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News Links | April 11, 2017

April 11, 2017 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

Gullickson named Germanna's first female president

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 1.
The Daily Progress, April 10, 2017

Longtime instructor has sent hundreds into law enforcement

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

OC's 21+ program gives adults avenue to high school diploma

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

Legislators agree on need for bilingual teachers. But can’t agree on a plan.

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

Helpline the first stop for those needing assistance

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

This Marysville student is on a path to be a NASA researcher

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 cool."
Everett Herald, April 10, 2017

Educators: Schools open to all students

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

YVC choral director reaching out to recruit students for dynamic program

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 envisions creating welcoming gateway with sale of 5 acres near airport

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

Opinion: Federal arts cuts would hurt local culture, economy

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

Longtime immigrant activist continuing her work

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

Under Trump, Tacoma dad with suspended license becomes priority for deportation

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

Opinion: Challenging yourself: Running Start gets you ahead of the game

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

Many choices in schools, but funding still a challenge

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

YVC automotive students win medals at SkillsUSA Competition

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

‘100 years of experience:’ Dynamic duo help build Centralia College

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

Capitol budget includes millions for Whatcom County projects

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

IRS debacle sows confusion, hassles

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

Tacoma teens get a jump on manufacturing careers with new apprentice program

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 to make state college tuition free for middle class

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

Pre-college factors in racial gaps on graduation

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

Breach of financial-aid tool may have compromised data on 100,000 taxpayers

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

College grads stuck with low wages as U.S. hiring heats up

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

Opinion: Schools should be a path to equality, not a segregated obstacle

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

Pros teach high-schoolers career options other than college

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

WSU, EWU students get support for innovative research

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

Dozens of University of Washington programs make top 10 in new global ranking

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

Opinion: Free college for all is too much

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

Loans ‘designed to fail’: States say Navient preyed on students

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

Is college worth the cost?

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

EWU science building likely to get at least $60 million for construction

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

Teachers, lawyers and others worry about the fate of student debt forgiveness

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

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