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News Links | July 11, 2017

July 11, 2017 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

Riding the STP is Colleen Balestreri’s next big challenge

It’s not that Colleen Balestreri didn’t already know how to ride a bike. But, she had never gone on long rides, peddling for hours and piling up the miles. “I think maybe my longest ride was something like five miles,” said the 37-year-old Olympia resident. And that’s what made her decision to do the challenging 205-mile, Seattle to Portland (STP) bike ride so intriguing. ... One constant shared by everyone riding in the STP will be fatigue. It’s a tough race for even seasoned riders. Balestreri accepts the challenge, but to soften the challenge and improve her endurance riding in the saddle, Balestreri has been training as much as possible. But, a busy schedule – she works three days a week drawing blood and takes classes at Clover Park Technical College five days a week – has limited her weekly bike rides.
Thurston Talk, July 11, 2017

Students line up for days to apply for nursing school

There's a line forming at Bellingham Technical College this weekend — but not for a concert or show. Students are waiting to apply for a spot in the school's nursing program. At least 33 people are camping out, waiting for the admissions office to open at 8 o'clock Monday morning. The line started forming Friday night. Bellingham Technical College recently switched its nursing school application system from a lottery to first-come, first-serve admissions applications process. The college will take the applications and review them as they come in, but not everyone who applies will be accepted.  About 60 people will be accepted into the program. The college will accept applications throughout the school year as well.
KING 5, July 10, 2017

South County Politics: Legislators wait for capital-budget agreement to end special session

Most local legislators are at home while the legislature’s third special session continues with a few negotiators working on a final capital budget. Democratic State Rep. Strom Peterson says that the House of Representatives has overwhelmingly passed a capital budget but the Republican-controlled State Senate has held it up pending repairs to problems raised by the State Supreme Court’s Hirst decision, which protects water for fish and other water rights holders but has meant that some rural property owners can’t drill new wells. The capital budget approved by the Democrat-controlled House includes building projects all over Washington, including a new roof for the Frances Anderson Center in Edmonds; renovations of the Edmonds Pier; the Edmonds Waterfront Center and waterfront-development project; an engineering, science and technology building at Edmonds Community College; and money for the South Snohomish County Community Resource Center in Lynnwood.
My Edmonds News, July 10, 2017

Bates Technical College students earn national, regional awards

A national gold medal and a regional award are among the growing accolades Bates Technical College students have earned because of their expertise and hard work. ... Fire Service student Dallin Wilson competed in the 2017 SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference on June 19-23 in Louisville, Ky., where he won the first-place gold medal. The annual event is a competitive showcase of career and technical education students, with more than 16,000 students, teachers and business partners participating. ... The Northwest Region of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS), the organization that honors Emmy Award winners, awarded Broadcasting/Video Production student Annika Welsh the 2017 College Award for Excellence.
The Suburban Times, July 10, 2017

How can you get a high-paying job at a refinery? It’s not just about skills

A job that pays a living wage in Whatcom County can be hard to get, but the right attitude and a willingness to learn can go a long way. Earlier this year BP Cherry Point hired 23 people for a variety of positions, with many offering a starting salary package upward of $30 an hour. ... So how does someone stand out among the hundreds of job applications and get hired at a refinery? It is helpful to have certain job skills or training through specific programs at places like Bellingham Technical College, said Chris Colon, a continuous improvement coach at BP. 
The Bellingham Herald, July 9, 2017

CWU to take on flight training, to acquire aircraft

Central Washington University faculty and staff plan to provide flight training to new students this fall and assume all responsibilities for flight training when the university’s contract with its current provider ends next year, according to a news release from the school. ... Ballard said the university’s move to independent flight training will help support the long-standing education partnership with Big Bend Community College in Moses Lake. Big Bend students can earn a two-year aviation degree in Moses Lake and then transfer to CWU to complete a baccalaureate degree.
The Daily Record, July 8, 2017

Opinion: Bilingual program lost in budget details

Education officials thought the compromise between dueling House and Senate bilingual education proposals was a done deal, but they were disappointed to find that, in the end, only the version preferred by House Democrats received the funding to go forward. That means the plan that had most excited school leaders in Pasco, and had been supported by Columbia Basin College, appears to have been derailed, even though Gov. Jay Inslee signed off on it earlier in the legislative session. This is an example — and we are sure there are others — of how certain details in the hastily approved, two-year state budget have caught people by surprise.
Tri-City Herald, July 8, 2017

