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News Links | July 6, 2017

July 06, 2017 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

Cindy Faubion named nurse of the year

This June, Cathlamet resident Cindy Faubion was named Nurse Coordinator of the Year for Southwest Washington and Oregon by the March of Dimes. She was one of 17 nurses honored that day, out of what someone estimated to be 50,000 nurses in Southwest Washington and all of Oregon. ... Faubion graduated from Wahkiakum High School in 1971 and went through the nursing program at Lower Columbia College.
Wahkiakum County Eagle, July 6, 2017

Student Voices: I’m one of the first in my family to attend college. Here’s how I got there.

Ronnie Estoque, a first-generation college student from South Seattle, shares five lessons he learned from the college-admissions process. ... For families of first-generation college students who don’t speak English or speak it as their second language, the challenge of filing a FAFSA can be even harder. “My dad just told me to figure it out by myself but I couldn’t because it was my first time looking at a tax report,” says Andy Huynh, who just completed his first year at South Seattle College. ... Whether you’re pursuing higher education at a community college or a four-year university, know that you are still accomplishing something that no one in your family has done.
The Seattle Times, July 5, 2017

After 25 years, Pierce College Puyallup reveals contents of time capsule

Faculty, staff, students and alumni of Pierce College Puyallup gathered on June 9 to experience the unveiling of a time capsule that was sealed in the Gaspard Administration Building 25 years ago. When the Gaspard Administration Building was dedicated in 1990, the school board decided to put a time capsule in it. ... The capsule included items such as copies of Time Magazine, People, The News Tribune and the student newspaper at the time. There were also aerial photos of the campus and photos of the faculty in 1992.
The News Tribune, July 5, 2017

New Edmonds CC equity, inclusion VP says she’s committed to student success

Edmonds Community College’s new Associate Vice President of Equity and Inclusion believes that relationships and active engagement are the keys to “moving the dial” on social justice, and equity and inclusion issues of systemic inequity, power, and privilege. “I’m excited about the commitment I’ve seen to equity and inclusion on campus,” said Dr. Yvonne Terrell-Powell, vice president of Equity and Inclusion. “We serve a diverse student population, and we are committed to their success.
My Edmonds News, July 5, 2017

Walla Walla Community College student’s art chosen for merit, People’s Choice awards

Walla Walla Community College student Lissette Mendoza’s acrylic-and-ink painting on a 30-by-16-inch canvas recently won the merit and People’s Choice awards in Walla Walla Community College’s juried student art exhibit. Lissette’s work was inspired by a trip to Sheehan Gallery on the Whitman College campus to see Ikune Sawada’s ceramic collection. Awards were presented recently in the 2017 juried student art exhibit at WWCC, sponsored by WWCC Student Art Association and supported by WWCC ASB.
Walla Walla Union-Bulletin, July 4, 2017

Sunnyside native becomes national anthem singing icon in Chicago

When Jim Cornelison walks down the street in Chicago, there's a good chance he's going to be recognized after becoming a singing icon. It just so happens he calls eastern Washington home. Since 2008, at just about every Chicago Blackhawks home game, the anthem has been sung by one man: Jim Cornelison. A former opera singer, Cornelison turns the United Center into the Madhouse on Madison. ... From the asparagus fields, Cornelison attended Yakima Valley College, and it was there where he began singing. After getting his masters at Indiana University, he eventually became the anthem singer at Blackhawks games.
NBC Right Now, July 4, 2017

Zornes named Honored Citizen of the Year

When she learned that she was this year’s Honored Citizen of Chewelah, Heidi Zornes was teaching a class, something she’s done quite a bit since she and husband, Dick, moved to the valley nine years ago. ... Spokane Community College wanted to branch out into Chewelah, however, with “Act 2” classes to enrich the lives of older adults and asked Zornes to teach a fitness class. It started small with a group of ten but has since grown to several classes and 150 people that learn from Zornes and other instructors.
Chewela Independent, July 4, 2017

