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News Links | December 12, 2017

December 12, 2017 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

Bellevue College student advocates for disability community

A life-long resident of the Queen Anne neighborhood in Seattle, Joey Wilson, 26, is a member of the developmental disability community and currently earning his associate degree through the Occupational & Life Skills (OLS) program at Bellevue College. He works part-time as a grocery clerk, and has moved from living in a group home to his own apartment. Once he gets his associate degree he’d like to work in building maintenance, the sports industry, or potentially go on to earn a bachelor’s degree, but he thinks that the current annual income cap under the Apple Healthcare for Workers with Disabilities (AHWD) program is a barrier.
Bellevue Reporter, Dec. 11, 2017

A cafe where no one is homeless: one solution to youth on Seattle streets

Brad Ramey is a Shoreline Community College student originally from Alaska who stays most nights at ROOTS Young Adult Shelter. A 16-ounce drip coffee means more to Brad Ramey than it does to most people. It’s not because Ramey, who is 25 and wears his hair in a top-knot, is a coffee snob. He’ll go to any cafe. On Thursday morning, he was at the University District’s Café Allegro, the oldest espresso bar in Seattle. He ordered a drip coffee, which he takes without sugar. ... Ramey stays most nights across the alley at ROOTS Young Adult Shelter. They turn the lights on at 7 a.m. By 8 a.m., Ramey is usually in a coffee shop. Homeless youth like Brad Ramey are often kicked out of cafes in the cold winter months when it’s not easy to be outside. Yet in the U District, many youth don’t choose to take shelter or access services.
The Seattle Times, Dec. 11, 2017

Off Beat: Rising star shines light on science education

Cody Messick is excited about how the universe works. He wants other people to be excited about it, too — even when they’re 5 and younger. “At 3, there is only so much you can say to them,” Messick noted. But he can point out examples of every-day science that a lot of youngsters can observe in their own homes. In Messick, that excitement took root and then bloomed when he enrolled in Clark College nine years ago. He transferred to the University of Washington in 2010 and now is a doctoral candidate in astrophysics at Penn State University. Messick and his wife, Kasey Cannon, another former Clark student, returned to Vancouver in November when he was honored as the Clark College Foundation’s 2017 Rising Star.
The Columbian, Dec. 10, 2017

Getting down to business at Walla Walla Community College

(Editor’s note: This is the third in a 10-part monthly series of stories highlighting the first 50 years of Walla Walla Community College in five-year increments. Today’s story covers 1978-1982.) There’s serious business and there’s monkey business. Sometimes the two overlap and intertwine. In 1978 Walla Walla Community College got serious about business, opening its Center for Management Development and then launching the Small Business Management Program in 1979. Although he was a WWCC student during that time, Walter Froese, who now manages Whitman College’s $80 million budget and a staff of eight, was more of a monkey business guy. In addition to his general academic studies, he spent his free time in the school’s sports dome and on the ski slopes.
Walla Walla Union-Bulletin, Dec. 10, 2017

Champions of Diversity students honored

The 18th annual [Skagit Valley College] Champions of Diversity awards ceremony was held Wednesday, Dec. 6, at McIntyre Hall in Mount Vernon.
Skagit Valley Herald, Dec. 10, 2017

Leadership luncheon promotes “A Better Idea”

More than 150 Clover Park Technical College students, staff and faculty members came together to discuss “a better idea” and hear from keynote speaker Dr. Debra Jenkins at the Minority Student Engagement Leadership Luncheon on Nov. 29. The concept of “a better idea” came from comments United States Air Force Lieutenant General Jay Silveria made earlier this year in response to an incident of racism. In his address, Silveria said that the appropriate response to racism and horrible ideas is a better idea. Jenkins’ keynote speech at the Nov. 29 MSE event reflected that concept of providing a better idea. ... A professor of Early Childhood Education and Psychology at Clark College, Jenkins owns more than 20 years of experience as a teacher, developmental life coach and presenter.
The Suburban Times, Dec. 10, 2017

