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News Links | August 1, 2017

August 01, 2017 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

Wounds that never heal

AJ Cruce was on an ambush mission in Vietnam in 1967 when a B-40 rocket shattered against a nearby tree. He and his commanding officer were sprayed with shrapnel from the blast. The two men were immediately medevaced from the jungle on the border of Cambodia where they were stationed. The adrenaline that kicked in and a shot of morphine helped kill any pain. Cruce said at the time he knew he wasn’t going to die from his wounds. ... Cruce recalls his return from Vietnam. He said it “was pretty disgusting because everyone here hated you.” That year he started at North Seattle College. He transferred after moving to Monroe, and received his associate of arts degree from Everett Community College.
Monroe Monitor, Aug. 1, 2017

Skagit Valley College class teaches kids how to solve crimes

When Bill Overby and Tee Davis-Overby’s fox terrier YoYo went missing last week, the couple sought the help of a team of investigators. Once the group of 11 investigators — all between the ages of 8 and 13 — took the case, no one was above suspicion, not even the Overbys. ... Using techniques such as fingerprinting, interrogation and impression casting learned during a Skagit Valley College Kids’ College course, the investigators were able to eliminate the Overbys as suspects.
Skagit Valley Herald, July 31, 2017

Spokane community college students face child care rate hikes

Child Care Access Means Parents in School, or CCAMPIS, is a federal program that helps low-income parents, like Miller, pursue higher education. The program costs about $15 million and reaches about 5,000 students each year. That money is doled out to colleges in the form of competitive grants, then used to create child care programs or make them more accessible to low-income students. Students who are eligible for Pell Grants are also eligible for CCAMPIS. At Spokane Falls Community College and Spokane Community College, the program has slashed child care rates by up to 80 percent, said Patty Allen, the director of Spokane County’s Head Start and Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program. ... But 60 students at SFCC and Spokane Community College received letters this month indicating their child care rates could skyrocket. The colleges’ current four-year grant will expire at the end of September, and some worry about the fate of the program, which was placed on the chopping block in President Donald Trump’s budget proposal. ... Community Colleges of Spokane has received CCAMPIS funding since 2009, about $175,000 per year. Allen said the colleges reapplied for funding last month and should hear back in late August.
The Spokesman-Review, July 31, 2017

Centralia College employee wins regional staff award

A Centralia College employee has been named the recipient of a regional staff member award just months after winning the Washington State Professional Staff Member Award. Janet Reaume, the college’s executive assistant to the president and board of trustees, was selected for the 2017 Pacific Regional Professional Staff Member Award by the Association of College Trustees. After winning the state award in May, Reaume was nominated for the regional award. She will accept her award during the annual ACCT Leadership Congress in Las Vegas on Sept. 27, according to a press release from the college. She is also now under consideration for the national ACCT award.
Centralia Chronicle, July 31, 2017

Community leader Mason Nolan dies at 95

Described by a friend as a lifelong learner, Mason Nolan helped hundreds of young people achieve their own educational goals. Nolan was part of Vancouver’s I Have A Dream program, funded scholarships for other local students and also contributed to a range of other community efforts. The former Columbian executive died Sunday; he was 95. ... “He was an early funder of the Penguin Promise,” a program to assist students at Clark College, Jennifer Rhoads, president of Community Foundation of Southwest Washington, said.
The Columbian, July 31, 2017

Opinion: Having 30 felonies on your record makes life hard, but this UWT grad isn’t giving up

It was a simple, alluring scheme. Especially to a kid like Omari Amili. Buy an ATM card from someone. Deposit a stolen check. Extract the money. For roughly three years at about the time he became an adult in the eyes of the law, that was Amili’s hustle. It netted him hundreds of thousands of dollars, 30 felony charges and, eventually, a 36-month prison sentence. Ever since, Amili has been trying to redeem himself and carve a path on the straight and narrow. ... I first met Amili in January. At the time, he was trying to get a series of workshops off the ground at Tacoma Community College. The curriculum was designed to help the formerly incarcerated prepare for college. It’s a subject he knew well. After serving his time in prison, Amili managed to turn his GED into a master’s degree from the University of Washington Tacoma. It took him eight years. ... In March, after a job search that often left him so discouraged that he felt like he’d never be employable, that starting his own business might be his only hope, he was hired by South Seattle College.
The News Tribune, July 29, 2017

