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News Links | November 17, 2016

November 17, 2016 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

Lower Columbia College reviews quarterly budget, approves next round of security expenditures

Lower Columbia College's Board of Trustees authorized another $350,000 in expenditures for furthering campus security Wednesday. Inspired by the Umpqua Community College shooting that occurred last October, LCC administrators came up with a laundry list of necessary upgrades to increase campus security earlier this year. At the time the list was drafted, administrators estimated checking everything off would cost around $800,000.
Longview Daily News, Nov. 17, 2016

IRIS conference focuses on what works for rural communities

You get more success when you focus on what works. That’s the approach to business, life, and community taken by the Initiative for Rural Innovation and Stewardship (IRIS), one the group encourages as it seeks to foster successful communities in the Columbia Basin. ... According to [Nancy] Warner, the group collects stories — such as the expansion of Wenatchee Valley College’s nursing assistance program to the Methow Valley School District in order to provide nursing assistants in the Methow Valley — in order to share inspiring stories of things that work, and ways people and institutions can help each other.
Columbia Basin Herald, Nov. 16, 2016

Highline College four-time winner of national diversity award

For the fourth consecutive year, Highline College has received the Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award, a national honor recognizing U.S. colleges and universities that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion. Highline was one of only two institutions in Washington — the other being Whitworth University — and one of only nine community colleges nationwide to receive the 2016 award.
Federal Way Mirror, Nov. 16, 2016

Enumclaw council considers funding for outside agencies

As part of each year’s municipal budget, the Enumclaw City Council provides financial relief for agencies that do good work for the community. ...  Green River College is looking at a $10,000 gift – half from the city’s general fund and half from the Port of Seattle grant – specifically so its Small Business Assistance Center can help Enumclaw entrepreneurs.
Enumclaw Courier-Herald, Nov. 16, 2016

Columbia Basin College celebrates Native American Heritage month

Columbia Basin College celebrated Native American Heritage month with a dance and regalia today. Native Americans spoke to nearly 100 students about the traditions of their culture, with a variety of colorful artifacts on display. Native American Heritage month has been celebrated across the country every November since 1993.
KVEW TV, Nov. 16, 2016

Opinion: Serving at Highline College 

By Dr. Rolita Flores Ezeonu, Dean of Instruction of Transfer and Pre-College Education at Highline College. Each time I am asked to speak to our students at Highline College, I quote the words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The speech that I tend to cite is when King asks young people, “What is your life’s blueprint?” In this speech, King encourages young people to keep on keeping on toward their goals, even if it means studying well into the night. He also says, “If you can’t be a bush, be a tree. If you can’t be a highway, just be a trail. If you can’t be a sun, be a star. For it isn’t by size that you win or fail. Be the best of whatever you are.” I tend to quote this speech because I strongly believe in our students and want them to believe that, no matter their circumstance or path, that they can reach their goals.
Federal Way Mirror, Nov. 16, 2016

Tulalip Vocational Center holds Family Day

Students from Tulalip's vocational training center, which helps Native American students learn trade skills, gathered with their families to help finish the first major construction project of the students on Nov. 4. ... TVTC trains Native Americans in the trades, and also offers so much more. ... It is accredited through South Seattle College and Renton Technical College and students earn college credits.
North County Outlook, Nov. 16, 2016

Walla Walla Community College Cellars gain national attention

The Walla Walla Community College Cellars is gaining national attention. This weekend the school won for Best White Wine at the Tri-Cities Wine Festival. The director of wine making says the school is not only receiving recognition for their achievements, but also attracting students from out of state.
KVEW TV, Nov. 15, 2016

Sen. McAuliffe receives honorary degree from Lake Washington Institute of Technology

Sen. Rosemary McAuliffe, D-Bothell, who has decided not to seek reelection after representing the 1st Legislative District in the Washington State Senate since 1992, has been awarded an honorary degree in public health by the Lake Washington Institute of Technology.
Bothell Reporter, Nov. 15, 2016

