News Links | November 1, 2016
System News | Opinion
A technology institute in Kirkland is trying a new method of college placement that
allows students to decide what math or English they should be taking. The program
is called “guided self-placement,” and it’s being tried by Lake Washington Institute of Technology, the state’s only public institute of technology. LWTech is part of the state’s community-
and technical-college system. Under the new system, students entering the college
for the first time take a free math and English placement test designed by the college.
After they get the results, they decide what classes they should start with in math
and English. ... College Spark is also funding similar programs at Highline College and Whatcom Community College.
The Seattle Times, Nov. 1, 2016
More kids in Skagit County will have the chance for hands-on experience in the science,
technology, engineering and math fields (STEM) thanks to a new grant awarded to the
Sedro-Woolley School District and the city of Sedro-Woolley. The school district and
city, founding partners of the Skagit STEM Network, have been awarded a $200,000 two-year
grant from the Washington STEM Network. ... The additional money will allow the Skagit
STEM Network — which also partners the district and city with companies such as Janicki
Industries and Janicki BioEnergy, as well as the Port of Skagit, the Economic Development
Alliance of Skagit County and Skagit Valley College — to expand its STEM programs to other school districts, [Sedro-Woolley School District
Superintendent Phil] Brockman said.
Skagit Valley Herald, Nov. 1, 2016
Kids and adults enjoyed Halloween on Monday as Everett Community College and the Washington State Ferries each held contests for best costumes.
Everett Herald, Nov. 1, 2016
The spirit of Oktoberfest was in the air at the Northwest Career and Technical Academy
last week as culinary students from both the academy and Skagit Valley College chopped, ground and seasoned the filling for what would become bratwurst. Together,
the students also made sauerkraut, sauerbraten, pretzels and buns made with Skagit-grown
flour for the college’s Oktoberfest festival. ... That goal will be made easier with
the help of a $150,000 grant recently awarded to the college for innovation in three
of its programs. ... The grant, awarded by the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges, will let the college focus on more ways to combine the three programs, [President
Tom] Keegan said.
Skagit Valley Herald, Oct. 31, 2016
It's a language that knows no borders or boundaries – a language that is transporting
a group of young students to a place that, until recently, has been off limits. "It's
just really fun," said 17-year-old trombone player Jazlie-Cate Garcia with a smile.
"It makes me feel happy." The Edmonds Community College Jazz & Salsa band is hoping to be among the first American college bands to visit
Cuba since the travel ban was lifted by President Obama. The group is trying to raise
enough money to bring all 18 members to Havana for a week in March.
KING 5, Oct. 31, 2016
Community colleges are a critical part of this state’s higher education system. Walla Walla Community College has proved that over and over again with innovative programs such as its Center for
Enology and Viticulture and its John Deere Tech program. But WWCC is not alone. Its
neighbor to the west, Pasco’s Columbia Basin College, is looking to bring an international feeling to the school as a way to promote global
Walla Walla Union-Bulletin, Oct. 31, 2016
Clover Park Technical College Pastry Arts alum Teresa Argeris first started focusing on baking while in the military.
Several years later, she found herself in the midst of “Halloween Wars” on Food Network,
putting her sugar work skills to the test in pursuit of a $50,000 prize.
The Suburban Times, Oct. 31, 2016
The history of beer is more than just water, barley and hops. And Michael Rizzo can
tell you all about it. The Sedro-Woolley resident does a podcast that explores the
beer and brewing scene in Washington, and has written several books on the subject.
... There’s a number of brewers and beer-related businesses that make the county home
to a thriving and cutting-edge beer scene. Skagit Valley College has a craft brewing academy, which covers everything from biochemistry to brewery
maintenance; Skagit Valley Malting can customize malt to bring out different flavors
and qualities; and, of course, there are a number of breweries.
Skagit Valley Herald, Oct. 30, 2016
The Student Union Building at South Puget Sound Community College was filled with a festive spirit Saturday. Brightly-colored papel picado (ornately
cut paper) decorated the windows, guests sported faces painted like skulls and upbeat
music boomed through the space. Nonprofit CIELO had teamed up with the LatinX Student
Union at SPSCC to host a public Día de los Muertos celebration. CIELO board member
Karlah Tanori said the decision came out of the current political climate and a desire
to give Thurston County’s Latino population a safe place to celebrate the Day of the
Dead. She said she hopes the visibility of the event will foster understanding and
The Olympian, Oct. 29, 2016
A recent trip to the United Arab Emirates may be the first step in attracting international
students to Columbia Basin College. Students experiencing people from other countries are going to be able to compete
better, college President Rich Cummins said.
Tri-City Herald, Oct. 29, 2016
Figuring out what to do after high school can be a challenge for students, especially
the closer they get to graduation. But at Burlington-Edison High School on Friday,
students were able to get a taste of more than 60 careers. ... “Manufacturing is not
like it was (in) your (grandfather’s), or my grandfather’s day,” said Terry Elmore,
a Skagit Valley College instructor who was speaking to students interested in manufacturing and aerospace.
