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News Links | January 10, 2017

January 10, 2017 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

EdCC celebrates 30 years of program hosting Japanese students

Edmonds Community College in 2016 celebrated the 30th year of a Japanese student exchange partnership, its longest running partnership with another educational institution. Since 1986, hundreds of Japanese students from Trajal Hospitality College in Tokyo and Osaka have participated.
Everett Herald, Jan. 9, 2017

SPSCC prepares to offer craft brewing and distilling degree

A new degree program is brewing at South Puget Sound Community College. The state recently endorsed the college’s request to offer a for-credit Craft Brewing and Distilling Program. ... SPSCC has until May to develop curriculum, reconvene an advisory committee, and meet other requirements for the program, said Laura McDowell, a spokeswoman for the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges.
The Olympian, Jan. 8, 2017

Arlington wants to open makerspace to bring tools of innovation to creative thinkers, inventors

Imagine if Arlington had a place where inventors, gadget geeks, artists and startup business entrepreneurs could create things through do-it-yourself approaches using the latest manufacturing and design tools. That’s what a committee of forward-thinking city, business, education and community leaders have in mind. They want to establish a makerspace in Arlington, a collaborative place to learn and a safe place to fail. ... Other makerspaces in the region are at Edmonds Community College, the nonprofit Snohomish County Makers’ SnoCo Makerspace at Everett’s Paine Field and at the Future of Flight Aviation Center. ... John Bonner, vice president of Corporate and Workforce Training at Everett Community College, home of the Advanced Manufacturing Training and Education Center, recently joined Kamionka and Tolbert on a visit with key employers in the area to find out how they might use a makerspace that supports their goals and needs.
Marysville Globe, Jan. 6, 2017

Highline College Film Festival showcases work of 5 students

A tender film focused on family and backed by a simple soundtrack took top honors in Highline College’s film contest, a prelude to the 2017 Highline Film Festival. The contest was open to students and alumni.
Tukwila Reporter, Jan. 6, 2017

Walla Walla Community College psychology professor earns Ph.D.

Cindy Stevenson McClure successfully defended her dissertation and earned her Ph.D. in psychology fall quarter 2016 from Walden University in Minneapolis. ... Cindy teaches psychology at Walla Walla Community College. She earned a bachelor’s in psychology from Whitman College and a master’s in applied behavioral science from City University, Seattle. 
Walla Walla Union-Bulletin, Jan. 6, 2017

Poet Tim Greenup creates a coming-of-age collection in ‘Without Warning’

This weekend, Scablands Books will release two poetry collections from the Spokane poets Ellen Welcker and Tim Greenup. ... Greenup, who teaches writing and literature at Spokane Falls Community College, is releasing his first collection, “Without Warning.”
The Spokesman-Review, Jan. 6, 2017

Opinion: Community readers sharing ‘The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving’

Whether it’s called a countywide book club, or a “One Book Program,” communities of all shapes and sizes have adopted the concept originated by the Washington Center for the Book at the Seattle Public Library: People coming together through the reading and discussion of a common book. Four libraries joined forces to start our own one-book program locally. The Whatcom County Library System and the Bellingham Public Library teamed up with the Whatcom Community College Library and the Bellingham Technical College Library to secure funding grants from the Washington State Library.
The Bellingham Herald, Jan. 6, 2017

New $14 million building opens at Columbia Basin College

Columbia Basin College’s newest building is proof to Dave Arnold that society supports the efforts of instructors and students. “I’ve been teaching here for 19 years. Teaching is my dream job,” the history professor told a crowd of faculty, students and administrators Thursday afternoon. “I’ve never felt that I was living that dream more fully than the first day of this winter quarter ... when I walked, right here, into room 121 to begin teaching my 8 a.m. class.” Officials celebrated the opening of the new $14 million Social Sciences and World Languages Center with a ribbon cutting and tours. The building opened Tuesday to students and staff.
Tri-City Herald, Jan. 5, 2017

