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News Links | November 22, 2016

November 22, 2016 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

Boeing grant supports internships for low-income students

Everett Community College students studying how to operate and maintain increasingly automated and robotic factories could soon get workplace experience before graduating. College and other state officials are meeting with companies around the state to set up a paid-internship program. ... The college created its Advanced Manufacturing Training & Education Center in 2014. Its mechatronics program began in September with room for 60 students. The internships are open to low-income students at Everett, Renton, Shoreline, North Seattle and South Seattle community colleges.
The Everett Herald, Nov. 21, 2016

Skagit Valley College auto tech program gets boost from donation

In Skagit Valley College’s automotive technology shop, students are doing more than changing oil and timing belts. They’re preparing not only for their futures, but the future of their industry. “I’ve been excited about this industry for years,” said Department Chair Ron Shaffner. “I’m excited about students getting excited about it. I think there’s an excellent career to be had.” Thanks to a $50,000 anonymous donation, the college recently purchased equipment for the department that will help prepare automotive technology students for the auto shops of the future.
Skagit Valley Herald, Nov. 21, 2016

Taking flight training to new heights with one-of-a-kind airplane

The demand for pilots in the aviation industry is rising fast with no end in sight, and it’s a trend that officials at Clover Park Technical College’s (CPTC) South Hill campus want to take advantage of. The college’s new twin-engine Tecnam P2006T airplane will help make that happen.
The News Tribune, Nov. 21, 2016

Working in Clark County: Tim Hensley, warehouse coordinator at Clark County Food Bank

Every day, more than 50 tons of food moves through the Clark County Food Bank. With hundreds of volunteers and a small paid staff, Tim Hensley helps the organization fulfill its mission to alleviate hunger in Clark County. ... I received an associate degree from Clark College and then a bachelor’s degree in psychology from WSU Vancouver. When I was finishing up my degree, I came to the decision it (psychology) just wasn’t really the direction I wanted to go. I wasn’t really sure what I wanted to do, but found a job managing a manufacturing team at Syndyne here in Vancouver. I learned on the job, working my way up over 10 years managing the warehouse and production floor. I didn’t need a four-year degree to get my job, but I have used what I learned in college. When you’re training and supervising people, it can help for sure.
The Columbian, Nov. 21, 2016

Local agencies practice new techniques in active shooter drill

Sixteen Skagit County agencies participated in an active shooter drill at Skagit Valley College on Saturday to practice techniques for potential emergency scenarios. Law enforcement, fire departments and emergency medical services (EMS) were involved in the drill, which focused on a technique called rescue task force, a new concept for Skagit County. It calls for law enforcement, fire and EMS to work together in situations such as an active shooter scenario, Skagit County EMS Mass Casualty Incident coordinator Earl Klinefelter said. The goal, Klinefelter said, is to make sure first responders are prepared for these situations as much as possible.
Skagit Valley Herald, Nov. 20, 2016

Thanking those who served: Veterans Day 2016

While Veterans Day may have been viewed as just another day off for some, it takes on a more personal meaning to all who served and their families. ... Younger people in our community were among those showing their patriotism at Yakima’s Veterans Day Parade on Nov. 11. Ranging from young Boy Scouts all the way up to college students, these youths are able to take part in many programs that are dedicated to teaching students basic military and survival skills. Those programs can be found at many of the high schools and at Yakima Valley College, often preparing students for their own future military career.
Yakima Herald, Nov. 20, 2016

Scholarships awarded in memory of murdered Seattle Central College student

Almost five years after a Seattle Central College student was gunned down, his family continues to help other young men get an education in his memory. Desmond Jackson was 22-years-old when he was shot to death in the SODO District on February 12, 2012. He would have turned 27-years-old Saturday night.
Q13 Fox, Nov. 20, 2016

Engineering Night at Big Bend connects students with local engineers

Engineering Night at Big Bend Community College’s STEM Center on Thursday gave students a chance to learn about future career opportunities. Big Bend engineering students and high school students interested in the field listened to presentations from local engineers, including representatives from REC Silicon, IBEW Union, Genie Industries and the Vantage Data Centers. Also included was a panel discussion in STEM-related programs, giving students the opportunity to ask questions and explore various employment opportunities.
iFiber One, Nov. 18, 2016

