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News Links | April 18, 2017

April 18, 2017 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

Proposed budgets include millions for Snohomish County projects

A waterfront center in Edmonds. A pocket park in downtown Arlington. A new Science, Engineering and Technology building at Edmonds Community College. Those are among the many investments in Snohomish County the state House and Senate might make in the state’s next two-year capital budget, a fount of funds for public schools and colleges, community groups and youth organizations throughout Washington.
Everett Herald, April 16, 2017

Pierce College alum writes and directs debut film “Shards”

When Film Producer Diana Dotter first read Pierce College alum Serena Berry’s debut screenplay, she was inspired. Dotter, executive director for Seattle’s The Film School, saw a unique, raw talent in Berry and knew she had to work with her. Dotter invited Berry to join the Script Development Lab at Pierce College, to spend time fine-tuning her screenplay “Shards.” The 22-page script was filmed in about 12 days and debuted at Pierce College Fort Steilacoom in March.
The Suburban Times, April 16, 2017

Baking is the right mix for students

Janoah Stegall is all business as she chops dark chocolate in the small kitchen of the Boys & Girls Club’s O.K. Clubhouse in Vancouver. The 17-year-old Fort Vancouver High School junior meticulously chops chips into chunks, eyes only for the task at hand. ... Stegall is one of about 10 students at the Boys and Girls Club who attends the program’s Wednesday baking club. Alison Dolder, head of Clark College’s professional baking and pastry arts program, teaches students how to make cakes, cookies and other simple baked goods.
The Columbian, April 15, 2017

Bates: Dental Assistant instructor selected to serve on accreditation commission

The Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) recently selected Bates Technical College Dental Assistant instructor Teri Amundsen to serve on their team as an accreditation commissioner during the 2017-2018 session. Amundsen, who was selected from a nation-wide pool of applicants, will conduct on-site inspections and provide resources and information for all U.S. institutions that seek CODA accreditation. ... “Clover Park Technical College, Pierce College, and Renton Technical College have all benefited from her expertise and time which she graciously donates, but never mentions.”
The Suburban Times, April 15, 2017

Three student-designed recycling stations from Cascadia College chosen for Habitat for Humanity store

Habitat for Humanity of Snohomish County picked up three student-designed and constructed recycling stations from Cascadia College this week to deliver to its Lynnwood store. The triple stations — which sort compost, recycling and landfill — were designed and built by students in a Cascadia engineering course, using re-purposed materials. They worked in partnership with students in Cascadia’s sustainability program who created signage to indicate what products should go in which bins.
Bothell-Kenmore Reporter, April 14, 2017

EdCC President Jean Hernandez announces retirement after six years

Dr. Jean Hernandez, who has led Edmonds Community College for more than six years, has announced her retirement. Hernandez is expected to stay on board through the end of 2017. ... With more than 35 years in higher education, Hernandez began her community college career at Shoreline Community College as a multicultural studies teacher who was promoted to dean of Health Occupations and Physical Education. She then joined Cascadia College as the executive vice president for student learning. Her next position was the vice president for instruction at South Seattle College before becoming president of Edmonds CC in January 2011.
My Edmonds News, April 14, 2017

Todd Beamer AFJROTC cadets hone cyber security skills at Highline competition

Todd Beamer AFJROTC cadets spent March 25 testing their computer security skills during the 2017 Pacific Rim Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition, hosted by Highline College. Although these cadets did not compete against the college teams, a mixture of old and potential new members of Todd Beamer’s AFJROTC’s Cyber Patriot Team pitted their computer security skills against a virtual computer security program dubbed the “NICE-Challenge Project — National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education.”
Federal Way Mirror, April 14, 2017

Senator Patty Murray visits RTC

Senator Patty Murray (D-Washington) visited Renton Technical College (RTC) on April 13 to meet with staff and students. “We are honored to host Senator Murray, and appreciate her interest in higher education and the lives of Washington residents. The visit was a wonderful opportunity to share some of our success stories, discuss challenges faced by our students, and consider the value of technical education,” said RTC President Kevin McCarthy in a press release.
Renton Reporter, April 14, 2017

World War II WAVE pitches in again

Bonnie Owen never got public recognition for her World War II service. Her parents died without knowing Owen’s role in the U.S. Navy’s code-breaking center in Washington, D.C. It was top-secret. ... Publicity would have to wait for 71 years. The Clark College baseball team honored a dozen or so veterans, including the 94-year-old Owen, Sunday.
The Columbian, April 14, 2017

