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July 25, 2017 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

CBC names finalists for college president

Three finalists will be interviewed in the month of August for the position of President of Columbia Basin College. ... Dr. Rebecca Williamson currently serves as Interim Vice President of Instruction at Green River College in Auburn, Washington. Other recent positions include Vice President of Instruction at Community Colleges of Spokane; and Dean of Instruction at Green River College.
NBC Right Now, July 24, 2017

CPTC Board of Trustees awards tenure to NDT instructor

The Clover Park Technical College Board of Trustees capped its July meeting by awarding tenure to CPTC Nondestructive Testing instructor Charles Musson. Musson has worked in nondestructive testing since 1976. He began his time in the aerospace industry with stints at National Airmotive Corporation in Oakland, California, and Lockheed Missiles and Space Company in Sunnyvale, California, in the late 1970s and early ‘80s. He spent 10 years at Aerojet Corporation in Folson, California, before moving to Washington to work for Boeing in 1990.
The Suburban Times, July 24, 2017

Chefs feel the heat in cooking competition

In the first round of the Extreme Food Fight competition Sunday, chefs Michael Garofalo and Carl Henderson were asked to cook some bacon. Not too tall an order for the executive chefs of Heathen Brewing Feral Public House and The Grant House, respectively. But they had to do it in 10 minutes. ... “Basically ‘Cutthroat Kitchen’ and ‘Chopped’ have a spin-off show,” said Aaron Guerra, who organized Sunday’s competition and is executive chef at Clark College’s culinary program.
The Columbian, July 23, 2017

If you get hurt at the hydro races, this Kennewick couple is there to help

Bud and Marty Rose have seen a lot in their years providing first aid at the annual hydroplane races along the Columbia River. Bad sunburns. Dehydration. Cuts and bruises. Broken bones. Bug bites. Even — a while back — a human bite. ... In their off time, they provide first aid at numerous community events like the boat races, offer training around the region and serve as EMT instructors at Columbia Basin College in Pasco.
Tri-City Herald, July 23, 2017

Budget limbo hurts hospitals, schools, wildfire fighting

Gov. Jay Inslee is urging lawmakers to continue working on a solution to the construction budget impasse even though they're no longer in session. His main concern is the impact on places such as Western State Hospital. ... Here are some of the more than 1,600 capital budget projects: $434 million for school construction assistance, $20 million for distressed Seattle schools and $25 million for Central Kitsap High School replacement. $24 million to renovate the Burke Museum at the University of Washington, $38 million for Edmonds Community College, $33 million for Clover Park Technical College and $31 million for Shoreline Community College.
KOMO News, July 22, 2017

Session ends with Hirst unresolved, budget not passed

Lawmakers ended the longest legislative session in state history Thursday without resolving a water rights dispute or passing a capital budget to fund school construction, affordable housing and a slew of community projects throughout Washington. ... Edmonds Community College might have suffered the biggest blow. It would have received $37.8 million for a new Science, Engineering and Technology building, this year’s top construction priority of the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges.
Everett Herald, July 21, 2017

Bellevue College builds car of the future

When you hear “Car of the Future” you might picture Doc Brown’s flying DeLorean, but when at the gas pump or sitting in traffic on I-405, many of us would settle for a vehicle that got better gas mileage. Recently, Bellevue College students in the RISE Learning Institute’s new Makers and Scholars Summer Experience took steps toward that end by helping to build an ultralight carbon fiber car that is capable of getting 100 miles per gallon. This type of vehicle would not only perpetuate greener transportation technology, but to change the way things are made.
425 Magazine, July 21, 2017

Olympic College purchase will ease parking crunch

As enrollment at Olympic College rises, parking at the Bremerton campus becomes more of an issue. To the college’s surprise, they have an opportunity to ease the problem. New Beginnings Church, just west of campus on the 1400 block of Ohio Avenue, sold their property to the school in June.
Kitsap Sun, July 21, 2017

Legislature ends record-long session with work undone

After stretching to record length, the Legislature’s 2017 session came to an unusual – and for most lawmakers unsatisfactory – end Thursday with a major policy issue and a $4 billion construction budget for projects around the state in limbo. Lawmakers who traveled back to Olympia from their homes or their vacations spent most of the day sitting in meetings or at their desks, talking about stratagems that never quite materialized until it became clear that nothing was going to happen. They were told they could go home. No bills would be passed, no votes taken. One way or another, the final day of the third consecutive special session would end by midnight. ... The construction budget also has $25 million to renovate a major part of Spokane Community College’s Main Building. Construction was supposed to start July 1 and the college has been paying for some preliminary work out of other funds since then, said Greg Stevens, chief administrative officer for Community Colleges of Spokane.
The Spokesman-Review, July 20, 2017

