Skip to content

News Links | February 7, 2017

February 07, 2017 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

Editorial: Promise program would open community college for more

The good news that we’ve reported before, courtesy of a report by the Washington Roundtable, is that between now and 2021 Washington state can expect about 740,000 jobs that will need to be filled, boosting employment and the state’s economy. There’s a challenge in filling those positions. Only about 150,000 of those jobs will be available to those whose education has topped out at a high school diploma or GED. About 260,000 will be open to those with at least four years of college. But 330,000 of those jobs will require employees with some level of post-secondary education, such as an associate of arts degree from a community college or a training program certification from a state technical college. ... The program is based on similar statewide Promise programs in Oregon and Tennessee, as well as a “13th year” scholarship offered at South Seattle College to graduates of Seattle’s Cleveland, Chief Sealth and Rainier Beach high schools. The legislation includes provisions for the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges and the state Institute for Public Policy to gather information on the program and evaluate its effectiveness.
Everett Herald, Feb. 7, 2017

Trump ban: students and staff travel again after legal block

The US Department of State has restored the validity of visas from individuals from seven countries whose nationals were barred from entering the United States under an executive order signed by Donald Trump. The State Department's move follows a federal judge's decision to temporarily block the enforcement of that order nationwide. ... Washington State University, the University of Washington and the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges all filed supporting documents in the states' suit against Trump and the US government.
Times Higher Education, Feb. 6, 2017

Clark College classes for high school juniors highly popular

Clark College President Bob Knight jokes that he’s the principal of the largest high school in Southwest Washington. It’s a fair analogy, with thousands of high school students flocking to the campus to get a jump start on college coursework. Clark College is the state’s largest provider of Running Start classes, a program that allows high school juniors to begin taking college classes without paying tuition. Students still have to pay for books and other classroom fees, but the program can save students thousands of dollars in the long run.
The Columbian, Feb. 6, 2017

Local Navy veteran achieves dream of opening bake shop

During her last year of active duty, Lieutenant Lydia Cowles decided to follow her dreams and set out on the path to open her own bake shop in Spokane. In late January, Cowles achieved her dreams and opened Twenty-Seventh Heaven Scratch Bake Shop on Spokane’s South Hill. Cowles, a U.S. Navy veteran, began experimenting with vanilla cupcakes and buttercream, and soon found out she had quite the knack for baking! Following her active service, Cowles joined the Navy Reserves and enrolled in school at Spokane Community College. She earned her certification in the professional baking program, as well as the business and entrepreneurship program.
KREM, Feb. 6, 2017

TCC: Medical supply recycling partnership saves money, waste

Pouncing tiger…stretching tiger…snoring tiger. Pouncing tiger…stretching tiger… snoring tiger. One by one, hundreds of freshly washed, tiger-decorated, pediatric surgical gowns of all sizes were folded and separated into boxes to be shipped internationally to a medical facility in need. On Jan. 25, several Tacoma Community College faculty, staff, friends and one student came together with other community volunteers to sort through thousands of pounds of various new, near to expiration medical supplies donated by hospitals and clinics in the Providence Health International healthcare system – supplies that otherwise would have been destined for a landfill.
The Suburban Times, Feb. 6, 2017

Official: Human trafficking cases often don’t make it to court

Human trafficking cases go unprosecuted in many instances, Kathleen Morris, program director for the Washington Anti-Trafficking Response Network, told students at Peninsula College’s recent Studium Generale. There are also a lot of misconceptions about human trafficking, she told the group of a few dozen last Thursday.
Peninsula Daily News, Feb. 6, 2017

Frigid winter nips at Valley vineyards

Last month’s subzero weather took a toll on area vineyards, but the extent is still up in the air. “There’s definitely been some damage, not only at the bottom of the vine but also in the buds,” said Richard Perez, Walla Walla Community College director of viticulture. At present most growers are worried about cold damage to the buds, which will affect the yield of grapes.
Walla Walla Union-Bulletin, Feb. 6, 2017

