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July 18, 2017 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

Opinion: Capital budget standoff delaying work across state

By Jean Hernandez, president of Edmonds Community College. You could almost hear the collective sigh of relief late last month when the Legislature finally passed a two-year state operating budget and avoided a government shutdown. Now people are once again holding their breath — this time for a capital budget. The capital budget is a two-year spending plan for land purchases and construction projects. Now in its third special session, the Legislature has yet to pass the capital budget. Caught up in the legislative impasse is a project to build a Science, Engineering, Technology building at Edmonds Community College. This project would help prepare Snohomish County’s growing population for high-demand occupations and house programs such as engineering, nursing, math, chemistry and physics.
Everett Herald, July 17, 2017

College Cellars vineyard instructor Joel Perez recruits technology

Grapes are swelling in the hot Walla Walla Valley summer, with the leafy canopies doing their best to shield the ripening fruit from the fiercest of the sun’s rays. It looks primordial, timeless. And indeed, grapes have been grown and crushed into wine for at least the past 6,000 years. But for 99.9% of that time, no drones have been involved. Although some things about the relationship between soil, water, sunlight and grape vines would still look familiar to a grape grower in 4000 B.C., the times they are a changin’ in Walla Walla Community College’s Stan Clarke Vineyard and College Cellars.
Great Northwest Wine, July 17, 2017

Correcting Jeff Sessions

Attorney General Jeff Sessions delivered a speech in Las Vegas last week pushing a policy point that has been a staple of President Donald Trump’s recent rhetoric: sanctuary cities — municipalities or localities that prohibit local law enforcement from enforcing or cooperating with federal immigration law — are a haven for undocumented immigrants and thus hotbeds for criminals and illegal activity that would otherwise be punished. Sessions even cited an academic study to prove his point. “According to a recent study from the University of California, Riverside, cities with these policies have more violent crime on average than those that don’t,” he said, according to a Department of Justice transcript of the speech. The problem? That study didn’t say that. ... Gonzalez O’Brien, a political science professor at Highline College whose research focuses on immigration, as well the study’s other co-authors, wrote about their findings on The Washington Post’s “Monkey Cage” blog in October. The post was titled, bluntly, “Sanctuary Cities Do Not Experience an Increase in Crime.”
Inside Higher Ed, July 17, 2017

Need a job? This program could entice you to become a certified nursing assistant

Imagine this: A one-month college program in which tuition, fees, books, supplies and certification costs are covered for 10 lucky students. South Puget Sound Community College in Olympia, working with Providence Health & Services, announced Monday that they will offer a fully funded, one-month pathway to work for 10 future certified nursing assistants.
The Olympian, July 17, 2017

Skagit Valley College, Max Dale's partner to make culinary dream come true

When Elmo Rojas started as a dishwasher at Max Dale’s Steak and Chop House 17 years ago, he already had a love of food. As one of four children raised by a single working mom, Elmo often found himself cooking for his siblings. ... But achieving his dream seemed a tough feat. As a full-time employee and a parent, Rojas thought a culinary degree was out of reach. On June 15, thanks to an innovative partnership between Skagit Valley College and the staff at Max Dale’s, Rojas graduated from the college’s culinary program.
Skagit Valley Herald, July 16, 2017

Improvements to schools and hospitals delayed while politicians fight about water

Western State Hospital, the state-run psychiatric facility in Lakewood, has plans to build more beds in the near future to house a crush of patients crowding its wards. But at least some of that plan is on hold — along with hundreds of other construction jobs around Washington state — because of a political squabble at the Capitol. The Legislature has yet to pass a capital budget, which pays for projects from school construction to renovations on the Capitol Campus, because of a disagreement over legislation involving rural water rights. ... Offering a quick facilities tour July 14th Kelly Green, Chief Communications & Legislative Affairs Officer for South Puget Sound Community College stands in the former library currently undergoing a full renovation that has been put on hold due to the current state capital budget stalemate.
The News Tribune, July 15, 2017

