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News Links | December 8, 2016

December 08, 2016 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

Clark College hires new human resources VP

A Camas resident is now the vice president of human resources and compliance at Clark College. Kelly Woodward, who previously worked for the Washington Attorney General’s Office, stepped into her new job in Vancouver on Nov. 3. ... She served in the AG’s office for nearly three years, during which time she provided legal advice and representation to numerous state agency human resources directors on labor and personnel matters, including Washington Parks, Washington Lottery, Department of Corrections, Department of Commerce, the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges, and a number of community colleges, including Clark. ... Woodward served as the first campus director of Olympic College in Poulsbo.
Camas-Washougal Post-Record, Dec. 8, 2016

Black and Brown Summit is safe space for students of color

In front of nearly 500 young men of color, Kevin Powell told the story of how he grew up in the center of violence and poverty. The crowd of high schoolers cheered as they listened to Powell’s journey, their journey, at the Black and Brown Summit this weekend. ... Students passed around the microphone, and the union building of Highline College became a safe space where voices were heard and valued.
Federal Way Mirror, Dec. 7, 2016

Great Northwest Wine: Woodward Canyon remains among West Coast’s best

The string of success has continued in 2016 for Woodward Canyon Winery and founding winemaker Rick Small. Now, there’s a succession plan firmly in place too. ... After a decade of working in kitchens for some of Seattle’s finest chefs, Sager Small, 29, is going through Walla Walla Community College’s vaunted viticulture and enology program.
Tri-City Herald, Dec. 7, 2016

Bates: Under the sea: Students add sparkle to Fantasy Lights with wild whales and large lobster

Four whales breaching in the sparkling waters and a lively lobster dazzle your eyes as you wind your way through Fantasy Lights this year. Reaching between 12 and 17 feet high, the structures are Bates Technical College’s Welding program’s contribution this year. These cheerful displays join a smiling crab and a twinkling octopus in an aquatic setting that students crafted three years ago.
The Suburban Times, Dec. 7, 2016

North Seattle Neighborhoods changing with Link Light Rail

Can a train station change an entire neighborhood? In few years, you’ll be able to take the Link Light Rail to North Seattle. ... Dr. Warren Brown, president of North Seattle College located across the bridge from the soon-to-be light rail stop, has thought about it. He sees both opportunities and concerns. “When looking at light rail, we looked at Portland State,” Brown said. “Based on their three-year average, they saw a 10 percent increase in attendance.” So access to the college is good, but what are the concerns? “We’ve been open about student housing and are moving forward with that plan; our students need an affordable opportunity,” Brown said. Overall, Dr. Brown sees this light rail stop as something the North Seattle area has always needed., Dec. 6, 2016

PA fine arts center continues to progress

Members of the business community were updated on the status of the Port Angeles Waterfront Center at the Tuesday morning meeting of the Port Angeles Business Association (PABA). When complete,the Waterfront Center will function as a performing arts center, and possibly even a convention center along the newly refurbished waterfront area of Port Angeles. The project began when Port Angeles resident, Donna Morris, left approximately $9-million dollars to the Peninsula College Foundation with specific instructions on establishing a fine arts facility.
KONP, Dec. 6, 2016

Bates: Spotlight on staff: Career Advisor Jason Carroll talks about his inspiration, mission

Career Advisor Jason Carroll says the three traits that define him are consistency, faith and determination. Jason Carroll is the career advisor for programs in the business administration , manufacturing and wholesale and retail services clusters. A married father of two adult children, Jason holds a bachelor’s degree from Southern Illinois University. He served 26 years in the US Army, retiring in 2012, and has worked at Bates Technical College for 16 years. During this time, he has taught soft-skill classes, worked in the Job Readiness Training Center (now Workforce Education Services), designed, developed and implemented curriculum for the jump start computer training lab, and managed the Work First Work Study budget.
The Suburban Times, Dec. 6, 2016

Green River College showcases new Auburn Center with open house

Green River College hosted an open house at its new Auburn Center on Dec. 1. The new facility at 1221 D. St. NE, began serving students in September. The 31,500-square-foot, three-story building includes eight classrooms, two computer labs and common spaces for students study or relax.
Kent Reporter, Dec. 5, 2016

Opinion: Showing up

By Allison Green, Highline College. I was not even two months old when my father left my mother and me in Ohio, where they were graduate students, and traveled to Washington, D.C., to attend the March on Washington and listen to Martin Luther King Jr. give his famous speech. When I tell this story to my students at Highline College, some of them get a wondrous look on their faces; King and that speech are so iconic that they can seem unreal to generations born long after me.
Federal Way Mirror, Dec. 5, 2016