Universities spoke up in case that led to ruling halting Trump’s travel ban

The federal court ruling that put a temporary nationwide halt to the Trump administration’s executive order restricting travel into the United States resulted in part from declarations provided by the University of Washington, Washington State University, and the state’s two-year college system. ... The colleges’ statements to the court described how hundreds of their students, researchers, and faculty members were being harmed by the travel ban, which closed the borders to all visitors from seven predominantly Muslim countries and to virtually all refugees worldwide.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, Feb. 5, 2017

The city of Everett has many reasons to celebrate the arts

During the past 25 years, people in the city of Everett have established a passion for the fine and performing arts. Let’s count the ways (well, a few of them anyway): Everett is home to the Everett Philharmonic, the Everett Chorale, the Pacifica Chamber Orchestra and other classical music groups. Everett Community College’s art department launched many well-known artists, including Chuck Close.
Everett Herald, Feb. 5, 2017

Students in college winery program drink in the knowledge

One of the first things students learn in science class is to not eat or drink anything in the lab, but that’s not the case here. On a recent Thursday, Bonnie Wescott sipped a glass of Chardonnay poured straight from a beaker to determine if her wine blend was acidic enough. Wescott is one of about 40 students in Yakima Valley College’s Vineyard and Winery Technology Program, now entering its 10th year.
The Washington Times, Feb. 5, 2017

From military medic to automotive mechanic

The past two years have provided quite the occupational and lifestyle shift for Schuyller Nagorski, who will finish the Clover Park Technical College Automotive Technician program at the conclusion of winter quarter.
The Suburban Times, Feb. 5, 2017

Free dental clinic helps kids’ smiles

“Will you hold my hand, Mommy?” 3-year-old Brendan Shiemke asked as a student hygienist from Clark College worked inside his mouth. “It’s spicy!” he exclaimed as he tried to lick off the raspberry varnish being applied to his teeth. Although it was only his second time at the dentist, Brendan was as cool as a cucumber as Dr. Munib Derhalli, a local periodontist, inspected his little teeth.
The Columbian, Feb. 4, 2017

SPSCC math professor earns Evergreen’s 2016 Teacher Excellence Award

One South Puget Sound Community College (SPSCC) faculty member has earned the 2016 Teacher Excellence Award from The Evergreen State College (TESC). Math professor Neesha Patel was honored for making significant impact on the lives of her students.
Thurston Talk, Feb. 4, 2017

An 1889 U.S. Supreme Court case sets precedent for Trump's immigration order

Exactly one week after President Donald Trump signed an executive order restricting entry into the United States based on religion and national origin, a federal judge in Seattle will hear arguments on a temporary restraining order to suspend its effects. The restraining order was filed by Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson, along with a lawsuit seeking to have provisions of the order declared unconstitutional. ... So far, Washington-based corporations Amazon and Expedia, along with Washington State University, the University of Washington, the Department of Revenue, the Department of Social and Health Services and the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges have filed declarations in support of the attorney general's suit.
Inlander, Feb. 3, 2017

At-risk students go for free at EvCC

After 17 years at Everett Community College, the Youth Re-Engagement Program that allows at-risk youth to attend college for free is not filling up as fast as it used to. ... The program is for anyone ages 16-21 without a high school diploma. As they work toward their diploma, they also work toward a college degree or certificate. The credits earned fulfill their diploma requirements, too. The program pays tuition and class fees, textbooks and any required extra materials, typically around $2,000 per student per quarter.
Marysville Globe, Feb. 3, 2017

Business & education: Creating the workforce we need

The upcoming Manufacturing Showcase Day, to be held Feb. 10 at the Clackamas Community College, is just one example of how businesses in Southwest Washington are reaching out to local youth and partnering with schools. Vancouver-based Columbia Machine has been participating in this event for several years. ... Parker said that three years ago a student who was struggling with homelessness and poverty did an internship at Latte Da. She is still working there and has started at Clark College.
Vancouver Business Journal, Feb. 3, 2017