The Grand Cinema is turning 20 years old

Not every city the size of Tacoma has a center for foreign, experimental and off-beat films. The Grand Cinema has its dedicated – if not obsessive fans – but not everyone knows much about how it got here and what keeps it going. ... The Grand is also exploring and expanding education partnership opportunities with University of Washington, Tacoma, Bates Technical College, Tacoma Community College, and Tacoma Public Schools, and they have initiated conversations with Metro Parks Tacoma, University of Puget Sound, Pierce College, and Pacific Lutheran University.
Tacoma Daily Index, April 14, 2017

Students get time with health professionals at Providence Centralia

Instead of sitting in a classroom listening to a lecture, 13 local high school students had the opportunity to shadow medical professionals as they treated patients at Providence Centralia Hospital on Thursday. “There is such a huge difference between classroom learning and hands-on learning,” said Cathleen Vodjansky-Ward, the assistant director of the TRiO program at Centralia College and one of the partners in the job shadow program. For the first time, all the students were female, hospital Administrator Jill Cooper said.
Centralia Chronicle, April 13, 2017

Colors swirl at Clark College’s Sakura Festival

Cold weather has delayed the blossoms of the nearly 100 Shirofugen cherry trees at Clark College, but the annual Sakura Festival took place as scheduled Thursday with cultural performances and the unveiling of a “peace pole” near the Frost Arts Center on the college’s main campus. The annual festival promotes the bonds of friendship between Vancouver and its sister city of Joyo, Japan.
The Columbian, April 13, 2017

Grays Harbor College’s Schermer Building awarded LEED Gold certification

Grays Harbor College recently was notified that the year-old Eugene D. Schermer Instructional Building met standards to qualify for LEED Gold certification, as determined by the US Green Building Council. The building construction and design were cited for sustainability and awarded points that determined the certification.
Grays Harbor Talk, April 13, 2017

Language of baseball bonds Clark teammates

The carpool from Clark College to their homes off Oregon’s Highway 26 tells only part of the friendship between Reinaldo Gonzalez and Charles Clark Jr., two freshmen on Penguins baseball team. Language bonds these two players together on what coach Mark Magdaleno describes as the most ethnically diverse team in the Northwest Athletic Conference. Gonzalez is one of eight Latinos. Clark Jr. is African-American. Their spoken common language is Spanish. It’s Gonzalez’s native language; he moved to the United States from Venezuela two years ago. For Clark Jr., it’s his second. He took four years of Spanish at Hillsboro’s Liberty High.
The Columbian, April 10, 2017

Trends | Horizons | Education

Local university team is top scorer in math competition on self-driving cars

A team of math whizzes at the University of Puget Sound provided a top-rated answer in a mathematics-modeling competition that required them to examine how self-driving cars might affect traffic patterns in Greater Seattle. Their answer? If their model is correct, self-driving cars could help lessen traffic jams.
The Seattle Times, April 18, 2017

Publishers and open-resource advocates square off on the future of course content

At a friendly yet spirited debate last month over the pros and cons of open educational resources, publishers and OER advocates agreed on at least one thing: The "old" textbook market is broken. But that’s pretty much where the common ground ended.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, April 17, 2017

Opinion: Students can be parents, too

The first day of college is memorable. Students plan new outfits and matching backpacks and worry if their shoes will be comfortable walking across campus. The day I showed up at orientation for my first semester at a big university, I felt pretty good in my spirit sweatshirt and the jeans my 14-year-old daughter picked out ("mom jeans" were out of the question). While new students and their corresponding adults moved into a big auditorium for the Q&A forum, the leader — a 20ish undergrad wearing khakis and a golf shirt — pointed to me and asked, "Where is your student?" My face went hot as I replied, "I am the student," and then what seemed like a hundred heads turned to see the student who looked like a parent. I wanted to be invisible. The ideal college student is imagined by professors and administrators as an 18- to 22-year-old unfettered by responsibilities that fall outside his or her chief role as student.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, April 16, 2017

In Washington, 193,000 students miss 18 days of school or more

More than 193,000 students attending Washington public schools were chronically absent last school year, according to data released Thursday from the state superintendent’s office, and research shows that’s a strong signal they may not graduate on time. That number represents 16.7 percent of the state’s students who, excused or not, missed 18 or more school days in 2015-16. That’s up slightly from 16.1 percent in 2013 and 16.4 percent in 2015. While the new data show regular attendance is an issue in all groups of students, chronic absenteeism rates are particularly high for children who live in poverty, are homeless or identify as American Indian or Alaskan Native.
The Seattle Times, April 14, 2017

