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News Links | August 22, 2017

August 22, 2017 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

View to a thrill: Tri-Cities look to the sky for solar eclipse

From Pacific Northwest National Laboratory to the Port of Pasco’s Osprey Pointe, from the top of Badger Mountain to the observatory and planetarium at Columbia Basin College, people across the Tri-Cities staked out spots, sported glasses — store-bought and handmade — and looked to the sky for Monday’s solar eclipse. ... Amelia Reams of Kennewick and her daughter, Sierra, were a little nervous when they arrived at 8:15 a.m. and saw a long line. But the mother and daughter snagged a pair of glasses, which Sierra used as a lens filter so she could zoom in on the eclipse with her Nikon camera. “We are here to make some memories before my daughter goes to college for her freshman year at Yakima Valley College,” said Amelia Reams. “So far (the eclipse) is looking like a fingernail, that’s what we call it. It’s getting there.”
Tri-City Herald, Aug. 21, 2017

Excitement high during morning of eclipse in Twin Cities

Eager eclipse watchers congregated in public spaces throughout Lewis County and across the country Monday afternoon to view the first total coast-to-coast eclipse in the United States since 1918. Viewers began gathering in the Twin Cities about an hour before the eclipse was predicted to reach its peak, which NASA estimated to be about 10:19 a.m. “It’s more than I expected,” said Erica Phillips, who watched the eclipse with family at Centralia College.
Centralia Chronicle, Aug. 21, 2017

Opinion: Removing Confederate memorial will not erase Seattle’s history of white supremacy

By Tim Wright, who teaches United States and Pacific Northwest History at Shoreline Community College. Lake View Cemetery’s Confederate memorial tells two stories. One honors the sacrifices of Confederate soldiers. The other is the history of Seattle’s unabashed racism and white supremacy. The fact that the memorial makes this racist history visible is the best reason to keep it. White people in Seattle seldom remember our city was founded, in part, on white supremacy. This makes it hard for them to understand how that legacy informs a social, economic and political system that still marginalizes people of color.
The Seattle Times, Aug. 21, 2017

Astronomer describes eclipse experience

Salem is one of the hot spots across Oregon where people are flocking to see the eclipse. And hundreds are attending the Eola Hills Total Eclipse Coverage at the Legacy Estate Vineyards. Astronomer Dick Shamrell says, “Totality only lasts for two minutes, so things happen rapidly, so typically if you haven’t seen it before, your typical response is in awe.” Dick is a former astronomy professor from Clark College in Vancouver. He’s here to prep people for what to expect tomorrow morning.
KDRV, Aug. 20, 2017

Opinion: Washington should rethink its approach to college remedial classes

State education officials have some good news to share: Fewer Washington college students are taking remedial classes to review what they were supposed to learn in high school before tackling college coursework. The bad news is that far too many are still taking remedial math and English courses. State educators must do more to improve their chances to succeed. ... The State Board for Community and Technical Colleges is adopting the Guided Pathways program, which is supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, to give students a more structured approach to enrollment and hopefully prevent them from wasting time and money meandering through the system.
The Seattle Times, Aug. 20, 2017

Opinion: Grow jobs in the 253 or stay stuck in traffic jam

See that rush hour traffic inching its way north every weekday? Our economy is caught in that traffic jam, and it will only get worse if we fail to make the critical decisions in front of us. Pierce County sits at a crossroads. Census figures show us leading the nation in the year-to-year increase in the number of people moving here from within the U.S. Our unemployment rate is shrinking, our property values are rising, opportunities for education have never been better and our labor force is made up of 308,000 well-trained, well-educated workers. ... Take Taina Padilla Anderson as an example. She graduated from the University of Washington Tacoma in 2015 with a master’s degree in geospatial technologies. Today she teaches a new generation of students at Bates Technical College. Her students earn two-year associate degrees for careers as civil engineering technologists right here in Pierce County and help build our highways and bridges with their sophisticated computer skills. Taina’s students are “new collar” workers, equipped for family-wage jobs that fill the crucial technical labor gap with a vocation requiring less than a four-year degree.
The News Tribune, Aug. 19, 2017

Electrical engineering program gets new home at Olympic College

Washington State University engineering instructor Javier Guerrero proudly pointed to a row of power system simulators in a new building dedicated to electrical engineering on the Olympic College campus."These racks that you see here simulate what happens in a real power network," Guerro said. Students in the power lab can put to the test information and their own ideas about everything related to power, from generation to transmission to distribution systems, he explained. It's a giant leap forward for WSU's four-year electrical engineering degree program based at the community college. And the power lab is just part of the newly remodeled building, set to open Monday for the first day of WSU's classes.
Kitsap Sun, Aug. 19, 2017

