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August 17, 2017 by SBCTC Communications

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Centralia College rededicates building in honor of city founder George Washington

Washington Hall on the campus of Centralia College was rededicated on Tuesday in honor of the city founder’s 200th birthday and also the people of Washington who helped the college construct the building. Centralia College President Bob Mohrbacher said the college’s board of trustees originally voted to name the hall in 2005. At that time, the conversations surrounding the name of the college’s performing arts center centered around Centralia’s founder George Washington and the taxpayers of the state, although the resolution in the record did not specifically mention either. The new resolution adopted by the current board of trustees now puts the namesake of the building in the historical record, Mohrbacher said.
Centralia Chronicle, Aug. 16, 2017

Governor Inslee appoints Kirkland business owner to LWTech Board of Trustees

Washington state Governor Jay Inslee has appointed Laura Wildfong to the Board of Trustees of Lake Washington Institute of Technology (LWTech). Wildfong’s term will run from August 2017 until September 2021. Wildfong has been a member of the LWTech Foundation Board of Directors for five years and has served as president for over a year. Under her leadership, the Foundation has more than doubled the amount of funds raised for student scholarships, revitalized the Bright Futures Benefit Breakfast event, initiated a stewardship program, and significantly enhanced the Foundation’s technology infrastructure to better serve students and donors.
Kirkland Reporter, Aug. 16, 2017

Mechatronics combines ‘Cupcakes & Competencies’ at employer demo event

Cupcakes, coffee, and important conversation filled the room at the Clover Park Technical College Mechatronics Program’s “Cupcakes & Competencies” event Friday, as the program unveiled a new “Smart Matching System” to local employers and other guests. The system is an online environment, hosted by the college, which allows students and employers to connect with each other based on competencies defined by Mechatronics instructors.
The Suburban Times, Aug. 16, 2017

Centralia College Foundation awards record number of scholarships

The Centralia College Foundation had another record-setting year, raising more than $651,000 during its 2016-17 fundraising campaign that ended June 30. More than $523,000 in scholarships will be formally awarded to 319 Centralia College students in September, according to a press release.
Centralia Chronicle, Aug. 15, 2017

YMCA expanding its reach in Clark County

Benno Dobbe and the Woodland Community Swimming Pool Committee have worked for years on bringing a pool to the city. After teaming with the YMCA of Columbia-Willamette and securing a location at the former Lakeside Motel property, the committee is gearing up for fundraising and a bond vote in November to pay for the building. If everything goes as planned, the motel will be demolished early in 2018, with construction of the facility scheduled to begin in 2019, said Dobbe, president of the committee. ... Ridgefield worked with the YMCA in 2016 to conduct a market study about building a facility, and city officials are looking at finalizing a location so they can move forward with the process. The city is looking for sites near the Interstate 5 junction that the city could leverage or partner with Clark College, which is planning on opening a campus at Boschma Farms in the city, and with health care related facilities, such as The Vancouver Clinic and PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center.
The Columbian, Aug. 16, 2017

Our views: Celebration of founder a great and worthwhile endeavor

With all the national news focused on the actions of a hateful and repugnant minority in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Saturday, residents of Lewis County were treated to a welcome reprieve thanks to a dedicated team of volunteers in Centralia. Events were launched to honor Centralia’s founder, George Washington, who is known to have stood for kindness and generosity after facing his own challenges due to racist policies of the territorial west in the 1800s. ... Today, Centralia College will rededicate Washington Hall to solidify its ties to its namesake in the latest honoring of the founder.
Centralia Chronicle, Aug. 16, 2017

Fleeing war, Syrian refugee families start lives on Vashon

As Syria’s civil war began and the city of Aleppo and surrounding areas became hotbeds of violence, 10-year-old Yamama Al Mustafa became ill. It soon became too dangerous for the family, who lived in Idlib, just outside Aleppo, to take her to the hospital, so they decided to flee. Two weeks ago, the family of seven moved into a home on Maury Island surrounded by landscapes far different from the desert found in their home country. ... The family moved into a home that was offered up by an islander who received a job in Canada and will be living there for at least one year. The funds gathered by the community can support the Al Mustafas for six months, until Mustafa and Al Dahir, both accountants back in Syria, can find work. Both were attending classes at Highline College to learn English before moving to Vashon.
Vashon-Maury Island Beachcomber, Aug. 15, 2017