BTC Foundation board adds three members

The Bellingham Technical College Foundation recently elected three new members to serve on its board of directors. Each serves a three-year term from 2017 to 2020. The three are: Debbie Granger, educator and member of the maritime industry; Lin Nelson, president and chief operations officer of Whatcom Land Title; and Mike Morse, president of Morse Steel Service.
Lynden Tribune, July 4, 2017

Upriver radio station grappling with need for funding

On Monday afternoons, Rick Bannerman of Marblemount kicks back and listens to some of his favorite tunes, which always include those by Willie Nelson and Arlo Guthrie. He said he likes to envision others in the upriver area also enjoying the music that he not only listens to but broadcasts over 90.1 FM as a volunteer DJ for KSVU Upriver Radio. ... Between 2008 and 2017, Skagit Valley College's radio station KSVR received Radio Community Service Grants from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting ranging from about $64,000 to about $108,000. With that funding no longer available to KSVR, the station will no longer provide funding for Skagit Valley College's upriver radio station, KSVU.
Skagit Valley Herald, July 3, 2017

Westport winery Best of Class at Washington State Wine Competition

Westport Winery’s Dawn Patrol, a luscious blend of Riesling and raspberry, earned a gold medal and Best of Class at the Washington State Wine Competition held in Grandview, Washington, on June 20. This is the 34th year of this competition. ... A portion of proceeds from the judging will help fund scholarships at Yakima Valley College, Washington State University, South Seattle College and Walla Walla Community College winemaking programs.
Thurston Talk, July 3, 2017

Dent bill would prevent airport service consolidation

Rep. Tom Dent, R-Moses Lake, has introduced legislation that would keep integral facilities at the Grant County International Airport, rather than consolidating them with facilities in Spokane. House Joint Memorial 4013 would ask the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to keep Grant County International Airport’s Terminal Radar Approach Control (TRACON) facilities open, rather than merging them with Spokane’s TRACON. ... The measure highlights the benefits TRACON brings to the area, one which Dent says in providing opportunities for future pilots. Noting the fact that Big Bend Community College has students who are enrolled in aviation training, Dent said the TRACON facilities are a valuable asset that are not available at other facilities.
Columbia Basin Herald, July 3, 2017

EvCC to expand housing to students from other schools

As Everett Community College expands degree offerings and strengthens ties with universities, it also has added student housing, citing the need for higher education options in Snohomish County. This fall, on-campus apartments are to be open for students who choose to pursue bachelor’s and master’s degrees through Everett’s partnership with Western Washington University. The community college also hopes to open its housing for other four-year schools it works with, including Washington State, Central Washington and Eastern Washington universities.
Everett Herald, July 2, 2017

Drones take area businesses to new heights

No one you’re going to read about here is a spy. That detail must be cleared up first, because it’s typically the first question these people are asked. Derrik Westoby considers it an opportunity to educate when people see him flying his drone. ... The drone technology was demonstrated last year in waves of green wheat in Dayton, and is being utilized in precision agriculture and viticulture at Walla Walla Community College.
Walla Walla Union-Bulletin, July 2, 2017

Housing almost ready for Columbia Basin College students

With Columbia Basin College’s new student housing almost finished, officials plan to start accepting applications next week. Construction crews worked on drywall last week as they speed toward a Sept. 1 opening date for the $7 million, 126-bed project near 20th Avenue and Argent Road in Pasco.
Tri-City Herald, July 1, 2017

Herald photos of the week

Naji Ali, who grew up in Syria as a Palestinian refugee, was a commencement speaker at Edmonds Community College’s graduation ceremony.
Everett Herald, July 1, 2017

Trends | Horizons | Education

Study: Americans ‘adultify’ black girls, view them as less innocent than their white peers

Last year, the U.S. Department of Education released data that revealed black girls, who make up just 8 percent of enrolled public-school students, also represent 13 percent of students with one or more out-of-school suspensions. The data also revealed that racial disparities in discipline rates start early. Black girls represent 20 percent of female preschool enrollment but 54 percent of female preschool students who receive one or more suspensions. And a follow-up study published in the journal Sociology in Education found that black girls are three times as likely as their white peers to be disciplined for disruptive behavior, fighting and bullying or harassment. A new report released last week attempts to explain why educators may take a stricter approach with their black female students.
The Seattle Times, July 6, 2017