WWCC acts locally, reaches globally

Forty years ago Walla Walla was much less cosmopolitan than it is today, yet even then Walla Walla Community College was opening its arms to the world. ... The college continues to be fully engaged in its long tradition of enriching the lives of our own students by giving them the opportunity to connect with students from other countries and cultures. And by introducing foreign students to our community we help them connect to our customs and way of life. The bonds forged between students, and between countries, may well yield business and cultural opportunities in the future, proving that although WWCC is a community college, the community it serves is a global one.
Walla Walla Union-Bulletin, Dec. 9, 2017

Suits for Soldiers event quadruples donations in second year

The clothing distribution for veterans and military personnel was billed as a Suits for Soldiers event. Break it down to the individual level, however, and it became a suit for a student, a suit for a prospective social worker, and even a suit for a ballroom dancer. Those were some of the things people had in mind when they tried on civilian apparel Friday morning at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7824. “It’s been a while since I wore a suit,” said Thomas Peck. The Vancouver resident said that he served in the Army Reserves in the 1990s. He is studying drafting at Clark College, and is in the market for professional attire. “I have two quarters left, and I’ll be starting a job search,” said Peck, who learned about the event at the college’s Veterans Resource Center.
The Columbian, Dec. 8, 2017

Hundreds honor President Jean Hernandez as she prepares to leave Edmonds CC

Hundreds of well-wishers gathered in Woodway Hall on the Edmonds Community College campus Thursday evening to honor outgoing College President Dr. Jean Hernandez. One by one, those who had worked with Hernandez — from the colleges Board of Trustees to faculty members to students to community members to elected officials — described the attributes that Hernandez had brought to the school during her six years as president.
My Edmonds News, Dec. 8, 2017

In another year of arts-funding fights, Seattle-area student says NEA songwriting award made a difference

Every year, art-world headlines — especially the ones where money meets the art — seem like a violent dance, lurching between people desperate to find cash, people desperate to spend it and the people who actually control the pursestrings. ... This year in headlines was no different: President Trump’s spring wish-list budget proposed killing the National Endowment for the Arts; King County voters shot down a sales tax (called Proposition 1) to fund arts, culture and science; Christie’s auction house sold a Leonardo da Vinci painting of Jesus for $450.3 million. But smaller, no less important arts stories live in quieter places between those breathless headlines about big-time politics and pocketbooks. ... [Angel] Rodriguez was a junior at Puget Sound Adventist Academy (a Seventh-day Adventist high school in Kirkland) when he wrote “Bleeding.” ... Now he’s taking prerequisite courses at Renton Technical College with plans to transfer, maybe to Andrews University in Missouri, another Adventist school.
The Seattle Times, Dec. 8, 2017

Opinion: Look to community colleges for diverse tech-industry talent

By Sheila Edwards Lange, president of Seattle Central College. Seattle’s technology industry has a diversity problem. While tech companies have publicly committed to changing their hiring practices, people of color and women are still being left out of what feels more and more like an exclusive club. Only one in five STEM workers identify as black or Latino, and less than 25 percent of STEM jobs are held by women. With equity front and center at the recent Washington STEM Summit, we must do more than talk. We must work together — and two-year colleges are a natural partner in the effort to achieve this important goal. As an African-American woman, it may seem odd to quote a Hall of Fame hockey player when talking about diversity. But when I consider the STEM diversity problem, I always think of Wayne Gretzky, who once said that the key to his success was that he skated to where the puck was going. To create an equitable tech future in our region, industry leaders must go to where the diverse talent is — and that talent is in community colleges.
The Seattle Times, Dec. 7, 2017

Clark College students, faculty call white pride posters 'unacceptable'