Sidhu honored with Exceptional Faculty Award by Bates

Bates Technical College’s Occupational Therapy Assistant instructor Aimee Sidhu received the 2016 Exceptional Faculty Award in a surprise presentation recently. College President Dr. Ron Langrell said, “Bates is fortunate to have Aimee among our excellent faculty. She has a deep level of knowledge and skill, and the Occupational Therapy Assistant participants greatly benefit from her careful attention to student success.”
The Suburban Times, Feb. 3, 2017

Immigration order puts Silverdale woman's family back in limbo

Since their marriage in 2014, Jayne Novak has been trying to bring her husband, Allen, to the United States. Things looked promising in January when Allen Novak, who is from Iran, and his daughter Niky had their visas approved. After two years of red tape and waiting lists, it seemed the family would finally be together. ... The last-ditch option for the family is to move to a country where Allen will be accepted, a decision that would force Jayne to put her mother into a nursing home. Nicaragua is at the top of the list, but the preferable option is the U.S., where Niky was looking forward to studying at Olympic College and Allen hoped to open a business.
Kitsap Sun, Feb. 3, 2017

Tribal member earns statewide recognition

Tribal member Monique Bourgeau was recognized Jan. 23 with a state-wide student recognition award by the Washington state Association of College Trustees (ACT). The Transforming Lives Award goes to five students each year who were impacted by higher education. Bourgeau, who struggled with alcohol and was searching for a way to turn her life around, attended an Omak symposium dedicated to Morning Dove, a Colville tribal author from the first half of the 20th century. ... The nomination came from Dr. Peter Donahue, who is a Liberal Arts professor at Wenatchee Valley College in Omak.
Colville Tribal Tribune, Feb. 2, 2017

Wait, now Norwegian students are afraid to study in the U.S.?

Something unusual happened on Jobe Korb-Nice's most recent international trip to recruit students for Seattle Pacific University. Students expressed fear about coming to America. And Korb-Nice wasn't in one of seven Muslim countries covered by President Donald Trump's travel ban. He was in Norway. ... Jean D'arc Campbell runs the international student recruiting program at Bellevue College. He said he hears very similar sentiments from students and fellow recruiters. ... Gene Baker has had similar experiences as a recruiter for South Seattle College. And Baker said the feeling of fear is mutual. He is “sure it will affect our enrollment numbers."
KUOW, Feb. 2, 2017

Stranger surprises 88-year-old woman with special gift

Last month we brought you the story of Lorrayne Erickson- the 88 year old north Spokane woman had her car stolen on Christmas, stranding her and her son Brad at home. Living on social security, Lorrayne and Brad were forced to rely on friends for rides, making it difficult for them to make it to doctor’s appointments and the food bank. A complete stranger saw our story and decided she needed to do something. Chances are if you're looking for Jade Wasson, you’ll find her here in the automotive building on the Spokane Community College campus. The SCC student and mechanic loves working on cars- especially Subaru’s. When Jade learned about the Subaru Legacy that 88 year old Lorrayne Erickson depended on so much had been stolen, she decided she wanted to make a difference.
KHQ, Feb. 2, 2017

Itek energy receives $125,000 workforce development grant

The Port of Bellingham has secured a $125,000 workforce development grant from the Washington State Department of Commerce to help local solar panel manufacturer Pando Innovations, LLC (Itek Energy) streamline operations, increase efficiency and reduce costs. ... Impact Washington, a nonprofit organization specializing in training small manufacturing companies will implement the workforce training program to improve work skills in continuous improvement, quality management, customized production skills and supervisory skills training. Project team members include Northwest Workforce Council, Bellingham Technical College and the Port.
Whatcom Talk, Feb. 2, 2017

Trends | Horizons | Education

College and university giving rises 1.7%

Growth in charitable giving to colleges and universities slowed markedly in 2016 as increased giving from corporations, foundations and other organizations counterbalanced a slowdown in personal gifts and a drop in giving to the country’s largest fund-raising institutions.
Inside Higher Ed, Feb. 7, 2017

