News Links | April 11, 2017
System News | Opinion
Germanna Community College has hired its first female president in the institution’s
47-year history. Virginia Community College System Chancellor Glenn DuBois announced
Monday that Janet Gullickson, president of Spokane Falls Community College in Washington State, will be the community college’s sixth president, effective July
The Daily Progress, April 10, 2017
After 30 years of helping to train future members of the National Park Service, U.S.
Forest Service, the State Patrol and more, Bill Overby is set to retire. Over the
years, he has taught hundreds of cadets in Skagit Valley College’s Parks Law Enforcement Academy (PLEA) program.
Skagit Valley Herald, April 10, 2017
The lack of a single high school class has been a stumbling block for Lyle Candia
throughout his career. The 49-year-old Olympic College student who worked in the hospitality industry and diverse other jobs was passed
over for promotions on more than one occasion, watching others less qualified but
with high school diplomas tapped for advancement. ... The 21+ program was added a
year ago, modeled on a program developed by the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges.
Kitsap Sun, April 10, 2017
Nearly one in three Pasco students are learning English. Last year, that meant 6,096
Pasco students were enrolled in transitional bilingual programs — up 6 percent in
five years. Now the Pasco School District could help lead the way statewide in encouraging
bilingual students to become bilingual teachers. The state Legislature considered
two proposals on the issue this session. ... A Pasco student could receive state loans
to pay for tuition, books and fees at Columbia Basin College and later a four-year university. ... The students participating spend time tutoring
elementary school children and learning about the education field. The high school
partnered with Skagit Valley College and Western Washington University to encourage students to pursue an education degree.
Tri-City Herald, April 10, 2017
Locals in need often reach out to Helpline, where caring staff and volunteers connect
them with resources to help them gain stability. Liz McDevitt has been the organization’s
executive director for just about four years. She had been involved with United Way
for years and decided to move into the Helpline position, a partner agency with United
Way, to get a more up-close-and-personal look at the people being served. ... Helpline
benefits greatly from a new social work intern program at Walla Walla Community College.
Walla Walla Union-Bulletin, April 10, 2017
Ollie Reisman, 17, is a senior at Marysville Arts and Technology High School. He got
his grades back on track after freshman year and is now headed to Western Washington
University with dreams of being a research scientist for NASA. ... "Last summer I
did the STEM pathway program at Everett Community College. It kind of gave me a taste of what it’s like. We went to the MRO (Manastash Ridge
Observatory) in Ellensburg. I took a picture of the Elephant nebula. It was pretty
Everett Herald, April 10, 2017
Skagit Valley College student Jenni Bautista has plans — plans to attend a four-year university and one
day become a nurse. For the first time in her life, she also has plans on what to
do if she or either of her parents get deported to Mexico. ... Her parents brought
her to Skagit County when she was 5 years old, she said. It’s the only place she can
remember calling home. While President Donald Trump’s executive orders on immigration
don’t specifically mention targeting those such as Bautista and fellow Skagit Valley
College student Victor Gonzalez-Ayon — those with no criminal backgrounds but whose
parents illegally brought them to the United States when they were young — they don’t
specifically protect them either.
Skagit Valley Herald, April 9, 2017
When the Warehouse Theatre Company needed a vocal coach to work with the cast of its
last musical, “Godspell,” the producer called Steven Slusher. Slusher, the Yakima Valley College director of choral and vocal activities since 2013, was more than willing to help.
The stipend offered by the community theater group wasn’t much compared to the hours
of work, but that didn’t matter. Slusher likes nothing more than helping people sing
better. And besides, any opportunity for outreach could end up boosting his program
down the line.
Yakima Herald, April 9, 2017
Pasco officials are hoping to spruce up a gateway to the city with shops, restaurants
and a hotel on five acres near the Tri-Cities Airport. The City Council recently approved
the sale of property on the southeast corner of 20th Avenue and Argent Road to a Kennewick
developer. The two-phase project by A-1 Properties LLC would bring in about $1 million
for Pasco, and support traffic at the newly expanded airport and the adjacent student
housing for Columbia Basin College.
Tri-City Herald, April 8, 2017
Similarly poignant and compelling examples of the positive impact of cultural programs
can be found throughout our community, our state and our country. Many of these opportunities
were made possible with funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)
and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). Yet in his budget, President Donald
Trump proposed elimination of these agencies. ... These programs were created by people
in our state, for people in our state and local communities. In and around Yakima,
many organizations have benefited from NEA/NEH support, including the Yakima Valley
Museum, The Yakima Symphony Orchestra, Tieton Arts & Humanities, LitFuse!, the Wapato
School District Migrant program, the Capitol Theatre and Yakima Valley College.
