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News Links | January 26, 2017

January 26, 2017 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

Proposed $500M plan would double Bellevue College’s square footage

Bellevue College’s campus could more than double in size over the next 30 years if the Board of Trustees approves a $500 million master plan. Under the plan proposed Jan. 10, the college would replace or renovate some of the existing structures and construct more than 20 new buildings, increasing the campus’ square footage of academic buildings from 835,000 to 1.4 million.
Bellevue Reporter, Jan. 26, 2017

Local Head Start gets grant to comply with federal requirements

A $4.7 million federal grant will expand the Lower Columbia College Head Start program. The grant will pay for converting three half-day classrooms into three full-day classrooms, the purchase of a modular classroom and the hiring of additional staff. However, no new students will be added to the program. The money for the grant came from the federal Head Start office.
Longview Daily News, Jan. 25, 2017

Local women explain why they joined march on Washington

An Everett Community College physics instructor flew to the nation’s capital with her daughter and two nieces. She feels they were part of history. ... The Women’s March on Washington, D.C., and related marches nationwide drew huge numbers Saturday, including more than 100,000 in Seattle. It was an outpouring The New York Times described as “a kind of counterinauguration” after President Donald Trump was sworn in Friday.
Everett Herald, Jan. 25, 2017

Bates: Spotlight on Staff: Academic instructor Karrie Zylstra has passion for languages, loves teaching basic skills

In this edition of Spotlight on Staff, we sat down with [Bates Technical College] Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training (I-BEST) instructor Karrie Zylstra. Read on to find out what inspires her, what she finds as the most important changes happening at the college, what three traits define her, and more. Instructor Karrie Zylstra finds inspiration in watching students graduate each spring.
The Suburban Times, Jan. 25, 2017

Pierce College removing sewage from Lakewood’s Waughop Lake

Vacuum trucks were removing floating sewage from Fort Steilacoom Park’s Waughop Lake on Tuesday as investigators searched for the source of the contamination. Engineers sent cameras up the stormwater pipe connecting the Pierce College campus with the lake, trying to find a connection that is directing sewage into the stormwater system, college spokesman Brian Benedetti said. “We’re not yet sure that the material is coming from the campus, but we sent the trucks out because we’re concerned about the lake,” he said.
The News Tribune, Jan. 25, 2017

Centralia College Foundation announces 2017 distinguished alumnus

The Centralia College Foundation has announced its 2017 Distinguished Alumnus. Alicia Wicks, who grew up in Centralia and was a 1963 graduate of Centralia College, has been chosen to receive the honor. ... Wicks has an extensive history in philanthropy, particularly in Africa. She follows in her brother’s footsteps. Elliot Wicks was the 27th recipient of the Distinguished Alumnus Award in 2004.
Centralia Chronicle, Jan. 24, 2017

Opinion: With more than 42 years as higher-ed leader, Jean Floten deserves Washington’s thanks

After more than 42 years serving Pacific Northwest colleges and universities, some might expect Jean Floten to be ready to sit back and enjoy retirement. Friends and colleagues of the woman who is retiring as chancellor of WGU Washington, an online university, say that assumption would be incorrect. Floten brought Bellevue College into the 21st Century as an early adopter of online learning and four-year degrees at community colleges. ... Floten called her retirement the beginning of act four in her career, which has included 15 years leading Edmonds Community College, 22 years at Bellevue College and 5 years at WGU Washington.
The Seattle Times, Jan. 24, 2017

Trump’s hiring of 2 state legislators leaves Senate GOP in a bind

President Trump’s administration has twice come knocking in recent days, with two Republican state senators taking federal jobs. The promotions, however, are illuminating the GOP’s tenuous control of the state Senate. With the resignation Tuesday of Sen. Brian Dansel, R-Republic, the Senate is tied 24-24 — at least until Dansel’s replacement is appointed. ... A graduate of Republic High School, in Northeast Washington, Dansel earned an associate degree from Walla Walla Community College, his legislative biography says.
The Seattle Times, Jan. 24, 2017

CASEE students take first place at forestry competition

Students from Battle Ground Public Schools' Center for Agriculture, Science and Environmental Education (CASEE) finished in first place at a Future Farmers of America (FFA) forestry career development event (CDE) competition. The event was hosted by the Grays Harbor College (GHC) Forestry and Natural Resources program and featured students from across Washington.
The Reflector, Jan. 24, 2017

New 1st District legislators say committee roles aid home areas

Two new 1st District state legislators say that their committee assignments give them ways to help the district. ... In the Republican-controlled senate, Democratic 1st District State Sen. Guy Palumbo has become ranking minority member of the Senate Higher Education Committee and a member of the Local Government Committee. ... Palumbo said that he wants to help get facilities for UW-Bothell and Cascadia College in the 1st District to turn out more qualified workers. Palumbo said that the local colleges are among those around the state that have had to wait for facilities.
Everett Herald, Jan. 24, 2017

