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August 29, 2017 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

Mayoral candidate Jenny Durkan pitches free community college tuition for Seattle high-school grads

Seattle mayoral candidate Jenny Durkan wants the city to pay for two years of community-college tuition for all the city’s public-high school graduates. Pitching a plan she called “Seattle Promise,” Durkan estimated her proposal would cost about $4.5 million in 2018, and $7 million a year after that, with subsequent increases for inflation. ... Her proposal would expand an existing program, called 13th Year Promise Scholarship. That scholarship — which has been privately funded by Seattle-area businesses — has for several years offered one year of free community college to graduates of Cleveland, Chief Sealth International and Rainier Beach high schools to attend South Seattle College. ... Tuition at Washington’s 34 community and technical colleges costs $3,936 for state residents during the 2017-18 school year. Nearly 40 percent of students receive some kind of financial aid, according to Laura McDowell, a spokeswoman for the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges.
The Seattle Times, Aug. 28, 2017

Steve Green: Explaining and exploring nature at Ocean Shores Coastal Interpretive Center

The best seat in the house is the bench facing the bay on the porch of the Coastal Interpretive Center (CIC) in Ocean Shores where lead docent Steve Green explains the live show taking place in the sky. He points out a fascinating display of nature which is easy to miss with the unschooled eye. ... One of Green’s favorite tasks is leading field trips to the Damon Point tide pools. Visiting groups include Head Start, Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts, the Tukwila Parks and Recreation kids who have been coming for five years and an annual group of Chinese exchange students from Green River College in Auburn.
Grays Harbor Talk, Aug. 28, 2017

SPSCC Foundation and PSE — partners in preparation

Whenever we hear about a natural disaster, weather emergency or mass casualty event, the news is full of stories of the community coming together to help people and get life back to normal as quickly as possible. What we don’t often hear about are the community partnerships, planning and preparation that take place before something goes wrong. ... Since 2007, the Puget Sound Energy Foundation has been awarding public safety and emergency preparedness grants to organizations who are customers of Puget Sound Energy. On July 5, the South Puget Sound Community College (SPSCC) Foundation was notified that they would receive a grant to purchase emergency supplies for the campus.
Thurston Talk, Aug. 28, 2017

EvCC honors student research

Everett Community College awarded five student research projects top honors at the college’s first science and engineering student exhibition. ...These top students were among more than 50 who presented their work in June.
Everett Herald, Aug. 27, 2017

Event brings service groups together to help homeless

Kyle Von Stroberg first came to Skagit Project Homeless Connect in 2010, looking for help getting off the streets. The event connected him to mental health and housing assistance, and he was eventually able to land his first apartment. After some bad choices, he said, he ended up back on the street and later in jail. Through connections he made thanks to Project Homeless Connect, he later enrolled in Skagit Valley College’s Life Transitions Program and learned how to turn his life around. Now in its eighth year, Skagit Project Homeless Connect brought together 394 adults seeking assistance and about 50 homeless service providers Friday at Skagit Valley College.
Skagit Valley Herald, Aug. 26, 2017

Opinion: No place for racism here

By Bob Roegner, Highline College trustee. Aug. 12, 2017, Charlottesville, Virginia: A white supremacist rally in support of keeping Confederate statues turns ugly. ... Aug. 12, 2017, Federal Way: Our Celebration of Diversity is cancelled. Seattle is thousands of miles from Charlottesville, but a Charlottesville-style march occurred there the next day providing another lighting rod for hate to raise its ugly head. ... Learn from Highline College, the most diverse college in the state, about its efforts in sharing students’ histories of dress, food and culture.
Federal Way Mirror, Aug. 26, 2017

Opinion: Targeted program helps re-engage students with school

Why is it that for some students the traditional high school experience does not work? How do we remove barriers for these students to ensure that they graduate? Arlington Public Schools is opening a new program in September to reach out to disenfranchised students who have dropped out or are significantly credit deficient and not on track to graduate. This new effort is the Open Doors Youth Reengagement Program that will be housed at Weston High School for students ages 16-21. ... The program also has a working relationship with Everett Community College, in order to help transition students from our program into post GED/high school programs.
The Marysville Globe, Aug. 26, 2017