Yakima Herald, April 8, 2017
In her more than three decades advocating for immigrant and farmworker rights, Consuelo
Guandique has left an imprint in Skagit County and surrounding areas. Her work began
in 1984, when she was with the Washington State Migrant Council — now called Inspire
Development Centers. She went to farm camps and enrolled children into day care so
they would not have to stay in the fields with their parents. ... Before retiring
in June, Guandique spent seven and a half years working at Skagit Valley College as a retention transition specialist, where she helped students remain in school
and transition after they graduate. Many of the students she worked with, she said,
were children of farmworkers with whom she had previously worked.
Skagit Valley Herald, April 7, 2017
For 17 years, Jose Robles has been working in the United States as a construction
worker and painter. His daughters — aged 23, 17, and 7 — have studied at the Clover
Park school district, and the eldest two are beneficiaries of the Deferred Action
for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA) under Obama. The youngest, Natalie, is a US
citizen. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has known about Robles's undocumented
immigration status since 2010, when he was picked up by police for a fight with his
neighbor. Charges were never filed, according to Robles's lawyer Sandy Restrepo, but
he was nevertheless held in jail for an additional 48 hours to allow ICE to pick him
up. ... Brenda Robles, 23, doesn't remember much about her arrival in the US. ...
Now she's worried what will happen if ICE decides not to put a stay on her father's
removal. Brenda is studying psychology at Tacoma Community College, but without her father, she might have to drop out to support the rest of her family
full-time. Back in Mexico, her father has no one left to call family. It's dangerous,
too, Brenda says. It's no longer his country.
The Stranger, April 7, 2017
When I look back at all the choices I’ve made in my education, doing Running Start
is my all time best, and it would be your best option, too. Running Start is a program
that gives 11th and 12th graders the option of attending certain community and technical
colleges (such as Yakima Valley College) while earning high school and college credit at the same time.
Yakima Herald, April 7, 2017
To all those who say high school doesn’t prepare students for college or the real
world, Edmonds School District Superintendent Kris McDuffy has something important
for you to consider. “We have students graduating with two years of college under
their belts,” she said during a recent chamber luncheon at Edmonds Community College. “This is an incredible opportunity for students and families.”
Edmonds Beacon, April 7, 2017
Spring quarter at Yakima Valley College is two weeks in but three students are already collecting medals for the school’s
automotive program. The YVC students recently competed in the SkillsUSA Washington
Winter Competition held at Columbia Basin College. Spencer Ramos, Matthew Bailey, and Michael St. Hilaire are all students in YVC's
automotive program. While they didn't all get gold, they did enough for the other
competitors to take notice according to Ramos.
KIMA TV, April 6, 2017
Two community members instrumental in the development of Centralia College prolonged their retirements to finish one last building on the campus, the TransAlta
Student Commons. Gil Elder, director of maintenance and construction projects at the
college, and Ed Watterson, superintendent of the TransAlta Student Commons building,
have worked on the majority of the buildings on campus. Steve Ward, vice president
of administration and finance at the college, said the TransAlta Student Commons is
“the phoenix of their careers,” saying both men could have retired years ago but decided
to see the building through. “Between the two of them, they have 100 years of experience
on the campus,” he said.
Centralia Chronicle, April 6, 2017
The capital budget approved by the state Senate includes millions for Whatcom County
projects. Capital Budget chair Jim Honeyford says this is a bipartisan spending plan
– it passed out of the Senate unanimously. ... Whatcom Community College would get $34 million for a new building for a library and computer lab.
KGMI, April 6, 2017
Trends | Horizons | Education
Here’s how Washington’s new voice for student achievement wants to dramatically boost education levels
Michael Meotti, the new director of the Washington Student Achievement Council, is
in charge of a state agency that’s trying to dramatically increase the number of Washington
students and adults who earn a college degree or credential.
The Seattle Times, April 11, 2017
As the Trump administration maintains radio silence related to the suspension of a
data tool that's key to the financial aid application process, some researchers have
found evidence suggesting the tool's removal may be contributing to a slowdown in
application rates. And aid advisers say the more burdensome application process has
delayed college decisions for many students.
Inside Higher Ed, April 10, 2017
Raquel Taijito is looking forward to learning how to use a lathe soon. The Stadium
High School sophomore is eager to soak up any knowledge she can on her path toward
employment as a machinist. Taijito is one of 15 Tacoma Public Schools students — and
the only female student — who will form the first cohort of a new apprenticeship program
that will train students to work for local manufacturers. While they learn, they’ll
earn money along with high school and college credits.
The News Tribune, April 10, 2017
New York will be the first state to make tuition at public colleges and universities
free for middle-class students under a state budget approved by lawmakers Sunday. The
plan crafted by Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo will apply to any New York student whose
family has an annual income of $125,000 or less. To qualify the student would have
to meet certain class load and grade point average restrictions, and room and board
would not be covered.
Boston Globe, April 9, 2017
A new study in The Journal of Higher Education finds that 61 percent of the variance
on college graduation rates by race can be explained by factors in students' pre-college
experiences. The factors include poverty, as experienced on a personal level and at
the high schools students attend.
