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News Links | June 1, 2017

June 01, 2017 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

Art program puts a new face on downtown Bremerton

The Admiral Theatre had the empty storefront windows, and Gretchen Lund had the way to spruce them up. The two of them — the venerable downtown performance venue and the Olympic College graphic art student — were brought together by a program called Art Windows Bremerton, whose mission is to take the town's empty windows and turn them into makeshift art galleries.
Kitsap Sun, May 31, 2017

Impaired vision just a hurdle for TEC senior

Emily Darjany slowly eases her way into a wooden chair at the dining room table, wrapping her hands around a mug of hot tea. It takes her a few minutes to get comfortable, and with good reason. “I’m still sore from jujitsu,” she said, smiling. From jujitsu to a ceramics class to the hundreds of books she reads, Darjany’s list of hobbies is extensive; it also might seem unexpected, at least for someone visually impaired. ... Now she is midway through the Running Start program at Spokane Falls Community College, and all set to graduate from TEC at Bryant.
The Spokesman-Review, May 31, 2017

This teen mom has bipolar disorder and a baby. She’s making it work

As I walked up to her house in Tacoma, Clayressa Borland met me with a tight hug. We hadn’t seen each other in two years, so we couldn’t stop smiling. We met in a psychiatric hospital. ... Clayressa currently attends Tacoma Community College as part of the Running Start program to pursue an associate’s degree in nursing.
KUOW, May 31, 2017

Former SVC President Jim Ford dies at 89

Former Skagit Valley College president and active Anacortes community member James “Jim” Marshall Ford has died. He was 89. Ford, who died Friday in Anacortes, served as president of the college from 1977 to 1995 after first teaching biology and then serving as dean of instruction. In total, Ford spent 41 years working at the college, said current Skagit Valley College President Tom Keegan.
Skagit Valley Herald, May 31, 2017

Centralia College student, 58, continues education after getting diploma

Forty years after she would have graduated high school, Shirley Lowry-Ralls plans to celebrate earning her high school diploma through Centralia College’s Odegaard Phoenix Center by walking at the college’s commencement next month. Lowry-Ralls, 58, didn’t stop at her diploma. She’s now pursuing an associate degree and hopes to one day work as a counselor.
Centralia Chronicle, May 30, 2017

Washington communities recognized for planning for growth

Washington state continues to be one of the fastest growing states. For 2010 – 2016, it was the fifth in the nation. The Governor’s Smart Communities Awards recognize efforts by local governments to strengthen communities by engaging in collaborative planning for future growth and economic development. ... Columbia Basin College also is a partner in this non-traditional approach to economic development. Their part of the project includes the construction of the Columbia Basin College Culinary Institute, adding to the accessible and sustainable gathering place with activities to attract and engage residents and visitors.
Seattle PI, May 30, 2017 

Huntington’s disease is going to kill him, but this Bellingham scientist is tackling it head-on

After Jeff Carroll got tested to see if he’d die prematurely from a hereditary disease that killed his mother and grandmother, a doctor unfolded the results, checked to see if Carroll still wanted them, then read them aloud. Carroll was 25 when he learned he had the rare gene mutation that causes Huntington’s disease. ... He dropped out of Kentwood High School after 10th grade and took high school and college courses at Green River College as part of the state’s Running Start program.
The Seattle Times, May 30, 2017

Mercer Canyons tops Indy International with $17 Cab

Washington wine took the triple crown at this month’s 26th annual Indy International Wine Competition, led by the Mercer Canyons 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon — a $17 wine from the Horse Heaven Hills — as best of show. The sister brand for Mercer Estates in Prosser, Wash., received the award for Wine of the Year from the Purdue University judging. Barrister Winery in Spokane earned the trophy for Red Wine of the Year with its 2013 Dionysus Vineyard Petit Verdot. And College Cellars, the student-driven program at Walla Walla Community College, is touting its award for White Wine of the Year thanks to its 2016 Red Boar Vineyard Muscat Ottonel.
Great Northwest Wine, May 29, 2017

Washington prisoners get chance to pursue 2-year degrees

A 2009 study found that prisoners who participated in prison-based college courses were less likely to do something that would send them back to prison during the first year after release. Now Washington state has signed into law a measure to expand existing partnerships and create new ones between the Department of Corrections and community and technical colleges. The goal: to offer state-funded associate's degree and certificate instruction to some of the 18,000 adults in Washington prisons. ... In addition, in the state school board funded pilot reentry programs on the main campuses of numerous colleges, including Edmonds Community College, Renton Technical College and Tacoma Community College. ... Tacoma Community College as well as Centralia College and Seattle Central College are also participating in a federal "financial aid experiment" that lets colleges award financial aid to incarcerated adults in postsecondary programs. 
Campus Technology, May 17, 2017