EWU to discontinue LCC baccalaureate program

Citing lower-than-expected enrollment numbers, Eastern Washington University is discontinuing its baccalaureate degree in business administration at Lower Columbia College. Eastern has informed LCC that it will no longer recruit for the program and its staff of three on-campus instructors will “teach out” the remaining six students enrolled in the program. “Unfortunately, enrollments were not as high as we had all hoped,” Eastern spokesman David Meany said by email. Meany stressed that the business administration baccalaureate is the only program Eastern is discontinuing and said LCC students and others in the region will still will have access to the university’s online offerings. Eastern will still offer online degrees Bachelor’s degrees in interdisciplinary studies, children’s studies, and applied technology, to name a few.
Longview Daily News, July 29, 2017

Governor stops in Skagit County to talk capital budget

Gov. Jay Inslee visited Skagit County on Friday as part of what he called a statewide tour to see the impacts the Legislature’s failure to pass a capital budget would have on communities. ... Skagit Valley College relies on state funds for renovations and expansion projects, such as upgrading its nursing lab and the expansion of its manufacturing and composite program, said Administrative Services Vice President Ed Jaramillo. “The main thing is it really puts a hamper on student access and quality teaching,” he said.
Skagit Valley Herald, July 29, 2017

Need a flexible teacher training program that won’t lead to a lot of debt? Try Highline College.

This fall, Highline College will become one of four state community colleges to offer students the opportunity to earn a teaching certificate — and because Highline’s enrollment is so diverse, the college’s leaders hope it could help increase the number of teachers of color in neighboring schools. ... Three other community colleges in the state offer similar programs: Pierce, Centralia and Grays Harbor community colleges.
The Seattle Times, July 28, 2017

Highline College President Jack Bermingham announces retirement

In a letter to the college’s Board of Trustees, Dr. Jack Bermingham announced his retirement as president of Highline College, effective next week. The board accepted the letter Thursday during a special meeting held on campus. For the past several months, Bermingham, 68, has been on leave from the college to recuperate from open-heart surgery, which he underwent in December 2016, according to a press release from the college.
Federal Way Mirror, July 27, 2017

‘Not fit to serve’? Washington transgender vets decry Trump’s ban

At local transgender gatherings, a surprisingly large number say they’ve served in the military. Fellow soldiers didn’t care, say some, who are devastated by President Trump’s announcement banning transgender service members. ... Erika Laurentz, who flew an Air Force cargo plane during the Vietnam War, downplays her military skills. ... Years later, after a stint as a county prosecutor in Maine, she taught criminal justice at Tacoma Community College and would talk to students who served in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The Seattle Times, July 27, 2017

Failure to pass capital budget puts Kitsap projects on hold

Several construction projects in Kitsap may be delayed after state lawmakers adjourned their third overtime session last week without passing a capital budget. ... Olympic College will be unable to access almost $9 million in funds for renovations to the campus welding shop, according to spokesman Shawn Devine. OC had planned to renovate and expand the shop, which isn’t immediately necessary. The bigger issue is almost $300,000 in general maintenance and upkeep dollars that are up in the air. Until a budget is approved, those costs will come out of pocket.  "We have to cover those costs and prioritize the work that's going to be done in lieu of those funds," Devine said.
Kitsap Sun, July 27, 2017

Library internships teach youth job skills, confidence

Things did not go as planned when Kitsap Regional Library intern Karmen Standeford tried to teach kids in a Bremerton after-school program to make Morse Code bracelets using beads in place of dots and dashes. The goal was to engage participants in the childcare program in a fun STEM activity, but the reality fell short. “The first visit was challenging,” the 17-year-old Olympic College Running Start student recalled. “I couldn’t get the kids to sit still and listen.”
Kitsap Sun, July 27, 2017