A series of flyers posted around Clark College proclaiming “It’s OK To Be White” and “Make Your Ancestors Proud” prompted two town hall meetings this week. More than 100 students, faculty, staff and community members showed up Wednesday afternoon for a two-hour discussion on the posters. It was co-facilitated by Clark College Dean of Engagement Cat Busha and community organizer Ophelia Noble, who runs The Noble Foundation, a nonprofit that specializes in giving voice to marginalized communities in southwest Washington.
OPB, Dec. 7, 2017

Preservation society

From September to the following spring, Richard Hodge is elbows-deep in ground meat and hog casings, sharing his time-honed knowledge with students of all ages and backgrounds. "People are getting into doing their own foods these days," says Hodge, who has taught beginning sausage-making for 15 of his 26 years at Michlitch Spice Co. in Spokane's East Central neighborhood. A fair amount of commercially prepared sausage, he says, has a whole lot of words people can't pronounce, and "people want to know what's in their food." Hodge first taught the class through Spokane Community College, then moved it to Michlitch, which sells equipment, spices, and other goods to not only make sausage, but also rubs, brines and seasonings, such as those used in making ham, bacon or jerky.
Inlander, Dec. 7, 2017

W.F. West, Centralia College consider expanded career and technical education partnership

Two area educational institutions will explore the possibility of expanding a partnership focused on career and technical education after a trip to Colorado shed light on a unique partnership between Pueblo Community College and two partner high schools. Teachers and administrators from W.F. West High School and faculty from Centralia College toured the Colorado schools to see the variety of programs offered to students. According to a press release from the Chehalis School District, Pueblo Community College works closely with the area high schools to offer concurrent classes that students begin taking in high school. The classes give the students a jumpstart on college classes in relation to their chosen career pathway.
Centralia Chronicle, Dec. 7, 2017

Trends | Horizons | Education

Low-income student enrollment campaign expands

Founded last year, the American Talent Initiative is a Michael Bloomberg-funded effort to enroll more lower-income students at prestigious colleges with high graduation rates. The project, which is being coordinated by the Aspen Institute’s College Excellence Program and Ithaka S&R, began with 30 colleges and universities as participants. In the 12 months since its kickoff, the effort has expanded to include 86 institutions. Likewise, six participating institutions, including Yale University, the University of Washington and Elizabethtown College, have released "specific action plans to support these students socially, academically and financially, from before they arrive on campus to graduation and beyond," according to a written statement from the initiative.
Inside Higher Ed, Dec. 11, 2017

An MIT dean planned a university with no classrooms. Here’s where it stands.

When Christine Ortiz, a former dean of the graduate school at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, last spoke with The Chronicle, she shared big plans for creating “the university of the future.” She said it would forgo many college mainstays, like traditional classes and academic departments. Ms. Ortiz still has her lofty dreams and a tenured professorship in materials science and engineering at MIT, but now, she says, she also has a founding team, start-up funds, and a name for the enterprise: Station1. Registered as a nonprofit organization in Massachusetts, it won’t apply for accreditation for at least three to four years, she says. That time will be spent developing programs for the eventual curriculum and establishing a sustainable financial model.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, Dec. 10, 2017

Who changes majors? (Not who you think)

Almost a third of first-time college students choose a major and then change it at least once within three years, and students who started out in mathematics and the natural sciences are likelier than others to switch fields, federal data released Thursday show. The brief report from the Education Department's National Center for Education Statistics, drawn from the Beginning Postsecondary Students Longitudinal Study, finds that 33 percent of bachelor's degree pursuers who entered college in 2011-12 and 28 percent of students in associate degree programs had changed their major at least once by 2014. About one in 10 had changed majors twice. Students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics programs were likelier than those in non-STEM fields (35 versus 29 percent) to change majors.
Inside Higher Ed, Dec. 8, 2017

Apprenticeships or college? How about both?

