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News Links | December 15, 2016

December 15, 2016 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

Editorial: Trump should continue Obama policy protecting ‘Dreamers’

The Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges recently asked the president-elect to continue the DACA program. The letter, signed by board members and college presidents, including Everett Community College President David Beyer and Edmonds Community College President Jean Hernandez, made the case that the United State is the only home the youths have ever known. Many have become student leaders and are among the best students at their schools. ... If not for the basic decency argument of protecting those who for all intents and purposes consider themselves Americans, the president-elect should embrace the economic logic in extending DACA. And he would do well to extend the program and encourage the other estimated 1 million who are eligible to enroll to do so.
The Everett Herald, Dec. 15, 2016

Big Bend's education program growing

The number of students in the Adult Education Program at Big Bend Community College has increased 25 percent from the same period last year. Program director Tyler Wallace reported on the program during the regular meeting of BBCC trustees Monday. The program had 1,104 students in fall quarter 2016, Wallace said. The college’s high school diploma program graduated its largest class to date, 115 students, in spring 2016, he said.
Columbia Basin Herald, Dec. 15, 2016

TCC president resigns after faculty complaints

Tacoma Community College’s president resigned this week, about a month after members of the college’s faculty sent a scathing letter criticizing her leadership. The college’s Board of Trustees voted Wednesday to approve a resignation agreement with Sheila Ruhland, who became president of the college in March 2015. Ruhland will cease to be president of TCC Jan. 13, according to the agreement, and will receive a financial settlement.
The News Tribune, Dec. 14, 2016

SFCC students brave the cold to help the homeless

Most people are able to get out of the frigid temperatures that have hit Spokane this week, but unfortunately some of the homeless don’t have a place to go. On Wednesday night a group of Spokane Falls Community College students hit the streets to spread holiday cheer.
FOX 28, Dec. 14, 2016

Immigrant program has Clark College’s support

Clark College President Bob Knight was among 37 community and technical college leaders who signed onto the letter supporting the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. The letter, submitted last week by the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges, urges President-elect Donald Trump to continue the program, which allows the children of people who came to the U.S. without legal permission to receive deferred action from deportation.
The Columbian, Dec. 14, 2016

White House names Bellevue a 'TechHire' community to help people find jobs

A new White House designation names Bellevue a TechHire community with the goal to help overlooked and underrepresented people start technology careers. As a TechHire community, the city of Bellevue will aim to connect local employers like Expedia and Microsoft to schools like Bellevue College and Coding Dojo. Coding Dojo teaches people how to code and even has a 14-week boot camp. The White House designation makes it easier for students to receive grants and scholarships to learn how to code. The idea is to help low-wage earners find higher paying jobs and have a pipeline into the technology sector.
KING 5, Dec. 14, 2016

Edmonds CC reaffirms commitment to inclusion, respect for diversity

As colleges and universities across the nation experience an increase in bias incidents, the Edmonds Community College Faculty Senate has reaffirmed its commitment to inclusion and respect for diversity. The senate recently approved a resolution to “embrace and support diversity of ethnicity, religion, gender, gender identity, race, sexual orientation, citizenship, national origin, ability, and political diversity.”
My Edmonds News, Dec. 14, 2016

Great Northwest Wine: Wit Cellars in Prosser showcases camaraderie, talent

Wit Cellars in Prosser went from zero to 1,300 cases in less than 12 months, but the wines by Flint Nelson, Carolina “Cat” Warwick and Gina Adams-Royer reflect decades of worth of talent. ... Warwick entered the wine industry from a hospitality angle at Apex Cellars. When Owen Roe took over the Apex facility in Sunnyside, she stayed on. Warwick soon began night classes at Yakima Valley College, became the first graduate of the winemaking program in 2009 and had risen to the rank of associate winemaker at Owen Roe before joining Nelson at Kestrel.
Tri-City Herald, Dec. 14, 2016

Centralia College focuses on meeting demand for skilled workforce

Centralia College is focused on meeting the demand for a skilled workforce and boosting the amount of post-secondary credentials its students earn. College President Bob Mohrbacher spoke at the Centralia-Chehalis Chamber of Commerce luncheon on Monday afternoon. According to Mohrbacher, statewide numbers show Lewis County is in the bottom three in the state for the number of bachelor’s degrees its residents earn. Community and technical colleges project that 77 percent of all job openings in the state will require some sort of postsecondary credential by 2023. That means there’s a large gap for the college to fill.
Centralia Chronicle, Dec. 13, 2016

Clark College gets grant supporting veteran students

The Clark College Foundation has received a grant from the Community Foundation for Southwest Washington with the objective to hire a program coordinator for its Veterans Resource Center. The grant is for $30,000 and is designated to provide a part-time position for one year to manage support services and workshop training operations in the resource center. It is part of an effort to increase retention and course completion for veterans returning to or attending college for the first time. Adding the position will also allow other staff members to focus their efforts on outreach, counseling and fundraising.
The Reflector, Dec. 13, 2016

