News Links | August 31, 2017
System News | Opinion
Just like any classroom you stumble into at 8 a.m., students at the Airway Heights
Corrections Center are already studying. About 600 of them take Spokane Community College classes each day. ... Thanks to the educational opportunities that the Department
of Corrections and Spokane Community College, many inmates can leave prison with GEDs®
and a path toward higher education if they want.
KREM, Aug. 30, 2017
Olympic College's newest building won't open until after the new year, the college announced Tuesday.
"Construction delays" are holding up the $46.5 million project, according to a news
release. Work on some of the technology, including audio and visual equipment in the
new building's theater, is behind schedule, according to OC spokesman Shawn Devine.
Kitsap Sun, Aug. 29, 2017
Everett hair salon owner Cookie Johnson believes her grandson was born with his fashion
sense. “It’s in Deyonté’s genes,” Johnson said. “On both sides of his family.” No
one will dispute the proud grandmother’s claim now that Deyonté Weather of Lynnwood
is one of the leading contenders on season 16 of Lifetime TV’s “Project Runway” competition.
... A course in fashion at Edmonds Community College and a degree from the International Academy of Design and Technology in Chicago cemented
his goal to become a designer.
Everett Herald, Aug. 29, 2017
The Highline College Board of Trustees announced on Tuesday that they will hold a special meeting to consider
alternatives for the presidential search process this Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017. ... This
will be the board’s first public meeting since July 27, when Dr. Jack Bermingham announced
his retirement as Highline’s president. Bermingham, 68, had been on leave from the
college since December 2016 while recovering from open-heart surgery. He had served
as president since 2006 and spent 22 years at the college.
Waterland Blog, Aug. 29, 2017
College achievement lower for Latinos: New program at Highline College aims to increase enrollment, graduation
Only one-quarter of Hispanic/Latino students who graduated from high school in 2010
in the South King County region have earned a college degree. By comparison, nearly
one-half of Asian and white students have a degree. ... Narrowing this achievement
gap is the goal of a new program at Highline College. The Puente program offers a cohort approach. Just 25 students learn together. They
also receive academic counseling and mentoring.
Auburn Reporter, Aug. 28, 2017
Trends | Horizons | Education
At a steel factory dwarfed by the adjacent Auto Club Speedway, Fernando Esparza is
working toward his next promotion. Esparza is a 46-year-old mechanic for Evolution
Fresh, a subsidiary of Starbucks that makes juices and smoothies. He’s taking a class
in industrial computing taught by a community college at a local manufacturing plant
in the hope it will bump up his wages. It’s a pretty safe bet. The skills being taught
here are in high demand. That’s in part because so much effort has been put into encouraging
high school graduates to go to college for academic degrees rather than for training
in industrial and other trades that many fields like his face worker shortages.
PBS News Hour, Aug. 29, 2017
Around the country, students are moving into college dorms for the first time. As
former dean of freshmen at Stanford University, Julie Lythcott-Haims observed parents
becoming increasingly involved in their children’s lives. Consequently, their kids
arrived at college without some basic living skills. In response, Lythcott-Haims published
the 2015 book, “How to Raise an Adult: Break Free of the Overparenting Trap and Prepare
Your Kid for Success.”
KUOW, Aug. 29, 2017
You might think the typical college student lives in a state of bliss, spending each
day moving among classes, parties and extracurricular activities. But the reality
is that an increasingly small population of undergraduates enjoys that kind of life. Of
the country’s nearly 18 million undergraduates, more than 40 percent go to community
college, and of those, only 62 percent can afford to go to college full-time. By contrast,
a mere 0.4 percent of students in the United States attend one of the Ivies.
The New York Times, Aug. 28, 2017
Politics | Local, State, National
Not enough and too late: Critics of Washington’s school-funding plan don’t mince words with Supreme Court
Washington state lawmakers — most of them, anyway — have been patting themselves on
the back in recent weeks. After hastily rushing through an education budget before
a June 30 deadline, many House and Senate members returned to their home districts
to declare that, after three special sessions, the state finally has a plan to fully
pay for the basic education of Washington’s 1.1 million students, as ordered by the
state Supreme Court. Attorneys for the state took up that claim, and in recent court
filings argued the justices should close the landmark school-funding case known as
McCleary. ... But the fight over school funding is not yet over. The plaintiffs in
the case, as in the past, say the state still is falling short.
The Seattle Times, Aug. 31, 2017
As a deadline looms for President Donald Trump to decide what he wants to do about
young people illegally brought to this country as children, Gov. Jay Inslee said the
state will not give up on the plight of Dreamers without a fight. “This is a moral
issue,” the governor said. He was speaking on a conference call Wednesday with Miami
Archbishop Thomas Wenski, both signatories to a statement urging Trump to defend Dreamers
against a court challenge threatened by 10 state attorneys general who want to end
The Seattle Times, Aug. 30, 2017
The U.S. Department of Education has hired a community college administrator and former
DeVry University official to run its enforcement unit, Politico reported Tuesday night.
Julian Schmoke is executive director of campus relations for West Georgia Technical
College, a two-year public institution. He has previously worked for DeVry, most recently
as associate program dean for the for-profit chain's college of engineering and information
Inside Higher Ed, Aug. 30, 2017