Healthcare talk dominates Congressman’s town hall meeting

Congressman Derek Kilmer held a town hall meeting in the Aberdeen High School auditorium Sunday afternoon and spent a great deal of time talking about how fixes to the current Affordable Care Act were preferable to the current administration’s plan of a total repeal. ... Kilmer acknowledged a number of local officials who attended the town hall, including Larson, Ocean Shores Mayor Crystal Dingler, County Commissioner Randy Ross, Aberdeen City Councilmen Jeff Cook and Alan Richrod, and Dr. James Minkler and Ed Brewster, the current and former presidents of Grays Harbor College.
The Daily World, Aug. 15, 2017

Gone to history at Edmonds CC

Another piece of history is history in Snohomish County. Workers have torn down two Edmonds Community College buildings – the first used by the college – that were originally part of the Army’s Northwest Relay and Radio Receiving Station which, beginning in 1930, provided service to Alaska during World War II.
Edmonds Beacon, Aug. 15, 2017

BTC fisheries building wins silver

Bellingham Technical College's Perry Center for Fisheries and Aquacultural Science was recently awarded LEED silver certification. ... The college had been located in an old power house that was once part of the city's wastewater treatment plant. The new 7,800-square-foot building lets people see students working in the hatchery.
Daily Journal of Commerce, Aug. 15, 2017

Free construction training course for islanders this fall

The San Juan County Economic Development Council will offer free training in construction tech this fall, in partnership with Skagit Valley College and the Northwest Career and Technical Academy. The class is funded, in part, by San Juan County, the Orcas Island Community Foundation, the Town of Friday Harbor, Islanders Bank, and local donors.
San Juan Journal, Aug. 15, 2017

Washington state maritime labor headed for a retirement cliff

Water-transportation workers face an impending mass retirement of almost a third of the workforce. A lot of the jobs pay well, so why aren’t young workers flocking to them? ... “How do we get past the perception that the trades are for if you couldn’t get into college?” said Sam Laher, a shipwright who teaches in the Wood Technology Center at Seattle Central College (SCC). ... It’s not just wooden boats that need workers. Vigor Industrial, the dominant shipbuilder in the Northwest, has been struggling for years to find enough job applicants for welding, pipe-fitting and other shipyard jobs. ... The company has partnered with public colleges to open training centers in Alaska, Portland and Seattle. In 2013, it worked with South Seattle College to open a training center on Harbor Island where Vigor provided the equipment and workplace, and the college provided the instructors and courses.
The Seattle Times, Aug. 14, 2017

Trends | Horizons | Education

Percentage of borrowers owing $20,000 or more doubled since 2002

The percentage of student loan borrowers leaving college owing $20,000 or more doubled over about a decade, according to a report released Wednesday by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Over 40 percent of student loan borrowers owe $20,000 or more when they leave college. That’s up from 20 percent in 2002. More borrowers owe higher amounts as well. The portion of borrowers owing $50,000 or more spiked from 5 percent to 16 percent during the same period. The statistics represent additional data points in the ongoing discussion about growth in student loans and how much debt is too much debt. About 44 million Americans owe a collective $1.4 trillion in federal and private student loan debt.
Inside Higher Ed, Aug. 17, 2017

Workforce training in an anti-college climate

As the country divides more fervently across partisan lines, skepticism about the benefits of college is growing among some segments. As a result, colleges, particularly those in the two-year sector, are feeling the pressure to prove that their institutions can deliver better work-force outcomes. In recent weeks, surveys have shown that skepticism about the value of college is high not only with Republican voters but also among white working-class voters from all political affiliations. For instance, a poll commissioned by a Democratic political action committee found that 83 percent of white working-class voters said a college degree was “no longer any guarantee of success in America.” The survey of white working-class voters also found strong support for job-training programs, just like the sort that community colleges offer.
Inside Higher Ed, Aug. 16, 2017

School stats: Here are the top 10 languages spoken by students learning English in Washington

