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News Links | December 13, 2016

December 13, 2016 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

Plans for Clark College campus in Ridgefield unveiled

Vancouver engineering firm unveiled the final plan Monday for the coming Clark College campus in Ridgefield, describing a facility that will embrace the heritage of north Clark County while preparing for the future. Monday’s presentation by MacKay Sposito and Clark College representatives was the culmination of eight months of planning, which included a series of community open houses and stakeholder meetings earlier this year. Firm representatives described a collaborative process that took into account the needs and wants of Ridgefield.
The Columbian, Dec. 12, 2016

Donation allows planetarium attendees to explore

Imagine sitting at the Bechtel National Planetarium and directing where you explore, from moving in orbit around mars to touring the inside a human body. Visitors to the planetarium on Columbia Basin College’s campus are getting the chance to interact with shows thanks to a $17,000 anonymous donation. The money allows the planetarium to purchase a SciTouch planetarium controller.
Tri-City Herald, Dec. 12, 2016

Federal Way Public Schools prepares scholars for success in engineering, manufacturing and industrial technology

Washington is ranked No.1 in the percentage of working science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) professionals. In support of its strategic plan, Goal 5: Persistence to Graduation, Federal Way Public Schools offers courses that make up different specific career pathways to its high school scholars. The Engineering, Manufacturing & Industrial Technology Career Pathway prepares scholars for higher education and careers in machinery, manufacturing, engineering, computer science, drafting and design, and related fields. ... Scholars can earn college credit for some of these courses due to partnerships with Green River College, Highline College and Renton Technical College.
Federal Way Mirror, Dec. 12, 2016

Editorial: Community colleges bridge between high school and jobs

We’re maintaining some confidence that the Legislature will be successful during the coming session and make substantial progress in meeting its constitutional obligation to fully fund basic K-12 education and end the over-reliance on local school levies. But meeting those obligations builds only half the bridge that would provide the education that students will need to secure jobs that pay well and offer good opportunities to career advancement. ... Edmonds and Everett community colleges, because of their location, will be key to educating and training students who can fill those jobs in aerospace, manufacturing, bio-technology and health care that will open in the county.
Everett Herald, Dec. 11, 2016

Volunteering helps WWCC students give back to community

You see them everywhere. They polish nails, rake leaves, give out candy, work at barricades, clean up roadsides, honor veterans, serve food, collect canned goods, give homeless vets haircuts, gather mittens and coats, help in assisted living homes and the list goes on and on. Wherever a need is defined for them, they try to fulfill it. Last year they donated more than 3,500 hours of their time. “We support the community that supports us.” said Jeff Schwarz, Associated Student Body executive vice president at Walla Walla Community College. “Our students, the ASB and our clubs do great work in the community.”
Walla Walla Union-Bulletin, Dec. 11, 2016

For-profit American Honors program, offered at Community Colleges of Spokane, draws scrutiny

A national for-profit honors program offered at Community Colleges of Spokane has drawn scrutiny for making claims that some parents and higher education officials say don’t live up to promises. One parent filed a complaint against American Honors, alleging to the Washington state attorney general’s office that the program is misleading about what it does for students and how much it costs. ... Officials at Community Colleges of Spokane and at American Honors disagree with the complaints and defended the program’s cost.
The Spokesman-Review, Dec. 11, 2016

A place to learn, a place to call home

What would you do if you were thousands of miles away from home, on your own, in a country where no one speaks your language? Play charades, of course. That's one way Beth and TK Mac, of Silverdale, are helping Asian students studying at Olympic College to improve their English, meet new friends and get acclimated to American culture. Every Friday at New Beginnings Church in Bremerton, the pair host international students for a few hours of food, conversation and games.
Kitsap Sun, Dec. 10, 2016

Community visioning project: Pasco

The Latino Civic Alliance held it’s second Community Visioning Project Forum today at the Pasco Parks and Recreation gymnasium. The event was designed to bring different groups of the community together to build more trust and unity. President of Columbia Basin College, Dr. Richard Cummins discussed the importance of post-secondary education on the local economy.
KVEW, Dec. 10, 2016

Washington’s community-college leaders urge Trump to let many undocumented students stay

Washington’s community college leaders have joined the presidents of hundreds of other colleges and universities in urging President-elect Trump to allow undocumented young people who are part of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program to stay in the country.
The Seattle Times, Dec. 9, 2016

BTC president is part of a group urging Trump to keep the DACA

Western Washington University, Bellingham Technical College and Whatcom Community College join hundreds of other colleges and universities across the nation in urging President-elect Donald Trump to allow undocumented young people to stay in the country.
KGMI, Dec. 9, 2016

