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News Links | August 10, 2017

August 10, 2017 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

Community college faculty from across state learn 3D printing at Edmonds CC

Community college faculty from across Washington state and several local high school teachers learned how to build and use 3D printers late last month at Edmonds Community College. Fifteen community and technical college instructors, from as close as Green River College to as far as Spokane Community College, and four high school teachers attended a workshop at the college’s Materials Science lab in Monroe Hall. “There’s a lot to learn,” said Mary Ann Goodwin, executive director of the Community Colleges of Spokane libraries. “We’re bringing 3D printers into our library collection so students and teachers will have the opportunity to engage with this technology.”
My Edmonds News, Aug. 9, 2017

Big Bend, first responders train for mass casualty event

Grant County has seen its share of mass casualty events: a school shooting, chemical releases in the 1980s and 1990s and one of the largest aviation disasters on record. On Tuesday, Big Bend Community College, first responders and other area partners came together for a Mass Casualty Incident exercise. The scenario set up was a bus driver had a heart attack and crashed into spectators at a soccer game, injuring more than two dozen people. Participating agencies included Big Bend and Wenatchee Valley College, the Grant County Sheriff’s Office, Moses Lake police and firefighters, Grant County fire districts, the Washington State Patrol, Samaritan and Columbia Basin hospitals, EMS, LifeFlight, Region 7 Health Coalition and the Moses Lake School District.
iFiberOne News, Aug. 9, 2017

First district veterans share stories for history project

When Pearl Harbor was bombed on Dec. 7, 1941 and brought the United States into World War II, Ann Bjorneby and a couple of her girlfriends wanted to do their part to help with the war effort. But living in the small town of North Buena Vista, Iowa meant no real opportunities to contribute. So the group put the names of three big cities — St. Louis, Detroit and Omaha, Neb. — into a hat and took turns drawing the city names. Two of them drew Omaha. ... The 94-year-old World War II veteran and Everett resident shared her story Tuesday morning with a group of fellow veterans at Lake Washington Institute of Technology in Kirkland.
Kirkland Reporter, Aug. 9, 2017

Opinion: Trump presidency an ongoing civics lesson

I love Donald Trump’s presidency! Trump’s actions and tweets and comments have served to highlight the role of separation of powers and checks and balances put in place in the Constitution back in 1787. Trump’s presidency has been real-time education in government for the American public. Constitutional issues are constantly in the forefront of the news coming out of Washington. As a high school Civics and Government instructor at Green River College in Auburn, Trump’s actions are a great way to teach the powers of the president, and show the subsequent individual, media, judicial, state, and Congressional reactions that are part of the checks and balances embedded in the Constitution.
Enumclaw Courier-Herald, Aug. 9, 2017

Centralia College short $1.4 million with lack of capital budget

Centralia College is looking at options to fill a shortfall in funds for some salaries and projects after the Legislature failed to pass a capital budget that included over $1.4 million for the educational institution.  College President Bob Mohrbacher said the college was expecting to receive $174,000 in operating funds, $500,000 in minor project funding, $600,000 for roofs and $180,000 for repairs and minor improvements.
Centralia Chronicle, Aug. 8, 2017

Opinion: Finishing unfinished business in Olympia

Two weeks ago, the state Legislature adjourned — usually an occasion for celebrations and congratulations. But not this time. This time, the third extra session ended with a passive-aggressive whimper. ... We adjourned with two items unfinished: The state’s Capital Budget and the legislative “fix” to the deeply-flawed state Supreme Court decision known as Hirst. Despite the muddled end, we’ve accomplished a lot this year. We satisfied the McCleary decision, adding billions of new dollars to the public school system; passed a State Operating Budget; put in place a property tax “levy swap” that flattens rates and makes our system less regressive; kept the Naselle Youth Camp open; and completed a land swap that helps Grays Harbor College.
The Daily World, Aug. 8, 2017