Free environmental job training could get you into a new career path

Environmental cleanup is big business. Tacoma has 141 sites identified right now and not enough qualified workers to do it. The Environmental Protection Agency is working to change that, giving the city and its partners a $200,000 grant to train and certify a new workforce. "This is a career path,” explained Amy Bell, workforce development program manager for Goodwill of the Olympics and Rainier Region. Goodwill is one of the local partners, together with Clover Park Technical College. Pay starts around $14 to $18 an hour, with the right training and certifications.
KOMO, Jan. 5, 2017

Bates construction project aims to create diverse talent pool to fill health care jobs

Did you know that Bates Technical College’s Downtown Campus is near several health care facilities and hospitals in Tacoma? This, coupled with the increasing demand for workers in allied health and STEM-related fields, is why the college intends to open a new facility to support health care training and broaden skills for growing and related fields in science and information technology. ... One step toward making this a reality is creating a design of the facility. Recently, the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges announced that initial design work for the construction project is included in a 2017 capital budget request to the legislature.
The Suburban Times, Jan. 5, 2017

MultiCare exec appointed to TCC board

Lois Bernstein, chief community executive at MultiCare Health System, has been appointed to the Tacoma Community College Board of Trustees by Governor Jay Inslee. She replaces long-serving board member Don Dennis, whose term expired in December 2016. Bernstein begins her term in January 2017.
Business Examiner, Jan. 4, 2017

Trends | Horizons | Education

School stats: Racial achievement gaps exist even in Washington’s highest-performing schools

Last month, we reported that students of color are the majority in 65 of Washington’s 259 school districts. That’s a surprising figure for a state that is around 80 percent white, according to the 2015 census. But even as the schools get more diverse, racial achievement gaps still remain a stark and significant reality. The State Board of Education’s annual report on Washington’s educational health includes a graph that shows those gaps. Even in high-performing public schools, black, Latino and Native American students, on average, lag behind their white and Asian-American classmates.
The Seattle Times, Jan. 10, 2017

Overburdened with debt

Nearly a tenth of vocational programs assessed by the Department of Education failed to meet new criteria measuring whether graduates are able to repay their federal student loans — 98 percent of them at for-profit institutions. That puts them at risk of losing access to federal student aid funding — a potential death knell for programs.
Inside Higher Ed, Jan. 10, 2017

Making the case for liberal arts colleges

Talk to presidents of liberal arts colleges and they are proud of how their institutions educate graduates and prepare them for life. But ask the presidents to prove that value, and many get a little less certain. Some cite surveys of alumni satisfaction or employment. Others point to famous alumni. And, privately, many liberal arts college presidents admit that their arguments haven’t been cutting it of late with prospective students and their parents (not to mention politicians), who are more likely to be swayed by the latest data on first-year salaries of graduates, surveys that seem to suggest that engineering majors will find success and humanities graduates will end up as baristas.
Inside Higher Ed, Jan. 9, 2017

Study: Debt not responsible for 'boomeranging'

Student loan debt is not responsible for the rise in young people “boomeranging,” or returning home to live with their parents, according to a new study by researchers at Dartmouth College and Montana State University. The primary factor associated with boomeranging is college completion rates, the study in Sociology of Education found. Students who did not graduate from either a two- or four-year program were about 40 percent more likely to move back in with their parents than are students who earned postsecondary degrees.
Inside Higher Ed, Jan. 9, 2017

Study finds variation in costs by different majors

Using data from Florida's public four-year colleges and universities, a new study released by the National Bureau of Economic Research finds wide variation in the costs to institutions associated with various majors. Engineering is by far the most expensive major, costing $569 per credit hour awarded.
Inside Higher Ed, Jan. 9, 2017

‘Stealth inequities’: How Washington’s education system hurts poor schools

Education spending in Washington is driven primarily by enrollment. As Olympia faces a deadline to find more education money overall, low-income communities question the fairness of our system.
The Seattle Times, Jan. 8, 2017

Growth in numbers of older student loan borrowers

Older Americans are the fastest-growing group in the student loan market and nearly 40 percent of borrowers over 65 were in default in 2015, according to a Consumer Financial Protection Bureau report released Thursday.
Inside Higher Ed, Jan. 6, 2017