About 10 percent of Washington’s public-school students are English Language Learners (ELL): They’re young (53 percent are in third grade or younger), they’re growing in number, and, according to data from the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI), they bring astonishing linguistic diversity.
The Seattle Times, Aug. 16, 2017

Lots of high-tech factory jobs in U.S., but skilled workers are lacking

In the state-of-the-art laboratory in a World War II-era building the size of 27 football fields, workers use breakthrough technology to build jet engines that run on less fuel at higher temperatures. Bright flashes flare out as GE workers run tests with a robotic arm that can withstand 2,000 degrees (1,090 Celsius). The open jobs there are among 30,000 manufacturing positions available across Ohio. But Mays, like many of Ohio’s unemployed, doesn’t have the needed skills. “If you don’t keep up with the times,” he said, “you’re out of luck.” This is the paradox of American manufacturing jobs in 2017. 
The Seattle Times, Aug. 16, 2017

After Charlottesville violence, colleges brace for more clashes

After a planned speech in February by the right-wing writer Milo Yiannopoulos attracted demonstrators who started fires and shattered windows, the University of California, Berkeley realized it had a major hole in its event planning. “We did not have enough police officers,” said Dan Mogulof, assistant vice chancellor for public affairs at Berkeley. So beginning this semester, student groups hosting large events are required to inform the college at least eight weeks in advance, so it has time to prepare a security plan.
The New York Times, Aug. 16, 2017

Not your typical tech school: Bellevue program will emphasize team approach, global flavor

This fall, the University of Washington will launch an ambitious new type of international education when it opens the Global Innovation Exchange, a graduate institute for technology based in Bellevue. GIX, as it’s known, is a partnership between the UW and Tsinghua University, one of China’s top tech schools. It represents the first time a Chinese university has ever had a presence on U.S. soil. Graduates of the institute will be steeped in the culture of entrepreneurship, technology and international cooperation, and their focus will be working in teams to tackle some of the big problems faced by industry and society as a whole.
The Seattle Times, Aug. 15, 2017

For one astronomer, a solar eclipse illuminates progress for women in the field

On August 21, as a total solar eclipse cuts a horizontal stripe across the center of the country, millions of Americans will get a deeply spiritual lesson in humanity’s eternal nature. For some university astronomers, it will also be a welcome reminder that important things in their lives can change, if not quite as fast as they might like. Back in 1878, as a previous solar eclipse neared, the U.S. government agreed to fund a few teams of scientists to travel west to the predicted path of totality — a vertical band, stretching from the Montana Territory to Texas, across which the sun was completely obscured — and conduct various studies of it. But the government only financed trips by men. Professor Maria Mitchell of Vassar College, already a globally recognized astronomer known for an 1847 comet discovery, was turned down. In 2017, it’s a much different world for Ms. Mitchell’s successors. Debra M. Elmegreen, the astronomy professor holding the Maria Mitchell chair at Vassar, is also chair of Vassar’s physics and astronomy department, a vice president of the International Astronomical Union, and a past president of the American Astronomical Society. And across her profession, Ms. Elmegreen says, diversity and inclusion are gradually becoming the norm.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, Aug. 11, 2017

Politics | Local, State, National

Why Republicans don't trust higher ed

Not only do Republicans and Democrats have different levels of confidence in higher education, but they are coming at the issue by focusing on different issues, a new poll by Gallup shows. Republicans who distrust higher education focus on campus politics, while the smaller share of Democrats who distrust higher education tend to focus on rising college prices, the pollster found.
Inside Higher Ed, Aug. 17, 2017

President signs GI Bill update into law

President Trump Wednesday signed an update of the Post-9/11 GI Bill into law after the bipartisan legislation swiftly made it out of both chambers of Congress. The package of legislation will restore benefits used to earn credits at closed institutions such as those operated by Corinthian Colleges and ITT Tech, which enrolled a large number of veterans as students. It also lifts the current 15-year time limit for veterans to use their GI Bill benefits for postsecondary education. And, among other provisions, the legislation expands student aid for members of the National Guard and reservists, and it grants full eligibility for GI Bill benefits to Purple Heart recipients, regardless of their length of service.
Inside Higher Ed, Aug. 17, 2017

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