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December 06, 2016 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

Port of Port Angeles set to consider renewing pact with CRTC

The Port of Port Angeles is poised to renew its agreement with the Composite Recycling Technology Center and fulfill its financial commitment to the nonprofit for 2017. ... Commissioners lauded the CRTC for its work with Peninsula College. Chief Operations Officer Dave Walter said college students helped the CRTC make the first batch of pickleball paddles and that the CRTC is working with the college in other ways. When hiring, Walter said the nonprofit would give a high priority to interviewing PC students for positions.
Peninsula Daily News, Dec. 6, 2016

Skagit Valley College celebrates diversity with scholarships

When Hugo Santiago came to the United States as a child, he didn’t understand the language or the American dream. He wanted a teacher who understood his struggle to learn a new language and culture — but he didn’t have one. ... When some of his friends dropped out of high school, Santiago questioned what the American dream meant, and if he would ever be able to achieve it.
Now, the 22-year-old Mount Vernon High School graduate is on track to graduate from Skagit Valley College and attend Western Washington University. ... Santiago is one of hundreds of students who have received Champions of Diversity scholarships to attend Skagit Valley College and state universities in the 17 years the scholarship fund has been in existence.
Skagit Valley Herald, Dec. 5, 2016

Edmonds CC Foundation raises $42,300 with inaugural 5K Walk and Run

Over 400 runners and walkers participated in the Edmonds Community College Foundation’s first 5K Walk and Run on Saturday, Nov. 19, and raised $42,300 for student scholarships, emergency funding and program support.
My Edmonds News, Dec. 5, 2016

Temporary storefronts can give your sales a pop-up

By Ryan Davis, dean of the Business and Applied Technology Division at Everett Community College. Pop-up retailing is a growing trend bridging the divide between online and traditional brick-and-mortar storefronts. Rather than tying up capital in a long-term lease, pop-up stores allow a business to temporarily operate a new physical location to generate brand awareness, take advantage of seasonal demand or test a new market.
Everett Herald, Dec. 5, 2016

Walla Walla Valley Wine Alliance names new director

The Walla Walla Valley Wine Alliance announced Heather Unwin as executive director for the valley’s membership organization, which represents more than 150 winery, vineyard and partner members. Unwin replaces Duane Wollmuth, who passed away in July. She has taught wine marketing courses for the Walla Walla Community College enology and viticulture program since 2015.
Tri-City Herald, Dec. 4, 2016

Opinion: Arlington budget hits the mark

The Arlington City Council has approved a budget that authorizes spending for two years. It was a collaborative effort that resulted in a balanced budget. The 2017–2018 budget was built on a conservative framework and includes resources to strengthen internal controls, continue economic development, promote public safety programs and improve infrastructure that will balance providing opportunities for growth while preserving the culture of our community. ...Our work in economic development is not only a catalyst for local job creation but also includes a partnership with Everett Community College to provide a highly skilled workforce.
Arlington Times, Dec. 4, 2016

Construction on new college medical center in Richland reaches milestone

Construction crews placed the last beam on the Columbia Basin College’s Wortman Medical Science Center. Officials held a topping out ceremony on Friday for the $17.7 million medical center. The traditional building rite is marked by placing the uppermost construction beam on a building. When the 72,000-square-foot building is finished in 2017 on Northgate Drive in Richland, it will house students involved in the college’s nursing, paramedic, EMT medical assistant and fire science programs.
Tri-City Herald, Dec. 3, 2016

Teen with autism inspires a movement: robotics teams for everyone

Teams from several Seattle-area schools will compete in a tournament that marks the end of the first season of Special Olympics Unified Robotics, which puts students with special needs to work alongside typically developing classmates as they build robots. ... One Roosevelt student realized he was interested in STEM after he joined the King’s-Roosevelt team last year. He’s now at Bellevue College, studying computer science.
The Seattle Times, Dec. 3, 2016

#GivingTuesday raises emergency support for students

The Clover Park Technical College Foundation received a boost to its emergency assistance programs for the 2016 holiday season, surpassing its fundraising goal of $2,500 as part of the worldwide #GivingTuesday event earlier this week.
The Suburban Times, Dec. 3, 2016

