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News Links | November 3, 2016

November 03, 2016 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

Our Voice: CBC culinary school a game-changer

The plan by Columbia Basin College officials to build a $10 million culinary school and locate it near the cable bridge in Kennewick is exciting news for two big reasons. The culinary hub will help anchor the new Columbia Gardens Wine and Artisan Village being developed in east Kennewick. And the new school will allow students interested in the culinary arts to get their extended training in the Tri-Cities. This is a game-changing idea the community should embrace.
Tri-City Herald, Nov. 2, 2016

Clark County’s First Citizen 2016: Bob Knight

People don’t always understand what First Citizen award-winners are all about, a presenter said Wednesday before handing the 2016 honor to Bob Knight. “A lot of people think it’s about their day job,” Jennifer Rhoads said. Knight certainly has a distinguished record there, serving as commander of Vancouver Barracks from 1997 to 2000 and helping the historic U.S. Army post transition into its civilian role. As president of Clark College since 2006, Knight has an impact on about 14,000 students each year. But the First Citizen award committee looks for more from the nominees, said Rhoads, executive director of the Community Foundation for Southwest Washington. It’s about their after-hours and weekend contributions to the community, Rhoads said.
The Columbian, Nov. 2, 2016

Big Bend fall quarter enrollment up slightly

Fall quarter enrollment at Big Bend Community College was slightly higher than enrollment in fall 2015. Summer quarter 2016 enrollment was up in terms of students on campus, but there were slightly fewer full-time students in summer 2016 as compared to 2015.
Columbia Basin Herald, Nov. 2, 2016

A look inside Beacon Hill’s renovated Pacific Tower

Renovations to the iconic Pacific Tower on Beacon Hill wrapped up recently. The $54 million project has been revitalized as a center for innovation in health and education. It is occupied largely by Seattle Central College’s new 85,000-square-foot Health Education Center, which includes a dental education clinic.
My Northwest, Nov. 2, 2016

Skagit Valley College unveils multicultural mural

Benjamin Swatez stood Monday in front of a mural he painted over nine long days, its bright, colorful composition reflecting Skagit County’s cultural diversity. He pointed at a depiction of a howling coyote covered in Aztec symbols. “One night at 2 o’clock in the morning we were working on all the designs in these animals,” Swatez said. The mural, portraying various aspects of Latino culture, was unveiled Monday at Skagit Valley College on the side of the Cardinal Center building that faces Ford Hall. About 100 people turned out to see the mural.
Skagit Valley Herald, Nov. 2, 2016

Vet helps other vets navigate college

When George Turner left the Air Force, he found himself missing “meaningful work.” As the new Vet Corps navigator at Big Bend Community College, where Turner is studying computer science, he finds himself again doing something important — helping former members of the military make their way into and through college.
Columbia Basin Herald, Nov. 1, 2016

Clark College shows of Master Plan

Residents in Ridgefield and Battle Ground had the chance to see the vision of a new north campus of Clark College last week as two open houses were hosted to provide insight on how the college’s Boschma Farms location will look decades down the line.
The Reflector, Nov. 1, 2016

A boost from bikes

It’s a perfect sunny Saturday afternoon in July as waves of riders peel off Pearl Street in downtown Centralia, Washington and cruise onto the Centralia College campus. Ten thousand people ride Cascade Bicycle Club’s 200-mile Seattle-to-Portland Classic (STP) each year, and much of the route follows the winding rural roads of southwestern Washington. At almost exactly the 100-mile mark Centralia (population 16,753) makes for the perfect and most popular overnight rest and refueling stop.
People for Bikes, Nov. 1, 2016

Trends | Horizons | Education

Even top students may drop out after losing aid

Students are more likely to drop out of college if they lose even small amounts of financial aid — regardless of their grade point average — according to a study from the Education Advisory Board, a research and consulting firm based in Washington.
Inside Higher Ed, Nov. 3, 2016

Colleges vs. STDs

CDC finds sharp increases in three sexually transmitted diseases, and young adults account for a majority of these cases. Colleges struggle to educate students to protect themselves.
Inside Higher Ed, Nov. 3, 2016

Can colleges train professors to steer clear of microaggressions?

Tiffany C. Martínez, a sociology major at Suffolk University, made waves last week when she blogged about an experience in which she said her professor had called her out in front of her classmates and accused her of copying parts of an assignment. Ms. Martínez said she was particularly upset that her professor had circled the word "hence" and written in the margin, "This is not your language." Though she said she understood that her professor was questioning whether the paper was plagiarized and probably didn’t intend for the comment to carry a racial tone, the words still hurt. The incident is a clear example of a perceived microaggression, and prompts a question: How can institutions ensure instructors enjoy academic freedom while also pushing them to be mindful of students’ racial backgrounds and experiences?
The Chronicle of Higher Education, Nov. 3, 2016

STEM jobs and 'ideal worker' women

Some research attributes gender imbalances in the sciences, technology, math and engineering in part to women’s deliberate life choices; in other words, getting married and having children keeps some women out of the workforce. But a new study suggests that even women with undergraduate STEM degrees who planned to delay marriage and child rearing were no more likely than other STEM women to land a job in the sciences two years after graduation. The men most likely to enter STEM occupations adhered to significantly more conventional gender ideologies than their female counterparts, expecting to marry at younger ages but also to remain childless, according to the study. Still, the study attributes the majority of the gender disparity in transitions into STEM jobs to women's underrepresentation in engineering and computer science studies.
Inside Higher Ed, Nov. 2, 2016

Politics | Local, State, National

House Democrats seek to protect Pell spending

More than 120 House Democrats, led by Virginia Representative Bobby Scott, called in a letter Wednesday for the House and Senate appropriations committees to use resources in the Pell Grant program only for improving college access. The $7.8 billion surplus for the Pell Grant program should go toward meeting the needs of low-income college students, the letter says.
Inside Higher Ed, Nov. 3, 2016

Attacking austerity

It is taken as an axiom in many administrative circles that public colleges and universities cannot rely on government funding sources to fuel their budgets in the future. A new book from a pair of City University of New York Graduate Center professors examines how that conclusion came to be and describes in blistering terms what it has meant for public higher education.
Inside Higher Ed, Nov. 2, 2016

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