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News Links | November 15, 2016

November 15, 2016 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

LWTech opens veteran student success center

Lake Washington Institute of Technology is a place where veterans feel welcome, and that support grew ahead of Veterans Day with the opening of the college’s Center of Excellence for Veteran Student Success (CEVSS) on Nov. 10.
Kirkland Reporter, Nov. 14, 2016

Accrediting commission checks in with Green River College following unrest, changes on campus

An evaluator from the commission who oversees accreditation for Green River College visited the campus last month to check in on the school following “recent changes in leadership and the stresses and strains that the institution has been under for the past few years,” according to a letter from the Northwest Commission on College and Universities (NWCCU).
Maple Valley Reporter, Nov. 14, 2016

International students surging at state colleges, but will it last in Trump era?

The enrollment of international students grew at Washington colleges and universities in 2015, and foreign students also spent $825 million in this state. But some already wonder if the Trump presidency will mean a drop-off. ... The five schools in Washington with the highest international-student enrollment in 2015 were the University of Washington, Washington State University, Seattle Central College, Green River College and Edmonds Community College.
The Seattle Times, Nov. 13, 2016

On Veterans Day, from World War II to Iraq, vets say: No regrets, despite their traumas

They are six veterans of our various wars. Some saw combat, some not. They sat together recently at the Veterans Resource Center at Clover Park Technical College in Lakewood. And even though some had met for the first time, there was an easy camaraderie.
The Seattle Times, Nov. 11, 2016

Wells Fargo salutes Renton Technical College veterans

Just in time for Veterans Day, the Wells Fargo West Region military grants program has given $25,000 to support student veterans at Renton Technical College. ... The grant will be set aside for use as one-time $500 emergency support payments to qualified student veterans of the armed services who need a little extra help covering things like childcare, food, housing, and other needs. Of the more than 200 veterans and dependents who attended Renton Technical College last school year, 73 percent needed extra help with their expenses.
425 Business, Nov. 11, 2016

Key Peninsula firefighters make special trip to educate students on helmet safety

Key Peninsula Co-op is a parent participation preschool that provides a quality, developmentally appropriate, learning experience for children ages 3 to 5. Through collaboration among teachers, parents, Bates Technical College and the Peninsula School District, it makes available a stand-alone classroom at the Vaughn site and an inclusive classroom at the Evergreen Elementary site.
Peninsula Gateway, Nov. 11, 2016

Chehalis Foundation Looks for Donors for the Student Achievement Initiative

The Chehalis Foundation has continued its new strategy through its Beyond K-12 Student Achievement Initiative to ensure all Chehalis students are ready to pursue careers and college. A partnership with the foundation, the Chehalis School District and Centralia College is committed to funding the expansions of programs beyond the high school and into the college. The Foundation has already received pledges of $1 million from donors, but is looking for an additional $500,000 from the community.
Centralia Chronicle, Nov. 11, 2016

Two programs meet the challenge of cradle to career education in King County

If there is a core concept in our communities and country, it is to provide an excellent and equitable education for our children – for all of our children. Talking about educating our children is easy; putting the rubber to the road map is far more difficult. That challenge is being met on a daily basis in King County through two programs – the Road Map Project and Reconnect to Opportunity. ... The program has a wide array of options for youths to explore including YouthSource Renton and High School 21+ at Renton Technical College where adults over 21 can earn a high school diploma.
Maple Valley Reporter, Nov. 10, 2016

Forty years of Ernst images: Port Angeles photographer’s retrospective starts with Saturday reception

Come to the window and close your eyes. Now look into the lens. Let go of the need to smile. Such are the guiding words behind an Ernst portrait, the unmistakable photographs Ernst-Ulrich Schafer creates. Scores of his images, from portraits to cityscapes, will fill Studio Bob in Schafer’s 40-year retrospective, a show that will open with a reception Saturday night and a talk by the artist Sunday. ... Schafer served four years in the Army, mustered out at Fort Lewis (now Joint Base Lewis-McChord) and went to Clark College in Vancouver, Wash., on G.I. Bill benefits.
Peninsula Daily News, Nov. 11, 2016

Cerebral palsy has nothing on this published author

Cerebral palsy can be limiting. Megan Loralee Hickerson, for example, needs 24-hour assistance with everyday activities. But that doesn’t mean she lets her physical limitations keep her from her true passion – writing. ... Determined to lean into what she loved, she earned an associate degree in creative writing at Highline College.
Renton Reporter, Nov. 10, 2016