Opinion: Lacey turns 50 years old, as a city

Lacey has become a city of a certain age and momentum. Dec. 5 marks the 50th anniversary of a much older settlement that grew into a city. We wish a very happy birthday to what is now Thurston County’s second-largest city and the state’s 25th biggest. ... In many ways, the city remains a work in progress. Its founding was shaped by the interests of developers, which led to sprawl. Fifty years later, civic leaders are still acting to create a more definable city center. The anticipated expansion of the relatively new South Puget Sound Community College branch campus in the city core should help define the city hub.
The Olympian, Dec. 3, 2016

Creating a college behind bars

College funding for inmates has been severely limited since 1994, when Congress passed a crime bill that banned the use of federal Pell grants by prisoners. Washington State in 1995 prohibited the use of tax money for college education in prison, allowing only vocational classes offering certificates. In June, the Obama administration announced a pilot project that will enroll 12,000 prisoners in US colleges through the use of Pell grants. But much more is needed, advocates of prison reform say. Inmates who participate in higher education are much less likely to commit offenses again after they are released, studies show. ... The prisoner-taught camp shares a classroom with nearby Peninsula College, which offers a vocational certificate in computers at the prison. ... Washington is expanding the coding program to more prisons. Recruiting teachers to work in prisons is difficult, so Brian Walsh, corrections education manager for the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges, wants to facilitate remote teaching.
Christian Science Monitor, Dec. 2, 2016

Chehalis schools align with state push to get students ready for careers, college

Local education leaders met with the Chehalis Foundation and other innovators in the region to discuss what the Chehalis School District is doing to ensure its students are college and career ready. Members of the Chehalis Foundation, Chehalis School District, Centralia College, the Washington Roundtable and The BERC Group discussed the Beyond K-12 Student Initiative on Thursday and how it ties into a larger statewide picture. The goal of the initiative is to increase the number of students who earn a postsecondary credential of some sort from 20 percent to 60 percent within the next 10 years.
Centralia Chronicle, Dec. 2, 2016

Look of Gateway Center building still being determined

Four initial concepts for the design of the Gateway Center are available for people to evaluate online. Architects are using public preferences to create a final design for the planned visitors center in downtown Aberdeen that will also bring together the area’s economic development and enterprise organizations. ... Some people say such things as, “where’s the guarantee? It’s risk-taking. We have high unemployment, how can we afford to make such a risk?” says James Minkler, president of Grays Harbor College. “I say ‘How can we not afford to?’”
The Daily World, Dec. 2, 2016

Penguins migrate to Kent as temporary art landmark

Penguins have landed in Kent. Plump penguins – 10-foot-tall daddy standing next to his 4-foot son – are new inhabitants to downtown as a temporary landmark on an empty private lot at the corner of West Meeker Street and Second Avenue South. ... The penguins are public art, sculptures made from mostly everyday materials, silverware and recycled inner tubes and shaped by the hands of Greg Bartol, Debbie Drllevich and Anita Schuler, leaders of a multi-artisan team in the Green River College Welding Technologies program.
Kent Reporter, Dec. 2, 2016

Big Bend ASB donates 70 teddy bears to New Hope for children impacted by domestic violence

Big Bend Community College’s Associated Student Body is helping bring smiles to children impacted by domestic violence. Big Bend mascot Thor and Director of Student Programs Kim Jackson made a stop this week at New Hope Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Service with a donation of 70 teddy bears created from hand towels. The bears will go to children who are helped by New Hope.
iFiber One News, Dec. 2, 2016

Court: College students facing expulsion need chance to defend themselves

Twenty-seven of Washington’s public colleges and universities, including Washington State University, are failing to provide students faced with expulsion an adequate chance to defend themselves, the state Court of Appeals has ruled. ... The ruling will force 27 Washington public colleges and universities, including many community colleges, to adopt a full adjudication process when deciding cases where a student faces expulsion or is charged with sexual misconduct that would amount to a felony under criminal law.
The Seattle Times, Dec. 1, 2016

Northwest colleges urge Trump to keep immigration program for students

Hundreds of college presidents, including more than a dozen in Washington and Idaho, are publicly urging President-elect Donald Trump not to eliminate a federal program that protects nearly 750,000 undocumented immigrants. The following Northwest schools are among hundreds publicly urging President-elect Donald Trump not to eliminate DACA, as he has vowed to do: Skagit Valley CollegeWenatchee Valley CollegeHighline CollegeYakima Valley CollegeCascadia College.
The Spokesman-Review, Dec. 1, 2016