Clark College tuition to increase

Clark College tuition will go up for the first time in five years in light of the recently approved state budget, the community college announced this week. ... Last week’s tuition hike will affect all four-year schools and community and technical colleges, including Washington State University Vancouver. The Legislature froze tuition in 2013 and reduced it at four-year colleges between 15 and 20 percent in 2015. Community Colleges, meanwhile, got a 5 percent tuition cut. Clark College, and colleges across the state, saw steep tuition increases for several years prior to the freeze and cuts. ... Despite last week’s 11th hour budget deal, which narrowly prevented a state shutdown, legislators are continuing to work on the capital budget funding construction projects. ... The Legislature has said if it can’t come to a deal by July 20, it will revisit the capital budget next session. In limbo, therefore, is $5.2 million in predesign and design dollars for the first building at Clark College’s campus at Boschma Farms in Ridgefield.
The Columbian, July 8, 2017

Opinion: Diversity in education

Parker Palmer reminds us that “Good teaching cannot be reduced to technique; good teaching comes from the identity and integrity of the teacher.” ... The new Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) degrees can offer a transfer path for students who have an Associate of Applied Science in Early Childhood Education or Paraeducation into a teacher preparation program. BAS degrees that include teacher certification are just now being developed. Pierce College offered the first, and Highline College was second in the state to be approved for this kind of degree with teacher education. Highline College developed this degree to provide a path to a bachelor’s degree and possible teacher certification for candidates who reflect the diversity of their community.
Federal Way Mirror, July 7, 2017

Shoreline Community College receives $572,070 National Science Foundation grant to create courses and training materials in immuno-biotechnology

Shoreline Community College aims to fill a skill gap in the medical workforce: immuno-biotechnology training in the fast-growing field of biotechnology. The College, a long-time innovator in biotechnology education, will pioneer new courses and share materials for teaching courses related to immuno-biotechnology through a $572,070 National Science Foundation grant.
Shoreline Area News, July 7, 2017

Prize-winning local writer authors new novel

Born in 1931, Martin McCaw of Walla Walla spent the first four years of his life in a house lacking electricity and running water. And his family had to use a hated outhouse. However, his imagination soared while living “an enchanted childhood” on the McCaw farm two miles east of Prescott, where he said “the Touchet River woods became the jungles of Ceylon and I captured tigers and pythons for zoos.” ... The author finally stopped taking advantage of others through cards and correspondence courses to earn a master’s in psychology at Walla Walla College. Through the education program at Walla Walla Community College, he taught for 17 years at the Washington State Penitentiary “where I could finally make a living by helping people instead of manipulating them.”
Walla Walla Union-Bulletin, July 6, 2017

TCC exhibits retrospective of art by Alec Clayton

Artist. Author. Critic of visual and theatrical art, Alec Clayton has been hard at work in our City of Destiny for many years now. While we often have the chance to read his thoughts on the local arts scene, and even to hear him read some of his fiction at places like the Creative Colloquy (a local literary gig that meets monthly,) it is rare to get a chance to view his own art. (I can think of a few past shows like one at the now defunct Art on Center Gallery and one at the equally defunct B2 Fine Art Gallery.) A sumptuous retrospective of Clayton’s paintings is currently up for view at the Gallery at Tacoma Community College.
Tacoma Weekly, July 6, 2017

Shoreline’s Clean Energy Technology Program awarded National Science Foundation grant

Shoreline Community College was awarded a National Science Foundation grant to enhance its Clean Energy Technology (CET) program over the next three years. The $168,242 grant will assure that the CET program is equipped to ensure students develop a skillset that prepares them for high-skill technology jobs in the field of clean energy. Careers in the green building sector continue to see steady growth, particularly in the Greater Seattle area, which surpasses the nation in energy management and systems technology jobs.
Shoreline Area News, July 5, 2017

Trends | Horizons | Education

Call for more transparency on college and careers

The number and variety of postsecondary credentials, providers and occupations are multiplying rapidly, finds a new report from the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce, but a lack of good information about college and careers "drives the higher education market toward mediocrity." The stakes are high for students to make the right decisions, the center said. Yet many college graduates are showing buyer's remorse, with more than half saying they would choose a different major, go to a different college or pursue a different credential if given the chance.
Inside Higher Ed, July 11, 2017