Columbia Basin College gets donation

Columbia Basin College has gotten a $1.9 million donation to fund 20 scholarships each year. The foundation donation came from the estate of Judy Keplinger. She passed away in February but wanted to leave a legacy for young people to make their college education a reality.
KVEW TV, Nov. 10, 2016

CPTC offers thanks at Veterans Day ceremony

On a day that will go a long way toward determining America’s future, Clover Park Technical College recognized those who have served in the Armed Forces at its annual Veterans Day Ceremony Tuesday at the Lakewood Campus.
The Suburban Times, Nov. 10, 2016

Trends | Horizons | Education

Incarcerated adults lack literacy and numeracy skills

More than half of incarcerated adults lack basic numeracy skills, according to new report from the federal government's National Center for Education Statistics, which also found that one-third lack basic literacy skills. The study also found that less than half (49 percent) of prison inmates reported being employed full-time prior to their incarceration.
Inside Higher Ed, Nov. 15, 2016

Free summer courses and completion

More community colleges are joining a movement to encourage larger course loads in an effort to get students to graduation quicker. In Texas, the five community colleges that make up Alamo Colleges are using a new incentive — offering free summer courses.
Inside Higher Ed, Nov. 15, 2016

Free speech in contentious times

Leaders of state universities hear differing views on how to uphold academic values at a time when many students feel under siege and misunderstood.
Inside Higher Ed, Nov. 14, 2016

International student numbers top 1 million

The number of international students at American colleges and universities grew by 7.1 percent, to top one million in the 2015-16 academic year, according to the annual Open Doors report released today by the Institute of International Education and produced with funding from the U.S. Department of State.
Inside Higher Ed, Nov. 14, 2016

Opinion: Invest in great teaching for all students — it can mean better lifetime earnings

We must introduce loan-forgiveness programs, tuition reduction and paid internships that would help make the teaching profession more attractive and financially feasible to those who want to teach.
The Seattle Times, Nov. 11, 2016

Politics | Local, State, National

How voters viewed college affordability

Advocates for Hillary Clinton's campaign (and, before that, Bernie Sanders's) said that the issue of free or debt-free college would be a winning political issue in the general election. New data from the Pew Research Center suggest that Trump voters were not that engaged on the subject.
Inside Higher Ed, Nov. 14, 2016

Immigrant students worry Trump will end ‘Dreamer’ program

Donald Trump’s election could have dire consequences for “Dreamers,” undocumented immigrants brought here as children. With Trump threatening to end the program that allows them to stay legally in the U.S., some feel shock, fear and an urgent desire to make themselves known.
The Seattle Times, Nov. 13, 2016

Trump voters want him to follow vows on immigration, trade

Donald Trump lost big in Washington state, but his supporters here echoed the sentiments of Rust Belt voters who decided the 2016 election. They say Trump’s plans to halt illegal immigration and redo trade pacts struck a powerful chord.
The Seattle Times, Nov. 13, 2016

Editorial: What the governor should do ASAP about education reform

Congratulations to Gov. Jay Inslee, who has won another four-year term. Now the urgent real work of reforming education begins. The school children of Washington cannot wait any longer for the state to fix the way it pays for public schools. Inslee made education a centerpiece of his re-election campaign. And voters sent him back to Olympia for four more years. Now they and the Legislature need to hear Inslee’s voice and feel his leadership, through ideas and, when needed, political pressure.
The Seattle Times, Nov. 11, 2016

Trump win opens questions for colleges’ books

Worries about stock market turmoil subsided in the two days since Donald Trump unexpectedly won the presidential election, but many questions still remain about what Tuesday’s results mean for college and university finances. ... Several experts zeroed in on that last question, pointing out that Trump promised substantial tax cuts during his campaign while also promising to protect Social Security and Medicare. With several other potentially big-ticket items proposed — from a wall on the Mexican border to a major infrastructure-building package — some believe federal funding for higher education could end up being cut.
Inside Higher Ed, Nov. 11, 2016

Trump Administration may back away from Title IX, but campuses won’t

Although federal oversight of how colleges handle sexual assault is bound to subside —­ and could even disappear — under a Trump administration, campus officials and victims’-rights advocates believe institutions will remain focused on the issue.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, Nov. 11, 2016

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