New dorm gives CBC students a home away from home

Heading to Columbia Basin College? There’s a room for you. Space is still available in the new $7 million, 126-bed residence hall near 20th Avenue and Argent Road in Pasco. The building, which is slated to open Sept. 1, is the result of a partnership between Sigma Financial Group of Kennewick and the college.
Tri-City Herald, Aug. 26, 2017

WWCC auto programs nurture car whisperers

When you first meet Oscar Morales, he easily lapses into speaking the secret language of cars, saying things like “Japanese Arista right hand drive SC300 2JZDTE” and “R35 GRTR.” Morales, owner of Valley Rollerz Garage in Walla Walla, is a car whisperer. ...Morales also is a star graduate of Walla Walla Community College, having earned associate of applied science degrees in both collision and automotive repair technology.
Walla Walla Union-Bulletin, Aug. 25, 2017

High school gives students an early start in hospitality

You can see it on their faces. Thanks to an introduction to hospitality and tourism in high school, these savvy, motivated teens and twentysomethings are on their way to a bright future in the hospitality industry. Seattle’s Chief Sealth International High School runs the competitive Academy of Hospitality & Tourism, which draws in whiz kids who dive deep into the world of hotels and business. Being selected for the program is a coveted honor. “It was the best thing that happened to me in high school,” says 20-year old Yael Piña. “I like being ahead.” ... Piña went through the Academy of Finance at Chief Sealth instead of the hospitality program. A self-starter, he sought out a mentor in hotelier David Watkins, the general manager at the Inn at the Market in downtown Seattle. ... A student at Bellevue College, Piña hopes to work for a larger hotel corporation in the future.
Lodging Magazine, Aug. 25, 2017

Opinion: American dreams of young people will be cruelly ripped away

By Gov. Jay Inslee. The American dream has always been about chasing opportunity and pursuing a brighter future for ourselves and our children. Unfortunately, if certain national leaders have their way and repeal the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, the American dreams of hundreds of thousands of young people will be cruelly ripped away. These are dreams that are as lofty and aspirational as the dreams of those who helped build our country more than 240 years ago. We must ask ourselves: Are we a confident, forward-looking nation that builds monuments — like DACA — to hope and determination? Or are we a nation that is turned inward, lauding monuments to intolerance and division? ... They are people like Hortencia, a young woman I met at Skagit Valley College. She is working to earn a degree in business management and says she hopes to be an inspiration to her daughter and her community. These Dreamers are aspiring — and, yes, inspiring — young people who contribute to our country and our economy.
CNN, Aug. 24, 2017

Opinion: Green River, unique scholarship program launch local student to success

Community colleges throughout the state open the door to a better life for thousands of students each year, particularly low-income and working-class students who cannot afford the hefty price tag of a large university. From short-term vocational certificates and transfer degrees, to four-year applied baccalaureate programs targeting high-demand fields, there’s something for everyone. Auburn resident Michael Horn offers a compelling case in point. A teen parent with limited resources, Horn enrolled at Green River College two years ago as a matter of convenience.
Auburn Reporter, Aug. 24, 2017

AMT instructor Mike Potter receives lifetime achievement award

The Federal Aviation Administration presented Clover Park Technical College Aviation Maintenance Technology Instructor Mike Potter with a lifetime achievement award August 16. The Charles Taylor Award is named for the Wright brothers’ mechanic who is now credited in large part with construction of the Wright brother’s aircraft. This award is presented to aviation maintenance personnel that have completed at least 50 years of exemplary service.
The Suburban Times, Aug. 24, 2017