WGU Washington Chancellor Jean Floten is stepping down after five years

Jean Floten, 70, chancellor at WGU Washington, an online, competency-based university, is stepping down from that top job on January 31. A national search will be started right away to find someone to fill that position. In a note to friends and colleagues she said, “After a wonderful five years at WGU Washington, 22 at Bellevue College, 15 at Edmonds Community College, and three at Mt. Hood Community College, I have decided to move to the next stage of my life — retirement!”
Puget Sound Business Journal, Dec. 1, 2016

Building conundrum focus of Big Bend CC meeting

A conundrum over the design of the proposed professional-technical building on the Big Bend Community College campus prompted BBCC officials to convene a public meeting Monday night to look for a solution. Big Bend is about halfway through the design process, said Linda Schoonmaker, vice president for finance and administration. The final plan will be submitted to the Washington State Board of Community and Technical Colleges. If the design is approved, the project will be included in the capital budget request submitted to the Washington Legislature for the 2017-19 biennium.
Columbia Basin Herald, Dec. 1, 2016

Bates: Broadcasting and video production student thrives through hands-on learning

People often say that if you choose a job you love, you’ll never work a day in your life. When Therron Rivers moved his family from Tucson, Arizona to Tacoma, his career goal was to do what he loved: broadcasting. ... “I wanted to care for my family better, so that we can have a better life. I knew I needed more training to reach my career goals,” said Rivers. “I searched for broadcasting programs that focused on hands-on learning, and I discovered Bates Technical College.”
The Suburban Times, Dec. 1, 2016

Clark College metal sculpting class attracts broad mix of students

At the Clark College welding lab, more than a dozen students are having similar conversations with themselves. Local metal artist Beth Heron’s metal sculpting class is winding down for the quarter, and students are busy putting the finishing touches on various art projects.
The Columbian, Nov. 28, 2016

Trends | Horizons | Education

The high school graduate plateau

A decade-long stagnation in the number of U.S. high school graduates is setting in, and the number of students receiving diplomas in 2017 is expected to drop significantly. The stagnating number of graduates breaks nearly two decades of reliable increases and comes as significant demographic changes reshape where students live and from what backgrounds they come. The pool of high school graduates is projected to become less white, more Hispanic and Asian/Pacific Islander, and increasingly located in the South over the coming years, according to a new set of projections in a report released Tuesday by the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education.
Inside Higher Ed, Dec. 6, 2016

The case against oversimplified accountability

Focus on any single labor market metric to judge colleges’ outcomes will create flawed policy, but a mix of such measures can help evaluate institutions’ performance, scholarly study finds.
Inside Higher Ed, Dec. 6, 2016

Reclaiming the watch list

Some professors were troubled by Professor Watchlist when it debuted last month, viewing it as a serious threat to academic freedom. Yet others saw the site -- which names and monitors professors “who discriminate against conservative students and advance leftist propaganda in the classroom” (the “promoting anti-American values” criterion has since been removed) — as more annoying than dangerous. Some submitted complaints about Indiana Jones, Professor Plum or other fictional academics, for example. Others joked they wished they'd been named, saying they’d wear it as a badge of honor. But now Professor Watchlist has met its match in a new blog, Watchlist Redux, where being named is intended as a badge of honor.
Inside Higher Ed, Dec. 6, 2016

Common App sees increase in early applications

Through Dec. 1 (an application deadline for some institutions), the Common Application has received 1,077,900 applications for various early-decision programs. That covers all kinds of early decision — including nonbinding. While it is hard to compare year-to-year interest because the Common Application accepts some new member colleges each year, that total is 17 percent higher than it was a year ago.
Inside Higher Ed, Dec. 6, 2016

Schools improving but not enough, state report says

Students in Washington have made incremental progress but failed to meet targets set for 2016, and at this rate will not make state goals for 2020, according to a new report.
The Seattle Times, Dec. 6, 2016

College completion rates recover after slide

Overall national college completion rates are rising after a two-year slide, according to new data from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center, which tracks 97 percent of all college enrollments. For college students who first enrolled in 2010, the overall six-year graduation rate was 54.8 percent, an increase of 1.9 percentage points from the previous year's students. The new rate is similar to that of students who first enrolled in 2008, but is lower than the 56.1 percent rate for the pre-recession 2007 group.
Inside Higher Ed, Dec. 5, 2016