Trends | Horizons | Education

Second thoughts about higher education decisions

A majority of Americans who attended college say they received a quality education. But half would change at least one of these three decisions if they could do it all over again: the type of degree they pursued or their choice of major or institution. Those are among the key findings from a new annual survey conducted by Gallup and Strada Education Network, the former USA Funds.
Inside Higher Ed, June 1, 2017

Double-edged sword of dual enrollment

Community colleges are seeing a steady decline in adult students enrolling at their campuses. As the national economy continues to improve, two-year institutions are finding their adult working and returning student populations dwindling. But many of them are turning to a popular source in an effort to boost those overall enrollment numbers or, at the least, keep them stable — high school students.
Inside Higher Ed, May 31, 2017

Study on LGBQQ students and mental health

Students who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual or queer or who are questioning their sexuality are more likely to use their school’s counseling services, but that population also reported more mental health issues, a new study has found. In 2013, the RAND Corporation, a policy think tank, surveyed more than 33,000 students at two- and four-year public universities in California about mental health problems. About 7 percent indicated they were LGBQQ (queer and questioning).
Inside Higher Ed, May 31, 2017

Student voices: Don’t take a diversity course for my sake, do it for your own

Diversity courses are not for punishing white students or providing them with a list of do’s and don’ts. They can provide all students with a language for describing their experiences and finding community.
The Seattle Times, May 31, 2017

Enrollments in intensive English programs fall

The number of students enrolled in intensive English programs in the U.S. fell by 18.7 percent in 2016 compared to the year before, according to new data from the Institute of International Education released Tuesday during the annual NAFSA: Association of International Educators conference.
Inside Higher Ed, May 31, 2017

Space odyssey: UW, WSU students building tiny satellites (think Kleenex box-size)

Students at the University of Washington and Washington State University are building tiny satellites for launch into orbit in the next several years, gaining hands-on experience for possible careers in the region’s space industry.
The Seattle Times, May 31, 2017

As summer sets in, a chance to regard the good, bad, and ugly of student evaluations

This time of year, professors at residential colleges who don’t teach during the summer find themselves with time to contemplate a year’s worth of course evaluations. The Chronicle observed examples of the good, the bad, and the just-plain-weird after we asked subscribers who receive the Daily Briefing newsletter to share the most notable student evaluations they received during their career.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, May 30, 2017

Politics | Local, State, National

Senator Warren launches ‘DeVos Watch’

Senator Elizabeth Warren, a Massachusetts Democrat, has created what she called a new effort to oversee Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and her department. In announcing the website, called DeVos Watch, Warren cited the proposed White House budget that included major cuts to student aid programs, as well as the sudden recent departure of Federal Student Aid chief Jim Runcie, and concerns about conflicts of interest held by several department officials. The tool will include a form for whistle-blowers to send tips to the senator about the department.
Inside Higher Ed, June 1, 2017

Department of Education announces more hires

The U.S. Department of Education announced several new senior employees Wednesday, including a key former staffer of Senator Lamar Alexander on the Senate education committee.
Inside Higher Ed, June 1, 2017

What if the Treasury Dept. handled student loans?

The departure last week of James W. Runcie, who was chief operating officer of the Federal Student Aid office in the U.S. Education Department, sparked headlines — but one paragraph in his resignation letter flew relatively under the radar. Mr. Runcie wrote to his colleagues that senior managers in the office had met with officials in the U.S. Treasury Department to discuss "transferring all or a portion of FSA to Treasury." The shift could provide "some value," he said, "but it will certainly divert critical resources and increase operational risk in an increasingly challenging environment." The idea to move student aid out of the Education Department — specifically the roles of collecting and managing student loans — has been rehashed several times over the last few decades, but its re-emergence raises questions about what would change if it happened.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, May 31, 2017

High school graduation testing rules stymie state lawmakers

With graduation ceremonies days away at most public high schools, students around the state are awaiting action by state lawmakers that would allow them to receive their diplomas. These are seniors who have not passed standardized tests covering reading and writing, mathematics, and biology as required by the state in order to graduate. Enter lawmakers. There’s bipartisan support for easing the stakes but sharp disagreement between the House and Senate on how far to go this year.
Everett Herald, May 27, 2017

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