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News Links | December 20, 2016

December 20, 2016 by SBCTC Communications

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Paralympian drops in on Skagit Valley College basketball team

Skagit Valley College women’s basketball player Deidra Miller had her older sister drop by one day to take in a Cardinals practice. Though siblings attending practice is usually nothing out of the ordinary, Desiree Miller’s visit was special. As the 29-year-old sat in her wheelchair, the Skagit Valley College players gathered around to get a look at — and to hold — Miller’s gold medal for the 2016 Paralympic Games.
Skagit Valley Herald, Dec. 19, 2016

Best of the best: Platinum 2016

Double Platinum: Yakima Valley Vintners 2013 Strand Vineyard Dean’s List Tempranillo, Columbia Valley. This wine was created by “the teaching winery,” an arm of Yakima Valley College based in Grandview, Wash. And its title clearly is merited. ...Yakima Valley Vintners 2013 Coyote Canyon Vineyard Dean’s List Primitivo, Columbia Valley. Yakima Valley College winery technology students, overseen by Brad Smith, move toward the head of the class for their assignment on this Dean’s List Primitivo. It earned high marks from judges for its rich, opulent, smooth and silky texture.
Wine Press Northwest, Dec. 19, 2016

Bellevue College and LifeWire educate students and faculty on domestic abuse

What is domestic abuse? Is it exclusively physical violence? Is it considered domestic violence if one person verbally manipulates or criticizes the other? Physically follows them? Demands oversight of their social accounts? Students and faculty at Bellevue College are now pondering those questions through a growing partnership with local domestic violence organization LifeWire. As the college grows, the two entities are pushing more people to be active bystanders in cases of sexual assault and dating violence.
Bellevue Reporter, Dec. 19, 2016

Inmates decorate governor’s mansion for the holidays

Hundreds of people visit the Governor’s mansion during December to get a glimpse of the residence adorned with twinkling lights, elaborate floral arrangements and larger-than-life wreaths. But the creative vision for the décor comes from a place many visitors don’t expect: prison. Six inmates at the Washington Corrections Center for Women (WCCW) , visited the mansion Dec. 1 to decorate it in preparation for its annual holiday tours, which run every Wednesday in December prior to Christmas. Inmates who decorate the mansion are enrolled in or have completed a college level floriculture class taught at the prison by instructors at Tacoma Community College. It’s one of several education programs offered through the Department of Corrections aimed at reducing recidivism rates by giving inmates job skills, technical training and opportunities to continue their education after releasing from prison.
Corrections, Dec. 19, 2016

Congratulations to CPTC’s new tenured faculty

Last week’s Clover Park Technical College Board of Trustees meeting proved to be a special evening for a pair of CPTC faculty members, as the Board awarded tenure to Nursing instructor David Bahrt and Running Start counselor Kevin Kildun.
The Suburban Times, Dec. 19, 2016

Palencia, Bartholomew commit to Kennewick’s urban wine village

Palencia Wine Co. of Walla Walla and Bartholomew Winery of Seattle will both make Kennewick their headquarters after being selected to move into Columbia Gardens Urban Wine and Artisan Village. ... Palencia, born in Michoacan, Mexico, is a U.S. citizen who grew up around agriculture in Prosser, where he helped his father, a farmworker. He studied wine making at Walla Walla Community College’s Institute for Enology & Viticulture and was among the first to enroll in a hands-on program where students tend vines for College Cellars. ... Additional phases will bring more space for tasting rooms, restaurants and other visitor amenities. Columbia Basin College intends to construct a culinary education center at Columbia Gardens as well, its first venture into Kennewick.
Tri-City Herald, Dec. 18, 2016

Methanol company launching jobs skills program

Northwest Innovations has announced it will back a multi-million dollar program to train hard-to-employ workers and recent high school graduates with the skills needed to its proposed $1 billion methanol plant in Kalama. The educational program, which does not yet has a name, is being developed in partnership with Lower Columbia College and Workforce Southwest Washington, the partners announced Friday. It will ensure that 20 percent of Northwest’s initial workforce of about 200 people will be made up of adults and young people who may have difficulty finding a job traditionally.
Longview Daily News, Dec. 17, 2016

In our view: Embracing Clark’s vision

The unveiling this week of plans for an eventual Clark College campus in Ridgefield serves as a reminder of the important role community colleges will play in the future of the state. While lawmakers next year will ponder how to pay for basic education from kindergarten through high school, they also must pay heed to the state’s 34 community and technical colleges. Such institutions are an important conduit between the populace and the good-paying, career-path jobs that are expected to be burgeoning throughout the state.
The Columbian, Dec. 16, 2016