It's a time-worn idea: a young person becomes an apprentice, probably in traditional trades like construction, and then goes out into the working to earn good middle-class wages without a college degree. But why should apprenticeships exclude college? And how can they be expanded in fields like cybersecurity and healthcare, where they could play a key role in career preparation? What changes could we make that would allow more young people to get the benefits of both apprenticeship and college? Those are the questions at the heart of a paper released this week by the think tank New America. Apprenticeship is a hot topic now, part of President Donald Trump's vision for all high school students, and increasingly popular among policymakers as a way to build job skills and nourish the labor market without the time and debt of a bachelor's degree. But in the rush to elevate apprenticeships, some fear that the value of college could be overlooked. As the Georgetown Center on Education and the Workforce has pointed out, there are many jobs that pay good salaries and don't require bachelor's degrees. But that varies significantly from field to field, and four-year degrees, overall, still carry a hefty wage premium.
Education Week, Dec. 8, 2017

Retention counselors, grad stipends spared in WSU budget

Washington State University departments have found ways to keep retention counselors on the payroll and avoid cutting graduate research stipends, but some remain dissatisfied over the administration’s handling of a $30 million deficit. The student newspaper, the Daily Evergreen, reported Friday that anonymous flyers recently appeared on the Pullman campus admonishing school administrators and calling their response to the deficit “unacceptable.” That follows weeks of outcry over the decision to eliminate WSU’s performing arts program, which hosts theatrical productions on campus, and the distribution of a widely circulated petition calling on administrators to take pay cuts of up to 30 percent.
The Spokesman-Review, Dec. 8, 2017

UW will build teacher corps for dual-language classrooms with help from $2.4 million grant

Ever since she joined the faculty at the University of Washington 16 years ago, Manka Varghese has tried to persuade the College of Education to invest more in bilingual training for future teachers. Varghese, who speaks five languages, previously taught English as a second language and studied bilingual programs. But Varghese didn’t see much traction here, possibly because bilingual education wasn’t as popular in Western Washington at the time, she said. Now, as dual-language programs expand across the region— and as school districts struggle to find teachers to staff them — a new federal grant will help Varghese inch closer to her dream. ... In September, the U.S. Department of Education awarded the UW $2.4 million to recruit and train about five dozen bilingual teachers to work in dual-language programs in South King County, Bellevue and Shoreline.
The Seattle Times, Dec. 8, 2017

Why one university wants to close lots of small libraries and create ‘hubs’

The University of Wisconsin at Madison plans to close 22 libraries and create six “hubs” designed to facilitate how students and scholars work today, the Wisconsin State Journal reports. The plan follows a study that found professors and students use more research material online and work more frequently in groups. That pattern, the university argues, makes hubs — with better technology and flexible space — a good approach. “The shift,” the Journal reports, “will allow library staff to focus less on space management and more on assisting students and researchers.” Still, some professors, graduate students, and staff members worry about the consequence of losing collection space, which would be cut by nearly two-thirds under the plan, and of closing more-specialized libraries. The Journal quotes Gloria Whiting, a history professor, as saying that “there is a scholarly value to browsing,” an activity that depends on the physical presence of material that the plan would house offsite.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, Dec. 8, 2017

Politics | Local, State, National

Washington gets high marks for how it plans to evaluate schools under the Every Student Succeeds Act

Washington’s plan for how its schools will meet the requirements of the federal government’s main K-12 education law — the Every Student Succeeds Act — received positive marks in two recent analyses. The state’s system for how it plans to evaluate schools is one of the best in the nation, according to the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, a conservative education nonprofit. Washington was one of only seven states to receive a “strong” rating from Fordham in every category.
The Seattle Times, Dec. 12, 2017

Baby steps on ‘unit records’ in House

The massive Higher Education Act bill that the House of Representatives education committee will begin debating today got a slight revision Monday, as the panel's Republican leaders offered a modest nod to greater transparency about student outcomes. But advocates for a federal student-level data system say the additional language, part of a package of changes to the original bill text known as a manager's amendment, just kicks the can down the road on resolving transparency questions.
Inside Higher Ed, Dec. 12, 2017