Students experience robotic surgery technology

Rockwood Health System earlier this month hosted its second annual science, technology, engineering, math, and medicine event designed to introduce local high school students to robotic surgery. The event, dubbed STEM2, was staged through a partnership between Washington State University, Greater Spokane Incorporated, Spokane Community College, local high schools, and Rockwood Health System’s Deaconess Hospital.
Spokane Journal of Business, Nov. 17, 2016

Seattle community-college faculty plan walkout over pay

Seattle Colleges faculty on four campuses plan to walk out Thursday because they say the college isn’t offering enough in salary increases to compensate for the high cost of living in Seattle. College leaders and the union representing the teachers have met 22 times since February, and have failed to reach an agreement on a new contract for the faculty. The contract is currently in mediation. Officials at Seattle Colleges — a community-college district composed of Central, North and South Seattle colleges and Seattle Vocational Institute — say they have offered an 11.1 percent raise over three years for full-time faculty, and a 7.8 percent raise for part-time faculty.
The Seattle Times, Nov. 16, 2016

Trends | Horizons | Education

Being watched

A new website is asking students and others to “expose and document” professors who “discriminate against conservative students, promote anti-American values and advance leftist propaganda in the classroom.” The site, called Professor Watchlist, is not without precedent — predecessors include the now-defunct NoIndoctrination.org, which logged accounts of alleged bias in the classroom. There's also David Horowitz's 2006 book, The Professors: The 101 Most Dangerous Academics in America. But such efforts arguably have new meaning in an era of talk about registering certain social groups and concerns about free speech.
Inside Higher Ed, Nov. 22, 2016

Battling student hunger

Universities, even with slim data, are not waiting for slow-moving government policy to help hungry college students.
Inside Higher Ed, Nov. 22, 2016

International enrollment 'potentially volatile' revenue stream

International enrollment is an uncertain revenue stream for U.S. colleges and universities as Donald Trump prepares to take over as president of the United States, according to a report Moody’s Investors Service released last week. Between 8 percent and 10 percent of total net tuition revenue in the United States comes from international students, the report estimated. International students only make up about 5 percent of U.S. higher education enrollment, but they pay more in tuition than domestic students.
Inside Higher Ed, Nov. 21, 2016

New federal earnings data

Earnings data the U.S. Department of Education released Thursday show that graduates of certificate programs at public institutions earned nearly $9,000 more than graduates of those programs at for-profit colleges. The department will use the new numbers to enforce its gainful employment rule, which was finalized in 2014 and seeks to measure whether a sufficient number of graduates of vocational programs can repay their federal loans.
Inside Higher Ed, Nov. 18, 2016

A plan to fix Seattle student achievement gaps: teacher diversity, international schools

An advisory group formed by Seattle Mayor Ed Murray has released a list of 18 recommendations for how the city, school district and other organizations can work together to improve the academic achievement of students of color and those from low-income families. ... The summit included presentations from education leaders, child development experts and students. More than 500 people attended the all-day event, which was co-chaired by Ron Sims, former deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development; Alaska Airlines President and CEO Brad Tilden; Seattle Central College President Sheila Edwards Lange; and Eckstein Middle School teacher Kristen Bailey-Fogarty.
The Seattle Times, Nov. 17, 2016

Politics | Local, State, National

Program without participants

Department of Education data indicate zero borrowers are on pace to qualify for Public Service Loan Forgiveness by 2017, a prominent higher ed group warned the department in a letter last month.
Inside Higher Ed, Nov. 22, 2016

In defense of DACA

More than 90 college and university presidents have signed a statement calling for the continuation and expansion of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, under which more than 700,000 young people who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children have registered with the federal government in exchange for temporary relief from the possibility of deportation and a two-year renewable work permit. President-elect Donald J. Trump has said he would end the DACA program, which was authorized by President Obama by executive action.
Inside Higher Ed, Nov. 21, 2016