Program provides automotive tech students with tools

In the early days of her career, Evelyn Nagornyy has already faced obstacles on her path to fulfill her dream of working on the pit crew for a racing team. But thanks to a donation from Dick Hannah Dealerships, buying a tool kit will not be one of them. Nagornyy, a first-year student in Clark College’s automotive technology program, and other students enrolled in the school’s Dick Hannah Initiative for Technician Education at Clark College, received basic tool kits valued at $4,000. College President Bob Knight and Dick Hannah, founder and owner of Dick Hannah Dealerships, presented gleaming red tool kits to the students in a brief ceremony at the college’s automotive shop.
The Columbian, Dec. 16, 2016

$37.8M in governor’s budget for Edmonds college building

Leaders of Edmonds Community College are smiling this week as Gov. Jay Inslee embraced funding for the construction of a new building on campus. Inslee penciled $37.8 million into his proposed capital budget for the Science, Engineering and Technology Building, a long-pursued project that is the top construction priority of the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges.
Everett Herald, Dec. 16, 2016

Governor's budget would expand state low-income preschool programs

The billions of dollars Gov. Jay Inslee wants to put into schools through new tax sources would benefit pre-school students in addition to kindergarten through 12th grade. Inslee wants to expand the state’s low-income preschool program by another 2,700 students. ... Just over 10 percent of the students suffer from developmental delays and receive specialized counseling and therapy under ECEAP, according to the state’s Department of Early Learning. That number is more than 35 percent in the classrooms used by ECEAP program at South Puget Sound Community College in Tumwater.
KING 5, Dec. 16, 2016

Design for Big Bend building still under discussion

Architects are still working on design options for the new professional-technical program building at Big Bend Community College. The design became the subject of a community meeting in late November, after it looked like at least one program, aviation mechanics, might be better served by staying in its current location at the edge of Grant County International Airport. The new building will be built across the street from the ATEC building on Bolling Avenue. There’s not enough room at the new site for the planes that have been donated to the aviation mechanics program, which include a four-engine passenger jet.
Columbia Basin Herald, Dec. 16, 2016

CKC’s first permanent art piece draws from its history

The new addition to the Cross Kirkland Corridor (CKC) draws heavily from its past as a BNSF railroad. “The Spikes,” a sculpture created by Kirkland artist Merrily Dicks, is made entirely of railroad spikes collected by area residents from the corridor. ... Dicks, who is known for her abstract paintings, took welding classes at Lake Washington Institute of Technology to help her figure out the technical aspects of bringing her idea for the sculpture to life. “It was a lot like a puzzle,” she said of figuring out how to create “The Spikes.”
Kirkland Reporter, Dec. 16, 2016

Photos: Time has a new face following completion of Centralia College clock tower

After a two-month delay in receiving the final mechanisms needed for the clock tower at Centralia College, the finishing touches to the new structure were completed on Wednesday. The iconic clock tower sat mostly finished for a few months. All it was missing was the four clock faces. Now, the clock tower stands 10 feet taller than its predecessor, at a little over 40 feet.
Centralia Chronicle, Dec. 15, 2016

Rehabilitating offenders and canines at Larch Corrections Center

A variety of men incarcerated for an assortment of reasons have developed bonds with dogs through a program that is proving to be mutually beneficial. Ten residents at Larch Corrections Center, in Yacolt, are participating in the second installment of a pet training camp for the Humane Society for Southwest Washington dog adoption program. ... During Silva’s two years at Larch, he has taken small business classes offered by Clark College. He has also graduated from an automotive repair program.
Camas-Washougal Post-Record, Dec. 15, 2016

CPTC continues holiday house tradition of giving

The holiday season can be a difficult time for low-income families, and that can especially be true for Clover Park Technical College students devoting valuable time and resources to their education in an effort to improve their long-term situation. Because of this great need, CPTC has carried on a longstanding Holiday House tradition of “adopting” students’ families for the holiday season. Since the 1980s, CPTC faculty, staff, students and community members have generously provided food, toys and gifts to the families of students in need.
The Suburban Times, Dec. 15, 2016

SFCC plans $18 million athletic facilities upgrade

Community Colleges of Spokane plans to start construction next spring on a major renovation and expansion project at its main gym and adjacent athletic facilities on the Spokane Falls Community College campus, in northwest Spokane.
Spokane Journal of Business, Dec. 15, 2016