Opinion: Centralia College proud to honor life of city's founder

By Robert Mohrbacher, president of Centralia College. In many ways, this town and Centralia College are the living monument to George Washington. Though he never saw the college (he died 20 years before its founding in 1925), the spirit with which he lived and founded the city echo through the college’s walls and classrooms. The story of George Washington is now a famous one. He was born in 1817 to a white woman and an African American slave. His father was sold shortly after his birth, and his mother — apparently fearing her son might be sold as well — asked two friends, James and Anna Cochran, to raise her son as their own.
Centralia Chronicle, Aug. 8, 2017

Trends | Horizons | Education

Washington college grads carry less debt than students in other states, survey finds

Here’s one survey where it’s good that Washington is ranked near the bottom: the average amount of student-loan debt. Students who graduated from Washington colleges in 2016 have among the lowest average student-loan debt when compared to grads in the rest of the 50 states and the District of Columbia, according to a survey by LendEDU, a New Jersey company that offers student-loan refinancing.
The Seattle Times, Aug. 10, 2017

Men flock to short-term career ed

Since the presidential election, some have argued that colleges aren’t doing enough to help working-class people — men in particular — pursue the types of technical training that will get them good jobs. A community college in Arkansas, however, is among those that have found success with just that population, but it's with programs that are often short-term and difficult for students to pay for with federal financial aid.
Inside Higher Ed, Aug. 10, 2017

All too familiar bias

A leaked internal memo at Google, written by a now-fired male employee, has raised serious questions for women looking to enter Silicon Valley tech companies or to join academic STEM departments, both known for allegations of being hostile environments for women. ... For female and minority employees in the tech industry, however, actual discrimination is well documented, and while the memo was widely condemned, it was another sign for some that tech culture — and STEM education — still has a ways to go in regard to how women and underrepresented minorities are treated.
Inside Higher Ed, Aug. 10, 2017

New venture will offer free courses that students can take for college credit

Students looking to claim college credit without paying anything for the classes now have another option, courtesy of a project called Freshman Year for Free. The venture, being formally unveiled on Wednesday, includes a catalog of online courses in more than 40 subjects that were developed by academics affiliated with major universities across the country. Leaders of the Modern States Education Alliance, the New York City philanthropy behind the project, call it an "on ramp" to college. The courses are free to anyone who wants to use them, but were designed especially for students who can use this alternative approach to earn traditional academic credits through the Advanced Placement or College Level Examination Program exams, administered by the College Board.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, Aug. 9, 2017

Opinion: Now is the time to think about accessibility

As a new semester approaches, the academic's to-do list can fill up pretty fast. All of that course planning you’ve been putting off all summer now seems pretty urgent. Your chair wants a copy of your syllabi by the end of the week. And there’s still the matter of those writing deadlines. I’m here to add one more item to your list. Now is the time — not later — to think about accessibility in your classroom.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, Aug. 8, 2017

Politics | Local, State, National

Feds agree to loan discharge for some students

A federal court judge Tuesday approved a settlement that could clear the federal student loan debt held by as many as 36,000 former students who attended a for-profit chain of cosmetology and secretarial programs in the 1980s and ’90s.
Inside Higher Ed, Aug. 10, 2017

Pulling back on Title IX enforcement

Several months ago, activists stormed Georgia’s statehouse in a fierce campaign against legislation that would have required college officials to forward reports of sexual assault to police and limited colleges’ powers to investigate assaults. The measure — which seemingly conflicted with Obama-era federal guidance on colleges’ handling of those cases — was halted. But Tuesday morning the state higher education board here approved new sexual-misconduct policies that many advocates for students who have been raped or assaulted say would make it more difficult for survivors to get justice on their own campuses.
Inside Higher Ed, Aug. 9, 2017

Despite what state lawmakers say, Seattle school officials say the new budget falls short

The state’s new education budget will help Seattle Public Schools over the next few years. But after closely analyzing the budget for weeks, district officials announced Monday that lawmakers didn’t go far enough. In a news conference, the officials warned that the Legislature isn’t providing all the money the district will need to pay for special education and to cover the full cost of salaries for school staff, particularly custodial workers, school secretaries and other classified employees.
The Seattle Times, Aug. 7, 2017

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