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News Links | January 12, 2017

January 12, 2017 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

About 2,500 people attend Governor's Inaugural Ball in Olympia

The Governor’s Inaugural Ball only happens every four years, and Alma Davis of Shelton already plans to be at the next one. And the one after that. ... Organizers estimate that 2,500 people attended the black tie gala, which featured food, music, entertainment and a formal program. The event took place in a series of large white tents set up between the Legislative Building and the Temple of Justice, and inside both buildings. ... Much of the food was prepared by students in about a dozen culinary arts programs from around the region, including Lake Washington Institute of Technology in Kirkland, Bates Technical College in Tacoma and South Puget Sound Community College in Olympia.
The Olympian, Jan. 12, 2017

Skagit Valley College culinary students prepare food for governor's inaugural ball

When Gov. Jay Inslee celebrates his second inaugural ball this evening, some of the food he and his guests dine on will have been made in Skagit County. The Skagit Valley College culinary program was invited to prepare and serve food at the event, meaning students have spent the past several days preparing 2,000 hors d’oeuvres.
Skagit Valley Herald, Jan. 11, 2017

Editorial: Schools like SPSCC need help from lawmakers

As Washington lawmakers try to find a way to fully fund K-12 public schools for the first time, it’s important they do not sacrifice other valuable programs to get there. It’s not overstatement that our economy depends on smart decisions. This is no truer than with higher education, which plays a key role in training workers for the employment fields that don’t have enough newly qualified people to fill expected openings. ... Marty Brown, executive director of the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges, told the Seattle Times recently that the need goes beyond four-year degrees in high-tech, engineering and math fields — in other words, “lots of middle-skill jobs.” ... Olympia’s South Puget Sound Community College is among the colleges key to getting workers ready for those jobs.
The Olympian, Jan. 10, 2017

Joyce Loveday named president at Clover Park Technical College

The Clover Park Technical College Board voted Wednesday to approve a contract appointing interim president Joyce Loveday as the permanent president. Loveday stepped into the role of interim president at the Lakewood college in June, following the departure of Lonnie Howard. She has worked at CPTC since 2002 and was previously vice president for student learning.
The News Tribune, Jan. 11, 2017

Edmonds CC students participate in NASA-funded undergraduate research

Edmonds Community College students have partnered with a local technology company to test how well plasma jets can eliminate specific types of bacteria from the surface of spacecraft. Eagle Harbor Technologies (EHT), a small but growing Seattle-based tech company, was awarded a NASA Phase I Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant to develop and test plasma jet technology for killing endospores on spacecraft surfaces.
My Edmonds News, Jan. 11, 2017

Our Voice: Tri-Cities economy diversifying rapidly

While our local economy has consistently been stronger than most, there have always been concerns that we were overly reliant on Hanford cleanup. More than ever, the Tri-Cities appear closer to achieving more economic diversity. ... The Port of Kennewick began construction on its Columbia Gardens project in Kennewick, announcing its first two winery tenants and a culinary school program with Columbia Basin College.
Tri-City Herald, Jan. 10, 2017

City, schools sign agreement to bring higher ed to Federal Way

Federal Way, school district, Highline College and University of Washington-Tacoma officials solidified an effort to bring a higher education center to the city by signing a memorandum of understanding today. The memorandum of understanding establishes the different agencies’ commitment and partnership in working toward the ultimate goal of opening a higher learning center to the city, but does not entail a working agreement that includes logistics, such as timeline, funding or location.
Federal Way Mirror, Jan. 10, 2017

Whatcom Community College and WTA partner on “universal” bus pass for students

Whatcom Community College (WCC) students can now travel on Whatcom Transportation Authority (WTA) buses using their student ID cards. WCC students and administrators worked with WTA to create a universal bus pass agreement.
Whatcom Talk, Jan. 10, 2017

Yakima Valley College wine program earns awards for student produced wine

Yakima Valley College's wine program is earning big praise for wines that were produced by their very own students. The school's vineyard and technology program out of Grandview won two awards from Wine Press Northwest's "Best of the Best" judging. The winning wines were made back in 2013, with one receiving "Double Platinum" recognition. Students are involved in every step of the wine making process in the program, which has now won a total of 80 awards.
KIMA, Jan. 9, 2017

Sewage spilling into Waughop Lake; source unknown

The Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department issued a sewage spill health advisory Monday for Lakewood’s Waughop Lake. The advisory comes more than a month after raw sewage was spotted in the lake by a construction crew building a trail around the 30-acre lake in Fort Steilacoom Park. ... A city stormwater inspector confirmed the discharge as sewage and the city immediately notified the state, local health department and neighboring Pierce College.
The News Tribune, Jan. 9, 2017

