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News Links | February 14, 2017

February 14, 2017 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

Civil war strands 12 Yemeni students in Washington

An effort is underway to help 24 Yemen exchange students who have been stranded in the U.S. since 2014 when a civil war broke out in their country. Twelve of the students now live in Washington state. Their situation has nothing to do with President Donald Trump's immigration order. Their problem had begun years before the president was elected. But the current political climate isn't making them feel any better about their situation. Abdulaziz Malek, 19, is one of those students. He’s currently attending Edmonds Community College, but his future is uncertain.
KING 5, Feb. 13, 2017

Sequim Irrigation Festival royalty crowned

A teen who hopes to become a midwife has been chosen queen of the Sequim Irrigation Festival. Karla Najera was crowned queen at the Sequim High School auditorium Saturday. ... Najera, daughter of Carolina and Rigoberto Najera, plans to transfer from Peninsula College’s nursing program to the University of Washington’s midwife program.
Peninsula Daily News, Feb. 12, 2017

Wilfred Woods, Wenatchee World publisher and civic leader, dies at 97

Former Wenatchee World Publisher Wilfred R. Woods died Saturday at age 97, ending his nine decades of wandering the world and wondering tirelessly about how it worked. Preferring the nickname “Wilf,” the newspaperman, family patriarch, avid outdoorsman, art philanthropist and expert whistler died at home from complications of old age and new ailments. Arthritis in his knees had slowed him in recent months to finally allow heart and pulmonary conditions to catch up. ... During those years, Wilf Woods helped form a coalition to fund and build the Wenatchee Performing Arts Center, played a major role in establishing the Icicle Center for the Arts in Leavenworth and promoted the construction of the Wenatchee Valley College Music and Arts building, which includes The Grove recital hall.
The Spokesman-Review, Feb. 12, 2017

EvCC brings manufacturing training classes to north county

There’s a noisy shop space at Weston High School where college students turn blocks of metal into tools and machine parts. It’s the precursor to what Everett Community College and Arlington officials hope will become a permanent arm of the Advanced Manufacturing Training &Education Center, or AMTEC, in north Snohomish County. New EvCC classes at Weston are an extension of AMTEC in Everett. There are courses in precision machining and programs focused on job readiness and training for employers and employees.
Everett Herald, Feb. 10, 2017

Growing our Future: A taste of a food industry worth developing

Clark County residents are hungry for a healthy and thriving local food system. That was the message at Growing our Future, a food summit hosted by Clark College on Friday. The event, organized by the Clark County Food System Council and Slow Food Southwest Washington, brought together business owners, farmers, policy-makers, scientists and chefs to discuss Clark County’s agricultural future.
The Columbian, Feb. 10, 2017

Everett dog owners hope for the best at Westminster show

Meet Zoom. He’s a Finnish spitz with a fox-like look, a persistent bark and a lively personality. Meet Hudson. He’s a field spaniel with floppy ears, keen hunting skills and a gentle nature. Meet Wendy Whiteley, Zoom’s owner, who at 49 has been showing dogs competitively for three years. Meet Shahntae Martinez, co-owner of Hudson. At 17, she has nearly a dozen years of experience working with dogs. ... Martinez, a student at Everett’s Sequoia High School, began participating in canine care and events 11 years ago through 4-H. She travels extensively with Hudson, and just Monday returned from a dog show in California. The teen co-owns Hudson with Janelle Chamberlin, an Everett Community College student from Bothell.
Everett Herald, Feb. 10, 2017

Meet Carly Tryon, All Washington Academic Team member

Between working two jobs and participating in a variety of extracurricular activities, Pierce College Puyallup Running Start Student Carly Tryon still manages to earn stellar grades. Tryon is a part of American Honors at Pierce College, which allows students to take advantage of rigorous courses and specialized advising designed to help them transfer to top-notch universities around the country. This year, she is also a member of Pierce College’s All Washington Academic Team.
The Suburban Times, Feb. 10, 2017

Rich Cummins leaving Columbia Basin College

Rich Cummins is leaving his position as Columbia Basin College’s president at the end of March. He announced Thursday that he accepted a spot as chancellor of Western Governors University Washington, an online, competency-based institution. In his 27-year tenure at the Pasco college, he has taught classes in English and information technology, started the college’s online program and served in three vice president roles before becoming president in 2008. ... Marty Brown, the executive director of the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges, lauded Cummins as an innovator in the community college system. “He’s been one of the strongest advocates of expanding our mission to include bachelors of applied science degrees,” Brown said. “He’s been way ahead of all of us in making community colleges more responsive to the needs of the students in their communities.”
Tri-City Herald, Feb. 9, 2017

RTC hosts forum following Trump’s immigration ban

Jessica Supinski, director of student programs and engagement at Renton Technical College, will be the first to admit campus programming for a two-year technical college is difficult. It’s even trickier to create space for dialogue about current issues and how it’s affecting the student body. After a string of tragedies last year, after holding vigil and vigil for unfortunate events, RTC decided it was time to create something that was sustainable and would bring about change. They created “cross-cultural dialogues” series, a forum for students and faculty to come together and discuss what is “very important and under discussed,” said Supinski.
Renton Reporter, Feb. 9, 2017