Columbia Basin College starts offering nursing bachelor’s degrees

Students with an associate degree in nursing have a new option to further their education. Columbia Basin College announced this week that it is recruiting it’s first 25 students for a bachelor of science in nursing program.
Tri-City Herald, Dec. 9, 2016

Youth and Justice Forum introduces students who might not know a cop or a lawyer to both

The students spent the day at Spokane Falls Community College for the third Youth and Justice Forum, an event designed to expose students who are underrepresented in criminal justice, law and law enforcement to professionals in those fields. ... Some students may have had negative interactions with police in the past, while others are interested in a career but don’t have access to people they could ask about the profession.
The Spokesman-Review, Dec. 9, 2016

Tidepools wins regional award

Peninsula College’s Tidepools magazine beat out colleges in Alaska, California, Oregon, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Washington and Wyoming to take home first place in the Community College Humanities Association 2016 Literary Magazine Competition for small colleges in the Pacific-Western Division.
Peninsula Daily News, Dec. 9, 2016

'Transforming Lives'

People who want to go to college often face obstacles, and it's not just the expense. ... The eight students were recognized for their perseverance at the annual Transforming Lives banquet [at Big Bend Community College] Wednesday night. Christian will represent the college at the state Transforming Lives program in January.
Columbia Basin Herald, Dec. 9, 2016

City celebrates its own at WWV Chamber awards

It wasn’t hard to rustle up a pair of honorees for the Walla Walla Valley Chamber of Commerce’s Western-themed annual awards banquet Wednesday at the Walla Walla County Fairgrounds. ... Local colleges continued their steady run, recognizing their own honorees for the work they do on campus and in the community. Walla Walla Community College’s Community Service Award, presented by Doug Bayne, celebrated the work of Laura Schueller, coordinator of the campus’s Tutoring and Learning Center.
Walla Walla Union-Bulletin, Dec. 8, 2016

Pierce College, Bethel School District bring higher education to Graham and neighboring communities

Starting January 2017, Pierce College will offer college courses at Graham Kapowsin High School, providing access to higher education for communities in south Pierce County. Courses will be offered in the evenings, allowing working adults the added flexibility of earning college credits after work in their own community.
The Suburban Times, Dec. 8, 2016

New mechatronics equipment increases automation ability

Clover Park Technical College’s Mechatronics program introduced a new tool in June to help students achieve a whole new level of automation in the HAS-200. A fully modular system of up to 11 workstations, a raw material store station and the control cabinet, the HAS-200 reproduces a production process with a high level of automation that helps to develop the professional capacities required in diverse sectors like automotive, semiconductors, food and pharmaceuticals.
The Suburban Times, Dec. 8, 2016

Ex-student arrested for carrying rifle on Seattle Central College campus

A 34-year-old Bremerton man has been booked into the King County Jail for investigation of weapons and theft charges after he was arrested Wednesday morning on the campus of Seattle Central College with a rifle concealed in a guitar case, according to police and campus security. The man was described as a former student by college President Sheila Edwards-Lange in a letter to students.
The Suburban Times, Dec. 8, 2016

Shoreline Community College Foundation raises a record $66,000 for scholarships

Shoreline Community College Foundation hosted its 19th Annual Student Success Campaign Community Breakfast on November 3, 2016 and raised a record $66,000 ($25,000 more than funds raised in any of the past 18 years).
Shoreline Area News, Dec. 7, 2016

Trends | Horizons | Education

Programming for all: Washington adopts new set of computer-science standards

Within the next few years, all of Washington’s second-graders will know how to use a computer app to draw a picture. Middle-school students will understand different file formats, and high-school seniors will recognize the issues that affect computer network speeds. Those are some of the goals in the state’s first set of computer-science standards, which were formally adopted last week and will be put into practice over the next several years. Already, about one in 10 schools offer programs that meet the standards. The state hopes half of them will by 2019.
The Seattle Times, Dec. 13, 2016

Looking for career help

Recent college graduates were more likely than those in prior decades to visit a career center while in college but are less likely to view their interactions as “very helpful,” according to the newest data from an annual Gallup-Purdue University study of college graduates. The survey — which is the largest of its kind and annually polls a nationally representative sample of about 30,000 college alumni — attempts to gauge graduates’ perceived quality of life after college and how their time as undergraduates affects those outcomes. This year’s report focused largely on how recent graduates interacted with career centers and how those interactions may correlate with a graduate’s job prospects.
Inside Higher Ed, Dec. 13, 2016