Trends | Horizons | Education

WSU’s online bachelor’s degree program earns high ranking

Washington State University has again ranked highly in a list of the best online bachelor’s degree programs in the country. In U.S. News & World Report’s ranking, WSU came in 15th among all bachelor’s programs in the U.S. Last year, it ranked 34th.
The Seattle Times, Jan. 12, 2017

Bathroom politics

Texas higher education officials have been mostly silent on a controversial piece of state legislation that would restrict bathroom use by transgender individuals on public campuses, even as the law could override existing policies and conflict with federal guidance. The Texas legislation, introduced last week as Senate Bill 6, is similar to North Carolina’s widely protested “bathroom bill,” which, after it passed, prompted numerous organizations to pull events — including academic gatherings and intercollegiate athletic competitions — from that state. The Texas bill would require state agencies, including higher education agencies, to put policies in place restricting transgender people’s use of multiple-occupancy bathrooms and changing facilities except as consistent with their biological gender assigned at birth.
Inside Higher Ed, Jan. 12, 2017

State’s plan for Every Student Succeeds Act: tracking attendance as well as tests

Schools and districts in Washington that struggle with students missing too many days of class may be flagged for additional support under the new federal education law, known as the Every Student Succeeds Act.
The Seattle Times, Jan. 11, 2017

Study: For-profits match similar nonprofits in learning results

Students at for-profit institutions achieve learning results that are similar to those of students who attend comparable nonprofit colleges, according to a new study by the Council for Aid to Education.
Inside Higher Ed, Jan. 11, 2017

There’s good money to be made in non-college careers

CTE tends to be hands-on, with instructors who have worked in the field. Some prepare students for college while others provide training for jobs or apprenticeships. Washington high school graduates who do not go to college are more likely to land a living-wage job or apprenticeship if they’ve taken CTE courses, according to a state audit released in December.
Everett Herald, Jan. 10, 2017

Politics | Local, State, National

New state superintendent wants out of school levy lawsuit. His predecessor hopes to stay in the game

New state schools superintendent Chris Reykdal plans to remove his office from a lawsuit filed earlier this year that challenged Tacoma Public Schools and six other school districts over the use of local property taxes to fund teacher pay. But former superintendent Randy Dorn, who originally filed the lawsuit in July in King County Superior Court, said he plans to continue the legal action as a private citizen.
The Olympian, Jan. 12, 2017

The Trump nominees and affirmative action

Civil rights and diversity groups are stepping up their opposition to Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions's nomination for U.S. attorney general, citing among other concerns his record opposing affirmative action and minority protections. At the same time, statements from Betsy DeVos, President-elect Donald Trump's nominee for education secretary, are raising concerns among some about her commitment to understanding issues of race.
Inside Higher Ed, Jan. 11, 2017

Obama references colleges in discussing 'bubbles'

In his farewell speech Tuesday night, President Obama spoke frequently of idealism and in particular that of young people. But he also included college campuses among those parts of American society where many people may be too insular in the groups in which they spend time.
Inside Higher Ed, Jan. 11, 2017

Tough deadlines ahead for Washington lawmakers on education spending

Washington state lawmakers are back at the state Capitol for this year’s legislative session with one of the biggest spending questions looming over their heads in recent years. That's how to comply with a 2012 court order to fully pay for K-12 education. KUOW Olympia correspondent Austin Jenkins told Kim Malcolm that lawmakers are facing tough deadlines.
KUOW, Jan. 10, 2017

Education panel splits along party lines on legislature’s first day

Monday’s opening of the 2017 legislative session featured traditional displays of pomp and calls for unity rather than politics as lawmakers confront an array of daunting challenges. But it also began ominously as a legislative panel that’s labored to find a path to fully funding public schools adjourned without issuing a final report because its Democratic and Republican members disagreed on what it should say.
Everett Herald, Jan. 10, 2017

Split on school funding marks start of new legislative session in Olympia

When it comes to the main challenge state lawmakers face this year, they can’t even agree to disagree. A task force designed to come up with ideas to solve the state’s school-funding crisis failed to put out any recommendations Monday, the first day of a new legislative session in Olympia. So divided were the eight lawmakers on the task force that they didn’t even adopt a final report to sum up their seven months of work, which involved analyzing school-funding issues that have landed the state in contempt of court.
The Olympian, Jan. 9, 2017

Editorial: Seat-filling intrigue ends, Legislature’s hard work begins

With apologies to the Grateful Dead, what a short, strange trip it’s been these last two months since Sen. Pam Roach was elected to the Pierce County Council. She grudgingly gave up her legislative career to represent Council District 2. She caused a rumpus by scolding staff (and mistaking a fellow council member as staff) at her first study session last week. And she bulldozed a path for her protege, Phil Fortunato, to be appointed to her Senate seat over the weekend.
The News Tribune, Jan. 8, 2017

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