Trends | Horizons | Education

The stagnant wage premium

A college degree remains the safest ticket to a well-paying job. But growth in the wage gap between degree holders and people without a college credential has slowed since the 1980s, with almost no gain since 2010. The National Bureau of Economic Research has published a new study that examines two theories for why increases in the higher education “wage premium” have largely ground to a halt.
Inside Higher Ed, Dec. 20, 2016

National college enrollments continue to slide

Overall college enrollments declined 1.4 percent this fall compared to one year ago, according to new data from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center, a dip of more than 270,000 students. Nationwide enrollments began their slide in 2012 and have now continued for the last 10 consecutive college terms. The biggest drop this fall was in the for-profit sector, which saw a 14.5 percent decline. Community colleges experienced a 2.6 percent decline. Enrollments were down slightly (0.6 percent) at four-year private institutions and up a small amount (0.2 percent) at four-year public institutions.
Inside Higher Ed, Dec. 19, 2016

College leaders must heed people’s everyday concerns

Lynn Pasquerella, the new president of the Association of American Colleges and Universities, stopped by The Chronicle’s offices last week to talk about the best way to make the case for liberal education.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, Dec. 19, 2016

UW pledges to enroll talented low-income students as part of 30-university effort

Thirty universities across the nation — including the University of Washington — have pledged to do more to get strong students from lower-income families into top colleges and universities. The American Talent Initiative, as the effort is called, follows on the heels of recent studies that show many low- and middle-income students with top grades don’t end up enrolling in the nation’s top universities. That’s because they’re less likely to be surrounded by people who attended selective colleges, and they don’t think about applying to those schools. And while selective schools often have high tuition costs, many low-income students would qualify for generous financial aid.
The Seattle Times, Dec. 19, 2016

Choice deserts

Wage data are a key part of the bipartisan push to give prospective students more information about the value of a college credential. But measures of graduates’ earnings can be of limited use to the large number of people who lack choices about where to go to college. That’s the central finding of a new study from researchers at the Urban Institute. The paper, dubbed “Choice Deserts,” looks at how geography and academic selectivity curb the impact of earnings data for students in Virginia.
Inside Higher Ed, Dec. 16, 2016

DeVry, FTC in $100M settlement of advertising suit

DeVry Education Group and DeVry University agreed to settle a Federal Trade Commission lawsuit regarding the for-profit institution's use of employment statistics in advertising. The company will pay $49.4 million to the FTC and forgive $30.4 million in institutional loans that were issued before Sept. 30, 2015. The for-profit will also forgive $20.2 million in outstanding DeVry accounts receivable balances for former students. DeVry also agreed to have specific data to support any future advertising related to graduate outcomes and educational benefits.
Inside Higher Ed, Dec. 16, 2016

Politics | Local, State, National

Coalition: State needs to fund education ‘Cradle Through College’

A coalition of nearly 200 school districts, higher-education institutions and other organizations is urging state lawmakers to focus on early learning and college as well as K-12 education in the upcoming legislative session. The Cradle Through College Coalition’s call to the Legislature comes on the eve of its 2017 session, when lawmakers plan to continue their ongoing debate over how to fully fund basic education. They’re facing a 2018 deadline set in the 2012 McCleary decision. State lawmakers must also come up with the state’s 2017-19 operating budget.
The Seattle Times, Dec. 20, 2016

‘Push is coming to shove’ on school-funding plan, but task force needs more time

Members of the state’s Education Funding Task Force were supposed to discuss their recommendations to fully fund public schools when they met Thursday in Olympia. Given that those recommendations don’t exist yet, that proved a little tough. So the task force focused instead on dissecting the K-12 education plan Gov. Jay Inslee put out this week, with Republican members lobbing criticisms at some of the Democratic governor’s latest ideas. The eight-member task force has until Jan. 9 — the first day of the 2017 legislative session — to come up with recommendations to solve a problem that has plagued the state for years: How the state should take on the full costs of paying teachers and other school employees.
The News Tribune, Dec. 18, 2016

Burden of proof in the balance

If Trump administration changes the rules on colleges’ obligations in adjudicating sex assault charges, will institutions change their policies?
Inside Higher Ed, Dec. 16, 2016 

‘Major, major change’: Gov. Inslee proposes new children and families state agency

The way Washington provides early childhood education and programs for vulnerable and at-risk kids would be dramatically realigned to try to deliver existing services more efficiently, under a proposal from Gov. Jay Inslee. Inslee’s plan, which is included in the 2017-19 budget he proposed this week, would create a new cabinet-level department, merging the current Department of Early Learning with Child Protective Services, juvenile-justice programs, foster-care services and other child-welfare programs currently administered by the Department of Social and Health Services.
The Seattle Times, Dec. 15, 2016

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