State Department to revamp foreign travel warnings

The U.S. Department of State will revamp its foreign travel warnings in January, CNN reported. The current system of travel warnings and alerts will be replaced with a four-tiered system in which every country will be rated according to the level of security risk, with level one being “exercise normal precautions,” level two being “exercise increased caution,” level three being “reconsider travel” and level four being “do not travel.” All warnings will be of an advisory nature. Many colleges and universities factor State Department travel warnings into their risk assessments in deciding where to permit students and faculty to go on study abroad programs and other university-sponsored travel.
Inside Higher Ed, Dec. 11, 2017

Just like my immigrant dad, Dreamers energize America

It wasn’t until after college that my dad told me his secret over breakfast at Denny’s. I knew he was an immigrant, graduated from public high school, served in the U.S. Army and was a community leader on the Eastside. But the rest of his story was that of a 13-year-old in a German refugee camp at the end of World War II, who was given a fake birth certificate and false name by a Lutheran minister so he would not be returned to his homeland, the Soviet Union, most certainly to the forced labor camps. My dad kept his story a secret because he feared deportation. This fear is shared today by 790,000 Dreamers — that is, children unlawfully brought to this country before age 16. The organization Mainstream Republicans of Washington, which I chair, recently called for urgent action on legislation that would let these Dreamers call “home” the only country many have known. We must protect Dreamers from deportation, preserve our state’s investment in their future and build on our state’s legacy of being a welcoming place for immigrants.
The Seattle Times, Dec. 10, 2017

Editorial: Foot-dragging on DACA is cruel

In the surreal world of legislating in the nation’s capital, urgent issues aren’t given consideration until the very last minute. And so it is with the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which faces a March deadline. Democrats tried to force action on the issue this week, but to no avail. “I don’t think the Democrats would be very smart to say they want to shut down the government over a non-emergency that we can address anytime between now and March,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said. “There is no crisis.” On Thursday, Congress passed a stopgap bill that will keep government running for the rest of this year, averting a shutdown ahead of today’s deadline. It wasn’t that long ago that this would be an odd way to run the government, but now it’s the norm. We never want a government shutdown over a single issue. It was a disaster when Republicans did it over the Affordable Care Act, and it would be irresponsible to do it over DACA.
The Spokesman-Review, Dec. 8, 2017

Futures in jeopardy, ‘Dreamers’ get backing of big names and businesses

Years of protests and lobbying by immigrants persuaded President Barack Obama in 2012 to create Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, the program that has let 800,000 young undocumented immigrants, who are known as Dreamers, legally stay and work in the United States. With their future now in jeopardy, a wide range of well-organized, well-financed supporters are lining up behind the Dreamers, including celebrities, philanthropists, religious groups and pillars of corporate America.
The New York Times, Dec. 7, 2017

Opinion: Congress should spare grad students from tax hike

Congress should step away from a plan to tax the tuition waivers graduate students receive when they work as researchers or teaching assistants. It could deter students from pursuing degrees the economy needs.
The Seattle Times, Dec. 7, 2017

Higher-ed lobbyists are told to make peace with Republicans

The opening speech at the annual Higher Education Government Relations Conference is often a feel-good event that reiterates the value and importance of public colleges. Wednesday’s speech was not that kind of event, or not entirely that kind of event. Instead, Eileen Klein, president of the Arizona Board of Regents, started her remarks with a heavy critique of higher education and all the ways it has lost touch with conservative lawmakers and constituents. ... Higher-education lobbyists need to shift their focus onto the outcomes of their institutions in key areas such as graduation rates and job placement, she said. And don’t spend a lot of time emphasizing research unless you are emphasizing its economic value. State legislators are more interested in hearing about dollars going to classroom teaching, she added.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, Dec. 7, 2017

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