Politics | Local, State, National

Hashtag campaign to urge protection of Title IX

Two advocacy organizations launched a hashtag campaign Monday called #DearBetsy to urge President-elect Donald Trump's nominee for education secretary to support Title IX protections for victims of sexual assault. The groups, End Rape on Campus and Know Your IX, began the campaign on social media ahead of Betsy DeVos's Senate confirmation hearing.
Inside Higher Ed, Jan. 10, 2017

State lawmakers face tough fight over education funding as legislative session opens

As Washington state lawmakers return to Olympia on Monday for the 2017 legislative session, education funding looms large. Gov. Jay Inslee has led the way on negotiations with a large proposed state budget increase.
The Seattle Times, Jan. 9, 2017

Diversity group urges Senate to reject Sessions

The American Association for Access, Equity and Diversity on Saturday released a letter urging the U.S. Senate to reject President-elect Donald Trump's nomination of Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions as U.S. attorney general. The group includes many campus diversity and equal opportunity officers, and the letter highlighted a Sessions quote on affirmative action from 1997.
Inside Higher Ed, Jan. 9, 2017

Salary inequality at heart of state's education funding crisis

Superintendents from three local school districts have been meeting with members of the Legislature representing North Mason and Kitsap counties. Their goal: Hammer home to Olympia the impact of local taxpayers' contribution to school budgets along with inequities of the state's current education funding system.
Kitsap Sun, Jan. 8, 2017

Editorial: Legislature’s to-do list goes beyond education funding

The Legislature reconvenes Monday. Beyond the huge education debate, the list of must-do legislative action includes mental-health reform and changes to state driver’s licenses.
The Seattle Times, Jan. 8, 2017

Driving Miss McCleary: 10% gas hike proposed for K-12 funding

Gas prices would jump. So might utility bills. And the airline, train, and truck transportation industries could see costs climb. As details of Gov. Jay Inslee’s carbon tax proposal begin to take form in a bill expected to be introduced next week, one fact has become clear: The governor isn’t cowed by the failure of a more moderate carbon tax ballot measure that 60 percent of the state voters rejected only two months ago.
MyNorthwest.com, Jan. 6, 2017

Editorial: Legislature has a chance to fix Washington state’s broken education-funding system

Reforming Washington’s education-funding system should be seen as a tremendous opportunity. Lawmakers have a chance to make history and restore credibility by getting this done promptly.
The Seattle Times, Jan. 6, 2017

Education money: Battle for billions begins in Legislature

The battle over finding billions of additional dollars to pay for K-12 education in Washington pits Democrats who say new taxes are needed against Republicans saying schools must take priority over other government programs before lawmakers ask for more revenue. The challenges facing lawmakers were on stark display Thursday, with Democrats sharply criticizing the GOP at a legislative forum for not coming up with a detailed education funding plan and Republicans countering they need more information to bring their caucus members to come up with a viable proposal.
Kitsap Sun, Jan. 5, 2017

Education should be state Legislature’s top priority, voters say; they don’t want tax raise, poll says

A new poll suggests voters want Washington’s Legislature to put education at the top of its to-do list in the coming session — but most said they’d rather cut government than raise taxes to solve the state’s school-funding crisis. The statewide poll by the nonpartisan firm Elway Research found 45 percent of voters ranked education as the top priority for lawmakers, with the economy coming in second at 22 percent.
The Seattle Times, Jan. 4, 2017

Bipartisan task force stalled, unlikely to recommend fixes soon for McCleary school-funding case

A state task force charged with figuring out how the state can meet the requirements of the landmark McCleary school-funding case isn’t likely to submit any recommendations to the Legislature before lawmakers convene next week. For the past seven months, the Education Funding Task Force has attempted to reach agreement on how lawmakers should satisfy a state Supreme Court order to fully fund a basic education for the state’s schoolchildren.
The Seattle Times, Jan. 4, 2017

Democrats and Republicans still divided on education funding

Just days before the start of the legislative session, Democrats and Republicans remain clearly divided over how to accomplish their main task this year: compliance with a court mandate for the state to fulfill its constitutional requirement to properly fund basic education. At Wednesday's next-to-last meeting of the Education Funding Task Force, Democrats and Republicans presented their recommendations separately, as opposed to a bipartisan proposal to discuss with their respective caucuses.
Q13 Fox, Jan. 4, 2017

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