Connecting youth to careers in manufacturing

Economic development groups have a new message for students: If you want a good paying job with a bright future, check out Clark County’s manufacturing industry. Retirements are looming across several sectors, and officials estimate more than 30,000 workers will need to be replaced in Portland and Southwest Washington over the next decade. But so far, it’s been hard to get new students in the pipeline to replace them. ... Clark College has a booming mechatronics program, which is helping draw more students to the field, and it will expand with new offerings to help upskill existing workers as part of the outreach plan, Bomar said.
Vancouver Business Journal, July 14, 2017

Geek of the Week: IT veteran Joe Hueffed might have the most iconic Seattle resume ever

Geek of the Week profiles the characters of Pacific Northwest tech, science, games, innovation, and more. ... Joe Hueffed grew up in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood and later graduated from Seattle University. From there, the IT veteran’s resume reads like a checklist for the most iconic companies in the region. ... Hoping to inspire a new generation of tech-minded young people, Hueffed also teaches an evening course at Seattle Central College focusing on Object Oriented Development in Java, and he volunteers at his alma mater, Seattle Prep, through the TEALS computer science education program. ... “I teach because I’m passionate about sharing my knowledge with the next generation of IT leaders, as well as helping promote computer science education. If the students were brats, I simply wouldn’t do it. But their enthusiasm and gracious appreciation motivates me to continue teaching at the community college level.”
Geek Wire, July 14, 2017

Bremerton High grad takes 5,000-mile bike tour through South America

Denise LaFountaine embarked on the trip of a lifetime after a painful break up, but this wasn't your typical post-separation vacation a la "Eat Pray Love." At 53 years old, LaFountaine decided to bike solo through Bolivia, Chile and Argentina. Fluent in Spanish, an experienced biker and seasoned traveler, LaFountaine was confident the trip would be a success. ... LaFountaine's job as an ESL teacher at Renton Technical College allows her the flexibility to switch between travel and work throughout the year. Her experiences in Latin America are considered an asset with her students.
Kitsap Sun, July 14, 2017

Hospital goes to GHC to help fill open nursing positions

Grays Harbor Community Hospital has recently hired 13 registered nurses and 12 of them came directly from the recent graduates of the Grays Harbor College nursing program. The hospital and the college are collaborating so that nursing students are able to complete their clinical rotations at the hospital. Upon graduating, the students may apply into a residency program and become part of the Grays Harbor Community Hospital staff. The hospital, like most in the region, deals with a shortage of nurses and has said it benefits by filling its open positions with people from the community.
The Daily World, July 13, 2017

Opinion: Getting an education in wine

The wine bug bit me early on, if you consider a jug of Inglenook’s Navalle Burgundy wine. But, hey, you have to start somewhere. ... The inaugural SOMM Summit held last week in Seattle was an around-the-world-in-80-wines tasting. This deliciously serious international wine and spirits educational conference at South Seattle College was a wonderful gathering of sommeliers, Masters of Wine, stewards and other wine geeks.
Kitsap Sun, July 13, 2017

Yakima Valley College tuition increasing for fall

It will cost more to attend Yakima Valley College this fall. The college’s board of trustees voted Thursday to implement the state’s 2.2 percent tuition increase for the 2017-18 academic year. The increase was set by the Legislature and the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges. Cost of a single credit in associate-degree classes will be $105.17, a $2.26 increase. Tuition for upper-division classes will be $205.36, or $4.42 more than the current level. ... YVC’s tuition was the same as Wenatchee Valley College’s in the 2016-17 school years, but slightly more than Columbia Basin College in Pasco. Columbia Basin charged $99.43 per credit as base tuition.
Yakima Herald, July 13, 2017

Veteran Hollywood actor Sam Elliott feels at home in Oregon

Sam Elliott, veteran Hollywood actor and — maybe you didn’t know this — part-time Linn County resident, along with his wife of 33 years, Oscar-­nominated actress Katharine Ross, is not talking about his five-decade film and television career, the one that’s hotter than ever even as his 73rd birthday looms. ... After leaving the UO and enrolling in Clark College in Vancouver, Wash. — where he ran both the 120-yard high hurdles and the 360-yard intermediate hurdles — Elliott appeared in the college’s production of “Guys and Dolls.”
Eugene Register-Guard, July 13, 2017

