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News Links | February 16, 2017

February 16, 2017 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

Music with a message: Tacoma refugee choir

With much of the country focused on the immigration policy that has some immigrants feeling like they don't belong, one program in Tacoma is trying to provide a sense of family. It is called the refugee choir, which sings weekly in the Tacoma Community College Student Center.
KING 5, Feb. 15, 2017

Bellevue College approves extensive master plan

The Bellevue College Board of Trustees voted Friday to approve a master plan that would more than double the campus’ buildings and cost as much as $500 million. “I want to repeat, this is aspirational. What actually happens or unfolds depends on the funding,” Raymond White, vice president of administrative services and co-author of the master plan, told the board Feb. 10. The plan is broken into 10-year and 30-year phases.
Bellevue Reporter, Feb. 15, 2017

Sip your way through Vino 101

We are fortunate enough to live in one of the diverse wine-making spots in the world. And while Eastern Washington may be the epicenter of our state's wine industry, there is a wine making school right here in Seattle! The Northwest Wine Academy is the first and only working and teaching winery of its kind. "The Northwest Wine Academy is a program in South Seattle College, which is in West Seattle, said Regina Daigneault, instructor at Northwest Wine Academy.
Seattle Refined, Feb. 15, 2017

Spotlight on EdCC: Update on international student program

Edmonds Community College this winter quarter is hosting 1,363 international students, and approximately 900 immigrants who take English as a Second Language (ESL) classes.
My Edmonds News, Feb. 15, 2017

Meet the merchant: Spencer Percey, owner, Spencer’s Instrument Repair

Did you ever envision yourself running your own business? “Never in a million years.” ... What special training did you receive? “It was nine months at Renton Technical College in their band instrument repair technology course. There are only three schools in the nation that have such a course.”
The Daily Astorian, Feb. 15, 2017

SPSCC’s Patricia Dunsmore encourages students to ‘owe something back’

Patricia Dunsmore loves going to school.  “The first thing you should know about me is that it took me 23 years to get my Associate of Arts degree,” she says. Dunsmore, an English professor at South Puget Sound Community College (SPSCC), is retiring at the end of Winter Quarter, 2017. For the last 15 years she has taught nine classes per year with 25 students enrolled in each class. Tally up those numbers, and you will realize that 3,375 SPSCC students have studied with an educator committed to both the teaching of writing and the development of lifelong learners.
Thurston Talk, Feb. 15, 2017

Battelle donates $70,000 to help CBC upgrade wireless system

Students across the Columbia Basin College campus are getting better Internet connections with some help from Battelle. The company responsible for running the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory donated $70,000 to the college’s $350,000 project to replace the system. The college is about 60 percent through the project, which allows students to connect to the Internet in classrooms at both the Pasco and Richland campuses. Brian Dexter, the college’s assistant vice president for infrastructure services, explained that the new hardware and software replaces a system installed about 12 years ago.
Tri-City Herald, Feb. 14, 2017

Probation lifted, Tacoma Community College no longer risks losing accreditation

Tacoma Community College is no longer on probation. The Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities has restored the college’s accreditation status, TCC officials said Tuesday. The commission had placed the college on probation in June due to the school’s failure to file required financial reports to the commission in time. The reports were filed by August, and the college remained accredited.
The News Tribune, Feb. 14, 2017

Community welcomes home wounded Mount Vernon officer

The Mount Vernon Police Department was bustling Tuesday afternoon with people, excitement and smiles. But no smile was bigger than the one on the face of Mount Vernon police officer Mike “Mick” McClaughry. After spending 62 days at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle recovering from a gunshot wound to the head, McClaughry got to come home. ... Standing in front of the crowd gathered to greet him, including uniformed members of Skagit Valley College’s Parks Law Enforcement Academy, McClaughry said he wished he could see his supporters, to which some yelled words of encouragement, including “You will!”
Skagit Valley Herald, Feb. 14, 2017

Morton-born star making herself a regular at the Grammys

It takes a lot of turns to navigate from Morton to the bright lights and red carpet of the Grammy Awards. It just so happens the route that Brandy Clark bushwhacked runs right through Nashville. On Sunday, Clark was in attendance at the Grammys as a nominee for the fourth straight year. This year, she was nominated for Best Country Album and Best Country Solo Performance. ... Clark, who graduated from both Morton High School and Centralia College, said that when she first left the security of Western Washington for the uncertainty of neon honky tonks and Nashville she was slapped with a bit of culture shock.
Centralia Chronicle, Feb. 14, 2017

Lands that Doreen Johnson worked to protect will now carry her name

Doreen Johnson was a teacher, community leader and advocate for the preservation of the natural habitat that surrounded her in Southeast King County. Johnson passed away in 2014, but on Monday the King County Council ensured that she will always be a part of the region she loved with its unanimous approval to rename parcels in the county’s Green River Natural Area in her memory. ... A lifelong educator, Johnson taught at Muckleshoot Tribal Preschool, Cascade Junior High and Federal Way High School, and chaired the committee that brought Green River College to Auburn.
Auburn Reporter, Feb. 13, 2017

