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News Links | August 24, 2017

August 24, 2017 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

New mural adorns Columbia Basin College building

A giant mural now graces a brand new building at Columbia Basin College. A state grant paid for the massive artwork, that was created by two brothers from Spokane. Todd and Cain Benson call their "Sistine Chapel". A huge mural in the brand new, 14-million dollar Social Sciences at World Languages building at Columbia Basin College. It's a sweeping two story look at more than 400 faces and the vast array of human emotion.
KEPR, Aug. 24, 2017

New Job Corps program focuses on student success

Ashley Bennett had never been to Sedro-Woolley until four months ago when she arrived in search of a better future. “I wanted to get my life together,” said the 17-year-old from Spokane. Now, Bennett is among the first students in the Cascades Job Corps College and Career Academy and is on track to achieve her lifelong dream of helping the elderly. ... Previously, students enrolled in the Job Corps program spent about a year obtaining high school diplomas or GEDs and training for trades such as carpentry, masonry and food service. Now, the students spend three years living on campus with the same group of students, and are focusing on either health care or information technology. ... Collectively, the students earned an average score of 91 percent on their first mid-term at Skagit Valley College.
Skagit Valley Herald, Aug. 23, 2017

EvCC hires VP of instruction-student services

Everett Community College has hired Tammy Frankland as the college’s new executive vice president of Instruction and Student Services. Frankland, formerly dean of Casper College’s School of Health Science in Casper, Wyoming, started at EvCC on July 31.
Everett Herald, Aug. 23, 2017

Discover The Gallery at South Puget Sound Community College

Art for art’s sake is genuine, raw and a serious labor of love. Art and artists can be easily overlooked in our media-saturated culture and the line between lifestyle and livelihood for an artist can become blurred. However, the appreciation for an artist’s true efforts has not entirely disappeared. The Gallery at South Puget Sound Community College offers a beautifully curated space that showcases unique artwork and artists year-round in multi-media exhibits open to the public.
Thurston Talk, Aug. 22, 2017

Trends | Horizons | Education

Religious university and 2-year college

A handful of religious institutions across the country are establishing or expanding two-year degree programs to provide a gateway to low-income students or an alternative for students looking for a nonsecular education as they pursue an associate degree. Private two-year colleges are rare, with just about 200 in the country. Even rarer are private universities that offer associate degree programs.
Inside Higher Ed, Aug. 23, 2017

Researchers: Ask ‘what’s right?’ — not ‘what’s wrong?’ — with kids from poor, stressful backgrounds

Over the past decade, the share of public-school students who live in poverty in Washington state has grown from about 37 percent in 2006 to 44 percent as of last year. As that number rises, so too has the body of research showing the short- and long-term effects of living as a child in stressful environments. Studies have found, for example, that poor children achieve less, have more behavior problems and are less healthy than peers raised in wealthier families.
The Seattle Times, Aug. 22, 2017

Swastikas and bomb threat prompt WSU dorm evacuation

Dozens of students were evacuated from a dormitory at Washington State University after students reported vandals had scratched several swastikas and a vague bomb threat onto the walls. The Spokesman-Review says the graffiti was reported about 10 p.m. Monday. Police inspected Simson Hall and found no evidence of explosives, and the students were allowed back in shortly after 2 a.m.
The Seattle Times, Aug. 22, 2017

Politics | Local, State, National

Military victory for alternative providers

Last week President Trump signed into law a significant expansion of veterans' higher education benefits. The legislation, which has been dubbed the Forever GI Bill, received bipartisan support. Though its primary goal is to help more veterans get college degrees by covering most of their tuition and fees, the law also includes a nod to the federal government’s growing interest in encouraging noncollege education providers, with a five-year "high-technology" pilot program that will pay unaccredited providers to train veterans for careers in tech sectors. The pilot is scheduled to run for five years, with access to $15 million in federal funds per fiscal year — a total of $75 million.
Inside Higher Ed, Aug. 24, 2017

Report examines state funding cuts

A new report from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities compares state spending on two- and four-year public colleges and universities over a decade, finding funding at the end of the 2017 academic year was nearly $9 billion below its 2008 level, after adjusting for inflation. On a per student basis, 44 of 49 states analyzed spent less in 2017 than in 2008, found the report, released today. The average state spent $1,448, or 16 percent, less per student.
Inside Higher Ed, Aug. 23, 2017

Superintendent: 'Rich getting richer' under Washington school funding plan

Washington lawmakers passed a budget this summer that aims to fully fund basic education. But some argue it may hurt teacher recruitment in more rural districts, where teacher attrition is high and the local pool of candidates is often small. In Cowlitz County, school districts often recruit teachers from places as far away as Vancouver or Portland. Longview Schools Superintendent Dan Zorn said he relies on hiring teachers from outside counties to fill the 450 teaching positions in his district. But he worries the new state education budget could further hinder those efforts.
KUOW, Aug. 22, 2017

Judge prepared to order first DREAMer deported under Trump back to U.S. to make his case

A federal judge said Tuesday he was preparing to order the Trump administration to return the first known DREAMer it deported back to the United States to make his case for staying. U.S. District Judge Gonzalo Curiel said he needs to hear first-hand from Juan Manuel Montes, 23, to rule on the undocumented immigrant's claim that he was deported illegally by border agents.
USA Today, Aug. 22, 2017

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