How colleges give students a flawed sense of living costs

How much will it really cost to go to college? Institutions can provide students and parents with a pretty clear picture of what they’ll pay in tuition and fees, and they can give students living on campus the exact price of room and board. But those are pieces of a bigger puzzle. Other expenses — those associated with housing, food, health care, and transportation, for example — can be much harder to calculate. Still, colleges are required to at least try. According to a federal mandate, they must tally those costs of living as part of an overall “cost of attendance” figure. The problem is that their estimates can be wildly off base, leaving students with an inaccurate picture of the real price tag for their college aspirations. As a result, many students might find their budgets tighter than they expected, or take out more in loans than they need.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, July 10, 2017

How will the feds protect student-loan borrowers in the future? 2 visions are aired

The Education Department announced in June that it would delay and renegotiate a pair of Obama-era regulations aimed at reining in abuses by colleges. And Monday marked the tipoff of that process. Advocates for students and college groups came here, to the department’s headquarters, on Monday to voice their concerns or support for the decision. Some chided Betsy DeVos, the education secretary, for rolling back the gainful-employment and borrower defense-to-repayment rules; others praised the actions, arguing that renegotiation would help make the process fairer for institutions. And all of those who spoke shared their thoughts of what the consumer rules should be. Through nearly seven hours of comments, the recommendations tended to fall into one of two categories: Carry out the rules as written, or renegotiate the rules to ensure "equity" across all sectors.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, July 10, 2017

More charter schools to open in Washington state, encouraging new network

Controversy surrounding charter schools in Washington has barely abated since the voter initiative allowing them passed, narrowly, in 2012, quickly followed by dueling lawsuits. The legality of these publicly funded schools exempt from certain regulations remains in limbo. But that did not deter Natalie Hester from jumping in — first, by enrolling her daughter in one of Washington’s first charters, Summit Sierra in Seattle; and now, by helping to build a brand-new network of them called Impact Public Schools. The first, Impact Elementary, has been approved to open in Tukwila for the 2018-19 school year. It has received a $1 million grant from the Charter School Growth Fund, partially funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, to aid in creating eight schools statewide.
The Seattle Times, July 10, 2017

Assessing the travel ban: What new data on overseas recruitment does — and doesn’t — tell us

One report on international-student trends concludes that American colleges have been "hard hit" by declining interest from the Middle East, while another expresses "cautious optimism" that the number of overseas students accepting offers of admission to American institutions could be above projections. A third shares the concerns of graduate-school deans, half of whom say they are seeing "substantial" falloffs in foreign enrollments. All three reports were released in the last day and a half. Since its initial rollout, in January, educators have been deeply concerned that President Trump’s travel ban could depress enrollments from abroad, and have been hungry for information that could provide insight into its effects. The recent data dump, however, might rightly leave their heads spinning.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, July 6, 2017

Politics | Local, State, National

Proposal would require international students to reapply for permission to stay

The Department of Homeland Security is discussing a proposal to require international students to reapply for permission to stay in the United States every year, a proposal that, if enacted, would create new costs and paperwork burdens and could dissuade international students from coming to the U.S., The Washington Post reported.
Inside Higher Ed, July 11, 2017

Deep partisan divide on higher education

Republicans have soured on higher education, with more than half now saying that colleges have a negative impact on the "way things are going" in the United States. An annual survey by the Pew Research Center on Americans’ views of national institutions, released this week, found a dramatic attitude shift on higher education among Republicans and people who lean Republican, with the change occurring across most demographic and ideological groups.
Inside Higher Ed, July 11, 2017

Most Republicans think colleges are bad for the country. Why?

A majority of Republicans and right-leaning independents think higher education has a negative effect on the country, according to a new study released by the Pew Research Center on Monday. The same study has found a consistent increase in distrust of colleges and universities since 2010, when negative perceptions among Republicans was measured at 32 percent. That number now stands at 58 percent. By comparison, 72 percent of Democrats or left-leaning Independents in the study said colleges and universities have a positive impact on the United States. In an increasingly polarized culture, the drastic shift is the latest piece of evidence that institutions of higher education — along with labor unions, banks, churches, and the news media — have been plunged headfirst into a hyperpartisan war.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, July 10, 2017

