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News Links | July 27, 2017

July 27, 2017 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

A tiny home for the homeless

Students in a Kirkland technical college are working toward building a tiny home for the homeless. By the end of the quarter, 11 Lake Washington Institute of Technology students will have built a 120-square-foot home designed to comfortably fit a family of five in Seattle. That’s the aim of the Build a Tiny House course offered for the first time this summer at the technical college.
Kirkland Reporter, July 26, 2017

LCC receives $50,000 from Anderson family

Lower Columbia College on Tuesday announced that the school’s foundation has received a $50,000 gift toward two of its major endowments. The gift from Max, Karen, John and Jenna Anderson will be split between the David M. and Mary P. Anderson Endowed Scholarship and the school’s Student Success Fund. The Anderson scholarship was established in 2015 and is awarded to a full-time student with a business major who has demonstrated academic achievement with a minimum 2.5 GPA. The donation also brings the $700,000 Student Success Fund $25,000 closer to its $1 million goal. Every year the fund distributes $50,000 — typically in sums of less than $500 — to students struggling to make ends meet.
Longview Daily News, July 26, 2017

From farm to food bank: They collect unsold market produce

They bring the farm to the food banks. Project Harvest is a local effort run by volunteers, some from AmeriCorps. They team up with farmers — at the market and in the fields — to collect fresh produce that isn’t going to sell. The effort also draws support from Volunteers of America Western Washington, the Snohomish County Food Bank Coalition and Rotary First Harvest. ... Amy Johnson is in AmeriCorps while working toward an associate degree at Everett Community College. Project Harvest’s Stephanie Aubert was a guest speaker in her nutrition class. They learned they share an interest in sustainable food programs.
Everett Herald, July 25, 2017

Kennewick groups awarded for plans to revitalize waterfront

Partners working to revitalize Columbia Drive in Kennewick are being rewarded for their efforts. The Port of Kennewick, Benton County, City of Kennewick, and Columbia Basin College received the 2017 Governor's Smart Partnership Award today. The governor is recognizing all of them for their innovative plan to reshape the Columbia River waterfront into a vibrant community gathering place with attractions like wineries, food trucks, and trails.
KEPR TV, July 25, 2017

Trends | Horizons | Education

Survey of non-college credentials

A new report seeks to describe the landscape of non-degree postsecondary training, with a focus on five categories: certificate programs, work-based training (such as apprenticeships), skills-based short programs (coding boot camps), massive open online courses and other online microcredentials, and competency-based education programs. ... Rather than being left behind, the report found that colleges are increasingly important players in developing alternative credentialing pathways.
Inside Higher Ed, July 27, 2017

Embattled Evergreen professor Bret Weinstein plans to sue college

A lawyer for Bret Weinstein has filed paperwork indicating that the professor plans to sue The Evergreen State College in Olympia. Joe Shaeffer with MacDonald Hoague & Bayless in Seattle filed a tort claim on July 5 with the state Department of Enterprise Services Office of Risk Management, according to documents obtained by The Olympian. The claim is on behalf of Weinstein, and his wife, Heather Heying. ... Weinstein teaches biology and Heying teaches anthropology at Evergreen. Together, they plan to seek $3.85 million in damages, Kent said.
The News Tribune, July 26, 2017

College degrees lead to 'good jobs'

The college degree has solidified its role as the best ticket to the middle class. With the title “Good Jobs That Pay Without a B.A.,” new research from Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce would seem to offer some solace for job seekers with only a high school credential. But not much, as the study shows that an increasing share of well-paying jobs have shifted to workers who hold four-year or associate degrees. The bachelor’s degree remains the “gold standard,” said Anthony Carnevale, the center’s director and a co-author of the new study, which he said also is “very good news for community colleges.”
Inside Higher Ed, July 26, 2017

He wants ‘to highlight just how ridiculous things are getting’ at Evergreen, suggests new name

An Olympia man has filed a proposed initiative to the Legislature to rename The Evergreen State College “The Evergreen State Social Justice Warrior PC Indoctrination Compound.” Open government activist Arthur West filed Initiative Measure 953 on July 5, according to a bill request posted by the Secretary of State’s Office. Its title is “Rationalization of Higher Education.”
The News Tribune, July 26, 2017

With demand for nurses on the rise, MultiCare camp helps area high school students hone career path

Puyallup High School junior Adrianna Boyce was confident she wanted to get a job in the medical field. But it wasn’t until she job shadowed in the emergency department as part of MultiCare Heath System’s Nurse Camp that she knew it was for her. ... Boyce was one of more than 100 students from all over the South Sound who were accepted into MultiCare’s 14th annual Nurse Camp. The week-long event, held July 17 to 22, gives students the chance to job shadow nurses and other staff members at several MultiCare hospitals, including Tacoma General Hospital and Good Samaritan Hospital in Puyallup.
Bellingham Herald, July 24, 2017

Politics | Local, State, National

Trump Administration has approved no borrower defense claims

The U.S. Department of Education has not approved any borrower defense applications since the beginning of the Trump administration, a department official told Democratic senators this month. Borrower defense to repayment, until recently an obscure provision of the Higher Education Act, allows borrowers to seek to have their student loan debt discharged if they were the victim of fraud or misrepresentation by their college or university.
Inside Higher Ed, July 27, 2017

Opinion: Campus sexual-assault victims deserve better from Office of Civil Rights

While the Obama administration ordered colleges to be more aggressive in their investigations of campus sexual assaults, the Trump administration appears to be moving in another direction. Recent comments by the U.S. Education Department official in charge of the Office of Civil Rights have already tainted that new approach, worrying college administrators who say they’ve been happy to see more attention paid to this problem.
The Seattle Times, July 25, 2017

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