Skagit Valley Herald, Oct. 29, 2016
The Apple STEM Network received a $110,000 implementation grant from Washington STEM
to support their plans to advance student access to science, technology, and math
education and career opportunities. ... Wenatchee Valley College will continue to serve as the back-bone organization and fiscal agent for the Apple
STEM Network, and will share the leadership role this year with the Greater Wenatchee
Area Tech Alliance (GWATA).
KPQ, Oct. 29, 2016
Centralia College has been awarded a grant for more than $300,000 to support its mechatronics program,
formerly known as industrial automation. The grant announcement was made Wednesday
in Washington, D.C., from the Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration,
according to a press release from the college.
Centralia Chronicle, Oct. 28, 2016
These days, modern technology plays a huge role in education. Some Clarkston High
School students got to see hi-tech simulations first-hand. ... This is part of the
program where Clarkston High School students got to see at the Clarkston campus of
Walla Walla Community College. "We're created a partnership with Clarkston High school and students who are interested
in continuing their education after high school," said Janet Danley, WWCC Advisor.
This partnership allows students, interested in careers in medicine, to find out what
the WWCC Nursing Program entails.
KLEW TV, Oct. 27, 2016
Twenty-five years to the day after being hired by the Anacortes Police Department,
Capt. Lou D’Amelio will be starting a new job. D’Amelio has been hired as chief of
the Swinomish Police Department, a position he will officially step into on Tuesday.
... D’Amelio was one of four candidates for the position, Swinomish Indian Tribal
Community Chairman Brian Cladoosby said. It was D’Amelio’s knowledge of the area and
surrounding departments, as well as his experience as an instructor at Skagit Valley College, that made him stand out, Cladoosby said.
Skagit Valley Herald, Oct. 27, 2016
It was democracy in action at a Seattle City Council public hearing at city hall on
Oct. 25 as South Seattle College students, faculty and leadership spoke to the council about the impact of our college's
13th Year Promise Scholarship, and encouraged passage of a proposal to expand the
program to three more high schools. Seattle City Councilmember Bruce Harrell has submitted
a budget proposal that would expand the 13th Year Promise Scholarship to additional
high schools over 2017 and 2018 with city support.
West Seattle Herald, Oct. 26, 2016
Trends | Horizons | Education
Video captioning helps more than students with disabilities, according to a new study
by 3Play Media and the Oregon State University Ecampus Research Unit. In a survey
of 2,124 college students at 15 public and private nonprofit institutions, the researchers
found three-quarters of respondents use captions as a learning aid. About half of
the surveyed students (52 percent) said they use captions to improve their comprehension
of course work.
Inside Higher Ed, Nov. 1, 2016
A report released today by the human rights monitoring group the Scholars at Risk
Network documents a range of recent attacks on international higher education, including
militant attacks on university campuses in Afghanistan and Pakistan; targeted killings
of scholars in Bangladesh, India, Iraq and Syria; pressures on student protest movements
in Myanmar, South Africa, Thailand, Venezuela and elsewhere; as well as cases of persecution
and imprisonment, travel restrictions, and loss of academic positions or expulsion
from study involving individual scholars and students.
Inside Higher Ed, Oct. 31, 2016
Some colleges struggling to figure out how to manage overcrowded or empty courses
could be looking for solutions in the wrong place. A new report from Ad Astra Information
Systems shows that the capacity issues some colleges are facing can be traced to the
way they schedule classes. The company’s Higher Education Scheduling Index is a database
that tracks how colleges allocate their faculty and classrooms to meet students’ course
Inside Higher Ed, Oct. 28, 2016
What is lost when disadvantaged students are forced to commodify their backgrounds
for the sake of college admissions?
The Atlantic, Oct. 28, 2016
Politics | Local, State, National
The potential effects of the borrower defense rules the U.S. Department of Education
released last week have generated disagreements — and some uncertainty. But an accompanying
announcement restoring Pell Grant eligibility to students of shuttered colleges was
widely praised. The department's decision to exercise that authority is part of a
bipartisan push by the U.S. Congress to find solutions for students whose progress
toward a degree was cut short by the recent closures of for-profit institutions such
as ITT Technical Institutes and Corinthian Colleges.
Inside Higher Ed, Oct. 31, 2016
Education Department releases regulations to protect student borrowers against fraudulent
and abusive institutions. Although rules are aimed at for-profit colleges, critics
say they could have repercussions for all colleges.
Inside Higher Ed, Oct. 28, 2016
As the Obama administration approaches its conclusion, everyone from the president
to his policy analysts are searching for ways to preserve and shore up the work they’ve
done in the past eight years. For Jill Biden, perhaps nothing has been more important,
save her work with military service members, during her tenure as second lady than
highlighting the role community colleges play in helping men and women, young and
old, achieve whatever their version of the American Dream looks like.
The Atlantic, Oct. 27, 2016