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News Links | April 25, 2017

April 25, 2017 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

SVC culinary team takes 2nd in Island County chowder competition

A culinary arts team from Skagit Valley College recently earned second place in the 31st Annual Penn Cove MusselFest Chowder competition, held March 4-5 in Coupeville. Five SVC student chefs, department Co-Chair Gilbert Rodriguez and Hospitality Consultant Lyle Hildahl on the SVC team, along with 19 other competitors cooked chowder and provided samples to around 8,000 people who attended, some from as far away as Tennessee, Massachusetts, Minnesota, and Illinois.
Stanwood Camano News, April 25, 2017

More counseling help could mean more college grads, national award winner says

Community colleges spend money every year on marketing and advertising to get new students to enroll. Earl Martin thinks the money would be better spent on counseling the students they already have. Earlier this year, Martin, of Everett Community College, was named the national counselor of the year by the American College Counseling Association for his leadership and advocacy for counseling services at Washington’s community and technical colleges.
The Seattle Times, April 24, 2017

Cascade High students meet at corner of English and history

Those who don’t believe in time travel, or its value, have never met Atsushi Kiuchi, Jamie Ford or Scott Loucks. Fortunate students in an English class at Cascade High School have met them all. ... Loucks, an English teacher at Everett’s Cascade High, recently assigned Ford’s book to seniors in his College in the High School classes. In partnership with Everett Community College, the classes let Cascade students earn EvCC credit.
Everett Herald, April 23, 2017

Opinion: Support STEM education to support Skagit’s students and economy

This opinion is supported by the Skagit STEM Network Advisory Board: Phil Brockman (superintendent, Sedro-Woolley School District), John Sternlicht (CEO, Economic Alliance of Skagit County), Pasty Martin (executive director, Port of Skagit), Daren Greeno (Dean of Workforce Education, Skagit Valley College), Christopher Johnston (chief administration officer, PeaceHealth United General Medical Center), Eron Berg (city supervisor/attorney, City of Sedro-Woolley) and Aaron Janicki (Janicki Industries). The Skagit Valley is home to leading manufacturing, bio energy and technology companies and value-added agricultural businesses. Careers in all levels of these businesses and many others require STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) skills.
Skagit Valley Herald, April 22, 2017

Inslee signs bill allowing technical college high school grads to receive diplomas before age 21

On April 20, Gov. Jay Inslee signed Senate Bill 5640, which allows technical college high schools to award diplomas to students who have completed their associate’s degree through the Technical College Direct Funded Enrollment Program without making them wait until they turn 21. With the passage of the bill, upon successful completion of their program, all students will be awarded their diplomas. This legislation affects students at Lake Washington Institute of Technology, Bates Technical College and Clover Park Technical College.
Kirkland Reporter, April 21, 2017

Aspen Institute awards fellowship to WWCC worker

Kristi Wellington-Baker, executive director of strategic initiatives at Walla Walla Community College, has been awarded the Aspen Presidential Fellowship for Community College Excellence. The leadership program develops new leaders of student success at community colleges across the United States, WWCC said in a news release.
Walla Walla Union-Bulletin, April 21, 2017

Mexican consul: ‘Dreamers’ should be calm and prepared

Tri-City “dreamers” should be calm and prepared, said Roberto Dondisch, the consul of Mexico in Seattle. Dondisch participated in the opening of Pasco’s Taco Crawl Friday afternoon before speaking to community leaders about Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, and other immigration issues. ... Locally, the president’s mixed messages about immigration have alarmed students attending classes at Columbia Basin College and WSU Tri-Cities. Elizabeth Hernandez with Columbia Basin College said students expressed concerns because they don’t know if it’s worth focusing on classes since they could face deportation.
Tri-City Herald, April 21, 2017

1,933 days and still no McCleary education-funding fix in sight

It’s been 1,933 days since the state Supreme Court ruled that Washington, in violation of its own constitution, was underfunding public schools. It’s been 617 days since the court followed up with a $100,000-a-day contempt of court fine against the state for failing to approve an education-funding plan that satisfies the order known as the McCleary decision. Now, with three days left in this year’s regular legislative session, the fines are piling up, negotiations are ramping up — but a fix remains elusive. ... Marty Brown, a former director of the state Office of Financial Management [current executive director of the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges], said he has faith lawmakers will ultimately wrangle a deal.
The Seattle Times, April 21, 2017

Centralia College to offer new associate degree in music

Centralia College has received approval to offer a new associate degree in music this fall, making it the first time the educational institute has offered a full degree in music. The college announced on Friday it received approval from the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities for the new direct transfer associate degree. The degree is meant to transfer directly to any bachelor’s degree music programs in the state, according to a press release.
Centralia Chronicle, April 21, 2017