Funding for EWU, SCC projects remains stalled in Washington Legislature over water rights law

Lawmakers continued to huddle Tuesday on possible ways to clear the logjam keeping the state’s $4 billion capital construction budget from a final vote. They are not yet scheduled to return to the Capitol before the third special session is scheduled to end on July 20, and Gov. Jay Inslee has dismissed the prospect of a record fourth consecutive special session if they can’t work out a deal. ... Spokane items in budget: Spokane Community College Main Building renovation, $25 million. Spokane Falls Community College Fine and Applied Arts Building replacement, $2.8 million. Other community college repair and preservation projects, $5.9 million.
The Spokesman-Review, July 11, 2017

Revving economic engines at community colleges

Community colleges are a unique U.S. invention. ... "Harvard has been fundraising and cultivating alumni for 400 years,” points out Lisa Skari, vice president for institutional advancement for Highline College near Seattle. “Most community colleges were founded in the 1960s and 1970s, and it hasn’t been until the last 10 to 15 years that we’ve begun to look methodically at donor funding.” ... The local element is what attracted donor and business owner Jan Oliva to begin supporting Clark College in Vancouver, Washington. “We drive by the college every day, we see it, and we interact with the people who profit from being there,” Oliva says. “In the 52 years we grew a business here, many of our employees had gone to Clark. It’s all intertwined.” ... Support from the Lumina and Ford foundations launched the I-BEST program at Seattle Central College in 2005. 
Philanthropy Roundtable, Summer 2017

Trends | Horizons | Education

Student debt may be reducing home ownership

A new study from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York found that rising student debt levels are a substantial contributor to the decline in home ownership among young Americans. Annual public college tuition on average rose $3,843, or 81 percent, between 2001 and 2009, according to the study. Rising tuition in turn accounted for $1,628 of the increase in average student debt per capita among 24-year-olds during that time period. The report found that increasing student debt and tuition "can explain between 11 and 35 percent of the observed approximate eight-percentage-point decline in home ownership for 28- to 30-year-olds over 2007-15."
Inside Higher Ed, July 18, 2017

Surprising number of international, in-state students enroll at UW

All winter long, college admissions officers asked if President Donald Trump’s on-again, off-again travel ban would have a chilling effect on the number of international students coming to the U.S. to study. The answer, at least for the University of Washington’s Seattle campus, seems to be no.  Although fewer international students applied to the UW this year, more accepted an offer of admission — a surprise to the admissions office, which had been expecting a downturn.
The Seattle Times, July 14, 2017

Proliferating partnerships

Public-private partnership models are continuing to proliferate as cash-strapped colleges and universities seek to replace or update aging and outdated infrastructure amid tight finances. That proliferation is on display in many of the large development projects institutions announce, like the ambitious billion-dollar-plus campus expansion plan the University of California, Merced, unveiled last year that uses a public-private partnership to build and operate new facilities. And it was evident at the Society for College and University Planning’s annual conference in Washington this week, where several sessions focused on public-private partnerships, which are often called P3s. Speakers pushed back against the idea that P3s are solely a way for colleges and universities to build when they have no debt capacity and little public financing available. Projects need to be viable on their own, and institution leaders should not expect P3s to be a source of facilities with no long-term financial impacts, speakers said.
Inside Higher Ed, July 14, 2017

Politics | Local, State, National

Senator seeks resignation of OCR head

Senator Patty Murray, a Washington Democrat and the top Democrat on the Senate education committee, called for Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to remove her top civil rights official because of controversial comments on campus sexual assault last week.
Inside Higher Ed, July 18, 2017