Looking for low-income students

A new effort to enroll low- and moderate-income undergraduates at colleges and universities with high graduation rates is being announced today in an attempt to have more students from modest backgrounds graduate from prestigious campuses seen as opening doors to top careers. The effort, called the American Talent Initiative, aims to add 50,000 highly qualified students from modest backgrounds to campuses with high graduation rates by the year 2025.
Inside Higher Ed, Dec. 13, 2016

'Freshman 15' is myth, but weight gain is real

Numerous studies have questioned the conventional wisdom that first-year college students gain an average of 15 pounds. But research just published in the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior finds that the average senior weighs 10 pounds more than he or she did as a freshman.
Inside Higher Ed, Dec. 12, 2016

Private universities branch into 2-year programs

There aren’t many private two-year colleges in the country. Just about 200 offer associate degree programs despite the overwhelming prevalence of public community colleges, but at least two private universities are expanding into that arena.
Inside Higher Ed, Dec. 9, 2016

An $828 million private scholarship program

[Irene] Kinyanguli is one of more than 100 students at Arizona State on full scholarships funded by the MasterCard Foundation, which to date reports having made pledges of about $828 million for its four-year-old flagship scholarship program. The program, officially launched in 2012, is focused on developing young leaders from disadvantaged backgrounds who come primarily from the African continent.
Inside Higher Ed, Dec. 9, 2016

Higher education is failing older Americans

A new report from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center bears a bit of good news: college graduation rates are up. Of students starting college in fall 2010, 54.8 percent have now finished — up 1.9 percentage points from the prior year’s cohort. (Isn’t it depressing that a 55 percent graduation rate is good news?) While the numbers are improving, they also mask wide variation in graduation rates for different demographic groups. Some people, particularly older college-goers, are earning their credentials at much lower rates.
Forbes, Dec. 8, 2016

Choosing between shelter and school

Antiquated procedures and limited resources prevent many homeless children from having a stable education experience.
The Atlantic, Dec. 8, 2016

Politics | Local, State, National

Gov. Jay Inslee to announce K-12 school-funding plan

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee on Tuesday is expected to announce his proposal to fully fund K-12 public schools. The plan is intended to tackle the state Supreme Court’s education-funding order known as the McCleary decision.
The Seattle Times, Dec. 13, 2016

Bill aims to improve veterans' career readiness

Last week's U.S. Senate-approved spending bill contained a provision that seeks to block student veterans from using their GI Bill benefits on career programs that won't help them land a job. The Career Ready Student Veterans Act, which was attached to the continuing resolution to fund the government through April 28, would prohibit institutions from receiving GI Bill benefits if their programs don't meet the requirements needed for required licensing exams or certification in order to enter the chosen career field.
Inside Higher Ed, Dec. 13, 2016

Education secretary drops recognition of accreditor

In an expected move, John King Jr., the U.S. secretary of education, on Monday made the Education Department's final decision to terminate its recognition of the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS). The council is a national accreditor that oversees 245 institutions, many of them for-profits, which enroll roughly 600,000 students and collectively received $4.76 billion in federal aid last year. ACICS had accredited many Corinthian College locations as well as ITT Technical Institute. King, citing "pervasive compliance" problems, followed through on a federal panel's decision to nix the council for failing to protect students and taxpayers from fraudulent and underperforming colleges.
Inside Higher Ed, Dec. 13, 2016

Commentary: We can’t fail to provide an ample education to all kids

Never before has education meant so much to so many. The quality of the education given to our children will determine the fate of our local businesses, our state’s prosperity — and the lives of every one of our students. Yet the children of today aren’t all getting the same opportunities for a great education.
Everett Herald, Dec. 11, 2016

Governor announces new grant for students in 'high demand' fields of study

Gov. Asa Hutchinson at a news conference Thursday announced the creation of an education grant that will provide funding for students who enroll in “high demand” fields of study. The program, called the Arkansas Future Grant, will offer two years of tuition at Arkansas community and technical colleges for traditional, home-schooled and non-traditional students on a first-come, first-serve basis. Those students will have to enroll to study in a “high demand” and “high wage” field, such as welding or computer science.
Arkansas Online, Dec. 8, 2016

Dreamers in jeopardy

One of the women came to the United States on her own when she was 15; others came as children, brought to this country by their parents. They are known as Dreamers, so-called because they meet the requirements of the Dream Act, which was established to help immigrants taken to this country illegally as children. They have grown up thinking of America as home, but all are concerned about their future following the election of Donald J. Trump as president.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, Dec. 8, 2016

There's still no Trump pivot

Meeting with Al Gore? Wavering on torture? Expressing empathy toward DREAMers? Don’t expect that these are signs of a major shift from the president-elect.
The Atlantic, Dec. 7, 2016

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