‘A mean amount of money’

The City University of New York and State University of New York systems are preparing for the conversation about college affordability to shift to the cost of textbooks as the state rolls out its free-tuition plan. ... As the state prepares to launch the program this fall, administrators at the two university systems are planning for an influx of low-income students for whom the add-on costs of higher education — such as textbooks — represent a significant barrier to enrolling.
Inside Higher Ed, April 14, 2017

California Dreamers — and their nightmares

Since the election, many undocumented immigrant students at campuses across the country have been grappling with heightened anxieties about their own safety and that of their loved ones, as well as new uncertainties about their future opportunities in the U.S. Many of these students are benefiting from the DACA program, which allows certain immigrants who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children to receive two-year, renewable work permits and temporary relief from the possibility of deportation.
Inside Higher Ed, April 14, 2017

Politics | Local, State, National

Trump targets visas program for highly skilled workers

Trump is targeting the H-1B visa program, which the White House says undercuts American workers by bringing in large numbers of cheaper, foreign workers, driving down wages.
The Seattle Times, April 18, 2017

Kentucky limits free 2-year college program

Kentucky's free community college scholarship program will be limited to students seeking certificates in five industries with worker shortages — health care, advanced manufacturing, transportation and logistics, business services and internet technology, and construction.
Inside Higher Ed, April 17, 2017

Measure would share $600M GET plan surplus with parents ­— but there’s a catch

Why is a $600 million surplus giving some lawmakers a headache? Because it’s extra money in the state program that allows parents to save for college by prepaying their kids’ tuition bills. And now one lawmaker wants to distribute it. If you have money in the program, known as the Guaranteed Education Tuition (GET) plan, you might want to pay close attention to a bill sponsored by that lawmaker. SB 5923, sponsored by Mark Mullet, D-Issaquah, would boost the value of each GET unit by $23 — from $117 to $140 — but only if participants move their money into a new type of program, known as a 529 savings plan.
The Seattle Times, April 14, 2017

Government watchdog investigating discrimination in student loan servicing

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau said Friday that it is investigating whether loan servicing companies are making it difficult for people with past-due student debt to work out a solution because of their race, ethnicity, gender or age. “We’re looking at disparities in outcomes … and we believe there may be some,” Patrice Alexander Ficklin, director of the office of fair lending at the CFPB, said on a call with reporters Friday. She said her team has identified student loan servicing as an area with substantial risk of credit discrimination.
The Washington Post, April 14, 2017

Why politicians love to talk about training welders

Welding: It’s a magnet for politicians who like to talk about the need to train students for jobs in high-demand fields. And the story politicians tell is generally the same: Welding programs train high-school graduates for well-paying jobs in an industry that’s itching for more workers. But why has this field in particular become such frequent fodder for conversations about preparing students for the work force, and potential alternatives to a four-year college degree? You might think that politicians nowadays would be inclined to hail any profession that produces things, nodding to the revival of American manufacturing often touted by President Trump. But the labor experts and welding instructors we talked to have different views on why welding is having a moment.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, April 14, 2017

Incentives to attend private colleges could save states money and raise graduation rates

States could save money and increase college-graduation rates by providing modest financial incentives for students to choose private colleges over comparable public ones, according to a report released this week. The conclusion, which was quickly disputed by a group representing public colleges, comes at a time when a growing number of states are providing the opposite incentives.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, April 14, 2017

College loan information bill passes

College students in Washington would have to be told how much it will cost to pay off their loans under a bill receiving final approval in the Senate. The Washington Student Loan Transparency Act, which was requested by Attorney General Bob Ferguson, says state colleges and universities must tell students the cost of an education loan in both principle and interest, what their monthly payments are likely to be and inform them of state and federal resources for student borrowers.
The Spokesman-Review, April 13, 2017

Legislature tells state colleges to treat AP test scores the same when granting course credits

Washington’s public colleges and universities would have to treat students who have taken and passed Advanced Placement tests in high school the same, a bill that received final legislative approval says. The bill would require the Washington Student Achievement Council to develop a policy for granting college course credits to all students who have received a minimum score of 3 on AP exams. Lawmakers were told during hearings on the bill the state’s community and four-year colleges have different policies for granting credit to students who take AP courses and pass the tests, which can cost as much as $91.
The Spokesman-Review, April 13, 2017

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