Cooking class Thursday gets to the heart of healthful eating

The holiday season brings people together for fun, usually around large, lavish meals. And then dessert. And then more. In an environment full of overindulgences, there are ways to make healthy choices, whether you’re cooking or dining. Instead of completely changing your diet all at once, make small changes, suggests Norman Shaw, executive chef at Providence St. Mary Medical Center. ... A long-term area resident, Shaw brings a lifetime of knowledge to the position at St. Mary’s. He was raised as a vegetarian and has a culinary arts degree from Walla Walla Community College.
Walla Walla Union-Bulletin, Dec. 13, 2016

Deck the halls with boozy bourbon balls

In a grocery store full of cookies, I’m not sure why anyone would buy vanilla wafers. They’re not bad, but they are bland. And there are so many better offerings for desserts. Their prominence in the cookie aisle might be explained by their use to make other sweets. Like rum or bourbon balls. ... Bob Lombardi, culinary arts pastry chief at the Inland Northwest Culinary Academy at Spokane Community College, said cookies like vanilla wafers make a fine base for a rum ball.
The Spokesman-Review, Dec. 13, 2016

Opinion: Make colleges affordable to working-class students of all races

Photo credit: Students walk through the campus between classes at Bellevue College in Bellevue on Oct. 26. Bellevue is now more culturally diverse than Seattle. Many college campuses have reacted to Donald Trump’s election with shock and angst. Professors and students are wondering how the rest of the country could be so different from them. The more introspective are asking: What can we do? Michael Bloomberg has an answer. It’s an answer that should appeal to both liberals and conservatives — an answer that isn’t about Trump per se but instead about the alienation that helped him win. Bloomberg wants to make leading colleges more open to the working class. He wants to make them fairer places that look more like America.
The Seattle Times, Dec. 13, 2016

Trends | Horizons | Education

Commission report on higher education financing

The University of Virginia's Miller Center and the affiliated National Commission on Financing 21st Century Higher Education on Wednesday released a report making the case for how to best fund increased college credential production in the United States.
Inside Higher Ed, Dec. 15, 2016

Language by the shrinking numbers

Language education is dwindling at every level, from K-12 to postsecondary, and a diminishing share of U.S. residents speak languages other than English, according to a new report from the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. “The State of Languages in the U.S.: A Statistical Portrait” is a precursor to another forthcoming report from the academy about how the U.S. might build language capacity to meet the needs of the increasingly global economy and otherwise “shrinking world.”
Inside Higher Ed, Dec. 15, 2016

Most colleges will change overtime policies despite judge’s blocking of new rule

A majority of colleges will proceed with at least some of the changes they’d planned to comply with a new federal rule on overtime pay that was blocked last month by a federal judge, according to a survey of 495 institutions by the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, Dec. 14, 2016

Pearson releases design principles

Pearson on Tuesday released a list of 45 learning design principles under a Creative Commons license, giving away access to previously proprietary information about how the education company designs its products. In a press release, Pearson said it hopes the release will help other developers create more effective learning tools. The principles cover topics such as critical thinking, peer tutoring and universal design, among others.
Inside Higher Ed, Dec. 14, 2016

Opinion: Computer science standards for schools make sense

While there has been a lot of hand-wringing and debate in Washington state over basic education standards for math, reading, writing and even science over the past two decades, computer science standards have not garnered much attention. Given that computers have become a basic in our lives, shouldn’t it be a basic part of education? Of course. And last week Superintendent of Public Instruction Randy Dorn formally adopted Washington state’s first set of computer science standards.
Walla Walla Union-Bulletin, Dec. 12, 2016

Politics | Local, State, National

New federal loan counseling experiment

The Department of Education Thursday announced an experiment to find the best loan counseling services for student borrowers. The department asked 35 public two-year and 14 public four-year institutions to test the effectiveness of required loan counseling for student borrowers. The announcement follows remarks from Under Secretary Ted Mitchell over the summer that the department was considering giving a handful of institutions the ability to require loan counseling using its experimental sites authority.
Inside Higher Ed, Dec. 15, 2016

Push for debt forgiveness

Having unexpectedly found itself handing off the baton to a Republican administration in January, the U.S. Department of Education is racing to finish a slate of Obama administration priorities. But few of the department's remaining tasks are as daunting as processing thousands of debt-relief claims filed by former students of closed for-profit colleges. Since the closure of Corinthian Colleges in 2015, the department has received tens of thousands of such applications to have loans discharged under a previously little-used borrower defense statute.
Inside Higher Ed, Dec. 14, 2016

McCleary fix? Inslee proposes billions in new taxes to pay teachers

Gov. Jay Inslee on Tuesday unveiled a sweeping plan to pay for K-12 teachers and other school workers, funded by more than $4 billion in proposed new taxes in the upcoming two-year budget. By tackling teacher salaries, the governor’s plan addresses the last big piece of the state Supreme Court’s 2012 education-funding order known as the McCleary decision. Inslee’s proposal goes further than that — adding money intended to better recruit and retain teachers and funding more positions for school nurses and counselors.
The Seattle Times, Dec. 13, 2016

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