For jittery academics, Trump’s education transition chief may bring calm

James F. Manning, who was tapped on Monday to lead Donald J. Trump’s "landing team" at the U.S. Department of Education, is a veteran education official with a reputation as a steady operations manager but without strong ideological leanings. In a government career that dates to the Carter administration, Mr. Manning has built a broad portfolio in the department’s offices of federal student aid, postsecondary education, and civil rights.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, Nov. 22, 2016

A final push for inclusivity

As the Obama administration winds down, Department of Education and college leaders call on institutions to better acknowledge history of racism and to offer more support to minority students.
Inside Higher Ed, Nov. 21, 2016

More on trump plans on visas and 'extreme vetting'

President-elect Donald J. Trump’s pick for chief of staff on Sunday reiterated Trump’s pledge to temporarily suspend immigration from certain countries until an enhanced vetting system is in place — what Trump called “extreme vetting” in an August speech. Any suspension in immigration could potentially have impacts on incoming students and scholars.
Inside Higher Ed, Nov. 21, 2016

Regs in the crosshairs

A Congressional Research Service memo released last week found that regulations submitted to Congress after May 30, 2016, would be subject to review under a little-used tool called the Congressional Review Act. With control of the White House and both chambers of Congress, the GOP has said one of its first priorities will be rolling back regulations affecting labor, finance, the environment, higher education and other policy areas. Republican leaders are examining multiple options to do so, including the Congressional Review Act. The act would provide an expedited path for reconsideration of agency regulations by Congress.
Inside Higher Ed, Nov. 21, 2016

Opinion: Tie game: McCleary and The Wimps

Here we go again. If the Washington Legislature had a sports team, its mascot could fittingly be named The Wimps. In January, lawmakers in the Republican-controlled Senate and Democrat-controlled House are facing what many have estimated is at least a $1.75 billion-a-year funding challenge for K-12 public schools. That’s a tough problem to solve in the best of circumstances. But our legislators often hit their creative peak when wrestling with questions that help them delay or avoid fixing the state’s illegal school-funding system. The result: Nearly five years after the state Supreme Court said unanimously in the McCleary case that our state’s method of funding basic education is unconstitutional, lawmakers still don’t know how much it will cost to get into compliance.
The Olympian, Nov. 19, 2016

Opinion: No more delay on education-finance reform

Lawmakers now have the last piece of information they said they needed to finish their work reforming the way the state pays for basic education. Now it’s time to finish the work.
The Seattle Times, Nov. 18, 2016

Presidents' message to president-elect

One hundred and ten college and university presidents have issued a joint letter to President-elect Donald Trump urging him to forcefully “condemn and work to prevent the harassment, hate and acts of violence that are being perpetrated across our nation, sometimes in your name, which is now synonymous with our nation’s highest office.”
Inside Higher Ed, Nov. 18, 2016

Officials project slightly more money for the state, but tussle over cost of meeting education ruling

Faced with the need for billions of dollars to fully fund public schools next year, the state will have only slightly more money in its coffers than expected, officials announced Wednesday. The state Economic and Revenue Forecast Council projected about $354 million in extra revenue by 2019, beyond what was previously anticipated. That’s thanks largely to a bit more money collected from the sales tax, the real estate excise tax and an economy that’s faring slightly better than expected, said David Schumacher, director of the Office of Financial Management.
The News Tribune, Nov. 16, 2016

Still no price tag on McCleary education-funding fix

State lawmakers have spent the past six months waiting on a report to help them pinpoint the cost of complying with a longstanding court order to fully fund public schools. On Tuesday, the consultants’ report arrived, indicating that local school districts spend an average of $14,651 per full-time employee to bolster what the state pays to hire teachers and other school staff. But even with the report in hand, lawmakers still aren’t on the same page about which portion of those salary costs are a state responsibility — something they’ll need to decide before coming up with a price tag for fully funding school employee salaries as required in the McCleary case.
The News Tribune, Nov. 15, 2016

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