Support grows for major shift in Pell

Bipartisan support is building for federal legislation that would make Pell Grants available to students who are pursuing short-term certificates. Under current law, the major federal grants for low-income students cannot be used to pay for academic programs that are shorter than 600 clock hours or 15 weeks in length. But a bill introduced in January by Senator Rob Portman, an Ohio Republican, and Senator Tim Kaine, a Virginia Democrat, would expand Pell eligibility to shorter job-training programs, with a minimum cutoff of 150 clock hours of instruction time over a period of at least eight weeks.
Inside Higher Ed, July 10, 2017

In sprawling McCleary fix, lawmakers may resurrect inequities in Washington schools

Education policy advocates celebrated the elimination of formulas that rewarded affluent school districts in Washington state. But reforms to that system may recreate the exact same disparities for high-poverty schools.
The Seattle Times, July 8, 2017

Raise your drink to state’s financial state but watch out for the hangover

Puerto Rico is bankrupt. Illinois is headed that way. Multiple states are unable to pass budgets, or have growing pension obligations threatening their balance sheets, or both. By contrast, Washington is an island of placidity. Yes, the Legislature did recently, to borrow a newspapering term, push a deadline by waiting until the last possible day of the fiscal year, in its third special session, to pass a budget and avert a state-government shutdown. But the debates and differences that led to the delay were over how to carve up growing revenues in a way to satisfy various constituencies, not to mention the authority that has decided to assume executive and legislative powers when it comes to state spending – Washington’s Supreme Court.
The News Tribune, July 8, 2017

GET college plan now back in line with yearly tuition costs

Washingtonians who have invested in the state’s prepaid college tuition plan will see a kind of stock split when the worth of the units is recalculated in August. The committee that oversees the Guaranteed Education Tuition plan (GET) voted Thursday to revalue the units and change the payout amount. That won’t change the value of any customer’s plan; each customer will own more GET units, but each unit will be worth less. GET is scheduled to reopen to new investors and lump-sum purchases before Nov. 1.
The Seattle Times, July 7, 2017

FAQ: Where will Washington state’s $7.3 billion education dollars go?

One week ago, after a long and contentious gestation period, lawmakers in Olympia finally birthed their plan to fully fund K-12 education. Over the next four years, $7.3 billion will be allocated to basic education in Washington’s public schools. ... Over the last week, we talked to education advocates and school districts and thumbed through legislative documents to find out where and when taxpayers and educators could expect things to change.
The Seattle Times, July 7, 2017

Beneficiaries of the DeVos delay

When Betsy DeVos announced the delay of key provisions of the gainful-employment rule last week, she said the Obama-era regulation would limit the kinds of education students could pursue. And a notice of the delay in the Federal Register went farther, citing a recent court order partially blocking enforcement of the rule for cosmetology programs. Like other steps DeVos has taken on higher ed regulation, though, the response goes far beyond the remedy sought in a legal challenge to student protections. The delay gives all nondegree and proprietary programs subject to the rule more time to file alternative earnings appeals — which allow programs to address graduates' underreported income from tips or self-employment — originally due June 30. And it puts off for another year certain disclosure requirements about program performance.
Inside Higher Ed, July 7, 2017

State joins suit to stop delaying rules protecting student-loan borrowers

Washington has joined with 18 other states in a federal lawsuit that seeks to stop the U.S. Department of Education from delaying rules that protect student-loan borrowers from predatory and deceptive practices by higher-education institutions. The lawsuit was filed Thursday in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. In the suit, state Attorney General Bob Ferguson and 18 other attorneys general argue that the Education Department did not provide adequate justification, or a notice and comment process, regarding its delay of the rules.
The Seattle Times, July 6, 2017

Opinion: State’s McCleary-compliant budget has drawbacks

Washington’s Legislature on Friday passed a state budget with mere hours to spare — the governor signed it after 11 p.m. — leaving the public scrambling to get a look at what it will mean for the state’s residents and school districts. The $43.7 billion budget includes a historic education funding plan that adds nearly $2 billion for the state’s K-12 schools. The funds come due to the 2012 McCleary decision that mandated the state to fully fund public education and break school districts’ reliance on local levies. That sounds like an improvement, a way to ensure equity in education regardless of the economic status of the school district (wealthier areas can have higher levies, while poorer areas have lower, if any, levies). But the way the Legislature chose to fund the increases is not all-around positive.
Vashon-Maury Island Beachcomber, July 5, 2017

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