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October 27, 2016 by SBCTC Communications

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Pierce College celebrates 50 years of serving students, community

The 2016-17 academic year will be one to remember as Pierce College embarks on its 50th year of providing the community with access to quality educational opportunities. We are proud of the quality of our programs and the many ways we’ve helped students, families, businesses and our community grow.
The Suburban Times, Oct. 26, 2016

Bellevue College alumnus’ tiny home vision earns him award

A Bellevue College graduate's first professional housing design and construction may have been small in size, but was a big success. Alumnus Brandon Reim won the American Society of Interior Designers' shipping container project — the society's first-ever student competition. The recent graduate was able to see his vision for a tiny home made from a 40-foot-long shipping container come to life last month.
Bellevue Reporter, Oct. 26, 2016

Big Bend's Medical Simulation Lab preps students for real life injuries

They were at Big Bend Community College on Tuesday to help out students in the Medical Simulation Lab in learning about the sort of injuries they could encounter in their careers. It’s called Moulage, a French term for applying mock injuries for the purpose of medical training.
iFiber One, Oct. 26, 2016 

PT may finally be known as a 'college town'

Port Townsend may finally become known as a "college town" now that Peninsula College has a modern facility at Fort Worden that offers higher education opportunities. Students have been using the renovated 14,000-square foot Building 202 since Sept. 28. The ceremonial ribbon was cut Oct. 24 for a $6 million project spawned about nine years ago by Jefferson County residents who wanted more from their community college system.
Port Townsend Leader, Oct. 26, 2016

Green River College begins search for next president

The Green River College Board of Trustees on Oct. 20 appointed a 13-member advisory committee to help find the college's next president. The board also agreed to pay the institution's next leader $240,000 a year. Eileen Ely, who became the college's fourth president in 2010, resigned in June following months of unrest on campus. Scott Morgan, former president of Spokane Community College, was selected to serve in an interim role while the college finds a permanent replacement.
Kent Reporter, Oct. 26, 2016

Chemistry experiment turns Daises into juice sleuths

Ashley Becerra stirs a spoonful of detergent into a cup of cranberry juice and waits. “It turned like Coca-Cola,” she exclaimed after the red liquid turned a brownish-hue. That means there’s real fruit juice in it, according to the instructions. The juice sleuth experiment was part of a Daisy Girl Scout Troop 40113 lesson during National Chemistry Week. The group of 18 kindergarten and first-graders heard from Dr. Roxi Hulet, a Skagit Valley College chemistry teacher, and did their own experiment.
Go Anacortes, Oct. 26, 2016

H.S. classes offer bypass to remedial courses

Fed up with long rosters of college freshmen who can't handle college-level courses, states are increasingly turning to 12th grade transition classes to build academic muscle to help students skip the remedial courses that can diminish their chances of earning a degree. ... Instructors from its community and technical college system got together with high school teachers to examine the Common Core State Standards, which guide instruction in Washington, to identify the learning goals most important to college study. Then they assembled courses based on materials that others had already created, said Bill Moore, who oversees the work as director of K-12 partnerships at the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges.
Education Week, Oct. 25, 2016

With help of Opportunity Scholarship, man goes from homeless to UW master’s degree program

The economy is booming in Seattle right now thanks to high-tech jobs, and one local program is making sure those are filled with graduates from right here in Washington. Leaders from major employers like Boeing, Microsoft, Alaska Airlines and Costco attended a fundraising breakfast at the downtown Sheraton for the Washington State Opportunity Scholarship. However, it was Mark Bennett’s story that left everyone empowered. At 18, Bennett was homeless in Seattle, battling addiction and without custody of his son. ... He first enrolled at Seattle Central College and then received the Opportunity Scholarship. “Because they were there for me and they helped guide me in the right direction, it just eventually started to happen. It was like, wow, this is happening,” said Bennett.
Q13 Fox, Oct. 25, 2016

Clark culinary program getting a new home

Construction of the Tod and Maxine McClaskey Culinary Institute at Clark College is on schedule for completion by fall 2017. When finished, it will open as the “premier cuisine and baking institute in our area,” Cuisine Instructor Aaron Guerra said. This state-of-the-art facility could not come at a better time. ... The culinary labor market for the Portland-Vancouver metro area is projecting 8 percent growth over the next five years, adding about 7,000 local jobs, according to statistics provided by Clark College.
The Columbian, Oct. 25, 2016

Cyber security program offers some students another chance

Robert Shaffer is learning to defend information from people looking to steal it. The former truck driver is one of the students enrolled at Columbia Basin College to earn a four-year cyber security degree. The bachelor’s degree program added 60 percent more students from last year, growing from having the equivalent of 31 full-time students to having 49.
Tri-City Herald, Oct. 25, 2016

AMTEC expansion celebrated In Everett

AMTEC, Everett Community College’s Advanced Manufacturing Training & Education Center celebrated their recent 17,000 square foot expansion with a visit from the Governor and other dignitaries this morning. Here’s the update from Katherine Schiffner at EvCC. Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee joined Everett Community College in celebrating the $2.5 million expansion of EvCC’s Advanced Manufacturing Training & Education Center (AMTEC) Tuesday at the center.
My Everett News, Oct. 25, 2016