Trends | Horizons | Education

Relationships matter in recruiting Latino students

Two-year institutions across the country are getting creative with Latino student recruitment as Hispanic populations grow.
Inside Higher Ed, Feb. 16, 2017

Closing students’ achievement gaps at the national level

Karen A. Stout, president of Achieving the Dream, says the organization has fostered a conversation around data-driven decision making, and helped improve student outcomes, at the more than 200 colleges it has worked with since 2004. But she says much more needs to be done to close lingering achievement gaps and to move the needle at the national level.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, Feb. 16, 2017

Help on the way for Washington students who lost financial aid for college-level exams

Thousands of low-income students in Washington who lost federal financial help to take college-level exams will get assistance this spring from a new fundraising initiative. A group of Washington public agencies, businesses and education nonprofits is working to try to raise $800,000, enough to ensure that any high-school student in Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) classes can afford the end-of-course exams they must pass to earn college credit. The fees for those exams range from $53 to $116 per exam.
The Seattle Times, Feb. 15, 2017

80 cents on the dollar

Higher education administration is still a man’s world if you’re measuring pay and position title. A gender pay gap at the top levels of higher education leadership has persisted over the last 15 years, according to new research released Tuesday by the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources, known as CUPA-HR. A gulf between the number of men and women in the most prestigious, highest-paying jobs has not closed significantly, either.
Inside Higher Ed, Feb. 15, 2017

Yik Yak's successor: A group messaging app?

The company behind the anonymous messaging app Yik Yak is betting on group messaging to capture the interests of college students, according to The Verge. Developers associated with the company last week released Hive, an app described as "an exclusive social network for college campuses." Yik Yak was once the go-to app for students to share campus gossip (as well as post anonymous harassment), but the app's popularity declined last year.
Inside Higher Ed, Feb. 15, 2017

Politics | Local, State, National

Judge orders government to explain why ‘Dreamer’ was arrested

The federal government must clarify by Thursday morning (Feb. 16) why a man protected from deportation under President Barack Obama’s administration has been held in Tacoma’s federal immigration detention center since Friday. News spread Tuesday that immigration officials had arrested 23-year-old Daniel Ramirez Medina last week at his father’s home in Des Moines, and that he filed a federal lawsuit Monday in Seattle arguing for his release.
The News Tribune, Feb. 15, 2017

Our Voice: Education funding must be equitable

Senate Republicans and House Democrats have unveiled their education funding plans; negotiations are under way and the clock is running. Both proposals include controversial details, but the Senate’s plan to eliminate the reliance on local levy money to finance schools and teacher pay hits the bull’s eye. This piece of the fix, at the very least, must be preserved. If not, we could find ourselves right back in violation of the Supreme Court-ordered McCleary decision someday down the road.
Tri-City Herald, Feb. 15, 2017

Will data error threaten for-profit regulation?

A data mistake the U.S. Department of Education made last year has become a rallying cry for critics of regulations the Obama administration created to rein in for-profit colleges. Just before President Trump’s inauguration, the department disclosed that a coding error in its College Scorecard had substantially inflated colleges’ student loan repayment rates. One expert estimated that when the correct data were considered, the national three-year repayment rate (meaning the proportion of borrowers who have repaid at least a dollar of their principal loan balance) fell to 41 percent from 61 percent.
Inside Higher Ed, Feb. 15, 2017

GOP’s school funding numbers may not add up

Democrats in the state Senate are angry about what they say were actions by Republicans that apparently misled colleagues and the public over mistakes in key numbers in the state’s education funding debate. In a press conference Tuesday and afterward, top Democratic legislators laid out what they believe happened, beginning with inadvertent mistakes made by nonpartisan state analysts calculating the funding schools would receive under a Senate Republican funding plan.
Crosscut, Feb. 14, 2017

Seattle ‘Dreamer’ sues over his detention under Trump’s immigration actions

Immigrants and civil-rights attorneys have filed a petition in federal court in Seattle seeking the release of a 23-year-old Mexican immigrant brought illegally into the United States as a child but given a work permit under the Obama administration. The petition challenges the immigration detention and seeks the release of Daniel Ramirez Medina, who his attorneys say was detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents Friday. The agents were conducting an action at his father’s house and Medina was detained, according to the news service Reuters and a news release by the attorneys in his case.
The Seattle Times, Feb. 14, 2017

Washington state senator concerned for 'Dreamers' future under Trump

President Donald Trump has made immigration a top issue. But one of his campaign promises has a Republican state senator in Washington concerned. Sen. Barbara Bailey made headlines in 2014 when she sponsored the so-called “Real Hope Act.” It allows high school graduates whose parents brought them to this country illegally to qualify for state financial aid. On the day the bill passed, Bailey celebrated with a group of so-called “dreamers.” Now three years later, President Trump has vowed to repeal a federal policy that allows qualified students or graduates to defer deportation and receive a work visa. Bailey said that concerns her “a great deal.”
KUOW, Feb. 13, 2017

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