FTC refunds former DeVry students

The Federal Trade Commission began mailing more than $49 million in refund checks to former DeVry University students Wednesday as part of a settlement between the for-profit institution and the agency. DeVry agreed to the $100 million settlement after the FTC sued the institution for its use of employment statistics in advertising.
Inside Higher Ed, July 6, 2017

This ‘House’ doesn’t win

It’s perhaps the most ubiquitous issue facing higher education — college affordability. It’s a problem that everyone tries to tackle, a many-faceted beast that everyone from nonprofits to politicians have latched on to. And now Hollywood has gotten involved. Perhaps this was overlooked in the trailer for The House, the new comedy from Saturday Night Live alumni Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler because of their antics, but it’s one of the first films to even reference the difficulty of paying for college. And in a tangential way, perhaps the film does center on it, but really it serves as a setup for the utter outlandishness that is hosting a casino in the living room of your home.
Inside Higher Ed, July 3, 2017

Opinion: A first-generation student’s survival strategy: Work more, sleep less

The summer before I went off to college, I worked three jobs — about 75 hours a week — as a delivery driver for two pizza parlors and as a painter in the local hospital where my dad was a maintenance man. I was saving to pay the deposit for the private residence hall that I was moving into in the fall. I was the first in my family to attend college, and I was making my way without their financial support.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, July 2, 2017

Has the death of American manufacturing been exaggerated?

Manufacturing’s share of U.S. employment has been on a steady decline since the end of World War II. In May, the figure touched 8.48 percent, the lowest level since the Labor Department first began keeping records in 1940. The decline has been linked to the growth in income inequality, the weakening of the American middle class, and the rise of populist politics. But as the country appears to rethink free trade and automation appears to be finishing what trade agreements like NAFTA began, U.S. manufacturing still has some things working to its advantage.
The Atlantic, June 30, 2017

A Columbia professor's critique of campus politics

John McWhorter argues that an influential minority of college students are misusing concepts like safe spaces and white supremacy as performative cudgels — and that administrators and faculty members ought to do more to teach them the errors of their ways.
The Atlantic, June 30, 2017

College vs. the Great Recession

Those who graduated from college in 2008 often say it wasn’t the best time to be entering the working world. As graduates were searching for those first jobs, the economy was shedding them and the world was plunging into recession. If those prospects weren’t dire enough, many of those graduates were also carrying debt from student loans. Those millennials, however unlucky, fared better than their non-college-educated counterparts, though.
Inside Higher Ed, June 30, 2017

For homeless students, ‘education was the only way out’

As the cost of college has risen, so has the number of students who are struggling to meet their basic needs. In one recent survey, more than one in five students said they had gone hungry in the past month. Close to one in 10 said they had been homeless at some point in the past year. ... But some current and formerly homeless students are succeeding in college despite the odds.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, June 29, 2017

Talk about diverse hiring often means faculty. What about staff?

When colleges talk about diverse hiring, much of the focus — and the funding — goes to recruiting and retaining faculty members from underrepresented minority groups. But a program in the works at the University of California at Berkeley is looking at new ways to elevate an overlooked cohort: minority staff in nonacademic areas, like student-affairs administrators and office managers. Training sessions will be tailored to the experiences of midcareer staff members from minorities. The sessions are aimed at helping participants understand topics like strategic networking, how the university works, and how to negotiate.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, June 29, 2017

The post-college therapy void

While student enrollment at U.S. colleges and universities only grew by 5.6 percent between 2009 and 2015, the number of attended counseling appointments grew by 38.4 percent. At mid-size schools (those that educate between 5,000 and 10,000 students), an average of 10 percent of the student body uses the counseling center. ... In 2016, over half of all college counseling centers experienced an increase in funding from their universities. As more and more schools expand their mental-health services, students are becoming increasingly accustomed to free or low-cost, easily accessible therapy. That can make it hard to leave college behind.
The Atlantic, June 26, 2017