Learning to use scissors at the Moses Lake library

It’s “just a lot of fun” sitting on the floor and playing with kids, helping them learn new things and do something for the very first time. At least that’s what 29-year-old mother of four Jessica Cox says. Cox is a student at Big Bend Community College, a quarter away from earning her associate’s degree in Early Childhood Education. She was also one of several students in the BBCC early childhood education program to participate in the Early Literacy Fair at the Moses Lake Public Library recently.
Columbia Basin Herald, April 21, 2017

TEDxBellevueCollege focuses on perception

The first TEDxBellevueCollege was held in the Carlson Theatre on April 4, and turned its focus to the theme of ‘perception.’ Topics ranged from the importance of silence in healing communities, why it’s never too late to quit a successful career in corporate America to start a rock band, and how an understanding of neurodiversity can help institutions develop the unique potential of each member in their organization.
Bellevue Reporter, April 21, 2017

Opinion: Investing in community colleges boosts our economy

By Olympic College President Dr. David Mitchell, writing on behalf of the Olympic College Board of Trustees: Harriette Bryant, Dr. Beverly Cheney, Jim Page, Darlene Peters and Dr. Stephen L. Warner. As the 2017 legislative session nears its scheduled end, our representatives are hard at work in Olympia drafting a spending plan that will impact our students for years to come. Before our legislators wrap up their primary work for the year, we at Olympic College are urging them to recommit to Washington’s community and technical college system just as Gov. Dan Evans did in 1967, when he signed the Community College Act.
Kitsap Sun, April 20, 2017

Career Clothing Closet dresses up Clark College students

In advance of the college’s annual career fair, Clark College welcomed students to browse for free professional outfits Wednesday. The college’s Career Clothing Closet kicks off next month’s Career Days, a series of workshops, skills sessions and other events to help students transition into a career or college. The program, now in its 13th year, is only available to Clark College students.
The Columbian, April 20, 2017

Write253 helps Tacoma kids find their voice – and its own

It started as an after-school writing program. Then it grew into a poetry club, a film club, essay workshops, summer camps. Now, Write253 is blossoming from small volunteer group into a full-fledged nonprofit. Its 501(c)3 papers will arrive any day now, and its second Louder Than A Bomb poetry festival is coming April 29 at Tacoma Community College. But during its six years, the Tacoma group has stuck to its goal: helping Tacoma kids find their voice through writing.
The News Tribune, April 20, 2017

Kudos | SWHS grad completes medical school at age 25

Kevin Kinloch, MD, a 2009 graduate of South Whidbey High School, recently completed medical school and will begin his residency at the University of Mississippi in July. Kinloch, whose family moved to Whidbey Island in 2001, attended elementary school, middle school and high school on South Whidbey. He received his associate degree from Skagit Valley College the same day he graduated from South Whidbey High School.
South Whidbey Record, April 19, 2017

Trends | Horizons | Education

Spotlight on vocational training

Career and vocational education is en vogue, as Republicans who dominate Washington and most state capitols have been touting job training over the bachelor’s degree. But community college leaders say vocational training is sorely in need of an image makeover. ... Parents and students tend to prefer that more traditional pathway and are skeptical about the work force value of vocational credentials, said community college leaders. And that skepticism often extends to many people in higher education.
Inside Higher Ed, April 25, 2017

Blackboard's all-of-the-above strategy

The education company wants to be a cutting-edge software provider and support colleges using older versions. Analysts and some colleges worry the company is stretching itself too thin.
Inside Higher Ed, April 25, 2017

Report tracks social inequity in higher education

Students from American families with the highest incomes are almost five times likelier than students from the poorest families to earn a bachelor’s degree by age 24, a new report shows. The report, Indicators of Higher Education Equity in the United States: 2017 Historical Trend Report, is a joint product of the Pell Institute for the Study of Opportunity in Higher Education and the University of Pennsylvania's Alliance for Higher Education and Democracy.
Inside Higher Ed, April 25, 2017

NCES: Most borrowers held loans 4 years after completing degree

A new report from the National Center for Education Statistics finds that 63 percent of college graduates still held student loan debt within four years of earning their degree. And among borrowers who were employed and paying back loans, their average monthly payment was about 10 percent of their salary.
Inside Higher Ed, April 25, 2017

ASAP expands north and west

The City University of New York’s Accelerated Study in Associate Programs, or ASAP, has been widely praised for turning out promising results and doubling graduation rates. That’s why more than a few community colleges are interested in bringing it to their campuses. ... The program helps community college students get to graduation by providing additional academic support and financial incentives like free tuition, textbooks and public transportation.
Inside Higher Ed, April 24, 2017

Why they marched

Academics, graduate students and others brave the cold and rain in Washington Saturday to rally for science and research. Participants told Inside Higher Ed why they joined the event.
Inside Higher Ed, April 24, 2017

