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News Links | November 8, 2016

November 08, 2016 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

New center focuses on helping veterans succeed in college

More military veterans than ever are choosing to go to college, courtesy of the GI Bill. Lake Washington Institute of Technology has seen such an increase in veteran students, they're opening a new center dedicated specifically to them.
KING 5, Nov. 7, 2016

Mount Vernon graduate reaches for stars

When Amy Felt was on the Mount Vernon High School girls’ swim team, her coach would make each of the swimmers write down three goals. Two of the goals needed to be swim-related, while one needed to be a personal goal, Felt said. Felt said one of the personal goals she wrote down was that one day she would work at NASA. ... After graduation, Felt attended Skagit Valley College and then Everett Community College, when, in 2013, she decided to apply for a summer internship at NASA.
Skagit Valley Herald, Nov. 7, 2016

Music as medicine: Willow Song’s Carla Carnegie helps patients improve their lives with music

Alex Owens, 8, tossed his head as he pounded out a syncopated rhythm on a drum at Willow Song Music Therapy Center in Otis Orchards on a recent evening. There’s joy in his movements. He paused, leaned in and waited for music therapist Carla Carnegie to repeat the rhythm on her own drum. ... When her youngest graduated from high school, Carnegie decided it was time to pursue her dreams. She enrolled at Spokane Falls Community College to study music in 2004 and later transferred to Whitworth University.
The Spokesman-Review, Nov. 6, 2016

Veterans services director receives state award

An Army dress uniform hangs in Jason Schlegel’s office at Columbia Basin College in Pasco. The uniform belonged to Schlegel’s grandfather, who served during the Vietnam War and later retired after a career in the service. ... Schlegel, 37, CBC’s veterans services director, is one of nine people and organizations recognized in 2016 for their service to veterans by the state Department of Veterans Affairs and the Governor’s Veterans Affairs Advisory Committee.
Tri-City Herald, Nov. 4, 2016

WCC to offer Bachelor of Applied Science Degree in IT Networking

Whatcom Community College will offer its first applied baccalaureate degree, a bachelor of applied science (BAS) in IT Networking for fall semester 2017. ... WCC will work closely with area colleges, including Bellingham Technical College, Northwest Indian College and Skagit Valley College, to provide access to students who have earned associate’s degrees in IT.
Whatcom Talk, Nov. 4, 2016

Peninsula College hosts open house at Port Angeles composites center

Peninsula College showed off its new facility for its advanced manufacturing and composites technology program during an open house. Guests toured the college’s 5,000-square-foot section of the Composite Recycling Technology Center (CRTC) at 2220 W. 18th St. in Port Angeles on Tuesday afternoon, getting close looks at examples of student work and the machines they use. The college’s program moved into the CRTC in September, and so far, it has been a great fit, said Maitland Peet, one of the program’s instructors.
Peninsula Daily News, Nov. 3, 2016

Bates Technical College appoints Hamilton executive director and general manager of KBTC

Bates Technical College President Dr. Ron Langrell recently announced the appointment of DeAnne Hamilton as executive director and general manager of KBTC Public Television. Hamilton will assume her role on Dec. 5.
The Suburban Times, Nov. 3, 2016

Abundance of generosity at Emergency Food Network dinner and auction

Two million meals will be provided for neighbors in need thanks to the generosity of community members who attended the Abundance Dinner and Auction. Emergency Food Network’s annual charity event hosted more than 400 people at the Clover Park Technical College McGavick Center on October 22. Attendees arrived at the event with non-perishable food donations and by the end of the evening had raised more than $378,000 to provide food for hungry families and individuals throughout the community.
The Suburban Times, Nov. 3, 2016

LWTech Foundation raises $114,000 for scholarships

Local government and business leaders gathered at Lake Washington Institute of Technology Tuesday morning for the LWTech Foundation’s annual Bright Futures Benefit Breakfast. Nearly $114,000 was raised, according to Leslie Shattuck, public information officer at LWTech. The money will go toward student scholarships and the student emergency fund.
Kirkland Reporter, Nov. 2, 2016

Trends | Horizons | Education

Shopping for transfers

New company hopes to increase number of community college transfers by offering a marketplace for students and four-year institutions to better understand degree paths.
Inside Higher Ed, Nov. 8, 2016

Seattle U says its financial-aid experiment is working

Seattle University is in its third year of a novel financial-aid experiment that is showing promise at helping low-income students stay in school. The program, which was cited in a recent study by the education consulting firm EAB, offers $1,000 in incentive pay to low-income students who earn a strong GPA in their first quarter at the school. And students who keep those grades high continue to receive the extra money in subsequent years.
The Seattle Times, Nov. 8, 2016

New era for disability rights

As higher education turns increasingly digital, disability rights advocates turn to legal measures — and an attentive Justice Department — to address the challenges facing students with disabilities.
Inside Higher Ed, Nov. 7, 2016

Study on colleges and dual enrollment

Dual enrollment — in which high school students can earn some college credits for courses at their high schools — has become widespread. A new report from the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers, conducted with support from Hobsons, noted these programs' prevalence and some of the motives of colleges for supporting them.
Inside Higher Ed, Nov. 7, 2016

New food banks pop up in unexpected place: the UW

The idea of college students living on cheap Ramen noodles has become a trope. But officials on the UW campus say a surprising number are struggling to balance costs, and flocking to a new food-bank program.
The Seattle Times, Nov. 4, 2016

Video: Setting the tone for inclusion on campus

Joanne Berger-Sweeney, a neuroscientist, became president of Trinity College in 2014, after serving as dean of Tufts University’s School of Arts and Sciences. She describes her experience as the first female and first African-American chief executive of the primarily white institution in Hartford, Conn., and explains what the college is doing to make it easier for students of all socioeconomic backgrounds to attend.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, Nov. 4, 2016

Phoenix sale delayed, not dead

Investors are getting jittery about whether the U.S. Department of Education will approve the proposed sale of the Apollo Education Group, owner of the University of Phoenix, to a group of three private equity firms. Nine months have passed since the Apollo Education Group announced the $1.14 billion deal to take the nation’s largest university private. Shareholders voted to back the sale in May. The next step is the department’s review of Apollo’s change in ownership. The Higher Learning Commission, which is Phoenix’s accreditor, also would have to examine the deal if the feds sign off on it.
Inside Higher Ed, Nov. 4, 2016

UW’s thinking big, and that could be good for the Valley

The UW already has a track record of studying conditions in overseas communities and improving their outcomes. This effort also could benefit high-poverty areas such as the Yakima Valley, where the overall health of residents consistently falls short of statewide and national averages.
Yakima Herald, Nov. 2, 2016

Politics | Local, State, National

Push for year-round Pell

Democrats, higher education groups and consumer advocates renew their push for Congress to restore year-round Pell Grants and strengthen the program during a lame-duck session after the election.
Inside Higher Ed, Nov. 8, 2016

Judge halts ITT Tech lawsuits

A bankruptcy judge on Wednesday temporarily barred regulators from continuing lawsuits against the defunct ITT Educational Services, according to The Wall Street Journal. The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the state of New Mexico each have launched litigation against the for-profit parent company of ITT Technical Institutes for allegedly defrauding students and investors in connection with a private loan program. Massachusetts is also suing ITT for allegedly misleading students with false job-placement statistics.
Inside Higher Ed, Nov. 4, 2016

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