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News Links | August 31, 2017

August 31, 2017 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

Inmates at Airway Heights Corrections Center pursue education to avoid returning

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 students will have to wait until next year for new building

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

Lynnwood man living clothing designer’s dream on ‘Project Runway’

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

Presidential search process to begin at Highline College

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

After decades of pushing bachelor’s degrees, U.S. needs more tradespeople

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

Former Stanford dean says overparenting leads to kids being unprepared for college

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

Opinion: The biggest misconception about today’s college students

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

Inslee vows to fight for Dreamers as Trump decision looms

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 program.
The Seattle Times, Aug. 30, 2017

Report: Education Department hires enforcement chief

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 sciences.
Inside Higher Ed, Aug. 30, 2017

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