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News Links | June 8, 2017

June 08, 2017 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

Movie-making in Tacoma — now and back in the day

Who knew? Tacoma was home to a flourishing silent film industry in the Roaring ‘20s. It was news to Mick Flaaen until 2011. Once the Tacoma-based filmmaker found out he dreamed of making a documentary about what was pitched back then as “Hollywood-by-the-Sea.” ... The idea for the documentary was inspired by an interview Flaaen did in 2011, when the short film he did as a class project at Clover Park Technical College “got lucky.”
The News Tribune, June 7, 2017

Fake news gets real examination at Clark College

Take a look at the article you’re reading right now. Is the headline in all caps? Do the photos look doctored? Is it from a sketchy-looking source you don’t recognize, or, if you’re reading online, whose URL looks strange somehow? If you answered no to those questions — and you should have — congratulations. You’re reading real news. But if you’ve been on Facebook lately, or listened to President Donald Trump speak, you’ve probably heard about, seen or even shared so-called “fake news.” The staff at Clark College’s student newspaper, The Independent, shared tips and strategies with students and campus staff Wednesday on how to spot what’s real and what’s fake online.
The Columbian, June 7, 2017

Allure of northern lights draws WW group to Alaska

Imagine the night sky filled with ever-changing, iridescent gossamer curtains gently billowing in the breeze. That comes close to capturing my magical experience witnessing the natural light display in the sky one night from a beach on Orcas Island in the San Juans. ... A group of 24 participants through Walla Walla Community College’s Quest program made the trip to the Alaskan interior, past the Arctic Circle, in March for optimum sky watching. 
Walla Walla Union-Bulletin, June 7, 2017

Port Angeles High School senior headed to SkillsUSA nationals after state win in cabinetmaking

A Port Angeles High School senior is preparing to fly to Kentucky to compete in the SkillsUSA nationals for cabinetmaking the day after she graduates. Kaytlin Turner was shocked when she won the state Skills USA competition for cabinetmaking in April, which earned her a spot at the national contest. ... She plans to attend Peninsula College for a year before transferring into Seattle Central College’s woodworking program.
Peninsula Daily News, June 7, 2017

At 93, Yakima Valley art icon still inspiring others with her enthusiasm

Prolific local artist Delma Tayer is 93 years old, a fact that must be noted in any news story about her, but her age is not the story. In fact, it’s probably about the 150th most interesting thing about her. Don’t misunderstand: She was 5 when Black Tuesday kicked off the Great Depression and is still producing art in 2017 that is interesting. It’s a great detail. But it doesn’t define her. Much more interesting is that she claims to have never been bored — not once in her life — because her curiosity and adventurous spirit haven’t allowed it. Or the fact that she taught literature for 27 years at Yakima Valley College and ran the on-campus Larson Gallery for 15, all while continuing to produce paintings, collages and pottery of her own.
Yakima Herald, June 7, 2017

Yakima Valley College appoints new Grandview dean

Yakima Valley College has appointed Marcia Somer as dean of the school’s Grandview campus. Somer brings 25 years of experience in higher education to the job, having worked at several community and technical colleges. She recently was associate dean of instruction at Lake Washington Institute of Technology in Kirkland, and was a dean of English and social sciences at Diablo Valley College in Pleasant Hill, Calif.
Yakima Herald, June 7, 2017

Bates: Machinist instructor named to advisory board of industry accrediting body

The National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) has selected Bates Technical College Machinist program instructor Steve Rose to serve on the advisory council. NIMS, the manufacturing industry’s certification body, sets industry skills standards, certifies individual skills against the standards, and accredits training programs that meet NIMS quality requirements.
The Suburban Times, June 7, 2017

Tech question stumping you? Pierce College Puyallup teacher has the answer

The first thing Michael Stocke does at the beginning of every class is write his name and phone number on the whiteboard at the front of the room. He tells his students, “If you need help, call me.” And month after month, his students, who are learning various technology skills, do. While not a professor, Stocke, the chief information officer of technology for Pierce College, spends time outside of his job doing what he loves: helping people.
The News Tribune, June 7, 2017