Nurturing the future

In the past decade, we've learned a lot about kids, including how they develop and mature, how they make decisions, and what they need in order to succeed. Much of that success is built around a safe, stable home environment. Unfortunately, youth homelessness is one of the biggest issues facing kids in Washington state. According to a 2016 report from the state Office of Homeless Youth (created in 2015 specifically to address the issue), 13,000 kids in Washington do not have a safe place to stay. ... With a safe place to stay and a job, Lindsey, now 20, earned an associate's degree from Spokane Community College and is currently working toward a bachelor's degree at Eastern Washington University.
Inlander, Aug. 24, 2017

Autonomous robots and drones will operate future farms

Where is it taking us, all this technology? Where is it taking agriculture? If the presentations and demonstrations at the recent Future Farm Expo are an indication, it’s taking us to Jaw Drop City. ... Young Kim, CEO of Digital Harvest, said he was inspired a couple of years ago by the da Vinci surgical robotics system.  ... He hopes to have ROVR operational by 2019. His development partners range from Yamaha to staff at the Pendleton Airport’s Unmanned Aerial Systems Range and students at Walla Walla Community College. Business Oregon, the state business agency, in August granted the project $100,000 to help develop a prototype.
Capital Press, Aug. 24, 2017

Trends | Horizons | Education

Report: 15+ hours of work per week can hold students back

A report from the ACT Center for Equity in Learning finds that working more than 15 hours per week can be detrimental to the academic success of college students. That conclusion came from a study of first-time freshman tracked over six years in the National Center for Education Statistics' most recently completed survey of college students' educational and early career experiences. The students who work more than 15 hours per week also tend to be from underserved backgrounds, the report says, and consequently are less academically prepared than their peers. So, obstacles posed by busy work schedules can further set back students already behind.
Inside Higher Ed, Aug. 29, 2017

Why female students leave STEM

Given the complex social, political and economic factors that go into wage gaps and career disparities between men and women, perhaps it makes sense that the disparities in some STEM majors require multifaceted answers as well. In a new working paper, Georgetown University researchers explored what drives women who entered a STEM major to switch to something else. Their findings, published by the National Bureau of Economic Research, show that the answer is a complex combination of factors, including the environment, perception of the major and grades. It also showed that previous theories don’t always hold up.
Inside Higher Ed, Aug. 29, 2017

Report: Boosting quality more effective than tuition cuts

A newly released paper from the National Bureau of Economic Research finds that spending on improved educational quality is more effective for degree attainment than using the same funds to cut the cost of tuition.
Inside Higher Ed, Aug. 29, 2017

Opinion: UW’s Ana Mari Cauce: Together, we must stand against bigotry and work for justice

Now is a time in our country’s history when we must recommit ourselves to pushing the boulder of justice up the hill, for it is sliding back down with a momentum many of us thought was impossible, writes Ana Mari Cauce, University of Washington president, in an Op-Ed.
The Seattle Times, Aug. 28, 2017

Even with affirmative action, blacks and Hispanics are more underrepresented at top colleges than 35 years ago

Even after decades of affirmative action, black and Hispanic students are more underrepresented at the nation’s top colleges and universities than they were 35 years ago, according to a New York Times analysis. ... Affirmative action increases the numbers of black and Hispanic students at many colleges and universities, but experts say that persistent underrepresentation often stems from equity issues that begin earlier.
The New York Times, Aug. 24, 2017

Opinion: Design learning outcomes to change the world

Just the other day, a friend of mine, a superb cultural anthropology professor, was railing against her university’s imposition of a requirement that every faculty member provide “learning outcomes” for their courses. It was the end of the semester, and she’d worked hard to provide a meaningful class for her students, and it felt cynical to then tack on a bunch of meaningless outcomes. Who hasn’t felt anger at this increasingly frequent, seemingly cynical tendency of institutions to reduce the complexity of learning to a metric, productivity and outcomes? ... You don’t need to go very deep in the pedagogical research to know that the key to successful learning is for the learner to be aware of what the given knowledge will add to their goals and their life.
Inside Higher Ed, Aug. 28, 2017

Details on Berkeley free-speech event are hazy, but campus readies for another fight

