from China

Donald Trump's various statements on visa policy have alarmed many in international education, with most of the concerns focused on the potential impact on students coming from countries with large Muslim populations, countries for which the Republican presidential candidate has vowed to heighten scrutiny of visa applications.
Inside Higher Ed, Oct. 24, 2016

‘Trump Wall’ on WSU campus draws hundreds of supporters and protesters

Washington State University became a hotbed of political activism Wednesday when a small group of students erected a plywood wall in the center of campus to show support for Donald Trump and his proposal to build a wall along the country’s southern border. The demonstration drew hundreds of protesters, mostly students, who spent hours chanting and toting signs to denounce the controversial Republican nominee. They criticized not only Trump’s immigration stance but also his comments about women, blacks, Hispanics, Muslims and Native Americans.
The Spokesman-Review, Oct. 19, 2016

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