Skip to content

News Links | December 21, 2017

December 21, 2017 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

EDC aims for more gender diversity on its board

The nonprofit Clallam County Economic Development Corp. will strive for more gender diversity on a board of directors now made up entirely of men. The EDC board members who met Tuesday agreed to increase the 15-member panel to 17 and said they would consider adding board members who also reflect more gender, economic and geographic diversity than the current panel, which has no representation from the Peninsula’s West End. ... Four upcoming board openings and the additional slots — the two new ones and an additional opening created by EDC CEO Bob Schroeter leaving the board — should open the door to greater business and geographic diversity, Board Vice Chairman Jim McEntire said. ... Schroeter said Wednesday that the efforts at diversity will be modeled after diversity goals and procedures pursued by Peninsula College.
Peninsula Daily News, Dec. 21, 2017

Yakima student arrested in protest for a Clean Dream Act

A Yakima student is one of thousands fighting for congress to pass a Dream Act before it recesses for Christmas. Perla Chavez a Yakima Valley College student and a Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals recipient, has been in Washington D.C. all week putting pressure on congress to come up with a solution, after President Trump rescinded DACA in September. Her effort leading to her arrest last night. Chavez was arrested after staging a sit-in at Senator Debbie Stabenow’s office but was released hours later.
KAPP, Dec. 20, 2017

Local educators killed in bus crash in Mexico

A North Mason School District employee and her husband, a Clover Park Technical College professor, were among 12 people killed in a bus crash in southeastern Mexico on Tuesday, according to a statement from the district. Jody Fritz and her husband Andy Fritz were with a group traveling from a cruise ships to visit nearby Mayan ruins, when the bus flipped over on the narrow highway, according to officials. Jody Fritz was the assistant principal at Sand Hill Elementary School in Belfair. Andy Fritz was a professor at Clover Park Technical College in Lakewood.
KOMO News, Dec. 20, 2017

Students graduate from college's Parks Law Enforcement Academy

For the past four months, students in Skagit Valley College’s Parks Law Enforcement Academy have been carrying around dull, metal disks representing the work they still had to do. On Tuesday, the 22 students from 13 states traded in those disks for shiny and smooth new ones as they graduated from the college’s 28th Parks Law Enforcement Academy class, readying them for careers protecting the country’s public lands. ... The program is one of seven National Park Service-certified programs nationwide — and the only in the Pacific Northwest — that train students for careers in law enforcement at national, state and local parks departments.
Skagit Valley Herald, Dec. 20, 2017

Anthony Anderson appointed to Bates Technical College Board of Trustees

Governor Jay Inslee has appointed Anthony (Tony) Anderson to serve on the Bates Technical College Board of Trustees. Anderson fills the position vacated by Karen Seinfeld, who concluded her nearly 13 years of tenure in September. The former U.S. Marine brings more than 30 years of community service to the board. Following Anderson’s military service, he worked for the Washington state Department of Agriculture. Anderson is currently the President of the Order Sons of Italy in America, Northwest region, has been active in the Tacoma Sister City Program, and is a part of the Sister Cities International Honorary Board. He is the past president of the Tacoma Athletic Commission, and served as a board member for the Boys and Girls Clubs of South Puget Sound.
The Suburban Times, Dec. 20, 2017

Trends | Horizons | Education

U.S. third-quarter economic growth trimmed; jobless claims rise

The U.S. economy grew at its fastest pace in more than two years in the third quarter, powered by robust business spending, and is poised for what could be a modest lift next year from sweeping tax cuts passed by Congress this week. Other data on Thursday showed a jump in the number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits last week. The underlying trend in jobless claims, however, remained consistent with a tightening labor market. Gross domestic product expanded at a 3.2 percent annualized rate last quarter, the Commerce Department said in its third GDP estimate for the period. While that was slightly down from the 3.3 percent reported last month, it was the quickest pace since the first quarter of 2015 and was a pickup from the second quarter’s 3.1 percent growth rate.
Reuters, Dec. 21, 2017

The education of Lyle Clinton May

Prison education programs are often aimed at reducing recidivism and helping prisoners find careers once they’re no longer behind bars. So what happens when a prisoner doesn’t have a release date?
Inside Higher Ed, Dec. 21, 2017

Enrollment slide continues, at slower rate

Overall college enrollments in the U.S. have declined for a sixth straight year, according to new data from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center, but at the slowest pace since the slide began. The 1 percent decline this fall was due to undergraduate enrollments, which fell by nearly 224,000 students, or 1.4 percent. Graduate and professional programs were up by 24,000 students, according to the center, which tracks 97 percent of students who attend degree-granting institutions that are eligible to receive federal financial aid. And despite the recent focus by policy makers on associate degrees and certificates, four-year degree programs were the only ones up in the new enrollment data.
Inside Higher Ed, Dec. 20, 2017

Politics | Local, State, National

Partial relief for defrauded borrowers

Education Department officials today announced a plan to grant partial debt relief to defrauded student borrowers based on the earnings of graduates who attended a particular program of study. It’s a significant departure for the department, which under the Obama administration had granted full relief to borrowers, such as the thousands of former Corinthian Colleges students who sought to discharge their student loans after the collapse of the for-profit chain in 2015. It’s also the first clear indication of how the Trump administration and Betsy DeVos, the education secretary, who had criticized the department's approach under Obama, plan to handle debt-relief claims.
Inside Higher Ed, Dec. 21, 2017

What colleges need to know about the tax overhaul poised to become law

Legislation championed by congressional Republicans to overhaul the nation’s tax code appears poised to become law soon, possibly as soon as Wednesday. The U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate approved the legislation on Tuesday, and in a revote on Wednesday because of a technicality, the House approved it again. The measure now goes to President Trump, who is expected to sign it into law. The legislation does not include some of the more controversial provisions that appeared in either its original House or Senate versions, such as a tax on graduate students’ tuition waivers, but it still contains several provisions that have been a cause for worry among people in higher education.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, Dec. 20, 2017

House gives final approval to sweeping tax overhaul

The House, forced to vote a second time on the $1.5 trillion tax bill, moved swiftly to pass the final version on Wednesday, clearing the way for President Trump to sign into law the most sweeping tax overhaul in decades. House lawmakers approved the tax bill 224 to 201 on Wednesday, after being forced to vote on the bill again after last-minute revisions were made to the Senate bill, which passed that chamber 51 to 48 early Wednesday morning. The final House vote was essentially a formality, as the changes, which were made to comply with Senate budget rules, did not significantly alter the overall bill. But the need for a second vote gave ammunition to Democrats, who had already accused Republicans of trying to rush the tax overhaul through the House and Senate.
The New York Times, Dec. 20, 2017

‘Dreamers’ make desperate plea on Capitol Hill

They came from campuses across the country. They came with hope and conviction. And they came with a firm message: Time is running out. Undocumented college students, who were brought to the United States illegally as children and who are known as “Dreamers,” took to the halls of Capitol Hill on Tuesday, joining several hundred supporters of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. The DACA program has enabled thousands of Dreamers to avoid being deported, to attend college, and to work. Amid the scramble in Congress to pass a tax overhaul, the students pressed lawmakers not to forget them or that the program expires in March without new legislation. The day started with impassioned pleas and the beating of drums, and ended with civil disobedience. The students hope that their message was heard and that leaders — on the Hill and back on campuses — will fight for their political cause.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, Dec. 20, 2017

Last Modified: 2/9/18 11:39 AM
starburst graphic