‘Newest Gator’ Johnson takes on challenge as new Green River College president

Since beginning her job as Green River College president on July 1, Suzanne Johnson has been learning as much about the institution as she can. ... Even in the few weeks she’s been on campus, Johnson said it’s apparent she shares in the college’s mission of student success. ... Scott Morgan, a former president of Spokane Community College, served as interim president during the search.
Kent Reporter, July 20, 2017

WCC selected as national ‘super hub’ for cybersecurity education

The National Security Agency has selected Whatcom Community College to help improve and expand cybersecurity education in the country. WCC was named one of four Centers of Academic Excellence in Cyberdefense National Resource Centers. WCC will help support and guide 10 regional centers.
Bellingham Business Journal, July 20, 2017

Aerospace leaders see education as the key to employment in Washington state

The state of the aerospace industry in Washington state is still great, but industry leaders say the educational system will have to be beefed up if it’s going to stay that way for the next generation. That cautionary message emerged from today’s installment of the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Congress’ Executive Speaker Series, focusing on the aerospace industry. ... And post-secondary schools such as Renton Technical College to Central Washington University offer programs to prepare the next generation for jobs ranging from piloting airplanes to building and fixing them.
Geek Wire, July 19, 2017

Brother of Burien deputy-shooting victim Tommy Le: ‘He wanted to make a positive change in the world”

Tommy Le was going to graduate from high school and loved playing chess. At the time of his death, he was reading “Faust” and “The Count of Monte Christo.” He wasn’t a violent criminal, and he shouldn’t have been killed by a sheriff’s deputy, family and community members said at a public forum in Seattle’s Asian Counseling and Referral Service building. About 150 people attended the forum to hear from and address a panel of public officials, including King County Sheriff John Urquhart, County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg and County Office of Law Enforcement Oversight Director Deborah Jacobs. ... Le, 20, was fatally shot by a King County sheriff’s deputy in Burien on June 13, hours before his graduation ceremony. Le had attended Career Link, an alternative high-school completion program at South Seattle College.
The Seattle Times, July 19, 2017

As summer drags on, some Spokane students see their college dreams melt away

When Jimmy Garrison learned he’d been accepted into Washington State University, he was overjoyed. ... Now, less than a year later, Garrison is back in Spokane working full time trying to pay off debts incurred during his semester on the Palouse. ... Garrison’s story – a smart, ambitious, first-generation college student who can’t make it to, or stay in, college – isn’t uncommon, according to national and regional data. Between 10 and 40 percent of college-intending students don’t actually attend class in the fall, according to a 2014 Harvard Graduate School of Education study. Many of those students come from low-income families. That rate is similar in the Spokane area. Last year, 43 percent of Spokane-area seniors who applied to Spokane Falls Community College did not attend, said Lori Williams, the student recruitment manager at SFCC. At Spokane Community College, 60 percent of those who submitted applications did not attend in the fall. College administrators say the numbers are inflated because the Community Colleges of Spokane, which includes SFCC and SCC, don’t charge application fees. Still, there is a problem, administrators said.
The Spokesman-Review, July 18, 2017

Inslee visits Ridgefield, glimpses its future

The blaring train horn wasn’t a planned part of the presentation for Gov. Jay Inslee, but Ridgefield City Manager Steve Stuart welcomed the distraction. ... Inslee was in Ridgefield to tour the city. His visit started at the boat launch next to the Port of Ridgefield, and while Stuart and Port of Ridgefield CEO Brent Grening told him about the upcoming overpass project, they got an all-too-good example of why the overpass is such an anticipated project. ... Clark College President Bob Knight was on the tour to talk to Inslee about the upcoming Clark College at Boschma Farms campus. Construction of the first 70,000-square-foot building is slated to begin in 2019, but without a capital budget, that could delay the project two years.
The Columbian, July 18, 2017

Increasing diversity in teaching is the aim of new Highline program

The racial diversity of teachers in six school districts in South King County is low relative to the racial makeup of the districts’ students, according to data from Washington’s Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction. ... A new teacher training program beginning fall 2017 at Highline College seeks to change the disparity. It gives those who hold an applied associate degree in early childhood education or paraeducation a path to an applied bachelor’s degree with the opportunity to earn teacher certification.
Auburn Reporter, April 18, 2017