Capt. Fuller: Patrol division is face of police

The Anacortes community is very tight-knit, said Capt. Chris Fuller of the Anacortes Police Department. Fuller became patrol captain in March after being with the department since January 2000. His duties involve overseeing the approximately 18 officers in the patrol division, including the K-9 unit, animal control and parking enforcement. ... Fuller grew up in Raymond and served 2 1/2 years in the U.S. Marine Corps. He earned his associate’s degree from Whatcom Community College before studying sociology at Western Washington University.
Go Anacortes, June 7, 2017

Lawyer, philanthropist to receive UW Bothell’s 2017 Distinguished Alumni Award

A political refugee from Uganda who graduated from the University of Washington Bothell and the UW School of Law is the recipient of the 2017 UW Bothell Distinguished Alumni Award. Stephen Ssemaala, a 2003 global studies graduate, is honored for distinguished professional achievements and outstanding community service. ... Landing in Washington, he worked at a fast food restaurant and a warehouse until he was laid off and offered retraining at Everett Community College. From there, he transferred to UW Bothell and was mentored by Alan Wood, a founding faculty member who taught world history. ... Since 2011, Ssemaala also has been an adjunct instructor at South Puget Sound Community College, where he loves teaching the American political system.
Bothell Reporter, June 7, 2017

At 16, Onalaska boy preparing to pursue third college degree

Aiden Hunter likes things to make sense, which is funny because his story has a way of confusing people. When you’re 16 years old and on the cusp of obtaining your second associate degree, the general public can understandably have a difficult time comprehending what they are hearing. “It’s easy to explain, but it’s difficult to understand,” said Aiden, who will graduate from Lower Columbia College with his second associate degree on June 16.
Centralia Chronicle, June 6, 2017

Hard work pays off

For Brooke Vansant, being a valedictorian means all the nights she spent cramming for tests and exams were worthwhile. Along with Vansant, four other students earned valedictorian distinction — Jennifer Anderson, Quinton Borseth, Carter Garcea and Marina Hutchison. ... The highlight of Jennifer Anderson’s senior year was being a full-time Running Start student at Skagit Valley College where she earned an Associate of Arts degree at the same time as graduating from high school. Anderson will continue her college career at the University of Washington, where she will pursue a degree in civil engineering.
Stanwood Camano News, June 6, 2017

Trends | Horizons | Education

‘Differentiated’ accreditation

Nursing homes in Australia and Ireland, Austrian school provinces, and the old telecommunications company Motorola may provide pointers on how to reform the higher education accreditation system, a new white paper argues. Common to all of those organizations is that they have taken a “management-based” approach to quality assurance. Unlike the existing accreditation system in the U.S., which often takes the form of a once-in-a-decade paperworkathon culminating in a college being (or not being) reaccredited, such an approach emphasizes smaller, more frequent reviews, continuous improvement and peer benchmarking. By using a management-based approach, the U.S. higher education accreditation system would be well positioned to handle an influx of alternative education providers and a larger shift toward quality assurance that places improving student outcomes front and center, the authors of the white paper argue.
Inside Higher Ed, June 8, 2017

Why are so many women dropping out of the workforce?

Since 2000, the share of U.S. women working in their prime earning years has declined. They seem to be leaving the workforce for some of the same reasons that men are: Middle-class jobs are in short supply and working at the bottom pays less than it used to.
The Seattle Times, June 7, 2017

Swift and silent exits

This summer’s college president departure season is off to a swift start that has largely been marked by little forewarning from colleges before exits are announced. Many boards of trustees would consider it best practice to have a quick parting of ways with little surrounding drama. But it doesn’t always go so smoothly in higher education — it didn’t last summer — making the pace and tone of presidential partings so far this year stand out. Also noteworthy is that many recently announced transitions have involved leaders who are relatively young or who are early in their tenures.
Inside Higher Ed, June 7, 2017