Trends | Horizons | Education

Students without food

Some community college students have struggled with access to food — a previously documented trend that has now been quantified on a national scale in a new report released Tuesday. The issue of food insecurity — defined as reduced quality of diet and access to nutrition — has slowly surfaced as a more prominent national health concern and prompted some legislative debate, both in the states and federally. This is the first study that attempts to capture the national scope of the problem on college campuses. The new study finds that 13 percent of students at community colleges experienced food insecurity in 2015. That figure is far below the estimate in a much-discussed study released in March, but researchers say that the 13 percent figure should be cause for alarm.
Inside Higher Ed, Aug. 1, 2017

Help your students earn A’s by not focusing on grades

If a student wants to earn an A in a class, the best way to do that might not involve concentrating on the grade at all. Instead, students should set their goals on the shorter-term, more tangible parts of a class — committing to doing homework, showing up to a certain number of classes or dedicating a set time for exam preparation — according to a working paper (abstract available here) from the National Bureau of Economic Research.
Inside Higher Ed, Aug. 1, 2017

Going all in on personalized learning

National University is working to create a personalized education platform that combines three of the buzziest innovations in higher education — adaptive learning, competency-based learning and predictive analytics for student retention. The California-based nonprofit university is spending $20 million on the four-year project, with a goal of using the new platform in 20 general education courses by next year. If successful, the university said the approach could apply to a broader swath of academic programs.
Inside Higher Ed, Aug. 1, 2017

One way to improve schools: Treat parents as equals, UW professor says

On the surface, volunteer opportunities in public schools seem like they’re open to any parent who has a few hours available to spend in a classroom or at a fundraiser. But those roles often favor certain families — English-speaking, upper-income, two-parent households with reliable transportation. As a result, teachers too often assume the parents of the other students aren’t, or don’t want to be, involved in their child’s education. And that’s a problem, says Ann Ishimaru, a University of Washington assistant professor of education. It’s not true, Ishimaru said, and it can have grave consequences for students.
The Seattle Times, Aug. 1, 2017

Washington has more homeless students than most states, and their numbers keep growing

Washington has one of the highest levels of homeless students in the nation. And in a three-year span, when the number of homeless students in Washington grew by 30 percent, the amount of federal funding provided to help those students only increased by 8 percent. ... Data from Washington show that this state’s homeless-student population continues to grow. In the 2015-16 school year, nearly 40,000 students were homeless, according to the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction. In 2014-15, it was about 35,500.
The Seattle Times, July 31, 2017

Opinion: We can’t allow special-ed students to drop out of school

Until OSPI takes action to ensure proper training and support of teachers, special education students will continue to drop out or be pushed out of school, and teachers like me will get burned out and drop out too.
The Seattle Times, July 28, 2017

Is there really a 'skills gap'?

Millions of jobs are going unfilled because U.S. employers can't find workers with the right skills. What's really behind companies' hiring difficulties? Experts debate whether a "skills gap" is the main culprit.
Education Week, July 18, 2017

Politics | Local, State, National

Losing the white working class, too

Many professors and college leaders were stunned and concerned by recent data showing that more than half of Republicans say that colleges have a negative impact on the U.S., with wealthier, older and more educated Republicans being least positive. Now comes a new poll with skepticism about higher education — this time based on a survey of white working-class voters of all political affiliations. The findings indicate attitudes in this group that run directly counter to the views of college educators — that higher education is essential to individual economic advancement.
Inside Higher Ed, July 31, 2017

Viewpoints: What’s behind GOP’s low opinion of higher ed

Only 36 percent of Republicans, according to the Pew Research Center, believe colleges and universities have a positive effect on the way things are going in the country, versus 58 percent who say they have a negative effect. Among Democrats, those figures are 72 percent and 19 percent, respectively. That finding represents a crisis. For it to be a crisis does not depend on you having any conservative sympathies. For this to be a crisis requires only that you recognize that the GOP is one of two major political parties in American life, and that Republicans’ lack of faith in higher education will have practical consequences.
Everett Herald, July 30, 2017

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