Seattle Culinary Academy offering cheap, healthy lunches for summer

The Seattle Central College is opening up its doors to feed the public lunch during the summer. Students enrolled at the college's Culinary Academy will prepare small plates, including sandwiches, farm-fresh salads, international street food, entrees, and desserts. Menus are updated daily and utilize student-harvested produce from Skagit Valley farms.
KING 5, July 18, 2017

Trends | Horizons | Education

With new grant, Tukwila won’t just help homeless students, but train staff to better serve them

Teachers who find out one of their students lacks a stable home might automatically assume the student is going to have problems in class. The teacher might not understand that a student living at an aunt’s house is homeless, just like a child living in a shelter or a tent. And they might not know how to help such students. In Tukwila, district officials want to get rid of the confusion and stereotypes about homeless students. So they plan to use a new $250,000 grant to help teachers as well as students.
The Seattle Times, July 25, 2017

An educational ‘booster shot’ for America’s labor force

Van Ton-Quinlivan, vice chancellor for work-force and economic development for the California Community Colleges, says colleges need to form partnerships with employers to help “stranded workers” get back into the job market.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, July 24, 2017

Study on performance-based funding in 3 states

Research for Action has released the results of a two-year examination of three states' performance-based funding formulas for public colleges. With funding from the Lumina Foundation and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Philadelphia-based nonprofit research organization used a mixed-methods approach to study policies in Indiana, Ohio and Tennessee. The quantitative side of the research drew from both federal and state databases. The effort also included case studies on implementation of the policies at both community colleges and four-year institutions. The group sought to determine whether the formulas have an effect on student outcomes and, if so, for which students and under what conditions. While the states' policies vary significantly, the overall finding was that such policies can have a positive effect.
Inside Higher Ed, July 21, 2017

Most colleges did not change aid deadlines in response to early FAFSA

An overwhelming majority of colleges and universities did not change priority aid deadlines in response to an earlier financial aid cycle last year, according to a survey of member institutions by the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators.
Inside Higher Ed, July 20, 2017

Say goodbye to X+Y: Should community colleges abolish algebra?

Algebra is one of the biggest hurdles to getting a high school or college degree — particularly for students of color and first-generation undergrads. It is also the single most failed course in community colleges across the country. So if you're not a STEM major (science, technology, engineering, math), why even study algebra? That's the argument Eloy Ortiz Oakley, chancellor of the California community college system, made today in an interview with NPR's Robert Siegel.
NPR, July 19, 2017

Student borrowing rises, Sallie Mae says

Students and parents are borrowing more to pay for college, according to the latest installment of a survey by Sallie Mae, which the large student lender has conducted for a decade. The average amount students and families (Sallie Mae surveyed 800 from each group) reported paying for college during the just-completed academic year was $23,757, which was roughly the same as the previous year. Scholarships and grants covered 35 percent of what families spent, the largest contributor to the total expenditure. Borrowing climbed to 27 percent from 20 percent last year, the survey found. Student borrowing covered 19 percent (up from 13 percent), while parent borrowing was 8 percent. Over all, 42 percent of families borrowed to help pay for college.
Inside Higher Ed, July 19, 2017

Opinion: Integrating Millennials into higher ed administration

As people in leadership positions start to leave higher education, it will be increasingly important to ensure that the best and brightest of the younger generations stick around, argues James Wicks.
Inside Higher Ed, July 19, 2017

Washington unemployment rate holds steady at 4.5 percent

Washington state's unemployment rate held steady last month at 4.5 percent and the state gained 2,500 jobs. According to the latest numbers released Wednesday by the Employment Security Department, the private sector lost 300 jobs in June and the public sector gained 2,800 jobs. The biggest job growth was seen in government, with 2,800 new jobs. The largest losses were seen in retail, which lost 2,700 jobs, and education and health services, which was down 2,600 jobs.
The Olympian, July 19, 2017

Number of girls taking AP computer-science exam more than doubles

More girls than ever took an AP computer-science exam this year, Seattle nonprofit Code.org announced Tuesday, calling the results “incredible.” Code.org crunched the numbers from the AP College Board, which shows that 29,708 girls in the U.S. took an Advanced Placement computer science exam this year, more than double the number from 2016. Girls made up about 27 percent of the 111,262 students who took an AP computer-science exam in 2017.
The Seattle Times, July 18, 2017