Opinion: Is K-12 education fully funded? Not so fast

This year’s never-ending legislative process produced what Gov. Jay Inslee proclaimed “a historic budget that fully funds our schools for the first time in more than 30 years.” Other Democrats echoed his exultations, labeling “Democratic” a budget borne out of a Republican Senate, a claim that ignores nine Senate Democratic no votes, and frothing in a press release that it “adds $7.3 billion to Washington schools.” Not so fast: Education isn’t fully-funded.
Everett Herald, July 16, 2017

What happens now: Key dates in the state’s new McCleary school-funding plan

It’s been two weeks since the Washington Legislature rushed through an 11th-hour deal to spend $7.3 billion on public schools over the next four years, the latest attempt by lawmakers to settle the landmark school-funding case known as McCleary. And that hefty price tag — which some believe doesn’t go far enough— comes with plenty of fine print and strings attached. Educators won’t see many changes in the upcoming 2017-18 school year. But state education officials, local school districts and teachers unions already have been scrambling to prepare for an overhaul of how they do business starting in 2018-19.
The Seattle Times, July 14, 2017

House to act quickly on bipartisan measure to expand GI Bill

House Republicans and Democrats unveiled legislation Thursday that would provide the biggest expansion of college aid for military veterans in a decade, removing a 15-year time limit to tap into benefits and increasing money for thousands in the National Guard and Reserve. The bipartisan agreement is a sweeping effort to fill coverage gaps in the post-9/11 GI Bill amid a rapidly changing job market. Building on major legislation passed in 2008 that guaranteed a full-ride scholarship to any in-state public university — or a similar cash amount for private college students — the bill gives veterans added flexibility to enroll in college later in life. Veterans would get additional payments if they complete science, technology and engineering courses.
AP News, July 14, 2017

U.S. to world: Help in visa vetting, or else

The U.S. will require all other countries to share information to help it vet visa applicants, Reuters reported, and countries that do not comply or make progress toward doing so within 50 days may face travel-related sanctions. The sanctions could include bans on travel for “certain categories” of their citizens. The memo is the product of a worldwide review of visa-vetting standards called for in President Trump’s March 6 executive order, in which he also imposed a ban on travel for nationals of six Muslim-majority countries. A limited version of that ban went into effect late last month.
Inside Higher Ed, July 14, 2017

DeVos hints at changes in Title IX enforcement

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos didn’t announce plans to rescind guidance from the Obama administration Thursday after a full day of closed-door meetings about Title IX policy. But she hinted that changes are coming. In a 15-minute meeting with reporters, DeVos said there are substantive legal questions to be addressed regarding evidentiary standards for findings of sexual assault or harassment on campus, due process, and public input on policy.
Inside Higher Ed, July 14, 2017

House panel rejects proposal to kill NEH and NEA

A House appropriations subcommittee this week voted to provide $145 million each to the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities for fiscal 2018. That would be a cut of about $5 million each but would preserve the endowments, which President Trump slated for elimination in his budget.
Inside Higher Ed, July 14, 2017

Opinion: Governor, lower taxes are needed to boost manufacturing jobs

Gov. Jay Inslee’s recent veto of a business-and-occupation tax cut for manufacturing companies has brought attention to an important — and sometimes overlooked — sector of our economy. We can say without hesitation that good tax policy should provide sufficient revenue while fostering economic success and prosperity for its citizens. This balancing act between funding government and creating a climate for jobs growth is a tricky one, with a plethora of interest groups weighing in on one side or the other.
The Seattle Times, July 13, 2017

After meeting with DeVos, Title IX activists say they still have many questions

Advocates for campus sexual-assault victims have been concerned about Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and her approach to enforcing Title IX, the gender-equity law, since the moment her nomination was announced last November. They’ve wondered what might become of their six-year campaign to pressure the federal government to hold colleges accountable for preventing sexual violence. They've fretted that Ms. DeVos won’t preserve the Obama administration’s "Dear Colleague" letter, a 2011 document that spelled out for colleges their obligation to respond promptly and equitably to reports of rape. They hoped to get answers to some of those questions on Thursday, when they sat down with Ms. DeVos for the first time. But right off the bat, activists were skeptical about how the meetings were going to go.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, July 13, 2017

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