Digging deeper into campus diversity

Amid all the literature about the merits of college diversity, an important trend is often overlooked, according to a new study in The Journal of Higher Education. Although more students report having positive experiences by studying and living with those from different racial, religious, political, gender and ethnic groups, negative experiences are fairly common, too — and they can impair student learning and cognitive development, according to the study.
Inside Higher Ed, Feb. 6, 2017

Opinion: Unacceptable: 40,000 homeless students

Homeless students: two words that shouldn’t go together. New state data shows the population of homeless students in Washington state grew to 40,000 during the 2015-16 school year — an increase of about 12 percent from the previous year. In King and Snohomish counties, school districts reported an increase of 16 percent, or nearly 2,000 more students in unstable housing. Government agencies and social-service organizations are already focused on this problem. They need to speed up their work. It’s difficult enough to get to school on time, with food in the belly and homework in hand. Life is that much harder for students who also have to worry about where they’re going to sleep that night and whether they will have anything to eat for dinner.
The Seattle Times, Feb. 2, 2017

Politics | Local, State, National

DeVos is confirmed

The Senate today approved Betsy DeVos as the next secretary of education when Vice President Pence cast the tie-breaking vote in her favor. The vote by a vice president to break a deadlock over a cabinet official was a first in U.S. history. Shortly after being confirmed, DeVos tweeted her thanks to the Senate, writing, “I appreciate the Senate’s diligence & am honored to serve as @usedgov Secretary. Let’s improve options & outcomes for all US students.”
Inside Higher Ed, Feb. 7, 2017

16 attorneys general: Trump order harms higher ed

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit is set to hear oral arguments today in the Trump administration’s appeal of a temporary restraining order that forced it to halt enforcement of an executive order barring the entry of refugees and nationals of seven Muslim-majority countries. An amicus brief filed Monday by attorneys general from 15 states and the District of Columbia in support of keeping the restraining order in place devotes multiple pages to the damage they argue the order has caused to public higher education institutions, including the potential loss of "hundreds of millions of tuition dollars" through disruptions in international student admissions.
Inside Higher Ed, Feb. 7, 2017

Tough McCleary puzzle: How the complex history of teacher pay won’t make a solution any easier

Before the state can finally settle the McCleary case, lawmakers first must solve the complex puzzle of how school districts in Washington pay for the salaries of nearly 65,000 classroom teachers.
The Seattle Times, Feb. 6, 2017

Judge blocks entry ban, visas restored

The U.S. Department of State has restored the validity of visas from individuals from seven countries whose nationals were barred from entering the United States under an executive order signed by President Trump. The State Department's move follows a federal judge's decision Friday night to temporarily block the enforcement of that order nationwide.
Inside Higher Ed, Feb. 6, 2017

State support up 3.4%

State support for higher education is rising moderately this fiscal year, with more than three-quarters of states posting increases on the way to countrywide percentage growth in the low single digits. Support across all states rose by 3.4 percent from the 2015-16 to 2016-17 fiscal years, according to preliminary data gathered in the latest Grapevine survey, which was released today. That’s an increase of approximately $2.75 billion, driving total state support to nearly $83.6 billion.
Inside Higher Ed, Feb. 6, 2017

A comparison of Republican and Democratic ideas of how to fix Washington’s schools

Washington lawmakers have a long way to go before they agree on a way to fix how the state pays for schools. In recent days, both Republican and Democratic lawmakers have released their plans to comply with a court order to fully fund basic education by 2018. And quickly it became clear that neither side was thrilled with what the other proposed.
The News Tribune, Feb. 5, 2017

Education funding talks can finally begin

Now that Senate Republicans have produced a plan to resolve the most contentious aspects of basic education funding, it means that bargaining can begin. Legislative Democrats and the governor had already laid down their markers. It also looks like the Supreme Court can fade into the background, because its concerns have been addressed by all three sides. That’s a relief, because there were times when it looked as if Republicans were spoiling for a showdown. Instead, they’ve produced a bold plan that is actually more detailed than the Democrats’. The headline is a restructuring of the state property tax that provides a clear funding source for paying teachers and school staff. That was a chief concern of the McCleary ruling, which noted the wide variations among school districts based on their success in passing local levies.
The Spokesman-Review, Feb. 5, 2017

Reunions and sighs of relief as some stranded students return to U.S.