Prison basketball game changes inmate's life

Sterling Weirzalis, a former inmate at Larch Corrections Center, never knew that a chance meeting with a citizen at a prison basketball game during his incarceration would change his life forever. That citizen turned out to be Bob Knight, the president of Clark College. In 2008, Weirzalis participated in the first annual community basketball game held at Larch, which allowed inmates to play against community members. ... [Nancy Simmons] helped arrange an annual basketball shoot off between Knight and the president of Lower Columbia College, David Beyer.
Department of Corrections, Oct. 21, 2016

Trends | Horizons | Education

Washington beats national average on science exams

Washington fourth- and eighth-grade students scored higher than the national average on a federal science test in 2015. In Washington, 42 percent of fourth-graders scored at or above proficient, compared with the national average of 37 percent. For eighth-grade students, the rate for those at or above proficient was 38 percent, 5 percentage points higher than the national average. Washington was one of 21 states where student performance exceeded the national average for fourth-graders, and one of 22 for eighth-graders.
The Seattle Times, Oct. 27, 2016

Educators pitch IT! at Educause

Who will be Educause’s Pitch IT! Challenge champion? The higher education IT organization will over the next 12 months throw its weight behind one of four finalists in the competition, which is aimed at solving some of the major issues facing higher education. Educause invited member universities to speak out about the biggest challenges facing their campuses -- the “elephants in the room that nobody has adequately addressed,” in the words of Jim Burnett, senior manager of strategic sales and business development.
Inside Higher Ed, Oct. 27, 2016

Borrowing falls as prices keep climbing

Tuition pricing, financial aid and student debt levels are still in their postrecession mold. Prices followed a continuing pattern of slowing growth between 2015-16 and 2016-17 while still increasing more quickly than financial aid availability and family incomes, according to two College Board reports released Wednesday, “Trends in College Pricing” and “Trends in Student Aid.” Meanwhile, total education borrowing decreased for the fifth consecutive year as undergraduates relied less on loans to finance their education.
Inside Higher Ed, Oct. 26, 2016

‘Beyond the skills gap’

Authors discuss book that seeks to counter the narrative about how higher ed prepares students for careers. They say college must be more than job training, and that term “liberal arts” is misunderstood.
Inside Higher Ed, Oct. 26, 2016

College is the goal. Will these three teenagers get there?

Wondering if higher education is the cure-all: When Charla Shaner appeared at a recent parent-teacher conference with Zac, she looked immaculate in pressed coral blouse, skirt and smooth blond hair. Few of the teachers realized how much effort went into maintaining that middle-class facade. Ms. Shaner’s intense focus on her two sons helped steer them into the Topeka public school system’s gifted track, based on their exceptionally high IQ’s in elementary school. She has a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education and for some years ran a daycare center out of her house.
New York Times, Oct. 26, 2016

College is the goal. Will these three teenagers get there?

Senior year at Topeka High: In the last month, I have been visiting Topeka High School, talking with seniors, and their parents and guidance counselors, about their college plans as they take standardized tests, decide where to apply, write essays, fill out financial aid forms and send in their applications. I’ve followed their successes and mishaps along the way and will look in again in a few months to see where they end up, whether in college, vocational school, a job or at home.
New York Times, Oct. 25, 2016

College is the goal. Will these three teenagers get there?

The pros and cons of delaying college: In the country, what matters is what you can do with your hands: baling hay, hunting or fixing a broken U-joint. In the city, what matters is what you can do with your brain, whether it’s understanding the difference between kinetic and potential energy in physics class or being able to explain the meaning of social capital in government class. Nathan/Nate can do both. That push and pull between these worlds is working on him now as he tries to decide, amid conflicting advice from family and friends, whether to go to college or to trade school. But are the life of the farm and the life of the mind mutually exclusive?
New York Times, Oct. 25, 2016

Politics | Local, State, National

Bidens host event on free community college

For the past eight years, community colleges have had an advocate in the White House through Jill Biden. Biden, along with her husband, Vice President Joe Biden, hosted a number of community college leaders Wednesday at their residence at the U.S. Naval Observatory as a way to thank the sector for pushing free community college initiatives in their states and communities.
Inside Higher Ed, Oct. 27, 2016

Advocacy groups urge federal coordination on student complaint system

More than 50 national and state organizations signed a letter to the White House urging changes to the complaint system for student loan borrowers launched over the summer. The complaint system, part of a Student Aid Bill of Rights unveiled by the Obama administration last year, was created to allow borrowers to provide feedback on lenders, loan servicers, collection agencies and colleges and universities involved in the student loan system.
Inside Higher Ed, Oct. 26, 2016

Jay Inslee, Bill Bryant vying to lead on education in Washington governor’s race

For decades, Democrats and Republicans have run for governor in Washington promising to be “the education governor.” This year is no different. If anything, there are times when the gubernatorial candidates seem to be running for state school superintendent, a different office altogether.
The Spokesman-Review, Oct. 23, 2016

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