Politics | Local, State, National

Helping career education become a first choice

California wants to eliminate the lingering stigma about career and technical education with a rebranding campaign that also seeks to compete with for-profit colleges on marketing. The $6 million rebranding effort kicks off at California’s capitol later this month. It’s related to a broader push to expand and improve career and technical programs at California’s large community college system, which enrolls 2.1 million students at 114 colleges.
Inside Higher Ed, July 5, 2017

Housing app seeks to match students, boomers

“Students need housing. Older households have bedrooms. We do the matching.” That’s the haiku-style slogan for Nesterly, a new app that pairs students in college towns with baby boomers who have space to spare. The innovation is part social, part solution to housing crunches Millennials face in high-rent areas. Noelle Marcus and Rachel Goor, Nesterly’s creators, urban planners and recent graduates of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, will launch the app in Boston this fall. They’ll match home owners with graduate students looking for cheaper rent in exchange for doing household chores, according to CityLab.
Inside Higher Ed, July 5, 2017

Silence from the secretary, despite major rules changes

It has been a month since Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has spoken publicly about higher education. During a U.S. Senate Appropriations subcommittee hearing on June 6, Ms. DeVos spoke in support of the Trump administration’s budget. Senators from both sides of the aisle criticized the proposal, which calls for steep cuts to a range of education programs, as "difficult" to defend. Still, Ms. DeVos fielded questions from the lawmakers for more than two hours. Since the hearing, the Education Department has announced major changes.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, July 5, 2017

Opinion: Time to read the fine print on state budget deal

The Washington Legislature barely averted a calamitous government shutdown Friday while enacting sweeping education finance reforms. But at what cost? Many lawmakers conceded they voted on the last-minute $43.7 billion budget deal without knowing exactly what was in it. Educators and advocates had no chance to vet the backroom deal to inform their representatives on its pitfalls.
The Seattle Times, July 4, 2017

New Jersey man accused of threats that closed Evergreen State College last month

A New Jersey man is accused of making threatening calls to The Evergreen State College in Olympia after protests there last month attracted national attention. Morris County prosecutors say 53-year-old Robert Kerekes Jr. was arrested Monday night. The Morris Plains man is charged with making terroristic threats, criminal coercion and causing false public alarm. The charges stem from telephone threats made against Evergreen, which caused the school to be shut down for three days last month as students and faculty were finishing up the school year.
The Seattle Times, July 4, 2017

Washington’s GET college savings plan could reopen soon

Washington’s prepaid tuition plan has been frozen for nearly two years — closed to new investors and lump-sum investments. But if a state committee votes to revive it this week, it may soon come back to life. On Thursday, the committee that oversees the Guaranteed Education Tuition plan (GET), will meet in Olympia to discuss reopening the fund, picking a new price for GET units, and offering a kind of stock split for those who stay in the program. The committee is also negotiating with a fund-management company to open a new kind of college plan, a 529 savings plan similar to a Roth IRA, by January.
The Seattle Times, July 3, 2017

No more tuition cuts in Washington. Cost of college set to rise with new budget.

College tuition will be more expensive for Washington students under the state budget passed last week, a departure from tuition freezes and cuts ordered by lawmakers in recent years. The Legislature approved an annual tuition hike of roughly 2 percent at the state’s public four-year schools and community and technical colleges — the first increase since the two-year budget in 2011. Lawmakers froze tuition in 2013 and reduced it at four-year colleges by 15-20 percent in 2015. Community colleges got a 5 percent tuition cut at the time. This year, an expensive court order to fully fund K-12 schools drove the trend reversal.
The News Tribune, July 3, 2017

Eight lawmakers’ secluded struggle to broker McCleary funding deal

As lawmakers bickered over a budget and brought Washington state to the brink of a government shutdown, eight legislators secluded themselves in a conference room. Their mission: to finally write a plan to resolve the state Supreme Court’s McCleary education-funding decision.
The Seattle Times, July 3, 2017

DeVos allows career programs to delay disclosure to students

Two weeks after announcing a regulatory rewrite of the gainful-employment rule for nondegree career education programs, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos announced late Friday that she was delaying key provisions of the existing rule. The department will give those programs until July 2018 to disclose information such as graduate employment rates or debt levels to prospective students, a year later than originally scheduled. And it will also extend a deadline to file alternate earnings appeals, citing a Wednesday court order in a lawsuit brought by cosmetology schools.
Inside Higher Ed, July 3, 2017