Politics | Local, State, National

Letter calls on Congress to tie Pell Grant to inflation

More than 300 higher education institutions and advocacy groups sent a letter to congressional leaders today asking that the value of the Pell Grant be indexed to inflation. After the upcoming academic year, the value of the grant will not automatically go up to adjust for inflation for the first time in six years.
Inside Higher Ed, July 25, 2017

House passes update to GI Bill

The House of Representatives unanimously voted Monday to pass an update to the Post-9/11 GI Bill that, among other provisions, would restore benefits to veterans affected by closures of for-profit institutions like ITT Tech and Corinthian Colleges. The package of legislation would also lift the current 15-year time limit for veterans to use GI Bill benefits for postsecondary education. It also expands access to student aid for members of the National Guard and reservists and would grant full eligibility for student aid to Purple Heart recipients, regardless of their length of service.
Inside Higher Ed, July 25, 2017

Opinion: What makes a good free college plan?

We have recently witnessed the introduction of a growing number of diverse plans for free public college. But what we’ve not seen — and what must be done — is to determine a set of criteria to judge the effectiveness and the viability of these various financial aid models.
Inside Higher Ed, July 24, 2017

Education spending in the crosshairs

Student aid advocates didn’t find much to like in a House education appropriations bill released last week — lawmakers removed billions from the Pell Grant surplus while taking no significant steps to improve college access. But educators could at least find consolation in the fact that the committee didn’t follow through on the drastic cuts to many aid programs proposed in the White House budget in May. Advocacy groups found no such consolation in the House budget resolution released this week. The document calls for a rewrite of the tax code and for hundreds of billions in cuts to federal programs. More significant for advocates is reconciliation language included in the resolution that calls for $203 billion in mandatory spending cuts over the next 10 years — $20 billion of that coming from programs overseen by the House education committee.
Inside Higher Ed, July 21, 2017

Questions raised on foreign student proposal

Twelve higher education associations this week registered “serious concern” about a proposal under consideration at the Department of Homeland Security that would require international students to reapply annually for permission to stay in the U.S. The DHS deliberations were reported by The Washington Post, which noted that the proposal was preliminary and would require regulatory changes and possibly agreement by the State Department by in order to become policy.
Inside Higher Ed, July 21, 2017

Here is the draft of a new ‘DREAM Act’ that Trump is already rejecting

A new bipartisan immigration push would go even further than previous failed reform efforts to provide rights and protections to undocumented people brought to America as children. In direct opposition to President Donald Trump’s inclination to allow “Dreamers” be placed back in line for deportation, Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham and Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin introduced a bill that would add another path to permanent residency for this group of undocumented immigrants.
The Olympian, July 20, 2017

Veterans affairs panel approves update to GI Bill

The House veterans affairs committee on Wednesday unanimously approved an update to the Post-9/11 GI Bill, an ambitious package of legislation that would lift the lifetime time limit on use of benefits and restore aid for veterans affected by closures of for-profit colleges, among other provisions. GOP leaders have promised the bill will be placed on the full House calendar later this month. While the legislation received broad praise from members of both parties and veterans' groups at a Monday night hearing, some called for the bill to do more for veterans affected by the sudden closures of for-profits such as ITT Tech and Corinthian Colleges since 2015.
Inside Higher Ed, July 20, 2017

Larger Pell Grant voted down in committee

House appropriators Wednesday voted down a proposed amendment to increase the maximum size of the Pell Grant during a markup of a funding package that included education spending. The package approved by the appropriations committee takes $3.3 billion out of the Pell Grant surplus while leaving the maximum grant flat at $5,920 for the 2017-18 academic year — the first time in six years the size of the award has not increased.
Inside Higher Ed, July 20, 2017

House GOP budget hints at changes to Pell

The 2018 budget resolution released by Republican lawmakers Tuesday claims the Pell Grant program is on shaky financial ground and calls for reforms to ensure grants "go to students with the most need, that students complete school in a timely manner and that this program is financially sustainable and available for future students." The release of the budget resolution follows the introduction of a House appropriations bill last week that slashes $3.3 billion from the Pell Grant program surplus.
Inside Higher Ed, July 19, 2017

Will Washington state’s new school funding plan help alleviate the teacher shortage?

Teachers have been in short supply in Washington state in recent years. In a survey of school principals last fall, 20 percent said they were in a crisis mode in terms of hiring certificated teachers, and another 70 percent said they were struggling but getting by. Now that lawmakers have passed a new school funding plan, some education officials are expressing optimism that higher pay will attract more people into the field.
KNKX, July 17, 2017

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