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News Links | November 1, 2016

November 01, 2016 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

Kirkland tech institute lets students decide what math and English classes to take

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

Sedro-Woolley School District expands STEM network

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

Gallery: At college and afloat, Halloween isn’t just for kids

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

Culinary students work together to create Oktoberfest feast

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

Edmonds Community College musicians hope to play in Cuba

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

Opinion: Push for international students as CBC has merit

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 competitiveness.
Walla Walla Union-Bulletin, Oct. 31, 2016

CPTC alum takes sugar skills to “Halloween Wars”

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

Local man an explorer of Washington's beer scene

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

Día de los Muertos at SPSCC: A lesson in understanding and tolerance

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 tolerance.
The Olympian, Oct. 29, 2016

Columbia Basin College looks to start international program to draw students

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

Students get glimpse into careers

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

Apple STEM grant

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 mechatronics programs receives $300,000 federal grant

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

CHS students learn about WWCC Nursing program with hi-tech simulators

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

Swinomish Police Department gets new chief

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

South Seattle College encourages Seattle City Council to expand 13th Year Promise Scholarship

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

Study: Students see benefits of video captioning

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

'Ideas are not crimes'

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

Fixing capacity with better class scheduling

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 needs.
Inside Higher Ed, Oct. 28, 2016

The problem with how higher education treats diversity

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

Bipartisan solution

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

Borrower defense rules finalized

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

Jill Biden's push to make community college free

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

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