Tsunami of kids threatens to inundate ML schools

A tsunami of children is coming. And it is threatening to overwhelm the Moses Lake schools. ... This isn’t a problem now, [Superintendent of Moses Lake School District Michelle] Price noted, but it will be in a few years when this wave of children is old enough to start high school. ... While there are measures to alleviate crowding — Running Start, which allows students to take community college classes and earn an associate’s degree while still in high school, or the Columbia Basic Technical Skills Center — Price said these programs aren’t for everyone. “Running Start works for some kids, those who are academically able, whose parents are able to let go,” Price said. “Besides, Big Bend Community College isn’t big enough. Running Start is based on college prep, and it’s not for all kids.”
Columbia Basin Herald, Jan. 24, 2017

Trends | Horizons | Education

Students fall prey to employment scam

College students across the country are taking the bait on an employment scam that gives scammers access to their bank accounts, according to an announcement from the FBI. The scammers send out emails and post advertisements for job openings, typically recruiting students to take on administrative positions. During the hiring process, students are told they need to purchase certain equipment or supplies for the new job, and the “employer” will send a counterfeit check to reimburse them for the materials. After the student deposits the check, they are asked to send a portion of the money from their checking account to a third party.
Inside Higher Ed, Jan. 26, 2017

Historic gift: Gates Foundation gives $279 million to University of Washington

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is once again shattering donation records at the University of Washington, this time with a $279 million grant to continue and expand pioneering programs that measure health around the globe. The money will fund another decade of work at the UW’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME), which was founded 10 years ago with a $105 million Gates grant that was at the time the largest gift in UW history.
The Seattle Times, Jan. 25, 2017

Opinion: You don’t need to be superwoman to succeed in STEM

Women pursue STEM majors because they are interested in the field, not to prove a point. Many female STEM students and professionals find themselves in situations where they are held up as an example of a "woman in STEM." Even when done with good intentions, foisting role-model status on people based solely on their gender adds extra pressure to what is often already a challenging, rigorous field. Studies have shown that the effect of "stereotype threat," the fear of reinforcing a stereotype, is present in STEM fields and negatively impacts women’s performance.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, Jan. 22, 2017

Why UW College Republicans invited Milo Yiannopoulos to speak

Bill Radke talks to Jessie Gamble, University of Washington student and president of the College Republicans, about why she and the club decided to invite the controversial, self-declared "most fabulous super-villain on the internet" to speak at UW on Inauguration Day. She told Radke why she wanted the school's conservatives to hear him.
KUOW, Jan. 17, 2017

Politics | Local, State, National

'Do not step away'

As the Trump administration begins its term in office, college leaders remain unsure about how the new White House will regulate institutions' approaches to campus sexual assault. A briefing Wednesday on Capitol Hill reflected that anxiety, with college presidents calling on institutions to continue the Obama administration’s increased focus on protecting students while urging the Trump administration to provide more clarity and to take a less adversarial stance.
Inside Higher Ed, Jan. 26, 2017

'A closing of America'

A draft executive order that President Trump is reportedly considering signing would suspend and shrink refugee admissions and temporarily bar nationals of certain countries in the Middle East and Africa from entering the U.S. The draft order, published Wednesday by The Washington Post and The New York Times, can be read in light of Trump’s campaign promise to temporarily suspend visa processing from certain countries “that have a history of exporting terrorism” and put new, more “extreme” vetting procedures in place.
Inside Higher Ed, Jan. 26, 2017

Rutgers advocacy effort calls for BRIDGE Act for undocumented students

Students at Rutgers University have sent more than 6,000 letters to their U.S. senators and representatives in support of a bill that would provide "provisional protected presence" and employment authorization to young immigrants who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children. The students sent the letters through a Rutgers portal in response to a "call to action" from President Robert Barchi alerting students of an opportunity to advocate for the BRIDGE Act, which would provide temporary legal status to beneficiaries of former President Obama's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program in the event President Trump overturns it via an executive order.
Inside Higher Ed, Jan. 25, 2017

Higher ed and the wall

Some college leaders are concerned about the symbolic impact of Trump’s proposed wall on collaborations and exchange, even as many wait to see what, if any, practical effects it might have.
Inside Higher Ed, Jan. 25, 2017

Opinion: Lawmakers won’t solve McCleary in time to help me, a McCleary

I was just a 7-year-old kid in second grade when my family filed the lawsuit that bears our last name. They did it for me and for my big sister Kelsey and for every other kid getting short-changed in public schools all across Washington. Today, I’m 17 and a senior in high school. Kelsey is 23 and a senior in college. It’s too late for us. But it’s not too late for a million other kids who’ll be in our schools next year.
Everett Herald, Jan. 24, 2017

House votes to give schools one-year reprieve from ‘levy cliff,’ possible $500M shortfall

Washington lawmakers moved one step closer toward a solution to the “levy cliff” — which could cause a $500 million shortfall for school districts starting in 2018 — when the House voted Monday to pass a bill designed to delay the cliff by one year. It moves to the Senate.
The Seattle Times, Jan. 23, 2017

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