Microsoft donates $1.5 million to help dropouts go back to school

When you meet 19-year-old November Mcvea, you see a young woman with a big smile, friendly disposition and a bright future. It's hard to imagine a time when she wasn't engaged in the world around her. However, she moved around a lot growing up and her brothers were in and out of trouble. By the time she made it to the tenth grade, she decided to drop out. Eventually, Mcvea realized she needed to make a change. She now attends Career Link, an alternative high school within South Seattle College. She is one quarter away from graduating and will even have a few college courses under her belt.
KING 5, Nov. 15, 2016

State considers ways to help ITT Technical Institute students

Even though ITT Technical Institute was under federal investigation for about two years, Washington could not refuse financial aid to students because it was still accredited, state officials told a legislative panel Monday. ... The state’s two-year colleges scrambled to find slots for many of them, Nancy Dick of the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges said.
The Spokesman-Review, Nov. 15, 2016

Trends | Horizons | Education

Feeling unsafe

Student engagement survey finds black students are more than twice as likely as other students to feel "physically unsafe" on campus, and that black professors interact more with their students than do other professors.
Inside Higher Ed, Nov. 17, 2016

College completers more likely to be employed

New federal numbers show that students who complete a college degree or certificate are more likely to be employed than their peers who don't. The data from the U.S. Department of Education is based on a study of 16,700 students who first enrolled in college in 2003. Those who had earned a credential by 2009 were more likely to hold employment at that time. Students who earned a degree were more likely to be employed than those who earned a certificate.
Inside Higher Ed, Nov. 16, 2016

Number of colleges declines, while credentials awarded rises

The number of postsecondary institutions in the United States declined by 1.8 percent from 2014-15 to 2015-16, with all of the decline occurring in the for-profit sector of higher education, new federal data show.
Inside Higher Ed, Nov. 16, 2016

State plan for Every Student Succeeds Act now available

Within hours of posting a draft plan to comply with a new federal education law, state officials pulled the document from its website and faced criticism from parents and teachers demanding more time to review it.
The Seattle Times, Nov. 16, 2016

'Augmented intelligence' for higher ed

This company behind the Jeopardy!-winning computer, Watson, is now establishing itself in the adaptive and personalized learning markets. What is IBM? The company is partnering with a small number of hardware and software providers to bring the same technology that won a special edition of the game show back in 2011 to K-12 institutions, colleges and continuing education providers.
Inside Higher Ed, Nov. 16, 2016

UW Somali American student launches group to help would-be college students

Rainier Beach graduate Ahlaam Ibraahim got a full scholarship to the University of Washington. The 18-year-old Somali American has started a group to help students with application and financial-aid paperwork. She wants others to believe, "If Ahlaam can do it, so can I."
The Seattle Times, Nov. 14, 2016

Politics | Local, State, National

Murray to remain ranking Democrat on key panel

Washington Senator Patty Murray will stay on as the ranking member of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, Senate Democrats announced Wednesday. Murray worked with committee chairman Lamar Alexander, a Tennessee Republican, to pass the Every Student Succeeds Act last year. The K-12 education law replaced the unpopular No Child Left Behind Act and scaled back requirements for some standardized tests in schools.
Inside Higher Ed, Nov. 17, 2016

Foxx on higher ed

The likely next chair of the U.S. House education committee weighs in on GOP higher education priorities a week after Republicans captured the White House and retained both chambers of Congress.
Inside Higher Ed, Nov. 17, 2016

Higher ed innovation in a Trump era

Amid uncertainty over new administration’s stance on postsecondary education, Under Secretary Ted Mitchell exhorts colleges and other supporters of expanding postsecondary opportunity to “double down” on their work.
Inside Higher Ed, Nov. 16, 2016

Ed secretary: Colleges must protect all students

Education Secretary John B. King Jr. urged university leaders Tuesday to be sure that students do not feel harassed or intimidated in the wake of a divisive election that has left "many of our students feeling vulnerable." He spoke in Austin Tuesday at the annual meeting of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities. King said that all students, regardless of race, gender, nationality, sexual orientation or gender identity, deserve to be treated with respect. Higher education leaders need to send "a clear message" that campuses will not tolerate harassment, that "diversity is a value" and that they will "respond aggressively to places where safety is violated," he said.
Inside Higher Ed, Nov. 16, 2016

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