The ‘computerless’ computer lab

Colleges were once the place where many students encountered their first computer — and back then, the computer took up an entire room. Now, with computing power in every student's book bag and pocket, some colleges are finding the standard computer lab is no longer needed. St. Norbert College is one such example. The private Roman Catholic liberal arts college, located in De Pere, Wis., last year finished a complete renovation of its Gehl-Mulva Science Center. The last phase of the project included plans for a computer lab, but with the college about to phase in a bring-your-own-device (BYOD) policy — requiring that all students bring their own laptops to campus — filling that lab with desktop computers didn’t seem to make sense, said Krissy Lukens, the college’s director of academic technology.
Inside Higher Ed, Dec. 5, 2016

Poverty and community college students

A new study finds that among community college students in California, 70 percent experience the threat of housing insecurity or homelessness, and 12 percent experience the threat of hunger. More than 70 percent of these students are enrolled in remedial mathematics, pointing to the relationship between poverty and educational challenges, the report says.
Inside Higher Ed, Dec. 5, 2016

Student loan exposure called moderate credit risk

The average amount of debt per student at private universities rated by Moody’s Investors Service is declining, the ratings agency said in a new report released Thursday. Debt levels are declining at private universities because those institutions are increasingly discounting tuition and absorbing more educational costs.
Inside Higher Ed, Dec. 2, 2016

College Board's new process for accommodations

The College Board on Thursday announced a new process for people with disabilities to request test accommodations. Under the new system, most students who have been approved for test accommodations in high school will receive accommodations as long as their high school can answer two questions in the affirmative: “Is the requested accommodation(s) in the student’s plan?” and “Has the student used the accommodation(s) for school testing?”
Inside Higher Ed, Dec. 2, 2016

Washington students in grades 3-8 do well in new Common Core tests

In nearly all grade levels, Washington students’ performance on the new Common Core-based tests, called Smarter Balanced, surpassed their peers in the 14 other states that take those exams.
The Seattle Times, Dec. 2, 2016

What’s in a name?

University presidents articulate specific commitments to support undocumented immigrant students, but in many cases eschew the term — “sanctuary campus” — preferred by activists.
Inside Higher Ed, Dec. 2, 2016

Supporting undocumented students

David W. Oxtoby, president of Pomona College, recently spoke with The Chronicle about his advocacy on behalf of undocumented immigrant students and what advice he has for new college presidents.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, Dec. 2, 2016

Seattle schools project $74 million shortfall next year, could mean teacher layoffs

Seattle Public Schools faces a budget shortfall of as much as $74 million for the 2017-18 school year, and the district is planning for the worst-case scenario, which could include teacher layoffs and program cuts.
The Seattle Times, Dec. 1, 2016

WSU president says school had $17M deficit last year

Washington State University operated at a $17 million deficit last year, and President Kirk Schulz said departments that overspent must develop plans to repay the money so the university can balance its budget. Schulz made the disclosure this week in an email to the WSU community, saying several academic units overspent their budgets by $1 million to $3 million. Much of the spending was invested in research, new faculty hires, and the creation of academic infrastructure.
The Bellingham Herald, Dec. 1, 2016

LiveWire: Education panelists offer their vision for state’s schools

The Seattle Times’ LiveWire event on visions for the public education system focused on what’s working in schools, and how issues can be addressed through more than just money.
The Seattle Times, Nov. 30. 2016

Politics | Local, State, National

New call for debt relief before Obama leaves

The Debt Collective, an activist group and offshoot of the Occupy Wall Street movement, is calling on the Obama administration to provide debt relief for student loan borrowers who say they were defrauded by for-profit institutions before President Obama leaves office next year.
Inside Higher Ed, Dec. 6, 2016

Will higher education be ‘Trumped’ by state lawmakers?

As the impact of the 2016 elections takes shape in statehouses, there are early signs that some policy proposals made by President-elect Donald J. Trump are prompting reactions from governors and state legislators. For those who work on higher-education policy in Washington and in statehouses, the most common reaction to the new administration is uncertainty about the direction in which the president-elect and his nominee for education secretary, Betsy DeVos, may steer the Department of Education when they take office, in January.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, Dec. 5, 2016

Anti-Semitism awareness bill passes Senate

The U.S. Senate on Thursday passed the Anti-Semitism Awareness Act, which seeks to adopt the U.S. State Department’s definition of anti-Semitism so that the Education Department may consider it in investigating reports of religiously motivated campus crimes. The State Department defines anti-Semitism as “a certain perception of Jews, which may be expressed as hatred toward Jews. Rhetorical and physical manifestations of anti-Semitism are directed toward Jewish or non-Jewish individuals and/or their property, toward Jewish community institutions and religious facilities.”
Inside Higher Ed, Dec. 2, 2016

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