The case for community college

Across the nation, community colleges — which educate about 40 percent of all undergraduates in the U.S. — are facing declining enrollment and tightened budgets. ... The schools, meanwhile, are increasingly reliant on money from students as states cut funding, an added burden on a population that can ill afford it. ... Currently, the median salary for someone with only a high school diploma is $36,000. For those with a community-college degree, it's $42,600. And that gap is projected to grow as automation transforms the U.S. workforce, making higher-level science, technology, engineering and math skills critical in fields that once required little more than manual dexterity.
Time, June 1, 2017

Politics | Local, State, National

Education Dept. gives firm hint at rollback of gainful-employment rule

The Education Department recently gave the clearest indication to date that it may roll back, or at least alter, the hotly contested gainful-employment regulation. The rule, an initiative of the Obama administration, was billed as a way to better hold career-oriented programs accountable. In a letter obtained by The Chronicle, James Manning, acting under secretary of education, wrote to Democrats in the Senate that the department had "some level of concern" regarding the rules and that officials were reviewing them carefully.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, June 8, 2017

Trump will push apprenticeships, using accreditation and student aid

President Trump plans to rework college-accreditation and student-aid policies in a bid to encourage greater use of apprenticeship training in higher education, a White House official said on Wednesday. Mr. Trump, who promoted the value of apprenticeship training throughout his presidential campaign, will outline the strategy next week at a meeting with the nation’s governors.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, June 8, 2017

Affordable, but not free

Recent proposals to make higher education tuition- or debt-free have had huge price tags attached — hundreds of millions of dollars, in the case of plans put forward by Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders during the 2016 presidential campaign. But a report released today lays out a very different approach to college affordability, with a much smaller — and arguably more attainable — sticker price. According to a new report from the State Higher Education Executive Officers association, state and federal governments would have to put up a combined $34 billion a year, after a four-year build-up period, to make SHEEO’s definition of “affordable” college a reality for all postsecondary students, be they full- or part-time, traditional age or adult.
Inside Higher Ed, June 7, 2017

GOP skeptical on Trump budget

When Education Secretary Betsy DeVos makes an appearance before lawmakers on Capitol Hill, one would expect a hostile reception from Democrats who have opposed her since she was nominated for the job. Less expected is open skepticism from Republicans. That's exactly what DeVos got Tuesday, however, at a Senate appropriations subcommittee hearing on the proposed White House budget for 2018, which includes deep cuts to education programs as well as other nondefense spending.
Inside Higher Ed, June 7, 2017

Lawmakers grill DeVos on budget proposal

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos took fire from both sides of the aisle on Tuesday during a tense U.S. Senate subcommittee hearing about the Trump administration’s 2018 budget request. Sen. Roy Blunt, Republican of Missouri and chair of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies, kicked off the hearing with an indictment of the proposed budget, saying it was “difficult” to defend. “The kinds of cuts proposed in this budget will not occur,” he said. Mr. Blunt also questioned the recent decision to choose a single loan servicer to manage the billions of dollars in student loans the department issues.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, June 6, 2017

Opinion: Don’t throw all graduation tests away, but fix biology problem

Hundreds of Washington state high-school seniors are still waiting to hear if they will be getting a diploma this month. Passing the state high-school biology test, which current law requires them to pass before graduating, should not hold them up. The biology testing requirement should end — as many lawmakers, school administrators, Washington State Board of Education members and the superintendent of public instruction all agree. However, the other two graduation exams in math and English are worthy and should remain.
The Seattle Times, June 6, 2017

Koch Foundation officer, a critic of Title IX guidance, will join Education Dept.

Adam Kissel, a senior program officer at the Charles Koch Foundation, was tapped on Monday to serve as deputy assistant secretary for higher-education programs at the U.S. Department of Education. The unit he will lead "administers programs that broaden access to higher education and strengthen the capacity of colleges and universities," according to the department’s website. Among those programs are efforts to support historically black colleges and other minority-serving institutions, students with disabilities, and students who are single parents.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, June 6, 2017

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