Opinion: Preparing students for technical careers is an investment that pays dividends to the community

By Kimberly Perry, president of Bellingham Technical College. When you do something for 60 years, you tend to get pretty good at it. As Bellingham Technical College celebrates its 60th anniversary in 2017-18, there are many accomplishments for our college to be proud of: high graduation rates (the third highest of all public two-year colleges in Washington state), high job placement rates and high wages for our graduates, to name a few.
The Bellingham Herald, Aug. 18, 2017

Why aircraft electronics is suddenly a hot, emerging field

Anaseini Naulivou yearns to one day design her own airplanes. Until then, she’ll settle for learning how to put together planes designed by others. Naulivou is one of the first 10 students at Everett Community College’s new avionics program, studying how to troubleshoot, repair and maintain the electronic systems of aircraft. ... The program covers two quarters and is offered at the Aviation Maintenance Technology school at Paine Field. EvCC is the first school in the state and believed to be the first in the Northwest to offer avionics. ... Naulivou, 34, is taking avionics courses for a second time. She had taken the courses in Fiji where she’s from and was hired at Fiji Airlines as an avionics trainee. ... She really wanted to design airplanes. So she decided to move to the Seattle area in 2015 to continue her education. She’s living in Federal Way, but attending classes at EvCC and South Seattle College.
Everett Herald, Aug. 17, 2017

Military benefits through community partnerships

Community service is the foundation of our military. Successful community service is dependent on strong partnerships within the local community. The 508th Military Police Detention Battalion and the Northwestern Joint Regional Correctional Facility have partnered with Clover Park Technical College, in Lakewood, to support fellow community organizations including Thurston County Food Bank, Joint Base Lewis-McChord Fish and Wildlife and the Sustainability in Prisons Project in an effort to make an impact on the lives of those in our community.
Northwest Guardian, Aug. 17, 2017

Trends | Horizons | Education

15-credit course loads increase odds of graduation

Incoming college students who average at least 15 credits per term during their first year are more likely to stick around and graduate and also get better grades, according to a new analysis from EAB, a research firm. The study tracked 1.3 million full-time students at 137 institutions. It found that students who averaged at least 15 credits per term during their first year were 19 percentage points more likely to graduate in four years. They were also more likely to return for their sophomore year and had GPAs that were higher than their peers’.
Inside Higher Ed, Aug. 22, 2017

With principals in ‘crisis mode,’ new Washington state law taps into thousands of potential teacher recruits

In Washington state, one in five principals last fall said they were in a “crisis mode” as they tried to find enough teachers to fill every classroom. The most challenging position they struggled to fill, according to a state survey, was for teachers in special-education programs. Nearly two-thirds of principals said they found it difficult to find teachers for those classrooms. But a new state law may offer principals some relief by tapping into a deep recruiting pool of thousands of educators who already work with special-needs and other at-risk students. “As a future workforce of teachers, this is kind of a gold mine,” said Cathy Smith, a paraeducator who has worked for 20 years in Olympia schools.
The Seattle Times, Aug. 21, 2017

How women select majors

Women and men are, in theory, free to choose their college majors without any interference. So why do majors — and in turn, certain jobs and roles in society — remain segregated? Many women in STEM fields, for example, have cited discrimination and discriminatory attitudes as hardships they face in academia and in the private sector, and a new paper adds another factor to the mix: feminine norms, and how women perceive and adhere to femininity.
Inside Higher Ed, Aug. 18, 2017

Politics | Local, State, National

U.S. continues to delay, soften gainful-employment rules

The U.S. Education Department announced this week that it has delayed the implementation of another element of the regulation that holds vocational programs accountable for their graduates' outcomes, and has eliminated some of the requirements on institutions to "reduce the burden" on them. The latest change, one of several the Trump administration has instituted to either delay or soften the so-called gainful-employment rules while it undertakes a wholesale rewrite of the regulations, postpones until next February the deadline by which programs subject to gainful employment must submit appeals of earnings data for their graduates. This is the second delay in that deadline.
Inside Higher Ed, Aug. 18, 2017

Five years Into DACA program, Washington 'Dreamers' rally to keep legal protections

Young undocumented immigrants are fighting to keep legal protections they gained under the Obama administration. The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, shields some immigrants brought here as children from deportation. The Trump administration is under pressure to end the program. Ten attorneys general from Republican-leaning states have threatened to sue the administration if it doesn't agree by Sept. 5 to phase out the protections. DACA covers about 800,000 young undocumented immigrants nationwide, including nearly 20,000 in Washington State.
KNKX, Aug. 16, 2017

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