No dampening their commitment to science

John Kilbourne, professor at Grand Valley State U., in Allendale, Mich., came to the March for Science in Washington, D.C., dressed as Galileo, the founder of modern physics and astronomy who was persecuted for standing by his scientific findings. Marches supporting science were held around the world on April 22, the annual celebration of Earth Day.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, April 22, 2017

Opinion: Students can’t learn if they’re not in class

What is intuitive to educators, students, parents and our communities is also authenticated by a number of K-12 education studies: Students learn more if they are actually in the classroom. And it’s no secret that Washington state, as it seeks a court-ordered solution on school funding, has a hard time keeping young students in class. The state Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction earlier this month released the numbers for 2015-16, and they reflect a problem that won’t go away.
Yakima Herald, April 22, 2017

Enrollment declines, transfer barriers: Community college presidents’ survey

Six in 10 leaders of community colleges say their enrollments have declined in the past three years, including 21 percent who say enrollment is down by 10 percent or more, according to Inside Higher Ed’s 2017 Survey of Community College Presidents. The survey, conducted by Gallup, is based on responses from 236 leaders of two-year colleges, who were queried about recruitment, the future of free community college and the emerging talent pool for new presidents, among other topics.
Inside Higher Ed, April 21, 2017

Washington unemployment rate drops to 4.7 percent

Washington state's unemployment rate is the lowest it's been in nearly 10 years, dropping to 4.7 percent last month. The latest numbers released by the Employment Security Department Wednesday show that March's rate dropped from February's rate of 4.9 percent. March's rate is the lowest the state has seen since August 2007.
Centralia Chronicle, April 19, 2017

Politics | Local, State, National

Flexibility for colleges affected by data tool removal

The Department of Education announced Monday that it would give added flexibility for colleges after the removal of a data retrieval tool created to simplify the financial aid process. Effective immediately, institutions can accept a signed paper copy of the 2015 IRS tax return in place of an tax transcript, which can take up to two weeks to receive. And institutions will no longer be required to get documentation verifying that a student or their parents did not file a tax return in 2015. Both changes apply to the 2016-17 and 2017-18 aid cycles.
Inside Higher Ed, April 25, 2017

Opinion: Here’s why funding public education and research funds America’s future

Federal funding for education and research has been critical to America’s competitiveness and innovativeness. The recent budget blueprint released by the administration projects deep cuts to several student aid programs, including programs that aid low-income and minority students, and decreases in funding for agencies that support research, including the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation. The proposal also eliminates funding for the National Endowments for the Arts and the Humanities, funding that has been critical to creative thought and expression and to the historical and cultural development of our communities. If enacted, the proposal can have a profound negative impact on our nation’s ability to sustain its competitive position in science, technology and education.
The Bellingham Herald, April 21, 2017

Opinion: Failing our kids: State Legislature report card

The Legislature has once again failed to complete its paramount duty and amply fund K-12 schools as its regular session closes. Here is the editorial board’s report card.
The Seattle Times, April 21, 2017

As part of McCleary fix, lawmakers may end disparities in pay for school administrators

When it comes to school administrator salaries in Washington, there’s no rhyme or reason to how much the state provides each district. But that all may change as the Legislature tries to resolve the landmark McCleary school-funding case.
The Seattle Times, April 21, 2017

Plan would impose fee on future GI Bill benefits

A plan set to be considered by the House Veterans Affairs Committee next week would require service members to pay into the GI Bill to receive future benefits, according to multiple reports this week. The proposal has split veterans' organizations who advocate with members of Congress. The proposal is part of draft legislation in the works from the office of committee chairman Phil Roe, a Tennessee Republican, and would deduct $100 from new enlistees' pay each month for two years to receive education benefits.
Inside Higher Ed, April 21, 2017

It’s 2015 all over again: Little state budget progress as legislative session winds down

If you’re looking for déjà vu, come to the state Capitol. Washington lawmakers are days away from the end of their regular legislative session, and negotiations over the state’s operating budget haven’t begun in earnest. The main reason: Republicans say they won’t begin budget talks until Democrats vote the tax proposals that fund their 2017-19 operating-budget plan off the House floor. Without a vote on those taxes, Republicans don’t believe Democrats have a living, breathing proposal.
The Seattle Times, April 19, 2017

Opinion: A student’s ZIP code shouldn’t dictate her academic success

Two former Seattle school principals encourage the Legislature to consider three key policies that will make the most difference for the state’s students. ... Picture this: Two Washington students grow up just a few miles apart but face very different academic futures. Both attend their local public schools. Both dream of being successful. One walks across a high school graduation stage to earn a diploma. The other one does not. The unacceptable truth: by attending schools in different Washington ZIP codes, students often receive dramatically different — and unequal — educations.
The Seattle Times, April 19, 2017

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