Trends | Horizons | Education

Apollo sale approved, with conditions

After months of review, the U.S. Department of Education on Wednesday approved the proposed $1.14 billion sale of Apollo Education Group, which owns the University of Phoenix, to a group of three private equity firms. But the approval of the deal comes with a number of strict conditions. The department’s letter to the company means the country’s largest for-profit university is one step closer to going private if the new owners agree to the department’s conditions. Apollo's shareholders voted for the sale in May.
Inside Higher Ed, Dec 8, 2016

The duty to protect higher education

From Afghanistan to Bahrain, Colombia to Zimbabwe, universities, their staff and students have come under attack in the past few years. In its 2014 report “Education Under Attack,” the Global Coalition to Protect Education From Attack documented examples of higher education institutions attacked (or turned over to military use) in 28 countries between 2009 and 2012, including 17 where buildings were damaged or destroyed. As a result, it consulted widely with international higher education networks to understand the causes and consequences of such attacks and develop measures to increase protection. It has now set out its suggestions in a report titled “Guide to Implementing the Principles of State Responsibility to Protect Higher Education From Attack.”
Inside Higher Ed, Dec. 8, 2016

How do American students compare to their international peers?

U.S. students are stagnating in reading and science proficiency while their math performance declined slightly, based on new results from an international assessment, cueing the usual spate of alarmed headlines, as well as no shortage of opportunities to misapply the data. On the Program for International School Assessment (PISA), U.S. scores in reading and science were about the same as three years ago, leaving Americans near the middle of the pack. Results were lower in math in 2015 compared with 2012, placing the U.S. near the bottom of 35 industrialized nations. Singapore was the top performer in all three subject areas.
The Atlantic, Dec. 7, 2016

Opinion: White flight is creating a separate and unequal system of higher education

Anthony P. Carnevale, director of the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce, argues that inequities in higher education are exacerbating racial inequality. In the post-World War II era, whites fled the center city to the leafy-green suburbs and better neighborhood schools. Today, a similar trend has taken root in American higher education, only this time whites are fleeing the underfunded and overcrowded two-year and four-year open-access colleges for the nation’s top 500 universities.
The Washington Post, Dec. 7, 2016

Moody's sees stable outlook for higher ed in 2017

The outlook for nonprofit U.S. higher education continues to be stable heading into 2017, but issues lurk that could drag on the sector in the future, Moody’s Investors Service said Tuesday. Expected revenue growth, strong demand and steady enrollment levels support the stable outlook for next year, an outlook that carries over from 2016, according to a new report from the ratings agency. Potential issues for the sector include rising costs and uncertainty about federal policy.
Inside Higher Ed, Dec. 7, 2016

Reaching ‘new majority’ students

College students today are increasingly different from those of previous generations. They are less likely to be white and more likely to be the first in their families to go to college. Professors who would like to guide these first-generation college students in adjusting to higher education may come across their own challenges. Communicating with people from different cultural backgrounds can become a barrier unto itself.
Inside Higher Ed, Dec. 7, 2016

Politics | Local, State, National

Completion and the value of college

The college completion agenda reaches an inflection point as the Obama administration ends and the nation increasingly focuses on jobs and college value. Experts assess shifts in the completion push and what comes next.
Inside Higher Ed, Dec. 8, 2016

Summer Pell left out of congressional spending bill

A House appropriations bill released this week leaves out new funding to restore summer Pell Grants, disappointing advocates who made that item a priority heading into the lame-duck session. Congress must approve a new stop-gap spending bill by Friday to avoid a government shutdown. Restoring year-round funding of Pell Grants has been a goal of both parties since an agreement in 2011 to cut summer Pell over funding shortfalls.
Inside Higher Ed, Dec. 8, 2016

A new Trump view of undocumented students?

In an interview with Time magazine for its Person of the Year cover story, President-elect Donald J. Trump offered sympathetic — albeit nonspecific — comments regarding the so-called DREAMers, young immigrants who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children.
Inside Higher Ed, Dec. 8, 2016

Inslee’s plan for state-worker raises sets up a fight

Gov. Jay Inslee will likely include pay raises for state workers, worth 6 percent over the next two years, in his proposed budget. The raises already have Republican lawmakers dubious. It’s the first skirmish in a coming budget battle.
The Seattle Times, Dec. 7, 2016

Overtime second thoughts

An injunction issued just before Thanksgiving blocked a Department of Labor rule that would require overtime pay for millions of additional American workers. But some college employees will see raises nonetheless.
Inside Higher Ed, Dec. 7, 2016

Sen. Mike Baumgartner files amendment to state constitution calling for Legislature to have sole authority to set school funding

How to come up with enough money for public schools is likely to consume much of the 2017 legislative session, but a Spokane senator has a suggestion to redirect the debate: Amend the state constitution. Republican Mike Baumgartner submitted a proposed constitutional amendment that would rewrite the sections of the Washington Constitution that form the basis for the state Supreme Court ruling that lawmakers have struggled with for four years. Senate Joint Resolution 8200 is among more than two dozen bills prefiled Monday for the coming session.
The Spokesman-Review, Dec. 5, 2016

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