Inside Higher Ed, April 7, 2017
Nearly 100,000 taxpayers may have had their personal information compromised by a
security breach of an Internal Revenue Service tool that makes it easier to fill out
the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, the Fafsa, according to the IRS commissioner, John
Koskinen, who testified on Thursday before the Senate Finance Committee. The tool,
which mysteriously and abruptly went offline in March, is scheduled to be available
again in October, officials have said. Mr. Koskinen testified that 35,000 letters
had already been sent out notifying people whose data may have been compromised.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, April 6, 2017
Connor Reyer gave up after more than a year of looking for a job in his preferred
field of forest resources following graduation from the University of Georgia in Athens,
finally opting in February for a hotel front-desk job paying $10 an hour. The relegation
of college graduates to non-degree positions was once seen as a temporary blow for
young people unlucky enough to graduate around the time of the deep 2007-2009 recession.
Instead, millions of Americans like Reyer continue to face the same struggle. About
44 percent of recent college grads were employed in jobs not requiring degrees in
the final quarter of 2016, not far from the 2013 peak of 46 percent, while the share
of that group in low-wage positions has held steady, data from the Federal Reserve
Bank of New York showed Wednesday.
Bloomberg, April 6, 2017
It’s infuriating. Faced with problems that are no mystery, we debate them, perpetuate
them, start toward solutions, then back away. Did you read The Seattle Times story
this week about gifted programs in public schools? Across the state, black and Latino
students are a rarity in gifted programs, but one district, Federal Way, is showing
that it doesn’t have to be that way. Gifted programs are a sorting mechanism. They’re
supposed to provide a richer, more accelerated education for intellectually superior
students, but they often function as a way to magnify existing divides based on privilege,
in which race and economic class matter more than brainpower.
The Seattle Times, April 6, 2017
The Trade UP event in Arlington brought students together to listen to men and women
talk about their jobs and options after high school. The program started about two
and a half years ago and has grown, with more students and new presenters.
Everett Herald, April 5, 2017
Five Washington State University students are among 2,000 students nationwide who
will receive lucrative funding for graduate research in science and engineering. ... Eastern
Washington University has sent a record number of students to the 31st annual National
Conference on Undergraduate Research.
The Spokesman-Review, April 5, 2017
Forty-five academic disciplines offered by the University of Washington were ranked
in the top 10 among universities around the world in a new analysis released this
week. Among institutions with the most top-10 programs, UW ranked ninth worldwide.
The top school was Harvard University, which had 112 subjects ranked in the top 10. The
analysis was done by the Center for World University Rankings, which claims it has
developed the only global university ranking that measures the quality of education
and training of students, as well the prestige of faculty and quality of research,
without relying on surveys and university data.
The Seattle Times, April 5, 2017
Politics | Local, State, National
Free college all around? That’s apparently the aim of U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders of
Vermont, U.S. Rep. Pramila Jayapal of Seattle and few other Democrats in Congress. It’s
not likely to happen — nor should it. While offering free four-year college educations
to most, if not all, is a feel-good idea, it’s not economically feasible. Nor is it
prudent public policy.
Walla Walla Union-Bulletin, April 9, 2017
In recent months, the student loan giant Navient, which was spun off from Sallie Mae
in 2014 and retained nearly all of the company’s loan portfolio, has come under fire
for aggressive and sloppy loan collection practices, which led to a set of government
lawsuits filed in January. But those accusations have overshadowed broader claims,
detailed in two state lawsuits filed by the attorneys general in Illinois and Washington,
that Sallie Mae engaged in predatory lending, extending billions of dollars in private
loans to students like Ms. Hardin that never should have been made in the first place.
New York Times, April 9, 2017
College student loan debt in the U.S. now stands at $1.4 trillion — more than what
Americans owe on their credit cards or car loans. To determine whether the investment
pays off, students and lawmakers are asking schools for more data on graduation rates,
earnings potential and other measures of post-college success. Melissa Korn, reporter
for The Wall Street Journal, joins Hari Sreenivasan to discuss.
PBS Newshour, April 9, 2017
Eastern Washington University is on track to get at least $60 million for a new science
building under spending plans for major state construction projects moving through
both legislative chambers. The new Interdisciplinary Science Center would help the
university keep up with a 33 percent growth in students seeking degrees in science,
technology, engineering and math fields over the past five years, said David Buri,
a spokesman for the university.
The Spokesman-Review, April 6, 2017
Imagine if one notice from the federal government could cause you to question your
major life decisions. More than half a million people may have found themselves in
that situation after a new legal filing by the Education Department. Under a program
known as Public Service Loan Forgiveness, some student loan borrowers were supposed
to be able to have the balance of their student loans forgiven after ten years of
both on-time payments and eligible work in the public sector. Meaning, a qualifying
nonprofit, federal, local, state, or tribal government. The program started in 2007,
so the first debt was set to be forgiven this coming fall. Last year a small group
of borrowers learned that their eligibility for the program had revoked.
KNKX, April 5, 2017