The organizers of an event meant to promote free speech at the University of California at Berkeley have their lips sealed about who will be speaking at the series. The institution, however, said Wednesday that a student group invited speakers who have caused controversy at the campus previously, including Milo Yiannopoulos and Ann Coulter. The former presidential adviser Stephen K. Bannon was also on that list. ... Students and professors told The Chronicle on Thursday that they feared the September event could devolve into violence. That happened at the University of Virginia this month after a group of white nationalists marched on the campus to protest the removal of a Confederate monument.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, Aug. 24, 2017

Politics | Local, State, National

Trump expected to decide soon on fate of young immigrants

After months of delays, President Donald Trump is expected to decide soon on the fate of young immigrants who were brought into the country illegally as children as he faces a looming court deadline and is digging in on appeals to his base. Advocates on both sides of the issue are bracing for the possibility that Trump will halt the issuance of new work permits under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program, a move that would effectively phase out a program that gave hundreds of thousands of young people a reprieve from deportation and the ability to work legally in the U.S.
Everett Herald, Aug. 28, 2017

Life after No Child Left Behind: Washington state to submit plan for new federal K-12 law

Each state has to submit a plan to the U.S. Department of Education for how it will meet the requirements of the Every Student Succeeds Act. Seventeen states have already done so; state Superintendent Chris Reykdal will submit Washington’s plan on Sept. 18.
The Seattle Times, Aug. 28, 2017

For-profit colleges find few reasons to lobby a friendlier Education Dept.

Some of the nation's largest for-profit colleges have pulled back on their lobbying at the U.S. Department of Education and on Capitol Hill compared with previous years, according to figures compiled by the Center for Responsive Politics. The center is a Washington-based research group that tracks the effects of money and lobbying on elections and public policy. While the department is seen as far friendlier to the for-profit sector of higher education than it was under the Obama administration, there are two other big reasons that the companies are spending less time and money advocating there: Many of the Education Department’s top political appointments still remain unfilled, and little higher-education policy or legislation is being formulated.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, Aug. 28, 2017

U.S. to restrict visas in four countries

The Trump administration will impose visa sanctions on four countries that refuse to take back their citizens when the U.S. seeks to deport them, CNN reported. Citizens of the four countries — Cambodia, Eritrea, Guinea and Sierra Leone — will be subject to restrictions on visas. The Department of State will determine the scope of the visa restrictions in the four countries.
Inside Higher Ed, Aug. 28, 2017

‘Dreamer’ plan that aided 800,000 immigrants Is threatened

Since attacking DACA on the campaign trail, President Trump has pledged to keep the program alive, calling recipients, also known as Dreamers, “absolutely incredible kids” who deserve compassion. But in recent days, key players in his administration have advised Mr. Trump to wind down the program, and his attorney general, Jeff Sessions, has informed him he considers it unconstitutional and cannot defend it in court, according to people familiar with the discussions who insisted on anonymity to describe private deliberations.
The New York Times, Aug. 27, 2017

As a challenge to DACA looms, participants brace for a battle

As Hurricane Harvey lashed her small home in Houston with wind and rain, Carolina Ramirez hunkered down on Friday to face a threat she finds even more ominous: word that President Trump may be about to rescind the program that has allowed her to work and live there for the past five years without fear she’ll be deported. Ms. Ramirez, 28, is one of the original beneficiaries of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA. The program, whose fate is now up in the air, has allowed nearly 800,000 undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children to work and study here for two-year renewable terms.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, Aug. 25, 2017

Opinion: Why can’t school funding be fair?

School starts within the next two weeks, and although lawmakers say they have finished reforming the way our state pays for education, I’m not so sure they’re finished. In school-district offices across the state, officials are still trying to figure out what our lawmakers have done. The Washington Supreme Court is expected to rule soon on whether the Legislature has fixed the way the state pays for education to make the system constitutional. The justices should delay their decision on whether the state has fulfilled the requirements in its 2012 McCleary decision until that dust has settled.
The Seattle Times, Aug. 24, 2017

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