Helping fill food backpacks opens students’ eyes to hidden needs in community

Longtime friend and originator of Food Backpacks 4 Kids in our schools, Karen Jorgenson, alerted me to the visit to Key Peninsula Middle School of volunteer Gig Harbor High School backpack loaders, seniors Jenna Gordon and Emma Madsen, sophomore Luke Tatum, and juniors Haley Anderson, Alicia Meacham and Ethan Marshman, the latter of whom is in Running Start at Tacoma Community College. They were accompanied by Heidi Allen, GHHS National Honor Society advisor.
The News Tribune, Feb. 9, 2017

RTC offers new aerospace and industrial technologies program

Renton Technical College is now offering a new program designed to prepare the next generation of skilled industrial technicians. The new Aerospace and Industrial Production Technologies program is a certificate or associate degree program that trains students in the latest technologies and manufacturing processes for producing precise parts and equipment.
Renton Reporter, Feb. 9, 2017

Trends | Horizons | Education

Financial aid helps low-income students graduate

A new report from the Association of Community College Trustees, the California Community Colleges' Chancellors Office and the Institute for College Access & Success finds that student success increases among two-year, low-income students if they receive more financial aid.
Inside Higher Ed, Feb. 14, 2017

An internet troll is invited to speak: What’s a college president to do?

Ana Mari Cauce, president of the University of Washington, did not intervene last month to block Mr. Yiannopoulos, who had been invited to the campus by a student Republican club, despite the pleas of other students who worried that his message fundamentally promoted hatred and harassment of women, gay people, people from racial and ethnic minority groups, and other vulnerable groups.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, Feb. 10, 2017

Led by Microsoft's Brad Smith, program gives out $6M in STEM grants in Washington

The Washington State Opportunity Scholarship – chaired by Microsoft President and Chief Legal Officer Brad Smith – is giving out $6 million in grants to help three Washington state universities expand science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programs. The grants will go directly to schools to train more K-12 STEM teachers and expand computer science programs for low- and middle-income students to help fill the state’s estimated 23,000 unfilled technology jobs.
Puget Sound Business Journal, Feb. 9, 2017

Politics | Local, State, National

Universities cite 'damaging effects' of Trump order

The eight universities in the Ivy League have joined nine other major research universities, including the University of Chicago, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Stanford University, in filing an amicus brief in a court challenge levied by the New York state attorney general and others opposing President Trump’s executive order temporarily barring entry by nationals of seven Muslim-majority countries and of refugees. A temporary restraining order upheld by an appellate court in a separate legal challenge on Thursday prohibits the Trump administration from enforcing the entry ban.
Inside Higher Ed, Feb. 14, 2017

Promise too costly?

As Oregon faces budget shortfalls and an education sector eager to hold onto the money it has, a dispute has emerged about the future of the state’s free community college program. The state’s public universities, which saw a slight decrease in freshman enrollment last fall, are pointing out issues with the Oregon Promise that could influence legislators to cut funding for the program. For example, while a recent report found that more of the state's high school graduates are now applying for federal financial aid and attending college, students from higher-income families are disproportionately benefiting from the program.
Inside Higher Ed, Feb. 13, 2017

Trump says new order on immigration possible

President Trump on Friday said he might sign a “brand-new order” on immigration as enforcement of his Jan. 27 executive order barring entry into the U.S. for nationals from seven Muslim-majority countries remains halted by the courts.
Inside Higher Ed, Feb. 13, 2017

Trump's entry ban remains blocked

Appeals court keeps in place temporary restraining order barring administration from enforcing ban on entry into U.S. for nationals of seven Muslim-majority nations. Court cites concerns of universities for their students.
Inside Higher Ed, Feb. 10, 2017

Opinion: State Senate confirmation not needed for college presidents

State Sen. Michael Baumgartner’s proposal to require Senate confirmation for the president of a state four-year public university or college seeks to undercut the public’s right to know how its government is operating. The Spokane Republican’s legislation, Senate Bill 5584, would exempt the presidential search from state open public meetings and public disclosure requirements.
Walla Walla Union-Bulletin, Feb. 10, 2017

Seattle property taxes would rise under GOP school-funding plan, state McCleary analysis shows

A GOP plan to fund Washington’s K-12 schools would boost funding to every school district in the state, according to a new analysis. But Seattle, Bellevue, Mercer Island and Lake Washington would bear the brunt of property-tax increases.
The Seattle Times, Feb. 9, 2017

‘UPS 3’ case prompts lawmaker to seek clearer disciplinary rules at private schools

The case of three University of Puget Sound students who were suspended for allegedly posting an incendiary flier is prompting a Tacoma lawmaker to take a closer look at how private universities discipline their students. State Rep. Laurie Jinkins, D-Tacoma, has introduced a bill that would require Washington’s private colleges and universities to develop clear disciplinary procedures for when students are accused of violating student codes of conduct. The measure, House Bill 1962, would allow private universities to be sanctioned — including having their accreditation placed on probation — if they don’t abide by their established procedures.
The News Tribune, Feb. 9, 2017

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