There were reunions on college campuses across the country this weekend, after a federal judge temporarily blocked an executive order by President Trump barring travelers from seven predominantly Muslim countries, including those on student visas, from entering the United States.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, Feb. 5, 2017

Johnson amendment and higher education

President Trump on Thursday repeated a campaign pledge by promising to "destroy" the Johnson Amendment, a 1954 federal provision that bans political activity by nonprofit organizations, including colleges and churches. Under the amendment, nonprofit colleges cannot directly or indirectly endorse specific candidates or otherwise engage in politicking without risking their nonprofit tax status. Jerry Falwell Jr., Liberty University's president and an early Trump supporter, has called for the amendment's repeal, arguing that it has been used by the U.S. Internal Revenue Service to target conservative and religious groups. “In recent years it’s been used as a club,” Falwell told Inside Higher Ed in July. “It would be best for all nonprofit organizations if it were repealed.”
Inside Higher Ed, Feb. 3, 2017

New baseline for accessibility

A long-awaited update to a federal rule ups the pressure on colleges and universities to ensure that their information and communication technology services are accessible to students with disabilities, experts say. The federal government last month finished work on updating section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, which details the accessibility standards federal agencies, contractors and employers must meet both online — like on a public-facing website — and in person, like an information kiosk at the DMV.
Inside Higher Ed, Feb. 3, 2017

Presidents: Trump order 'staining' U.S. reputation

A group of presidents and chancellors from 48 leading universities, including all eight Ivy League institutions, the University of Michigan, and seven University of California campuses, signed a letter to President Trump on Thursday calling him to “rectify or rescind” an executive order barring entry into the U.S. for 90 days or more for nationals of seven Muslim countries. "If left in place," the letter states, "the order threatens both American higher education and the defining principles of our country."
Inside Higher Ed, Feb. 3, 2017

McCleary roundup: How close are lawmakers to fully funding public schools? (Spoiler alert: Not very)

It’s now been a month since the opening of the legislative session, so how are lawmakers doing on coming up with a final fix for the landmark McCleary school-funding case? The good news is that there are several full proposals on the table, and debates on them are under way. The not-so-good news: A quick resolution seems unlikely, given that the proposals are billions of dollars apart and include many controversial ideas. New taxes, for one. Merit pay for teachers, for another.
The Seattle Times, Feb. 3, 2017

Could Trump cut Berkeley's funds?

Many asked: Could Trump cut off federal funds to Berkeley? As a large research university, Berkeley depends on federal funds both for student aid and research. Hundreds of millions of dollars would be at stake if Trump could withhold the money. Experts said they don't think the president has the authority to do so.
Inside Higher Ed, Feb. 3, 2017

How a speaking tour meant to provoke ended up provoking the president

The Breitbart editor and conservative provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos’s controversial campus tour officially ended this week with a canceled event at the University of California at Berkeley and an early-morning tweet from the president of the United States threatening to pull the university’s federal funding. The tour racked up cancellations, protests, and even a shooting. Here’s a timeline documenting how Mr. Yiannopoulos’s tour went from provoking administrative hand-wringing to a tweet from President Trump.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, Feb. 2, 2017

Rep. Pollet, Sen. Frockt propose free community college tuition program

Rep. Gerry Pollet (D-Seattle) and Sen. David Frockt (D-Seattle), who both represent Kenmore from the 46th District, have introduced the Washington Promise, which would assure qualifying high school students the ability to go to community college. The bill will initially provide one year of guaranteed tuition at community and technical colleges for lower income Washington residents, and then gradually expand free community college access.
Bothell Reporter, Feb. 1, 2017

Last Modified: 2/9/18 11:42 AM
starburst graphic