Opinion: Voters shut out of McCleary solution

Once again, our legislature is about to close up shop with a whirlwind of political theater. In what has become a too-familiar finish to the annual “McCleary” drama over school funding, a pre-scripted parade of bills, budgets, tax tweaks, and self-congratulations will end months of pretend deadlock. By next week, Republican and Democrats will be holding hands, joined in a now-bipartisan goal to decoy the Supreme Court with the illusion of progress so they can reenact the whole thing one more time before next year’s general election. We’ll need some time to fully map the consequences of the back-room deals hidden inside the new budgets. But make no mistake: way before legislators teed up a final budget this week, their delay and drama had already inflicted major damage to our state.
The News Tribune, July 1, 2017

Some winners, losers and many unknowns in state’s new $7.3B public-school spending plan

In the end, the introduction and passage of the Washington Legislature’s sweeping public-school spending bill happened so quickly that its impact on the state’s 295 school districts is only just starting to come into focus. Officials from some districts, like Highline in Southeast King County, seemed pleasantly surprised by the last-minute, $7.3 billion deal. Many others, including officials with Seattle Public Schools — the state’s largest district — remained hesitant to declare victory or defeat before understanding the full details of a four-year spending plan that the Legislature unveiled Thursday and approved Friday.
The Seattle Times, June 30, 2017

Historic change: State property tax climbing to fund schools

The largest state property tax increase in Washington history is the centerpiece of a plan released Thursday to boost funding for public schools as demanded by the state Supreme Court. Under the agreement, the state will pour an additional $1.8 billion into public schools in the next two years and another $5.5 billion between 2019 and 2021. Those dollars will go to address the education funding mandate of the court’s McCleary decision.
Everett Herald, June 30, 2017

Washington state AG office joins suit in student-loan case

The Washington state Attorney General’s Office has filed a motion to intervene in a federal lawsuit, saying that if the lawsuit was successful, it would strip protections for students who borrowed money to pay for degrees at for-profit schools. The lawsuit, filed by a group of private California postsecondary schools, challenges a 2016 Obama administration rule that is to go into effect July 1 and aims to protect student borrowers. State Attorney General Bob Ferguson filed the motion Thursday in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, joining nine other state attorneys general who are arguing that the Obama-era rules will deter predatory for-profit colleges from violating consumer-protection laws.
The Seattle Times, June 30, 2017

State officials make legal threat against DACA

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton and nine other state Republican attorneys general sent a letter Thursday threatening to sue if the Trump administration does not “phase out” the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, under which more than 700,000 undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children, many of them now college students, have obtained two-year, renewable work permits and protection against deportation.
Inside Higher Ed, June 30, 2017

Feds will now target relatives who smuggled in children to U.S.

The Trump administration plans to arrest parents and other relatives who authorities believe smuggled their children into the United States, a move immigrant advocates said would send a wave of fear through vulnerable communities. A new “surge initiative” aims to dismantle human smuggling operations, including identifying and arresting the adult sponsors of unaccompanied minors who paid coyotes or other smugglers to bring the children across the U.S. border, Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials confirmed Thursday.
The Seattle Times, June 30, 2017

Oregon set to change qualifications on Promise

Oregon officials are planning to alter the requirements for the state's tuition-free Promise program. The new requirements would cut off grants to wealthier families. The changes are because lawmakers are budgeting $40 million for the program in the next two years, which is $8 million less than what officials say the program needs to operate. Those students who don't qualify will be notified this summer.
Inside Higher Ed, June 30, 2017

New Washington state budget would provide $7.3B more to public schools over four years

A state budget agreement would boost public-school spending by $7.3 billion over the next four years, funded in part by a hike in the statewide property tax that goes to education. Details of the plan remained sketchy Thursday, but the proposal is expected to increase property taxes in schools districts like Seattle, Bellevue and Lake Washington, Democratic lawmakers said.
The Seattle Times, June 29, 2017

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